La bibliothèque des Visconti et des Sforza, ducs de Milan. Supplément avec 175 planches. Publié sous les auspices de la Société internationale de Bibliophilie par les soins de Tammaro de Marinis
Florence L. S. Olschki 1969 4to (34.5 cm), XIV, 90 pp, 172 pp (one folding). Publisher's cloth, black gilt-lettered label, slip-case (spine little sunned). An iconographic supplement provided by Tammaro de Marinis to Pellegrin's "La bibliothèque des Visconti et des Sforza, ducs de Milan, au XVe siècle" published i Paris in 1955 without illustrations.
Chudozhestvennyj princip illjustrirovanija gruzinskoj rukopisnoj knigi XI-nacala XIII vekov [Principe artistique de l' illustration du manuscrit à miniatures géorgien du XIe au début du XIIIe siècle]
Tbilisi Mecniereba 1973 4to (30 cm), 174 pp, 55 plates. Hardcover in dust jacket (dj rubbed and worn at extremities, corners bumped). In Russian with 5 page summary in French. An Artistic Principle of Illustration of a Georgian Manuscript Book: the 11th - beginning of 13th cc. The author attempted to prove that Georgian miniatures followed the evolution of Byzantine art while also influenced by local traditions.
Hardcover Near Fine
Edward Gordon Craig
Santa Barbara A.B.I. Books 1980 8vo (22.5 cm), unpaginated. Printed wrappers. 338 entries including manuscripts, books written by Craig, books illustrated by Craig, catalogues, etc.
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Samuel Tyszkiewicz 1889-1954. Wystawa prac typograficznych
Warsaw Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Książki, Biblioteka Narodowa 1958 8vo (20.5 cm), , 18 pp. Printed wrappers (bookplate). In Polish. A catalogue of an exhibition dedicated to Samuel Tyszkiewicz (1889-1954), a Polish typographer, who operated private preses in Florence and Nice in 1927- 1954. 50 items.
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Michala Wiszniewskiego Historya literatury polskiéj. Tom VIII
Kraków W Drukarni Uniwersyteckiej 1851 8vo (22 cm), front., , IV, 504 pp. Cont. sheep-backed marbled boards with corners (binding rubbed, frontispiece little stained, stamps of defunct library on title and the last page). In Polish. Volume 8 of a history of Polish literature by a Polish philosopher and literary historian Michał Wiszniewski (1794 - 1865). This history in 10 volumes is also an important bibliography. Volume 8 deals with Polish 16th century books and a history of the catholic church. A second half of the volume is dedicated to the history of orthodox church in Poland and books printed in Cyrillic, including Ostrog bible, church-slavonic and modern Slavic languages, translations, schools and libraries. The frontispiece with a reproduction from the "Little Travel Book" printed by Francisk Skoryna in 1522.
Hardcover Very Good
Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in Italy and of Italian Books Printed in Other Countries from 1465 to 1600 Now in the British Museum
London Trustees of the British Museum 1958 8vo (22 cm), viii, 992 pp; viii, 152 pp. Publisher's cloth (the spine little sunned). The catalogue, compiled on lines similar to those of earlier volumes of the "Short-title Catalogue" series, was the work of A. F. Johnson, Victor Scholderer and D. A. Clarke.
Saggio di Bibliografia Veneziana. Vol. 1 - 2. Bibliografia Veneziana in Aggiunta e Continuazione del "Saggio" Vol. 1 - 2
New York Burt Franklin 1967 4 volumes in 3 4to (26 cm), front., XXXI, 943 pp; XII, 939 pp. Publisher's cloth, spines gilt (minor shelf-wear, little foxing to edges). A facsimile reprint of 1847 and 1885 editions of bibliographies of books related to Venice and Venatians. Emmanuele Antonio Cicogna (1789 - 1868) left his huge collection of books to the city of Venice and it now forms part of the Museo Correr. His bibliography contains 5942 entries. Soranzo's work includes 10502 entries and continues Cicogna work to the date of publication.
A Century of Artists Books
The Museum of Modern Art, New York 1994 4to (28 cm), 264 pp. Laminated wrappers. "Published to accompany the 1994 exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, this book constitutes the most extensive survey of modern illustrated books to be offered in many years. Work by artists from Pierre Bonnard to Barbara Kruger and writers from Guillaume Apollinarie to Susan Sontag. An important reference for collectors and connoisseurs. Includes notable works by Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso." (from the blurb)
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The Artist and the Book in France: The 20th Century Livre d'artiste
New York George Wittenborn, Inc 1969 4to (29.5 cm), 368 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "The French livres d'artiste - fine limited editions of literary texts designed and illustrated by artists - have a unique place in 20th century art. Most of the great painters and sculptors of the School of Paris have contributed to the genre. The monograph is the first comprehensive study of the l'ivre d'artiste intended for the general reader as well as the art specialist. The author traces the early origins of the genre, examines its history and development through the present century and discusses and illustrates the work of more than a hundred artists." (from the blurb)
A history of the Gregynog Press
Private Libraries Association 1980 4to (28 cm), XV, 266 pp, 17 plates. Publisher's cloth, gilt-lettered spine, blind-stamped device on the front board. A history of the Gregynog private press, founded in 1922 by the Margaret and Gwendoline Davies. Appended a bibliography of the books printed at the press and a handlist of the ephemera.
The Fanfrolico Press: Satyrs, Fauns, & Fine Books
Private Libraries Association 2009 4to (28 cm), 328 pp. Publisher's blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine and front board. A history of the Fanfrolico private press, founded in 1923 by Kirtley and Jack Lindsay in Sydney, Australia, In 1926 the press has been moved to London, where it operated until 1930. Included a bibliography of the Fanfrolico Press books, prospectuses and ephemera. The book has been designed by Paul W. Nash and printed by Henry Ling.
Joan Hassall: Engravings and Drawings
Private Libraries Association 1985 4to (25.5 cm), LXII, 160 pp. Publisher's cloth, spine and front board gilt. A bibliography of a wood engraver and book illustrator Joan Hassall (1906 - 1988). Includes an introduction by John Hassall, 'Engraving technique' by George Mackley, 'Books and bookplates' by David Chambers, a list of illustrated books. a list of illustrated journals, dust-jackets & miscellanea, a list of book-plates and selected bibliography. Over 470 illustrations.
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Catalogue of Books Printed on the Continent of Europe, 1501-1600, in Cambridge Libraries
Cambridge University Press 1967 2 volumes 4to (26 cm), VIII, 768 pp; , 795 pp, errata loosely inserted. Publisher's green cloth, spines gilt, top edges painted green (bindings little rubbed, little foxing to fore-edges). Not all 16th century books printed on the continent of Europe are in Cambridge library but the work is the most important reference to them.
Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible
Harvard University Press 2009 8vo (22 cm), 418 pp. Publisher's laminated wrappers. From the blurb: "We think of the Hebrew Bible as the Book -- and yet it was produced by a largely non literate culture in which writing, editing, copying, interpretation, and public reading were the work of a professional elite. The scribes of ancient Israel are indeed the main figures behind the Hebrew Bible, and in this book Karel van der Toorn tells their story for the first time. His book considers the Bible in very specific historical terms, as the output of the scribal workshop of the Second Temple active in the period 500-200 BCE. Drawing comparisons with the scribal practices of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, van der Toorn clearly details the methods, the assumptions, and the material means of production that gave rise to biblical texts; then he brings his observations to bear on two important texts, Deuteronomy and Jeremiah. Traditionally seen as the copycats of antiquity, the scribes emerge here as the literate elite who held the key to the production as well as the transmission of texts. Van der Toorn's account of scribal culture opens a new perspective on the origins of the Hebrew Bible, revealing how the individual books of the Bible and the authors associated with them were products of the social and intellectual world of the scribes. By taking us inside that world, this book yields a new and arresting appreciation of the Hebrew Scriptures."
