Munich: Prom-Galerie, (2000). Hardcover. INSCRIBED BY FALLANI. First edition. Fine in grey cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. Pristine interior with numerous full color reproductions of Fallani's paintings. Near fine illustrated dust jacket with white spine panel and black title to spine. Light wear to edges of jacket, else fine. 94 pages. ART/102109. Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
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Paris: Les Editions G. Cres & Cie, 1926. Hardcover. Full leather deep purple/dark brown binding with raised bands and very bright gilt titling. In excellent condition. Endpapers are turquoise tissue with white flowers, interior clean, contains many photographs and diagrams. Timeline in rear. Text in French. Index+appendices, 289+ pp. French art. FRE/3173. Fine.
Paris: Les Editions G. Cres & Cie, 1926. Hardcover. Full leather deep purple/dark brown binding with raised bands and very bright gilt titling. In excellent condition. Endpapers are turquoise tissue with white flowers, interior clean, contains many photographs and diagrams. Timeline in rear. Text in French. Index+appendices, 513+ pp. French art. FRE/3173. Fine.
New York: Abbeville Press, 1989. Hardcover. First Edition. A sumptuous book about the equally resplendent art of famed Pre-Raphaelite artist and writer Dante Gabriel Rossetti. In addition to chronicling Rossetti's artistic career, the book also describes his turbulent personal life and loves. There are 265 illustrations with 140 in full color. Bound in maroon cloth with gilt title to spine and in a beautiful pictorial dust jacket featuring one of his many portraits of his lover and muse Jane Morris. Both are in very good condition save for light bumping to spine edges, a minor dampstain to bottom edges of last few pages (and small spot to rear cover), and slight browning to margins. A large volume measuring 11.5 x 13.25 inches. 255 pages including chronology, bibliography, and index. PRERAPH/113018. Near Fine.
London: Ernest Benn Ltd., 1928. Hardcover. Fifth impression of Ficke's well known book on Japanese prints. Tipped in are a Japanese woodcut print and a one page handwritten letter from Ficke to "Helene." Arthur Davison Ficke (1883-1945) was a poet and lawyer who was from a wealthy family in Iowa. His father imported Japanese prints, and Ficke had a lifelong interest in this art. His poetry has lost its signicance, and he is best known today for his extremely close relationship with Edna St. Vincent Millay and his expertise on Japanese art. The woodcut is 7.25 x 5 inches. In color, depicting a scribe pondering over a long sheet of paper with his pen in the air. There are several lines of Japanese writing. Soiled but otherwise in very good condition. The letter, dated May 28, 1937, is about the authenticity of a print and factors considered in determining this. He closes by saying if the print were genuine, it would be a great treasure and would command a price of many hundreds if dollars. He signs it, "Arthur." The interior pages are clean and bright with title, author and publisher in black to spine and front board. Bound in black cloth with slight bumping and rubbing, and a dark outline of a circle on the front cover as though a glass had been set upon it. In a brown dustjacket with author, title, and publisher in black on spine and front cover. It also states that the book is part of a series of handbooks for collectors. Some chipping and nicks to corners and top and bottom of spine but still very good. Bookplate of Inez and Carl Kinney. 456 pages including index. ASIANART/120211. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
New York: Harry N Abrams, Inc., 1975. Hardcover. 4to. Red cloth boards with silver title to spine. Interior is very clean with many illustrations and tight binding. Minor foxing to fore edge. White illustrated dj with blue title to spine. Closed tear to front panel of dj, wear to edges, and minor soiling to jacket. 313 pp. ART/091905. Very Good Plus in Very Good Minus dj.
Washington DC: Library Fellows, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1992. Hardcover. Number 4 of 20 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist with an original drawing in a separate portfolio. Audrey Flack (1931-) is an important American artist who is nationally recognized and whose works are in major collections throughout the world. She is known as a pioneer in Photorealism and has also been inspired by Baroque art. This book is the third volume in the artists' book series published by the Library Fellows of The National Museum of Women in the Arts. The sketchbook records Flack's travels from 1985-89, which included trips to Paris, Las Vegas, and Fort Lauderdale. The terra cotta pencil sketches that fill the sketchbook are beautifully rendered and often intimate. They are reproduced to scale. The book and the portfolio for the illustration are bound in a green, black and orange marbled cloth. Save for light creases on the free endpapers the book is in fine condition. The original drawing is a portrait from a Baroque sculpture and measures 4 x 6 inches. Both are housed in a brown cloth box with black leather title label affixed to a strip of the marbled cloth used for the binding. A lovely copy of this now rare book. Unpaginated. ARTISTS/102612. Fine.
