Paris and New York: Boussod, Valadon, and Co. (Goupil), 1893. Hardcover. One hundred plates - photogravures and etchings and one water color fac-simile. Vellum edition with text and engravings printed on vellum paper. Ex-library with sticker to spine and stamps to verso of title page and pocket to rear free endpaper. Bound in the original dark red cloth boards with gilt title to front cover. Red library tape repair covers the spine. Gilt title "Salon of 1893" to spine. Dampstaining to lower third of front board and soiling to boards. Heavy wear to corners and edges of boards. Linen hinge tape to interior hinges. Title page and frontis are loose with chipping to edges, but present. Foxing to all pages, heaviest in margins. Minor dampstaining to inner margins of last few pages. 102 pages plus plates. This is a heavy, folio sized volume and it may require an extra shipping fee. ART/032619. Very Good.
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Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1968. Hardcover. Very good folio, cloth & gilt boards in very good- illustrated dust jacket with white title to front panel and black title spine. Four closed tears and 2 open tears to edges of jacket. Insides clean, 92 color tipped-in plates, 31 b/w plates; 173 pp. Russian Art. ART/1243. Very Good.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, . Hard Cover. First American edition of this excellent monograph on the work of Wassily Kandinsky. It includes 920 illustrations, of which 41 are in full color and are tipped-in. Bound in light yellow cloth with black design on front cover and title to spine. Small tear to cloth on front hinge. In white illustrated dust jacket with black title to front cover and spine. Light wear to edges of jacket. 428 pages including a chronological catalogue of works and a classified catalogue. ART/061317. Near Fine / Near Fine.
Baltimore: Scapegoat Publishing, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition. There were 200 copies of the hardcover, slipcased edition issued with a 10" record in sleeve. This copy does not include the record. This book is a retrospective of Stephen Kasner (1970 - ), who continues to work as a visual artist, musician, photographer, and magician. It contains a brief biography, selection of paintings, drawings, photographs, album art, and several essays. Bound in black cloth boards with silver title to front cover and spine. Filled with full color illustrations. A nicely printed book. Housed in a black cloth slipcase with silver title to front cover and spine panel. Minor wear to edges of case. 160 pages. ART/071017. Fine.
Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2004. Paperback. This book offers essays that focus on the intricacies of accounting for the geographical dimension of art history during the early modern period in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Very good in black and grey illustrated wrappers with white title to spine and front cover. Creasing to rear cover, and bumping to top corners of pages. Clean interior. 490 pages. ARTCRIT/010517. Near Fine.
London: R.A. Walker, 1924. Hardcover. First Edition. Number 183 of 500 copies with signature of publisher, Walker. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed by Walker to the journalist J.M. Bulloch "To J.M. Bulloch / with the regards of the publisher and editor / R.A. Walker / 7 January 1925." An autograph letter from Walker to Bulloch is pasted down to the rear end page and Bulloch's review of this book is pasted down to the front end page. It was appropriate that Bulloch reviewed this book as he had promoted Beardsley's work in the 1890's. The main text is a lecture by A.W. King, a friend and tutor of Beardsley. He originally delivered the lecture at the Blackburn Technical Institute where he held the position of secretary. The book also includes 15 full page sketches and about 16 letters from Beardsley, many of which include smaller sketches. All of the letters and sketches had been in the possession of A.W. King and had never before been published. Several of the letters are of notable content, one of which tells of his first visit to see the influential artist Edward Burne-Jones in 1891 and another describes his development of a new drawing style. Near fine in original light blue cloth boards with black and gilt leather title label to spine. Slight browning to spine and minor wear to spine ends. Light offsetting to front endpages from inserted review, else very clean. A nice association copy. 103 pages. ART/010710. Near Fine.
London: The Studio, 1913. Slipcased. SCARCE. Issued as a bound-in Christmas supplement to Volume 60 of The Studio. It includes seven illustrations in color and eight in black and white, all in the quintessential Art Nouveau style for which Jessie M. King is known. This copy is hand-sewn into a folder with maroon paper boards and a beige linen spine. Housed in a slipcase covered in the same maroon paper. In near fine condition. ART/111412. Near Fine.
New York: Random House. Hardcover. Large oblong folio. Grey cloth backed brown cloth covered boards with embossed title to front board and black title to spine. Minor fading to boards as a result of sun light showing through white parts of dust jacket. Inscription to title page. Light toning to edges of pages though only text pages. Else is clean and bright and filled with wonderful full color illustrations. Includes a list of 250 Currier & Ives prints and their values. Black illustrated price clipped dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Edge wear to jacket includes 4 small closed tears, one of which has been repaired with tape, and minor creasing and chipping to spine ends. 140 pages. This is a heavy book and will require extra shipping charges. American art. ART/051111. Very Good in Very Good- DJ.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1902. Walter Crane. Hardcover. FIRST TRADE EDITION. This is still the best and most comprehensive work on Crane’s art, encompassing his illustrations, paintings, and decorative works. There are 8 photogravure plates, 24 full page colored plates, and over 100 other illustrations of his paintings, wall paper designs, and book illustrations. There are also two inserted facsimile leaves from The Story of the Glittering Plain published by the Kelmscott Press. It was the only Kelmscott Press title illustrated by Crane, despite his close friendship with fellow-Socialist William Morris. The book begins with a chapter discussing Morris’s influence on Crane’s ideas of Socialism and art. A very good small folio bound in the original blue-green pictorial cloth, with the cover design and spine printed in black and gilt. The covers show wear, with slight fraying at edges, brief spotting, and the front hinge slightly cracked. The interior is quite clean and bright save for some very light aging to margins and a small brown stain on one of the color illustrations and its facing page. Altogether a very nice copy of this rather scarce book. 148 pages. ILL/042210. Very Good.