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Histoires Grecques: Snapshots from Antiquity
Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press 2009 8vo (24 cm), 448 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "In a series of brilliant snapshots, each a distinct bit of a larger story, Maurice Sartre’s Histoires Grecques spans the grand narrative of Greek culture over a thousand years and a vast expanse of land and sea. From Homer to Damascius, from recent discoveries in Kandahar to an account of the murder of Hypatia in 415 CE, each snapshot captures a moment in the history of Greek civilization. Together they offer a fresh perspective on an ancient culture whose wealth and depth of thought, variety and multiplicity of accomplishments, and astonishing continuity through time and space have made it the Western world’s culture of reference. A textual fragment, a coin, an epigraph: each artifact and image launches Sartre - and his readers - on a journey into the practical mysteries of Greek civilization. Ranging from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean world, these excursions - step by step, moment by moment - finally amount to a panoramic vision of one of the most important civilizations of all time." (from the publisher's description)
Art & Accounting
Yale University Press 1990 4to (29 cm), viii, 157 pp, 95 b/w and 38 color illustrations. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "Money has long been an important subject in European painting. Account books, when portrayed in works of Western art, serve a variety of purposes; to give a realistic touch to a descriptive or narrative scene; to help establish the context or subject of a work; to serve as an attribute in portraits; and to be a symbol, as in vanitas still-lifes. In this original and handsomely illustrated work, Basil Yamey discusses a range of art works from 1400 to 1900 that include the image of an account book. Yamey explores a number of fascinating themes, including: the relative frequency of account books in seventeenth-century Dutch painting; the exclusion of account books in most portraits of merchants by leading artist; the light thrown by the account-book inscriptions on the meaning of the popular but puzzling bureau scenes of Massys and van Reymerswaele and their imitators; the nature of the blank book in the center of Rembrandt's Syndics (De Staalmeesters); the allegorical significance of Maes's bookkeeping Housekeeper in St. Louis; and the meaning of the Arithmetica vignette in Bruegel's Temperance. Throughout, and particularly in his concluding chapter, Yamey considers other connections between accounting and art: the nature of artists' accounts, drawings on account-book sheets, and the significance of double-entry bookkeeping for the development of modern capitalism." (from the publisher's description)
In Print: Text and Type in the Age of Desktop Publishing
Watson-Guptill 1989 4to (28.5 cm), 192 pp. Hardcover in dust jacket. For people using either traditional typesetting or desktop publishing, this book is the definitive guide to preparing text and graphics for the printed page. Provides clear-cut instruction on choosing a typeface and size.
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Harvard University Press 2007 8vo (24.5 cm), X, 283 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. This book explores how the processes and practices of politics shape political values, such as liberty, justice, equality, and democracy. Mining the history of political episodes and political thinkers, including Caesar and Machiavelli, Mark Philp argues that it is through political activity that "values are articulated and embraced, and they become powerful motivating forces." (from the blurb)
Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2009 8vo (21.5 cm), VIII, 343 pp. Publisher's cloth backed boards and dust jacket. From the blurb: "Does the world make you sick? If the distractions and distortions around you, the jarring colors and sounds, could shake up the healing chemistry of your mind, might your surroundings also have the power to heal you? This is the question Esther Sternberg explores in Healing Spaces, a look at the marvelously rich nexus of mind and body, perception and place. Sternberg immerses us in the discoveries that have revealed a complicated working relationship between the senses, the emotions, and the immune system. First among these is the story of the researcher who, in the 1980s, found that hospital patients with a view of nature healed faster than those without. How could a pleasant view speed healing? The author pursues this question through a series of places and situations that explore the neurobiology of the senses. The book shows how a Disney theme park or a Frank Gehry concert hall, a labyrinth or a garden can trigger or reduce stress, induce anxiety or instill peace. If our senses can lead us to a “place of healing,” it is no surprise that our place in nature is of critical importance in Sternberg’s account. The health of the environment is closely linked to personal health. The discoveries this book describes point to possibilities for designing hospitals, communities, and neighborhoods that promote healing and health for all."
Fighting the Great War: A Global History
Harvard University Press 2005 8vo (21.5 cm), XX, 395 pp. Publisher's cloth backed boards and dust jacket. From the blurb: "Despair at Gallipoli. Victory at Vimy Ridge. A European generation lost, an American spirit found. The First World War, the deadly herald of a new era, continues to captivate readers. In this lively book, Michael Neiberg offers a concise history based on the latest research and insights into the soldiers, commanders, battles, and legacies of the Great War. Tracing the war from Verdun to Salonika to Baghdad to German East Africa, Neiberg illuminates the global nature of the conflict. More than four years of mindless slaughter in the trenches on the western front, World War I was the first fought in three dimensions: in the air, at sea, and through mechanized ground warfare. New weapons systems - tanks, bomber aircraft, and long-range artillery - all shaped the battle environment. Moving beyond the standard portrayal of the war's generals as "butchers and bunglers," Neiberg offers a nuanced discussion of officers constrained by the monumental scale of complex events. Diaries and letters of men serving on the front lines capture the personal stories and brutal conditions--from Alpine snows to Mesopotamian sands--under which these soldiers lived, fought, and died. Generously illustrated, with many never-before-published photographs, this book is an impressive blend of analysis and narrative. Anyone interested in understanding the twentieth century must begin with its first global conflict, and there is no better place to start than with Fighting the Great War."
Japan Encyclopedia (Harvard University Press Reference Library)
Belknap Press 2002 8vo (24 cm), 1200 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "Knowing Japan and the Japanese better," Louis Frederic states in the introduction to this encyclopedia, "is one of the necessities of modern life." The Japanese have a profound knowledge of every aspect and detail of Western societies. Unfortunately, we in the West cannot say the same about our knowledge of Japan. We tend to see Japan through a veil of exoticism, as a land of ancient customs and exquisite arts; or we view it as a powerful contributor to the global economy, the source of cutting-edge electronics and innovative management techniques. To go beyond these cliches, we must begin to see how apparently contradictory aspects of modern Japanese culture spring from the country's evolution through more than two millennia of history. This concise encyclopedia provides clear and accessible information on Japanese society and institutions, commerce and industry, sciences, sports, and politics, with particular emphasis on religion, material culture, and the arts.
Harvard College Library Department of Printing and Graphic Arts. Catalogue of Books and Manuscripts. Part II: Italian 16th Century Books [2 vols, complete set]
Harvard University Press 1974 2 volumes 4to (29 cm), XX, 384 pp;  PP., 385-840. Publisher's cloth, in one slipcase (foxing inside the slipcase and light foxing to edges). The second part of a projected catalog of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts established in Harvard Library in 1938. 559 Italian 16th century books described, furnishing collations, references, innumerable bibliographical details, many illustrations and useful indexes. A standard reference in the field.
Giambattista Bodoni (1740-1813). Studio Storico Biografico
Parma Luigi Battei 1913 8vo (22.5 cm), front., 71 pp, plates. Untrimmed in printed wrappers (wrappers foxed, little foxing inside).
Soft cover Very Good
Kniga dlya znatoka i cenitelya. Bibliofilskie izdaniya vtoroj poloviny XIX-pervoj poloviny XX veka
Moscow Pashkov Dom 2018 4to (26 cm), 124 pp. Printed wrappers. In Russian. The catalogue of an exhibition at the Russian State Library of bibliophile editions of the second half of 19th - beginning of 20t century. An introduction and 3 sections: books printed in less than 100 copies, books printed 100 - 300 copies and book printed over 300 copies. 80 items.
