Paris: Chez Poinçot, 1789. Hardcover. A collection of 44 beautiful handcolored botanical plates of which 38 are of various flowers and 6 comprise a visual dictionary of botanical terms. Each plate is accompanied by a page of text describing the plant and its qualities. The plates are in near fine condition but unfortunately the leather binding is not. It is chipped, scuffed, and bumped, and the top half of the spine is missing. The front board is almost detached although the text block is firm. Endpapers have spotting and the title page has browning to edges. Small octavo. Unpaginated. NATURE/072021.
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Baltimore: Blurb, Inc., 2021. Hardcover. "A history of the 138 year old artist association, the Charcoal Club of Baltimore. The first few chapters begin with the founding of the Club in 1883 and with the history of its highly regarded art school and popular annual Exhibition of American Contemporary Art. The book then turns to the social aspects of the Club including the Bal des Arts costume ball, its hilarious endeavors, and combative positions sometimes veiled in humor. The book continues with a chronicle of the Club's history followed by a sampling of artworks by Club members." Oblong, bound in black cloth boards. In illustrated dust jacket with title to front and spine panels. Numerous color illustrations. 167 pages. New / New.
Milan: Dalla Stamperia Reale, 1810. Hardcover. Giuseppe Bossi (1777 – 1815) was an Italian painter, arts administrator and writer on art. He ranks among the foremost figures of Neoclassical culture in Lombardy, along with Ugo Foscolo, Giuseppe Parini, Andrea Appiani or Manzoni. Bossi devoted a large part of his life to the study of the works of Leonardo, whose drawing manner he imitated accurately enough for his productions to have passed as Leonardos and his last work was a series of drawings in monochrome representing incidents in the life of that great master. He left unfinished a large cartoon in black chalk of the Dead Christ in the bosom of Mary, with John and the Magdalene. In 1810 he published this monumental work titled Del Cenacolo di Leonardo da Vinci, which had the merit of greatly interesting Goethe, who shared Bossi's urgent dream of saving Leonardo's fresco [Wikipedia]. This work comprises four books dealing with different aspects of Da Vinci's life and art. Large folio bound in full brown leather with gilt ornament to front cover, raised spine bands and gilt titling to black leather spine label. Leather is scraped, rubbed, soiled and bumped, and spine has been rebacked. Evidence of library call number at bottom of spine and glue remnants on rear pastedown where signout card removed. A.e.g. Text pages are generally clean and bright with some age toning to margins and occasional light foxing. With engraved frontis of Da Vinci's only self portrait and five additional plates, with the sixth one unfortunately missing. In Italian. 263 pages. ART/040521. Very Good -.
London: Paul Elek, 1966. Hardcover. With 24 colour plates, reproduced using 6 color lithography, from original 18th and 19th century engravings, prints, and paintings. Also includes 96 pages with 196 duotone illustrations for a total of 144 pages. Oblong folio bound in turquoise cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt emblem to front board. Minor sunning to edges of boards and wear to edges. Clean, bright interior. In full color illustrated dust jacket with dark blue title to spine and front panels. Wear to edges of jacket including a few tears, one repaired with tape. Minor sunning to jacket. Jacket is now protected in an archival cover. This may require extra shipping fee due to large size. ENG/072821. Very Good / Very Good.
Paris: F. Kellerhoven, . Hardcover. A beautiful book with chromolithographs that are based on the paintings at the Sainte-Ursule Church in Cologne. The text and plates in this work were previously unpublished. "Saint Ursula is a legendary Romano-British Christian saint who died on 21 October 383. Her legendary status comes from a medieval story that she was a princess who, at the request of her father King Dionotus of Dumnonia in south-west Britain, set sail along with 11,000 virginal handmaidens to join her future husband, the pagan governor Conan Meriadoc of Armorica. After a miraculous storm brought them over the sea in a single day to a Gaulish port, Ursula declared that before her marriage she would undertake a pan-European pilgrimage. She headed for Rome with her followers and persuaded the Pope, Cyriacus, and Sulpicius, bishop of Ravenna, to join them. After setting out for Cologne, which was being besieged by Huns, all the virgins were beheaded in a massacre. The Huns' leader fatally shot Ursula with an arrow" [Wikipedia]. Bound in three quarter red leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. The leather is chipped, bumped, and rubbed. Edges of paper boards are chipped and worn. Hinges are tender but text block is tight. This book's appeal are the twenty-one gorgeous chromolithographic plates by Hangard-Maugé. The plates are in very good to near fine condition despite the foxing and offsetting to their tissue guards. Text pages are generally clean with aging to page edges and occasional spotting. Ownership signature dated 1945 on half-title and bookplate on ffep. Very good. Quarto. 218 pages. REL/101221. Very Good.
Baltimore: Cara Ober, 2021. Paperback. Fine in illustrated paper wrappers with black title to white spine. Filled with color photographic illustrations and articles on canine comfort, the quilts of Stephen Towns, paintings of Se Jong Cho, Baltimore comfort food during the pandemic, Potters Guild of Baltimore, studio visits to 10 Baltimore artists, Artist Yumi Hogan (First Lady of Maryland), Kris Fultono f Sophmore Coffee, and More. A beautifully produced local magazine. 108 pages. PER/111819. Fine.
Philadelphia and London: J.B. Lippincott and William Heinemann, 1909. Hardcover. Fourth edition of this comprehensive biography of Whistler written by the American artist Joseph Pennell and his wife Elizabeth. Extensively illustrated in black and white with Whistler's artwork. Bound in three quarter brown leather with brown and cream marbled boards and spine with raised bands and gilt titling and ornaments. Leather is chipped robbed and worn, wiht evidence of spine labels having been removed. Front hinges cracked from heavy volumes being opened flat. Interior pages are clean and bright. Perforated library stamps on title pages. Very good condition. Measuares 7.75 x 10 inches. Volume I: 316 pages plus plates; Volume II: 328 pages plus plates. ART/102121. Very Good.