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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Philadelphia: Gebbie and Co., circa 1880. Hardcover. Volume I ONLY. Includes 50 photogravures. Folio. Bound in three quarter brown leather over brown pebbled cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Rubbing and wear to hinges and edges of boards, spine, and corners. Rubbing and minor discoloration to boards. Dampstaining to corners of first few pages, but no plates are affected. Minor foxing to margins of most pages. Occasional smudge marks but clean overall. An attractive book despite noted damage. 96 pages plus plates. This is a heavy, folio sized set and it may require an extra shipping fee.ART/062019. 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.
London: Virtue and Co, 1885. Hardcover. An important Victorian magazine, known for its honest viewpoints on the fine arts. Includes five line engravings, five etchings, and two reproductions in fac-simile by E.J. Poynter, D. W. Wynfield, Henry Mosler, Edwin Douglas, Jimenez Y Aranda, and more. Articles on artists, architecture, decorative arts, reviews, and more. There is a 32 page article about Sir Frederick Leighton with many reproductions included. Black leather spine and corners over dark brown cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Rubbing and wear to leather on spine and corners and wear to minor wear to edges of boards. Red speckled edges. Clean, bright interior overall with occasional smudge marks to margins. 384 pages. This is a heavy, large quarto sized volume and it may require an extra shipping fee. ART/062019. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Gebbie and Barrie, circa 1880. Hardcover. Includes 60 plates and many wood engravings. Plates are by Charles Baugniet, W.A. Bouguereau, G.R.C. Boulanger, Alex Cabanel, J.L. Gerome, Hugues Merle, and many others. Bound in three quarter dark brown leather over pebbled black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Rubbing and wear to boards and all leather. Pulls and rubbing to leather on spine and corners. Minor dampstaining to bottom corners of first few pages. Foxing, mostly to margins, of many pages including plates. Occaional smudge marks. Clean overall. Chipping and closed tears to front free endpaper. 187 pages plus plates. This is a heavy, folio sized volume and it may require an extra shipping fee.ART/062019. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George Barrie, (1878). Hardcover. Illustrated profusely with 48 plates and many wood engravings including images of the buildings of the exhibition (in the introduction). Folio in brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Wear to edges of boards, hinges, and corners. Heavy rubbing to book cloth on both covers and on spine. Foxing to margins of most pages. Minor dampstaining to margins of a few pages, which does not affect the images on the plates. Clean overall. Text in English. 138 pages plus plates. This is a heavy, folio sized book and it may require an extra shipping fee. ART/062019. Very Good.
London: Gerald Howe, Ltd., 1929. Hardcover. 1 of 750 copies with "Presentation Copy" stamped on limitation page. The author Welby (1881-1933) was an English journalist best known for his literary criticism and journalism. He specialized in Swinburne and Walter Savage Landor, producing a study of Swinburne and a multi-volume edition of Landor's works. Also inserted is a printed card from the publisher requesting a review of the book. With a lovely frontis by Simeon Solomon and many illustrations throughout. Bound in brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Slight bump to all corners, In torn and chipped dust jacket. A very nice copy of this well-regarded work. 161 pages. PRERAPH/053019. Very Good Plus.
Manheim, Germany: Mannheim-Neckarau, . A scarce intact copy of this German typographic manual with 84 plates demonstrating various types, layouts, and illustrations. The title translates as "The writing in word and picture. (Practical instructions for learning writing, as well as for the production of glass signs, banners, matt and gloss gilding behind glass, advertising drafts, facade lettering." The 31-page manual offers a history of writing from hieroglyphics to Fraktur. The covers of the manual are lightly soiled but the interior is very good. The plates have occasional small marks on their margins but are also very good. The manual and plates are housed in a cardboard portfolio with the title on the cover and with brown ribbon ties. Light soilng and small brown stain on back cover. With the original cardboard box that holds the portfolio. It is stained and marked up. Measures 9 x 12 inches. BOB/050319. Very Good.