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Stubbs and the Horse
Yale University Press 2004 4to (27.5 cm), XX, 229 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "A versatile genius whose oeuvre includes paintings, engravings, and detailed anatomical studies, George Stubbs (1724–1806) was fascinated by horses. This handsome book presents for the first time the wide range of his equine imagery, from refined portraits of racehorses to violent scenes of horses attacked by lions in the wild. Taking full account of the associations and status of the “noble horse” in eighteenth-century Britain and the colorful world of its devotees - both high and low - the authors examine Stubbs’s work from different points of view and offer many fresh interpretations. Malcolm Warner discusses how horses were regarded in Britain in Stubbs’s time, the unexpected connection between his horse-and-lion compositions and the creation of the English thoroughbred, and his classicism. Robin Blake examines the young Whig noblemen who were Stubbs’s first patrons, the grooms, jockeys, trainers, and other attendants who appear in his horse portraits, and his curious dealings with the Prince of Wales. The book also includes an essay by conservators Lance Mayer and Gay Myers on Stubbs’s experiments with wax and enamel. For admirers of Stubbs’s art, eighteenth-century English painting, and horses, this book is an essential addition to their bookshelves." (from the blurb)
Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument With Historical Illustrations (Basic Books Classics)
Basic Books 2000 8vo (20.5 cm), XXVI, 361 pp. Laminated wrappers. "This classic work examines the issues surrounding military theory, war crimes, and the spoils of war from the Athenian attack on Melos to the My Lai massacre. A revised and updated classic treatment of the morality of war written by one of our country's leading philosophers. Just and Unjust Wars examines a variety of conflicts in order to understand exactly why, according to Walzer, "the argument about war and justice is still a political and moral necessity." Walzer's classic work draws on historical illustrations that range all the way from the Athenian attack on Melos to this morning's headlines, and uses the testimony of participants-decision makers and victims alike-to examine the moral issues of warfare." (from the publisher's description)
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Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity
Harvard University Press 1992 8vo (23.5 cm), XII, 601 pp. Laminated wrappers. "In this extensive inquiry into the sources of modern selfhood, Charles Taylor demonstrates just how rich and precious those resources are. The modern turn to subjectivity, with its attendant rejection of an objective order of reason, has led - it seems to many - to mere subjectivism at the mildest and to sheer nihilism at the worst. Many critics believe that the modern order has no moral backbone and has proved corrosive to all that might foster human good. Taylor rejects this view. He argues that, properly understood, our modern notion of the self provides a framework that more than compensates for the abandonment of substantive notions of rationality. The major insight of Sources of the Self is that modern subjectivity, in all its epistemological, aesthetic, and political ramifications, has its roots in ideas of human good. After first arguing that contemporary philosophers have ignored how self and good connect, the author defines the modern identity by describing its genesis. His effort to uncover and map our moral sources leads to novel interpretations of most of the figures and movements in the modern tradition. Taylor shows that the modern turn inward is not disastrous but is in fact the result of our long efforts to define and reach the good. At the heart of this definition he finds what he calls the affirmation of ordinary life, a value which has decisively if not completely replaced an older conception of reason as connected to a hierarchy based on birth and wealth. In telling the story of a revolution whose proponents have been Augustine, Montaigne, Luther, and a host of others, Taylor’s goal is in part to make sure we do not lose sight of their goal and endanger all that has been achieved. Sources of the Self provides a decisive defense of the modern order and a sharp rebuff to its critics." (from the blurb)
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How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest
Prometheus 1995 8vo (21 cm), VIII, 262 pp. Laminated wrappers. "Is there still anything worth living for? Is anything worth pursuing, apart from money, love, and caring for one's own family?" Internationally known social philosopher and ethicist Peter Singer has an answer to these and other questions in this compelling new volume. "If we can detach ourselves from our own immediate preoccupations and look at the world as a whole and our place in it, there is something absurd about the idea that people should have trouble finding something to live for."Singer suggests that people who take an ethical approach to life often avoid the trap of meaninglessness, finding a deeper satisfaction in what they are doing than those people whose goals are narrower and more self-centered. He spells out what he means by an ethical approach to life, and shows that it can bring about significant and far-reaching changes to one's life. (from the blurb)
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Mortal Questions (Canto)
Cambridge University Press 1991 8vo (21.5 cm), XVI, 216 pp. Laminated wrappers. "Thomas Nagel's Mortal Questions explores some fundamental issues concerning the meaning, nature and value of human life. Questions about our attitudes to death, sexual behavior, social inequality, war and political power are shown to lead to more obviously philosophical problems about personal identity, consciousness, freedom, and value. This original and illuminating book aims at a form of understanding that is both theoretical and personal in its lively engagement with what are literally issues of life and death." (from the blurb)
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Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War
Verso Books 2005 8vo (20.5 cm), XII, 225 pp. Laminated wrappers. "Afflicted Powers is an account of world politics since September 11, 2001. It aims to confront the perplexing doubleness of the presentits lethal mixture of atavism and new-fangledness. The world careers backward into forms of ideological and geo-political combat that call to mind the Scramble for Africa, and the Wars of Religion. But this brute return of the past is accompanied by an equally monstrous political deployment of (and entrapment in) the apparatus of a hyper-modern production of appearances. Capital is on the move again. In the Middle East and elsewhere it is attempting, nakedly, a new round of primitive accumulation and enclosure. Now, however, it is obliged to do so in unprecedented circumstances. Never before has imperialist victory or defeat depended so much on a struggle for hegemony in the world of images; never before has the dominant world power been subject to real catastrophe in the realm of the spectacle. The present turn to empire and enclosure, what Retort terms military neo-liberalism, is confronted not only by various forms of radical Islam but by a new kind of vanguard armed with the toolkit of spectacular politics. This book attempts to rethink certain key aspects of the current global struggle within this overall perspective, and to provide some critical support for present and future oppositions. Its main themes are the spectacle and September 11, blood for oil, permanent war and illusory peace, the US-Israel relationship, revolutionary Islam, and modernity and terror." (from the blurb)
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Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed
Penguin 2006 8vo (19.5 cm), XXI, 238 pp. Laminated wrappers. "This important book is about truth, and the enemies of truth, and the wars that are fought between them. As Simon Blackburn says in his introduction, "the ground is complicated, strewn with abandoned fortresses and trenches, fought over by shifting alliances". Truth is an essential sure-footed guide through the territory, from classical to modern times. It looks at relativism and absolutism, toleration and belief, objectivity and knowledge, science and pseudo-science, and the moral and political implications, as well as the nuances, of all these." (from the blurb)
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A Dictionary of British Studio Potters
Scolar Press 1990 8vo (23.5 cm), VIII, 187 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. Essential biographical details of twentieth-century studio potters from Bernard Leach to the present day, not just British by birth but who have also made their home in Britain.