England: The Fleece Press, 2010. Hardcover. 1 of 500 copies. The artist Leslie Cole, who trained under Bawden and Ravilious at the Royal College of Art in the 1930s, produced some of the finest wartiime paintings after appointed an Official War Artist, his watercolors being particularly fine, many in a Ravilious influenced style. Cole travelled through Germany (recording the scenes of horrific trauma at Belsen a week after its liberation), France, Malta and the Far East, where he recorded the action in Borneo and Singapore, a theatre of the war largely forgotten by Europeans today. Cole’s work was the equal of any other war artist, and yet he was unable, for personal or other reasons, to maintain the momentum after the war, when he seems to have slid very slowly downhill, and his early promise was unfulfilled. The book also writes of Cole’s wife Brenda . She had a very colorful teenage history, being the chief prosecution witness for the Church of England when they prosecuted the Rector of Stiffkey for importuning young girls. She disguised this past very ably through her life, even changing her name, and may not even have told her husband. Her true identity was revealed to friends before she died. This handsome work was designed and type set by Simon Lawrence, the publisher. Bound in quarter dark blue cloth with beautiful blue marbled paper made by Louise Brockman for the front and rear covers. . Printed in Miller display type. Over 130 illustrations of Cole's works and photographs of him and his wife.198 pages including index. PRI/011311. Fine.
Paris: Editions Pierre Tisne, (1963). Hardcover. 8vo. Blue illustrated cloth covered boards with black title to front board and to spine. Text in Italian. Profusely illustrated with color plates. White dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Rubbing to dust jacket as well as minor chipping and creasing to top edge. 243 pages with index. Art. ART104210. Very Good in Good + DJ.
New York: Random House, 1963. Hardcover. 8vo. Near fine in a near fine slipcase. Volumes are bound in red cloth covered boards with gilt title to blue square on spines. Vol 1 has 151 plates, 51 in color; vol. 2 has 159 plates, 52 in color. Light bumping to spine ends. Slight musty smell. Art Bio. ART/8052. Near Fine.
Bruxelles: Editions "La Boetie" Paperback. Number 635 of 1500 copies. Photographic frontispiece portrait of Paul Delvaux. Includes 28 black and white reproductions of Delvaux's paintings. Very good in stiff cream paper wrappers with black and red title on spine and front cover. Light browning to edges of covers and edges of some pages, else very clean. Pages are unopened. Original glassine is present but chipped and browned. 38 pages plus 28 plates. FRE/121912. Very Good.
New York: John Lane Company, 1916. Hardcover. 1 of 100 copies printed and type distributed. Albert Eugene Gallatin (1881-1952) was a wealthy art historian and collector of modern art. Early in his life he was attracted to the aestethic art of Whistler, Beardsley, and Beerbohm, but he soon became a collector of contemporary art and helped to found the first museum of modern art in New York City. This essay was based on one he wrote for the The Print Collector's Quarterly. In it he describes six portraits of Whistler that were hitherto unpublished. Five were from his own collection. Bound in yellow paper boards with brown linen spine.Linen Wear to spine, edges, and corners and fraying to head of spine. Paper spine label is chipped. Interior is mostly clean and bright with 6 b/w plates with original tissue guards. Very good condition. 14 pages. ART/061004. Very Good.
Morristown, NJ: The Morris Museum, 2002. Paperback. SCARCE. Oblong 8vo. Very good+ in grey paper wrappers with white and dark grey title to front wrapper and dark grey title to spine. Minor fading to edges of front wrapper and to spine. Residue from small price sticker to rear wrapper. Very slight yellowing to edges of pages. Previous owner's name written to inside of front cover. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 50 pages. HOL/020819. Very Good+.
Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, Binghamton University Art Museum, State University of New York, (2000). Hardcover. INSCRIBED BY LUCY DANIELS TO BARBARA YOUNG. Lucy Daniels is an author, psychologist, and founder of the Lucy Daniels Foundation. Dr. Barbara Young is a physchiatrist and photographer. 4to. Near fine in black cloth covered boards with silver title to front board and to spine. Inscription to front free end page reads "For Barbara Young - With love and appreciation. Lucy Daniels, April 2, 2000." Slight musty smell. Else is clean and bright and filled with illustrations. Black illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Rubbing to dust jacket. Index, 304 pages. PSY/010918. Near Fine / Very Good.
Boston: MFA Publications; Museum of Fine Arts, 2007. Paperback. A comprehensive study of how African and Oceanic arts were brought to Europe and the United States in the later twentieth century. Fine in black paper wrappers with white title to spine and front cover. Clean and bright with 145 full color photographic illustrations adn 25 black and white illustrations. 246 pages. African and Oceanic Art. ART/123016. 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.