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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Bonn: Verlag von Max Cohen and Cohn, 1866. Hardcover. Ex-library with stamps to endpapers and spine. Bound in modern red cloth boards. No title to binding. Library call numbers to spine and evidence of removed title label. Wear and minor fraying to spine ends and edges of boards. Chipping and some loss to endpapers. Some pages are disbound and many splits to interior binding. Includes all 51 plates, some in color, one fold out. Text in German. Clean overall with occasional spots of foxing to text pages. Occasional smudge marks and spots of soiling (mostly to margins) of plates. Some short closed tears to edges of pages. A good reading copy. 379 pages plus 51 plates. REL/042419. Very Good.
New York: The Dial Press, 1948. Hardcover. Quarto. Illustrated with black and white illustrations and some color plates. Black cloth boards with gilt title to front cover but no title to spine. Wear and fraying to edges of boards, corners, and spine ends. White staining to front cover. Minor bumping to corners. Slight browning to margins. 192 pages. ART/060919. Very Good.
Lausanne, 1991. Second Edition. Hardcover. Oblong 12mo. Number 911 of 3000 limited copies. Near fine in near fine illustrated dust jacket with black title to front panel and to white spine panel. Interior is clean and bright and filled with full color illustrations. TEXT IN FRENCH. MAR/042219. Near Fine / Near Fine.
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.
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.