Handbook of Modern British Painting and Printmaking, 1900-1990
Scolar Press 1998 8vo (21.5 cm), XII, 321 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "The Handbook of Modern British Painting and Printmaking 1900-1990 has been designed for people who enjoy, study and buy British art. The only portable dictionary-style guide to the life and work of modern British painters and printmakers, the book provides information on some 2,000 artists, as well as entries on schools of art, on museums, galleries and collections, on societies and groups, and critics and patrons who have influenced the development of modern art in Britain. Artists are included if they (at one end of the timescale) had finished their training by 1900, and were truly beginning their professional career in the twentieth century, and (at the other end of the timescale) had established themselves professionally on the national scene by 1990. If the artist was foreign born, he or she is included if they resided in Britain, and exhibited or worked here long enough for their presence to be of significance for British art." (from the blurb)
Sporting Art in Eighteenth Century England: A Social and Political History (Studies in British Art)
Paul Mellon Centre BA 1988 4to (29.5 cm), VIII, 195 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "English sporting art emerged as a distinctive genre in the early years of the eighteenth century. At the same time, the rural pastimes it depicted came under increasing critical scrutiny. In this handsome book, Stephen Deuchar presents the first full account of this artistic phenomenon, combining a cogent analysis of the ideologies lying behind these sports with the history of their imagery. Deuchar explains that although the activities addressed by sporting pictures were traditionally practised by the upper levels of society, they seemed to encourage a kind of behaviour that ran sharply against the moral, social, and economic ideals espoused by the ruling classes themselves. Some sporting artists - most notably George Stubbs - attempted on behalf of their patrons to resolve this contradiction by presenting rural sports in a favourable, implicitly responsible light. Others, encouraged by the developing confidence of the sporting world and the expanding popularity of its pastimes, were content to nurture and publicize the very customs that were causing most controversy. In the long term, the latter group held sway, drawing the genre even further from the mainstream of the art world. Today, enthusiasts of sporting art tend to be enthusiasts of rural sport, and the work of most sporting artists has been ignored by connoisseurs. However, the widespread but comparatively recent recognition of the abilities of Stubbs in particular has reawakened a general curiosity about the genre as a whole. Building on this, Deuchar demonstrates that the interest of sporting art goes beyond the interest of its subject matter, and his study of its development in the eighteenth century is a valuable source for understanding the interaction of art and society." (from the publisher's description)
Collector of Genius: A Life of Sir George Beaumont (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies)
Paul Mellon Centre BA 1988 4to (26 cm), VIII, 248 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "Friend and patron of Constable, Wordsworth and Coleridge, successful painter, and a collector whose acquisitions became the nucleus of the National Gallery, Sir George Beaumont was a central figure in the artistic and literary worlds of late eighteenth – and nineteenth – century England. However, until now there has never been a comprehensive biography of this multifaceted and talented man. Now Felicity Owen and David Blayney Brown have remedied this omission, providing a balanced and sensitive portrayal of the man, his works, and his times." (from the blurb)
Painting for Money: Visual Arts and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-century England (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art)
Yale University Press 1993 4to (26.5 cm), VIII, 312 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "A distinctly modern art world emerged in 18th-century England. The period witnessed the establishment of the first public spaces for the display of art, widespread discussion of artistic issues and commercial patronage of painting and sculpture. In this book, David Solkin discusses these phenomena, showing how developments in painting were related to the rapid growth of commerce and analyzing how the sudden light of public exposure affected pictorial practice and theory." (from the blurb)
The Decoration of Houses
W W Norton & Co 1978 8vo (23.5 cm), LX, 204 pp, plates. Laminated wrappers. A manual of interior design written by Edith Wharton with architect Ogden Codman, first published in 1897. This is a new edition with introductory notes by John Barrington Bayley and William A. Coles.
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Artful Science: Enlightenment, Entertainment and the Eclipse of Visual Education
MIT Press 1996 4to (27.5 cm), XXX, 360 pp. Laminated wrappers. "What has happened to the magic of learning? Playful illusions, spellbinding games, and lifelike automata were once integral to education. Artful Science reveals the exhilarating but paradoxical intertwining of enchantment with enlightenment in the early modern period. A cross-disciplinary guide to intellectual high and low life of the eighteenth century, Artful Science makes the case for the pedagogical opportunities inherent in an oral-visual culture. Barbara Stafford draws on an extraordinary range of historical sources and popular imagery, exploring from a new perspective the perceptual cognition that she so deftly analyzed in Body Criticism. Her important reinterpretation also casts many well-studied paintings as instances of an instructive art of demonstration. Artful Science opens by describing the evolution of mathematical recreations and their relationship to the middle class's increasing leisure time. Subsequent chapters focus on the problem of distinguishing legitimate science from virtuoso fraud; the public performance of experiments; and early attempts to create informative and attractive natural history exhibits. Throughout, Stafford emphasizes the concern for telling truth from fiction in a world of alluring technology. The enlighteners' relentless association of sensory evidence with deception led to the submergence of a "tricking" oral-visual culture by "serious" mass literacy drives, Stafford observes. Yet sophisticated teaching techniques and ingenious learning machines made abstractions concrete and appealing to ever-widening eighteenth-century audiences. With the modern computer graphics revolution always in view, Artful Science suggests fresh means for putting intelligence, enjoyment, and communicative power back into thinking with images." (from the publisher's description)
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The Royal Society of British Artists 1824-1893 and the New English Art Club 1888-1917
Antique Collectors Club 1987 4to (28 cm), XII, 617 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. Contains a complete list of exhibitors at the Suffolk Street Galleries of the Royal Society of British Artists for the period 1824-1893 as well as a list of works exhibited at the English Art Club from 1888 to 1917. The English Art Club was a society that exhibited at the Suffolk Street Galleries.
The dictionary of British artists, 1880-1940 : an Antique Collectors' Club research project listing 41,000 Artists
Antique Collectors Club 1984 4to (28 cm), IV, 567 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "Over the last two decades or so Victorian painting has enjoyed a return to popularity after nearly half a century of neglect. Now attention is moving forwards towards the largely undocumented and little understood period of British art which covers broadlythe first half of the 20th century. There are many books on particular artists and some on schools and movements, but until the publication of this book there has been no basic work of reference covering the vast mass of artists who painted during the period and whose work is to be found in most British homes. The method of compilation has been to extract a list of artists exhibiting at the forty-nine main exhibition centres, both public and commercial, throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, during the period and to search contemporary sources to provide additional information. This apparently simple exercise has produced a staggering 41,000 artists and, consequently, a wealth of information that has never been published before and, given the escalating cost of publishing, is never likely to be improved upon. When one considers that many of the standard dictionaries covering the world for all times only provide some two to three hundred thousand artists and that this book covers only sixty years in one country, it is unlikely to be challenged as the basic standard work on the subject." (from the publisher's description)
Painting in Eighteenth-Century Venice (The Yale University Press Pelican History of Art)
Yale University Press 1994 8vo (21 cm), XIV, 267 pp. Laminated wrappers. "From Canaletto to Tiepolo, eighteenth century Venetian painters created brilliant works of art that are now considered to be the last flowering of the long Venetian tradition of painting. This beautiful book provides an introduction to eighteenth century Venetian painting, discussing the various types of painting--portraiture, genre, landscape, history paintings and religious works--as well as the society, patronage and intellectual climate of Venice at this time." (from the publisher's description)
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Venice and the Renaissance
MIT Press 1995 4to (25.5 cm), XIV, 296 pp. Laminated wrappers. "Pursuing the intersections of Venetian culture from the beginning of the sixteenth century through the first decades of the seventeenth, Manfredo Tafuri develops a story crowded with characters and full of surprises. He engages the doges Andrea Gritti and Leonardo Dona; architects and artists Sansovino, Serlio, Palladio, and Scamozzi; and scientists Francesco Barozzi and Galileo. He records the battle that was fought for architecture as metaphor for absolute truth and good government, and contrasts these with the myths that inspired them." (from the publisher's description)
The Art of Renaissance Venice: Architecture, Sculpture, and Painting, 1460-1590
University Of Chicago Press 1993 4to (27 cm), VIII, 382 pp. Laminated wrappers. "In the first contemporary single-volume survey of the three arts of Venice--painting, sculpture, and architecture--Norbert Huse and Wolfgang Wolters offer an important counterbalance to the traditional orientation toward painting as the city's preeminent art by focusing on architecture as the essential Venetian art. They begin their study in 1460, when Venice was one of the key powers of Italy, and end with the death of Tintoretto in 1594, a period of waning international power. In the process, they define the distinctly Venetian terms by which the city and its culture should be understood. With over three hundred illustrations and an exhaustive bibliography, this volume makes an impressive contribution to art historical scholarship."
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Venice from the Water: Architecture and Myth in an Early Modern City
Yale University Press 2012 4to (29 cm), VIII, 143 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "The floating city of Venice has enchanted visitors for centuries with its maze of scenic canals. For this pioneering book, Daniel Savoy set out by boat to explore the built environment of these waterways, gaining new insights into the architectural history of this major early modern Italian center. By viewing the architecture and experience of the canals in relation to the production of Venetian civic mythology, the author found that the waterways of Venice and its lagoon were integral areas of the city's pre-modern urban space, and that their flanking buildings were constructed in an intimate dialogue with the water's visual, spatial, and metaphorical properties. Enhancing the natural wonder of their aquatic setting, the builders of Venice used illusory aesthetic and scenographic practices to create waterfront buildings that appear to float, blend into the water, and glide into view around bends in the canals--transporting visitors into a seemingly otherworldly realm. This book's striking photographs of Venice, as seen from its waterways, will likewise transport readers with breathtaking views of this captivating city."
Dictionary of British Equestrian Artists
Antique Collectors Club 1985 4to (28 cm), 520 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket.
