Boston: New England Manufacturers' and Mechanics' Institute, 1884. Hardcover. One of 2000 copies. An interesting albeit short-lived publication that was done for the Institute by Arthur B. Turnure, proprietor at the time of the Art Age Press in NY. Turnure also created Vogue Magazine in 1882 and was a founder of the Grolier Club in January 1884. This year-book's preface states that the object of the publication "is to present to the world a volume, in which the highest American art products of the year are represented by means of suitable graphic arts, and produced entirely by means of American brains, labor, and materials." The first section offers a history and policy of the Institute, which was incorporated in 1879. The next section, the largest, provides an overview of 1884 art exhibits, the work of various prominent artists, and activities in various fields such as architecture, bookmaking, ceramics brass work, furniture, and jewelry. It is followed by a section with eleven examples of various graphic processes. All are in black and white except for a stunning lithograph from a painting by H. Hamilton Gibson. There are then several pages titled "Catalogue of Exhibits," and 16 pages of advertisements. Bound in cream paper covered boards with title with color design on front cover. Quite soiled , chipped and bumped. Interior pages are generally very good, with some foxing or spotting on some of the types of paper used. Measures 9.5 x 12.5 inches. Unpaginated (about 100 pages). ART/050619. Very Good.
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Northampton MA: Cheloniidae Press, 1978. State Proof. One of only a few copies printed for Robinson's Masters Thesis Show in 1978. With title, state proof, and signature in pencil on the lower margin. This striking black and white print of Robinson in turtle armor and with an image of a turtle and its skeleton next to him anticipates his founding of the Cheloniidae Press the following year. Cheloniidae is the name given to a family of Sea Turtle species. Robinson is shown in profile up to his shoulders and his turtle armor on his head and body given him the air of a Renaissance man. The turtle images are meticulously and realistically depicted. Image is 17.5 x 23 inches on heavy paper measuring 21 x 27 inches. In fine condition. ORIGART/073117. Fine.
Paris: Goupil and Cie; Manzi, Joyant and Cie, 1907. Hardcover. Number 107 of 300 copies. A beautiful and sumptuous work in French on the life and art of the great Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. In his preface, the author describes his careful research and authentication process on the artist’s work, saying it was necessary because Botticelli had so many disciples who imitated his style. There are 70 plates, of which nine are in color, plus a color frontispiece of a Botticelli self-portrait. For each work there is a plate of the full painting, followed by one or more plates with details from it. The color plates are all details of Botticelli’s exquisite portraiture. Plates 1-66 follow the text pages; plates 67-70 are bound in with the text. Bound in three quarter red leather with marbled paper covered boards and raised bands and gilt title to spine. Original paper covers bound in. Some staining to edges of some of the text pages, not affecting the plates. Each plate has a tissue guard printed with the title and location of the painting. Ownership signature in red ink on half title. In very good condition. Elephant folio. 83 pages plus plates. ART/091012. Very Good.
Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, 1920. Hardcover. An interesting early twentieth century Italian text on advertising techniques in various media, including newspapers, posters and signs, catalogs, and more. It talks about the power of advertising, and offers aphorisms on the subject. Extensively illustrated from Italian and French sources with twenty-seven black and white and seventeen color full-page reproductions. There are also over forty inventive and charming in text illustrations. Rebound in chipped and rubbed blue cloth. Some foxing and aging to interior pages but in very good condition. 181 pages including list of artists plus index. ART/091312. Very Good.
Paris: Librarie de la Construction Moderne, 1929-1930. Hardcover. Volume 45 of this weekly journal on all things architectural - theoretical, applied, practical, civil engineering, and legal issues. The issues date from 10/6/1929 to 9/28/1930. They have continuous pagination. The issues are filled with striking black and white photographs of hotels, public buildings, private homes, apartments. Many of the photos show the popularity of Art Deco architecture and design during that period. The coverage is mostly of French architecture although there are occasionally buildings in other European cities. Bound is brown quarter leather and marbled paper covered boards. Light rubbing and bumping to exterior but still very nice. Interior pages very good with occasional mark or closed tear to margins. Measures 9.5 x 12.25 inches. 820 pages. Heavy book that may require extra postage. ARCH/050319. Very Good.
New York: The Harry T Thomas Company, 1896. One of 540 copies of the scarce Autograph Edition signed by the author/artist. Francis Hopkinson Smith (1838-1915) was an American author, artist and engineer born in Baltimore, Maryland, a descendant of Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He became a contractor in New York City and did much work for the Federal government, including the stone ice-breaker at Bridgeport, Connecticut, the jetties at the mouth of the Connecticut river, the foundation for the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty in New York harbor, and the Race Rock Lighthouse off New London, Connecticut. His vacations were spent sketching in the White Mountains, in Cuba, in Mexico, and afterwards in Venice, Constantinople and Holland. He published various volumes of travel illustrated by himself, including this work on Venice [Wikipedia]. This beautiful large folio is extensively illustrated both in color and black & white. There are 20 full page color plates and 21 in b&w, all protected by tissue guards. In addition there are numerous color and b&w text illustrations throughout the book. In his preface Smith wrote that his aim was to describe and depict the beauties of Venice that one sees in the sunlight of a summer's day. Bound in contemporary brown three quarter leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is scraped and scuffed, with tear along top of spine. Paper boards are also scraped and worn. The interior pages are quite clean and bright. There is a margin stain on the free front endpaper but the rest of the book is very good plus. A very desirable copy of this homage to the magical city of Venice. 140 pages plus plates. This is very heavy book that will require extra postage. ART/012319.