Stuttgart: Ernst Battenberg Verlag, 1963. Hardcover. 4to. In German. This title examines the usage of color in culture and life. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to front board and decorative black and gilt title to spine. Minor scuffing/soiling to front board. Pristine interior with bright text. Filled with tipped-in color plates. Plates range from images of nature to reproductions of artwork. Tight binding. 275 pp. ART/081904. Very Good Plus.
NY: Doubleday and Co., 1962. Hardcover. 8vo. Tan cloth boards. Clean, tight interior. Orange dust jacket with black title to spine. Fading/damp staining to edges of jacket. Jacket is partially adhered to boards of book. Chipping and tears to jacket. 159 pages. Art How-To. ARTHOW/011306. Good Plus in Good dj.
Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1969. Paperback. Excerpt taken from Sonderdruck aus zu Begriff und Problem der Renaissance. Very good in white paper wrappers with blue cloth spine and title to front cover in black. Thin octavo. Presentation copy with inscription on front cover. Paperclip rust marking on front cover across signature and to first few pages of text. Insides are clean and bright (except for paperclip marking). German. 59 pages numbered 335 to 394. German Art. GER/2073. Very Good.
New York: The Asia Society, 1970. Hardcover. Inscribed. From the library of noted Asian art scholar Laurance Roberts. Gift inscription to him and his wife on ffe from the Rockefellers, "With love and admiration to Laurance and Isabel Roberts from John and Blanchette, October 1970." In beige cloth covered boards, and white dj with blue and white illustration on front. Jacket has a few small tears and some smudging to rear cover. Interior is beautiful 94 pp. ART/052506. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, (1973). Hardcover. 4to. Near fine in very good, price-clipped grey and white illustrated dust jacket with red title to front and spine panels. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Index, 278 pages. Antiques. ANTI1/5190. Near Fine in Very Good DJ.
Gallimard, 1967. Hardcover. Filled with illustrations of African art, some of which fold-out. Very good in red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Creasing to turn-ins of several of the fold-out plates including the rear map; otherwise, in fine condition. In a good illustrated dust jacket with white spine panel titled in black. The edges of the jacket are heavily worn with several large tears and losses to the edges of the jacket. A closed tear has been repaired with tape along the interior of the front panel. Rubbing and light soiling to jacket. The jacket is protected from further wear with a plastic cover. Text is in FRENCH. 450 pages. ART/011013. Very Good in Good Dust Jacket.
Paterson: Gayren Press, No date. Paperback. Both volumes are very good in side-staped paper wrappers with wood cut illustration and title to front wrap of both volumes. Volume I includes black and white wood cuts by the author and volume II includes color woodcuts by author. In wraps. 2 closed tears that have been repaired with tape to front wrapper of Form and Fancy II whos wrappers were also detached but have now been repaired. Art. ART111101. Very Good.
Paris: Goupil & Cie, 1912. Hardcover. Number 8 of 75 copies on Japanese paper. This sumptuous book recounts the life and work of Eugene Lami, the famed French painter, illustrator, and designer. It is extensively illustrated throughout with double plates of each of the works. Each is protected by a tissue guard. In full brown leather with ornate gilt ornaments decorating the covers. There are four raised bands on the spine with gilt decorations, author, and title. Light scuffing, bumping, and tear to top of spine along joint along with missing leather where label was removed. Unfortunately this heavy ex-library book's binding is detached from the text block. The free front endpaper is torn as is the half title. Ex-library although library markings are relatively unobtrusive, with an ownership stamp on the verso of the original cover bound in, small ink numbers on verso of title page and scraping to the rear free endpaper where sign-out card removed. The interior of the book is otherwise in very good condition. With the bookplate of Courtland Bishop (1870-1935) the pioneer U.S. aviator, autoist, traveler, and noted book collector. Price reflects flaws. In French. Folio volume with 206 pages plus plates. Heavy volume may require extra postage. ART/031419. Very Good -.
Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1960. Hardcover. small 4to. Green cloth backed marble paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor rubbing to edges of boards. Pristine interior with illustrations throughout. Orange dust jacket with gilt embossed title to gilt paste down of front panel. Minor creasing and chipping to top edge of dust jacket as well as minor fading to spine panel. ANT208281. Very Good + in Very Good DJ.
Washington, New Haven, and London: National gallery of Art and Yale University Press, 1991. Paperback. 4to. Illustrated paper wrappers with red spine panel and white title to spine. Slight wear to edges. Clean, tight interior with many illustrations throughout. 671 pages. ART/062006. Near Fine in Wraps.