Palladio's Venice: Architecture and Society in a Renaissance Republic
Yale University Press 2006 4to (29.5 cm), XII, 392 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "Celebrated Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) devoted much of his career to the city of Venice. Famous for public buildings he had designed in his native Vicenza and country villas he had built for wealthy patricians there, he arrived in Venice in the mid- 1550s confident of establishing a successful new practice. Yet Palladio's Venetian career never matched his lofty expectations. Failing to achieve the position of state architect or to earn the kinds of commissions to which he was accustomed, he found himself working in a category new to his practice: ecclesiastical architecture. It was his stunning churches, however, including San Giorgio Maggiore and Il Redentore, that established Palladio's lasting renown. In this fascinating and beautifully illustrated book, Tracy E. Cooper organizes Palladio's work in Venice according to different types of patrons. She discusses his major monuments as well as less well-known work for charitable foundations, convents, triumphal processions, and the rebuilding of the Ducal Palace. She tells the compelling story of an established architect breaking into a new market and of a Renaissance city in the midst of sweeping change." (from the publisher's description)
Venice: Art and History
Arsenale Editrice 2011 4to (30 cm), 192 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. A comprehensive work on Venice, which highlights the inseparable relationship between the historical, political, social and artistic events that have characterized its millenarian history.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Utrecht Stichting De Roos 1959 12mo (18 cm), 64 pp. Publisher's cloth (bookplate mounted on the front past-down). Limited to 175 copies, this is no. 32. Printed in Bembo on Pannekoek mouldmade wove paper. Typography by Susanne Heynemann.
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Indian summer of a Forsyte
Utrecht Stichting De Roos 1987 4to (25.5 cm), 80 pp. Publisher's cloth. Limited to 175 copies, this is no. 55. Composed in Sabon and printed on Mellotex by Drukkerij Hooiberg, Epe. Illustrations by Jaap Kruyff. Typography by Alfons van Heusden.
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Utrecht Stichting De Roos 1983 4to (31 cm), 14 pp, Printed wrappers. Limited to 175 copies, this is no. 55. This edition was calligraphed and illustrated in December 1981 by Dick Dooijes. Printed on double simili-japan paper.
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Muzeum czarnej sztuki. Katalog inkunabułów Biblioteki Gdańskiej PAN
Słowo/Obraz Terytoria 2011 8o (22.5 cm), 368 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. In Polish. A catalogue of incunabula from the collection of the Gdansk Library of the Polish Academy of Sciences. 58 entries described an illustrated.
Fluchtlinien: Philosophische Essays
Suhrkamp 1982 8vo (20 cm), 180 pp. Laminated wrappers.
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Chernobyl and Nuclear Power in the USSR
Canadian Institute of Ukranian Studies Press 1986 8vo (20.5 cm), XII, 228 pp. Laminated wrappers. From the blurb: "Chernobyl and Nuclear Power in the USSR provides the first detailed account of the Soviet nuclear power industry and of the nature, impact and consequences of the Chernobyl disaster of late April 1986. It encompasses the first days after the accident and how the Soviet authorities released the news to the West; Soviet energy problems that have led to a new and unprecedented commitment to nuclear power; the co-operation and links of the USSR and the Comecon countries in the current nuclear programme (particularly with Soviet Ukraine); development in the USSR, including an analysis of the progress of individual stations in the Ukraine; construction and safety questions; the immediate aftermath of the disaster; and the political and economic consequences of the accident. The author raises the key questions: are Soviet nuclear power plants inherently unsafe? What impact will the Chernobyl disaster have on the Soviet nuclear energy programme and on nuclear power development in the world as a whole?"
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Towns and Buildings
MIT Press 1969 8vo (23 cm), , 203 pp. Publisher's laminated wrappers. Later printing. Today's bustling tourism has proved itself a double-edged sword: on the one hand it acquaints great numbers of people with cities and sights they might otherwise have missed; on the other it focuses on individual landmarks that the city as a whole is obscured and confused. Steen Eiler Rasmussen concentrates here on the town as a unity, as a whole composed of buildings and places. Most of the town plans are scaled to 1:20,000 for easy over-all comparison; several famous places are reduced to 1:2000 for closer comparison. The buildings are for the most part presented in three views: the first, en face: then the same view, minus the façade; and finally a top view, as if the upper stories had been removed. The result is a picture not of static façade and monument but of rooms and houses and towns where people live.
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The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory
Belknap Press 2005 8vo (21.5 cm), XIII, 418 pp. Publisher's cloth backed boards and dust jacket. "Since the Civil War whites and blacks have struggled over the meanings and uses of the Southern past. Indeed, today's controversies over flying the Confederate flag, renaming schools and streets, and commemorating the Civil War and the civil rights movement are only the latest examples of this ongoing divisive contest over issues of regional identity and heritage. The Southern Past argues that these battles are ultimately about who has the power to determine what we remember of the past, and whether that remembrance will honor all Southerners or only select groups. For more than a century after the Civil War, elite white Southerners systematically refined a version of the past that sanctioned their racial privilege and power. In the process, they filled public spaces with museums and monuments that made their version of the past sacrosanct. Yet, even as segregation and racial discrimination worsened, blacks contested the white version of Southern history and demanded inclusion. Streets became sites for elaborate commemorations of emancipation and schools became centers for the study of black history. This counter-memory surged forth, and became a potent inspiration for the civil rights movement and the black struggle to share a common Southern past rather than a divided one." (from the publisher's description)
The MIT Press 1997 8vo (20.5 cm), 245 pp. Laminated wrappers. "Widely regarded as a classic in the field, Experiencing Architecture explores the history and promise of good design. Generously illustrated with historical examples of designing excellence - ranging from teacups, riding boots, and golf balls to the villas of Palladio and the fish-feeding pavilion of Beijing's Winter Palace - Rasmussen's accessible guide invites us to appreciate architecture not only as a profession, but as an art that shapes everyday experience. In the past, Rasmussen argues, architecture was not just an individual pursuit, but a community undertaking. Dwellings were built with a natural feeling for place, materials and use, resulting in "a remarkably suitable comeliness." While we cannot return to a former age, Rasmussen notes, we can still design spaces that are beautiful and useful by seeking to understand architecture as an art form that must be experienced. An understanding of good design comes not only from one's professional experience of architecture as an abstract, individual pursuit, but also from one's shared, everyday experience of architecture in real time--its particular use of light, color, shape, scale, texture, rhythm and sound." (from the publisher's description)
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John Everett Millais: Beyond the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
Paul Mellon Centre BA 2001 4to (26 cm), VIII, 236 pp, plates. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "The long and stellar career of John Everett Millais (1829-1896) has been framed in terms of his rise to notoriety as an original member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood followed by a compromising descent into comfortable success as a popular painter and leading figure in the Royal Academy. But this dismissal of Millais’s post-Raphaelite work overlooks more than forty years of artistic endeavor and distinction. In this book, nine scholars reexamine Millais’s entire career from a variety of perspectives, arriving at a new vision of his place in the history of British art and finding that fame and recognition did not represent the end of this important Victorian artist’s development." (from the publisher's description)
The Slavonic Book of Esther: Text, Lexicon, Linguistic Analysis, Problems of Translation (Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute Publications)
Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute 1999 4to (28.5 cm), 311 pp. Publisher's cloth. "The Old Testament Book of Esther in Slavonic translation is known from East Slavic manuscripts of the late-14th to the late-16th centuries. Working from the Masoretic Hebrew texts and Greek translations, this work examines textological clues to the circumstances of the sources, redactions and translation of Esther. The study creates a basis from which scholars can discuss the particulars of this translation, the nature of Wast Slavic biblical translating activity, and the relationship of old Est Slavic bookmen to Hebrew and Greek. This work should be of interest to philologists and cultural religious historians alike." (from the publisher's description)
Mona Lisa: Inside the Painting
Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 2006 Folio (45 cm), 120 pp. Cloth backed laminated boards. "Applying the cutting-edge forensic techniques of televisions CSI to the worlds most famous painting yields a fresh look at an old friend in Mona Lisa. A step-by-step examination of how Leonardo's masterwork was constructed, using the latest advances in scientific observation, measurement, and analysis, this book almost literally peels back the layers on one of the most iconic images in world history. How did Leonardo prepare his panel, mix his paints, and compose his picture? For the first time ever a team of experts looks at these questions with an exacting scientific eye. Their answers shed light on both the mind of Leonardo and the wider world of Renaissance painting.A fascinating combination of science, forensics, and art history, this gorgeous, oversized volume outdoes even the most imaginative novelist in cracking da Vinci creative code." (from the publisher's description)
British Cutlery: An Illustrated History of Its Design, Evolution and Use
Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd 2001 4to (27.5 cm), 160 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "The book is based on the remarkable collection formed over the last forty five years by Bill Brown, one that is particularly strong in the early periods not often represented in museum collections. The book is divided into two parts: Part I contains chapters on the evolution of cutlery design; the ownership of cutlery; the use of cutlery at table, and the etiquette of dining. Part II illustrates the development of eating implements across five millenia. Introductory texts to each chronological period cover advances in design and usage and the influences from Europe. Descriptive captions accompany the illustrations of over six hundred pieces, especially photographed for the book." (from the publisher's description)
The Sotheby's Directory of Silver, 1600-1940
Sotheby's Publications 1986 4to (31 cm), 431 pp. 4to (26 cm), 320 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. Shows and describes antique silver tankards, pitchers, tea sets, bowls, tureens, and candelabra made in Europe, Great Britain, and America and includes tips on collecting.
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European Silver: The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection
Sotheby's Publications 1986 4to (30 cm), 312 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. A little-known part of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection is its fine holding of European silver. Each object is fully described and illustrated by one or more reproductions of high quality. Detailed information is also given as to technique and state of conservation, marks, and provenance.
East Anglian Silver 1550-1750
John Adamson 2004 4to (26 cm), 128 pp. Laminated wrappers. Inscribed by the author on the title. "The craftsmanship of silver made in East Anglia have long been celebrated by scholars and collectors. This book describes in depth a wealth of important silver articles made in the region which are now to be found in museums and private collections in Britain, America and Australia, as well as in churches in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Many of the objects featured have never been published before, including a beaker in the Royal Collection by Elizabeth Haslewood, Norwich's only woman silversmith of the Stuart period, and a magnificent Charles II tankard from the Gregory Peck collection. The essays, the results of new research on many aspects of the economic and social history of the region, set the silver in its historical context. They present a perspective on everyday life for many East Anglians during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries." (from the publisher's description)
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San Francisco Chronicle Books 1991 4to (31 cm), 128 pp. 4to (30 cm), 312 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "Over 70 brilliant artworks by the legendary William Spratling - adventurer, celebrity, and world-renowned silver artisan - are presented in this stunning centennial edition of the acclaimed Spratling Silver. An eagle's profile carved gracefully into the rosewood handle of a 1930s pitcher; the subtle essence of a sea animal in a classic brooch: the exquisite detail and splendor of such unique creations are showcased here in all their lustrous glory. Included are commentaries from Spratling's friends and contemporaries (the likes of Georgia O'Keeffe, who was photographed wearing one of his pins on her austere black dress), which paint an intimate portrait of the man instrumental in reviving Mexico's silver industry in the late 1920s. With 26 additional photographs, an expanded text, and a new hallmarks section with information for collectors, Spratling Silver is the only comprehensive volume to portray the full scope and beauty of William Spratling's treasures."
The Huguenot Legacy: English Silver 1680-1760 from the Alan and Simone Hartman Collection
London Thomas Heneage 1996 8vo (30 cm), 432 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the half-title. "In 1685 Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes, which had given religious freedom to the French protestants, or Huguenots. What had been a steady stream of refugees became a flood, creating a tremendous diaspora of talent across northern Europe. Many of the Huguenots were skilled artists, like silversmiths, and their influence on English silver of the period has long been recognized. In this book, Christopher Hartop re-assesses the Huguenot contribution to silver made in England and suggests that the Huguenots were just one - albeit the most significant - of several groups of foreign workers who were responsible for the great flowering of style and technique in English silver between 1680 and 1760. The book also examines the radical changes in the way in which people sat down to eat which took place during the early Georgian period, and how silversmiths responded to the demand for innovative types of silverware this created. The new fashion for coffee and tea saw the introduction of a wealth of new forms of domestic silver. Separate sections deal with silver for eating, drinking, coffee and tea, lighting, and salvers. Silver made for display is also examined. Introductory chapters place the silver of the period in the social and historical context of the times." (from the publisher's description)
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English Silver and Other Silver In the Irwin Untermyer Collection
London Thames and Hudson 1963 4to (30.5 cm) XXXXII, 96 pp, 200 plates. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket (dj little rubbed at extremities). The sixth and the final volume of the Catalogue of the Irwin Untermyer Collection, one of the world's great private collections of the decorative arts, covers English silver. The graceful balance between beauty and utility for which the silversmiths of England have long been admired is here displayed in superb examples of their work extending over more than three centuries. The more than two hundred pieces in the collection are each described and illustrated, and together constitute a comprehensive survey of the most significant aspects of English craftsmanship in silver from the Renaissance to the Classical Revival." (from the publisher's description)
Provincial silversmiths of Moray and their marks
Quartet Books 1994 8vo (21.5 cm), XII, 114 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. The first book to provide comprehensive biographical details on these little known Scottish craftsmen.
Ske, Kniv og Gaffel = Knives, Forks & Spoons
Copenhagen Høst & Søn 1960 Tall 4to (30.5 x 15.5 cm), 84 pp. Publisher's cloth backed boards and dust jacket (dj repaired at the top with tape). Texts in Danish and English. 78 specimens of tableware from the collection of the Museum of Decorative Art in Copenhagen. Each object is described in Danish and English and illustrated with full page photograph.
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Van Dyck: Paintings and Drawings
Prestel 1999 4to (30.5 cm), 143 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "17th-century Flemish painter Van Dyck’s career was as short as it was dazzling. A student of Rubens, he very quickly became the favourite painter of princes and kings and was the portraitist of English and Italian families of the high nobility. With his rigorous compositions, Van Dyck endowed his models with dignity, grandeur, and spirituality. Proud ladies and lords gamboling on their horses - Van Dyck knew how to render the nonchalant elegance and the ennui of a refined society. A Baroque painter with a shimmering style, he played with a light and nuanced palette, and reproduced, with the greatest virtuosity, garments of velour, satin, and silk. Van Dyck is considered the founder of the English school of portraiture. He was an influence on Lely, Dobson, Kneller, and most notably Reynolds and Gainsborough, as well as French painters of the 18th century." (from the publisher's description)
Russkie knizhnye redkosti XX veka
Moscow Pashkov Dom 2016 12mo (17 cm), 382 pp. Publisher's cloth. In Russian. An essay of the catalog of 20th century Russian rare books. 333 books described and illustrated.
The Chester Beatty Western manuscripts: Part II. Catalogue of thirty-eight illuminated manuscripts of the 8th to the 17th century
London Sotheby & Co 1969 4to (27.5 cm), 110 pp, 47 plates. Printed boards. Auction catalogue of a sale of the second part of Chester Beatty collection of Western manuscripts conducted in London on June, 24, 1969. Lots 38 -75 including St. Augustine Sermons (Italy, late 8th century), Canons of the Council of Aix-la-Chapelle (9th century), Capitularies of Charlemagne, Louis the Pious and Charles the Bald (9th century), Hours of Charlotte of Savoy (1415-1425), Bible of Cardinal Niccolò Albergati (1428), Hours with the miniatures in the style of Jean Bourdichon (1490-1500).
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The Children's Books of Mary (Belson) Elliott: Blending Sound Christian Principles with Cheerful Cultivation: A Bibliography
St Paul's Bibliographies 1987 8vo (22 cm), XXX, 142 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. From the blurb: "Mary Elliott (then Mary Belson) began writing for children in 1809... Although Mary Elliott's books are now forgotten, they cannot be disregarded by researches into the history of childhood and children's literature. This bibliography contains about 470 entries, detailing not only each known edition of her books but also the picture-sheets, reward cards and combined volumes of assorted tales and verses, all of which made such notable contribution to the reading of early 19th century children."
English Children's Books 1600-1900
London B. T. Batsford 1954 4to (25.5 cm), front., 256 pp, 107 plates. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket (dj worn, some part of dj missing, internally very good). From the blurb: "In this book, Percy Muir, the leading authority on English Children's Books, has written an account which is both scholarly and entertaining of the works published for children during three centuries. Mr. Muir passes over the books written solely to instruct or to improve, and concentrates on those whose aim is entertainment. He discusses at some length, and with an endearing enthusiasm, the important children's writers and their books in the years up to 1900. Mr. Muir provides lists -- invaluable to the collector -- of the most important children's books during each period, and he refers to the most useful works by earlier writers which have appeared on the subject."
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A. A. Milne: A Handlist of his Writings for Children. With decorations by Ernestn H. Shepard
The Henry Pootle Press 1976 8vo (21.5 cm), without pagination. Printed wrappers. An attempt of Milne's bibliography contains 286 items. All known first British editions have been listed, and those American editions which represent first publication of an item. The first section of this list comprises books; the second lists Milne's contributions to other publications and the third section lists selections, abridgments, and adaptations.
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Tristan Tzara: A Bibliography
Aloes Books 1974 8vo (21.5 cm),  pp. Printed wrappers. An attempt of full and complete bibliography of Romanian and French avant-garde poet Tristan Tzara (1896-1963). 207 items including books, jpint publications, prefaces to books and exhibition catalogues, publications in magazines, translations and biographies and critical works.
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Thomas Bewick: A Bibliography Raisonne of the Editions of the "General History of Quadrupeds", "History of British Birds" and "Fables" of Aesop Issued in His Lifetimef Aesop issued in his lifetime
Dawsons of Pall Mall 1973 4to (25.5 cm), XXX, 198 pp. Publisher's cloth (canceled library stamp). A reprint of 1953 first edition. The bibliography includes chronological list of works published by Bewick, a brief introduction on Bewick's purpose and method in publishing and annoted list of editions of "General History of Quadrupeds", "History of British Birds" and "Fables" of Aesop. 55 illustrations.
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Bibliographical Catalogue of Privately Printed Books
New York Burt Franklin 0 8vo (22 cm), front., XXV, 595 pp. Publisher's cloth. The second edition of the book published in 1854, which was the second enlarged edition of the first edition published in 1834. It was the first attempt to compile a bibliography of English books which were not intended by the writers for sale and circulation of which has been confined entirely to their friends and connections. Ca. 1750 entries. The catalogue is arranged chronologically and covers the period from 1572 to 1853.
A Way to Modernity: The Werkbund Estates 1927-1932
Wroclaw Wroclaw Muzeum of Architecture 2016 4to (29 cm), 329 pp. Publisher's laminated wraps. Architecture of the Werkbund estates in Stuttgart (1927), Brno (1928), Wroclaw (1929), Zurich (1931), Vienna (1932), and Prague (1932). Experimental Werkbund housing estate built in Europe between 1927-1932 significantly influenced the development of the modern architecture. The catalog accompanied the exhibition in the Wroclaw Museum of Architecture from 30th of March till 5th of June 2016.
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Le Premier Livre imprimé à Tarente (1567)
Paris 1964 8vo (23 cm),  pp. Printed wrappers. A study of the first book printed in Taranto in 1565, "Divina predestinatione ristretta in cinque capituli" by Franciscan friar Girolamo Gallucci. Illustrated with 4 plates.
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Franz Kafka. Die Veröffentlichungen zu seinen Lebzeiten [1908-1924] Eine textkritische und kommentierte Bibliographie (Repertoria Heidelbergensia 4)
Lothar Stiehm Verlag 1982 8vo (24 cm), 152 pp. Hardcover. Franz Kafka's bibliography.
Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana: Treasures of Jewish Booklore. Marking the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Leeser Rosenthal, 1794-1994
Amsterdam Amsterdam 1994 4to (29.5 cm), XII, 135 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. "In spring 1993 it was suggested that the 200th anniversary of Leeser Rosenthal's birth in 1794 be marked by reproducing some of the treasures of the collection in an attractive form. Some fifty specialists from Holland and abroad were invited to contribute short articles to the proposed illustrated volume. The response was gratifying. An effort has been made to encompass as wide a variety of subjects as possible and these are presented in chronological order. Medieval manuscripts and early typography and printed books, including blue-paper editions, historical documents, an early Hebrew map, seventeenth-century etchings and copper engravings, original Spinoza editions and eighteenth-century calligraphy, Yiddish chronicles and fine bookbindings in silver and morocco, liturgical music, highlights of nineteenth-and twentieth-century Jewish literature, a celebrated auction catalogue, modern limited editions and prints are all featured." (from the Introduction).
Senato del Regno. Catalogo della Biblioteca
Rome Forzani 1888 8vo (24 cm), XIX, 710 columns. Untrimmed in cont. marbled boards, two lather labels, original wrappers bound in (binding little dusted, a book plate and collector's label (Biblioteca Ludolf)). A catalogue of the library of the Senate of Italy.
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Bibliographie de la Belgique ou Catalogue Général de l'imprimerie et de la Librairie Belges publie par la Librairie de C. Muquardt. 1856-1860
Bruxelles Charles Muquardt 1856 5 volumes in one 8vo (24 cm), , 150 pp; , 154 pp; , 148 pp; 204 pp; , 192 pp. Untrimmed in cont. cloth backed marbled boards (edges little frayed, the title of the first volume little dusted, little foxing to end papers, the last volume printed on smaller paper). Lists of books published in Belgium in 1856-1860.
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Ukrainska rukopysna knyha: Pam'iatky knyzhkovoho mystetstva
Lviv Svit 1995 4to (29 cm), 480 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. In Ukrainian with a summary in English. Descriptions of 128 Ukrainian illuminated or illustrated manuscripts from 11th to 18th century preceded by the history of the art of the book in Ukraine. 250 illustrations in color.
Middelnederlandse bijbelhandschriften: Verzameling van Middelnederlandse bijbelteksten: Catalogus
Brill 1984 4to (25.5 cm), X, 337 pp, 18 plates, 2 folding tables. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket (dj little frayed at extremities). During the Middle Ages the entire Bible was translated from Vulgate into Middle Dutch. The most important of these translations have been published in the Corpus Sacrae Scripturae Neerlandicae Maedii Aevi. This catalogue of all known manuscripts forms the final volume of the Corpus. In 11 chapters the manuscript tradition of each translation is discussed briefly, followed by a survey of the manuscripts. Altogether, the catalogue presents descriptions of 288 manuscripts; another 100 manuscripts are only mentioned.
Romanesque Manuscripts: The Twelfth Century. Vol. 1-2
Harvey Miller Publishers 1996 2 volumes 4to (33.5 cm), 48 pp, 374 plates; 219 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. From the blurb: "This publication covers the very large body of material that survives from the Romanesque period, a time of intense creativity. Professor Cahn not only discusses the high points of the illuminator's art, but also surveys a broad range of books from Bibles and Saint's Lives to literary and historical writings. The manuscripts are arranged by region, within the present boundaries of France. In this introduction the author deals with themes such as the material evidence, types and styles of illumination and historiography. This gives scope for a consideration of patronage - both ecclesiastical and secular - and the development of libraries. The Catalogue gives detailed information about format, style and iconography, contents, provenance and literature for each manuscript, and is particulary valuable for the identification of different artist and scribes. The corpus of illustrations complements the Catalogue and provides a much needed visual conspectus of French Romanesque book illumination. This first publication in the new series reveals hitherto unknown material and will serve scholars and collectors as a definitive reference book for an understanding of the variety and artistic richness of French illuminated manuscripts of this era."
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'Dit is mijn boek': Joodse exlibriscultuur in Nederland
De Buitenkant 2017 8vo (24 cm), 1492 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. A catalogue of authors' collections of Jewish bookplates. 1700 bookplates are described and illustrated. The volume opens with an extensive introduction describing the history of the Dutch bookplate tradition and the remarkable role played by Jews. In Dutch with the Summary in English.
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The printed book of the Renaissance: Three lectures on type, illustration, ornament
Gerard Th. van Heusden 1966 4to (28.5 cm), , X, 93, VIII plates. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. In 1947 the learned antiquarian bookseller Ernst Philip Goldschmidt was invited to America to lecture on 'The Spread of Renaissance by Means of the Book'. The text of these lectures was first printed in 1950 by Cambridge University Press in a limited edition. This is a reprint of the second edition with corrections.
The Canterbury School of Illumination 1066-1200
Cambridge University Press 1954 4to (31.5 cm), front., XV, 140 pp, 72 illustrations on 72 plates. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket (dj little frayed at extremities). From the publisher's description: "Medieval Canterbury, the centre of the English Church, was also the centre of England's greatest and most sustained achievement in art: the illumination of MSS. between AD 1000 and 1200. This book is the authoritative work on the subject. The narrative begins with the inception of the Anglo-Saxon impressionistic style; it traces the gradual development of Romanesque and Gothic and shows the important effects of Norman, French, Italian and Byzantine influences. Dr. Dodwell analyses the character and origin of Norman illumination, the problems of iconography and survivals of classical art. One of the bases of the study is a thorough knowledge of Canterbury scripts, which is most necessary for dating illumination. There are scholarly appendixes on illumination at Durham, Exeter and Winchester and a handlist of Canterbury MSS."
Manuscrits médiévaux de Chambéry. Textes et Enluminures
Paris CNRS 1998 4to (30 cm), 244 pp, 26 illustrations in color, 155 in b&w on unpaginated plates. Publisher's laminated boards. A catalogue of illuminated manuscripts in libraries and museums of the town of Chambéry in Savoy. 40 manuscripts are described in detail and illustrated.
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Romeyn de Hooghe (1645-1708) as book illustrator: A bibliography
A. Schram 1970 4to (27 cm), 247 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket (dj little stained). Though the historical prints and topographical vies by Romeyn de Hooghe (1645-1708) have been known and admired, the present book is the first descriptive bibliography of the famous Dutch engraver. It describes over 100 titles containing ca. 2800 etchings. The relationships between the artist and many of hist influential contemporaries may be traced back in the various indexes.
The Miniatures of the Sacra Parallela: Parisinus Graecus 92
Princeton University Press 1979 4to (30 cm), XIII, 272 pp; 162 plates. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket (dj little dusted and frayed at extremities). From the publisher's description: "With over 400 scenic illustrations and more than 1200 portrait figures, busts and medallions, the Sacra Parallela is the most lavishly illustrated Byzantine manuscript still in existence. Yet it is of primary importance not so much for its innate pictorial quality as for what it can tell us of the lost miniature cycles it epitomizes. For many of these illustrations the miniature of the Sacra Parallela provide the only surviving testimony. Reproducing in their original size all the scenic illustrations, Kurt Weitzmann groups them according to the sources from which they were excerpted. His text provide an exhaustive analysis of each illustration, its style, iconography and relationships."
Flemish and Related Panel-Stamped Bindings: Evidence and Principles
New York Bibliographical Society of America 1990 4to (28.5 cm), XVIII, 253 pp. Publisher's cloth gilt. From the publisher's description: "Ever since W. H. James Weale laid the foundations for the scholarly study of panel-stamped bindings in 1894, it has been universally assumed that the stamps were hand-engraved, and thus that each panel was a unique artifact. However, Fogelmark discovered that virtually everything written since Weale's study has been based on a fundamental mistake. In Fogelmark's search for literature on blind panels, he had not been able to find a single item dealing with the all-important questions of production and technique. Fogelmark believes that one must understand the nature of the panel stamp and the basic rules that guided its use before discussing matters of attribution and iconography. He now presents decisive evidence that panel stamps were cast in metal rather than hand engraved and were often produced in multiple copies for wide distribution. Identical stamps could be used concurrently in different shops, different cities and even different countries."
Miniature decoration in the Vatican Virgil: A study in late antique iconography
Verlag E. Wasmuth 1983 8vo (24.5 cm), 135 pp, 22 leaves of plates. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. The Vatican Virgil may be said to hold pride of place among all the great treasures of the Vatican Library on two counts. For, despite its ruinous state - it comprises one fifth its original leaves - it is the earliest surviving copy of Virgil, as well as a unique relic of classical literary book illustration. It is just those two factors, the late date of the manuscript, vis a vis the pictorial classicism of its miniatures, which have given rise to a scholarly debate which has not yet been resolved: are the miniatures copies or original.
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Pelgrimstekens op perkament: originele en nageschilderde bedevaartssouvenirs in relgieuze boeken (ca. 1450-ca. 1530) (Nijmeegse kunsthistorische studies)
Orange House 2009 8vo (23 cm), 624 pp. Laminated boards. "The traces of pilgrimage on parchment" a study of pilgrimages' souvenirs in illuminated manuscripts. In Dutch with 15 pages summary in English.
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Hegel. Bibliography: Background material on the reception of Hegel within the context of the history of philosophy = Bibliographie: Materialien zur Geschichte der internationalen Hegel-Rezeption und zur Philosophie-Geschichte
K. G. Saur 1980 8vo (24 cm), XVI, 894 pp. Publisher's printed cloth. 12032 items followed by 250 pp of indexes. "The following bibliography is to be understood as a bibliographic study and contribution to the historical reception of Hegel and to the history of philosophy of German idealism... The main section is divided into two groups: a bibliography of Hegel's works and a bibliography of the writing on Hegel's works, including philosophy of German Idealism. Among these are classified all original works, monographs, periodicals, essays, dissertations and selected newspaper articles and reviews. The strict chronological order required that each new edition or issue of a work be classified according to the corresponding year of publication." (from the Introduction)
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Bibliographia Cartesiana: A Critical Guide to the Descartes Literature 1800-1960
The Hague Martinus Nijhoff 1964 8vo (24 cm), XV, 509 pp. Cloth and dust jacket. From the publisher's description: "This tool offers a new type of working tool for Cartesian studies. It presents the literature for 1800-1960 in alphabetical order (Part Two), combined with a systematic analytical survey (Pat Three). This organization makes it possible to turn bibliography from a repository of reference into a workshop of research. Thy systematic survey of Part One and the topical index of Part Three, together, offer aa mise au point of Descartes studies over their full historical and topical range."
Dublin Eason and Son 1976 8vo (25 cm), 24 pp. Laminated wrappers with flaps.
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Harvard College Library Department of Printing and Graphic Arts. Catalogue of Books and Manuscripts. Part I: French 16th Century Books [2 vols, complete set]
Harvard University Press 1964 2 volumes 4to (29 cm), XX, 358 pp;  PP., 359-729. Publisher's cloth (light shelfwear). The first part of a projected catalog of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts established in Harvard Library in 1938. 557 books described, furnishing collations, references, innumerable bibliographical details, many illustrations and useful indexes. A standard reference in the field.
A Medieval Mirror: Speculum humanae salvationis, 1324-1500
University of California Press 1984 4to (35 cm), 230 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket. From the blurb: 'The Speculum humanae salvationis', or 'Mirror of Human Salvation,' occupies a unique place in the history of the book. It is the only medieval work that exists in manuscripts, in bookblock editions of the mid 15-th century, and in sixteen later incunabula. The popularity of the medieval typological system, in which events of the Gospels are prefigured in the Old Testament, reached its zenith in the 'Speculum', and more than 300 manuscripts survived. The authors have provided lavishly illustrated accounts of the manuscripts and included reproductions of 116 woodcuts of the bookblooks, accompanied by a description of the typography and production and an interpretation of each scene.