New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1875. Hardcover. The American version of this popular English magazine about the fine arts. Lacks 5 of the 36 engraved full page plates based on paintings and sculptures by Turner, Morris, Millet, Raffaelle, Dore, Bierstadt, Lombardi, and more. Articles on British and American artists, architecture, decorative arts, art schools, shoe collection in Museum of Costume in Paris, and more. Ex-library from MICA with stamp to front free endpaper. Dark brown leather spine and corners over brown cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Raised bands and gilt decoration to spine. Wear, rubbing, and chipping to spine ends, hinges, and corners. Both hinges are starting with cracks. Rubbing to covers and tear to book cloth on front board. Small dampstain along top margins of most pages. Very slight browning to margins, but clean and bright overall. Offsetting from plates to facing pages. Previous ownership signature in pencil dated 1961 to front free endpaper. Full gilt edges. An attractive volume despite the noted wear. 384 pages. This is a heavy, folio sized volume and it may require an extra shipping fee. ART/032619. Very Good.
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New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1879. Hardcover. The American version of this popular English magazine about the fine arts. A total of 36 engraved full page plates based on paintings and sculptures by Gerome, Landseer, Lucas, Millais, Newton, Armitage, and more. Articles on British and American artists, architecture, decorative arts, poetry, and more. Ex-library from MICA with stamp to copyright page and fore-edge of textblock. Dark brown leather spine and corners over reddish-brown cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Minor wear to spine ends, hinges, and corners. Very slight browning to margins, but clean and bright overall. Chip to front free endpaper. Full gilt edges. Laid-in fold out supplemental illustration dated December 1879. An attractive volume despite the noted wear. 380 pages. This is a heavy, folio sized volume and it may require an extra shipping fee. ART/032619. Very Good.
London: Virtue and Co, 1867. Hardcover. An important Victorian magazine, known for its honest viewpoints on the fine arts. Includes the full year of 1867 plus issues through August of 1868. A total of 43 engraved full page plates based on paintings and sculptures by Leslie, Eastlake, Ward, Solomon, Hook, Dore, and more. Articles on art, sculpture, photography, architecture, fashion, art clubs, exhibitions, reviews, decorative arts, and more. Ex-library from MICA with stamp to copyright page and fore-edge of textblock. Dark green leather spine and corners over brown cloth covered boards and maroon title label to spine with raised bands and gilt decoration to compartments. Minor wear and chipping to spine ends and corners. Rear hinge is starting. Minor soiling and sunning to boards. Slight browning to margins, occasional spots of foxing, and some smudge marks, but clean and bright overall. Full marbled edges and endpapers. An attractive volume despite the noted wear. 276 pages plus 164 pages. This is a heavy, folio sized volume and it may require an extra shipping fee. ART/032619. Very Good.
New York: The Kalon Publishing Company, Inc, 1917. Paperback. Includes articles on Degeneracy in art, town and country embellishments, Japanese ideas in an American House, Craftsman houses, Fruit Trees, Bird Houses, 19th century painting, and more. Illustrated white paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Chipping and tears to paper on spine. Both wrappers are detached but present. Minor spotting and soiling to covers, but clean interior. Includes many full page black and white photographic reproductions of art. About 100 pages. PER/061020. Very Good.
New York: The Kalon Publishing Company, Inc, 1917. Paperback. Includes articles on 19th century painting, G.F. Watts and Arnold Boecklin, the Real Aims of the NY Central, Library of Congress, and more. Illustrated white paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Chipping and tears to paper on spine. Both wrappers are detached but present. Minor spotting and soiling to covers, but clean interior. Includes many full page black and white photographic reproductions of art. About 100 pages. PER/061020. Very Good.
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.
London: Raithby, Lawrence & Co., Ltd, 1901. Hardcover. Bound in maroon cloth covered boards with maroon leather spine titled in gilt. The leather on the spine is split along the front hinge and there is a large chip to the spine leather. The boards remains attached; although, the front board is a little loose. Ex-library with library stamps to fore edge and copyright page. Clean interior filled with samples of color printing and many articles. Browning and foxing to margins of most pages. Occasional smudge marks. Previous owner signature dated 1902 to front free endpaper. Full marbled edges and endpapers. An attractive interior and an interesting publication. 320 pages plus 72 pages of ads to rear. ART/090220. Very Good.
Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag, 1973, 1975, 1980. Hardcover. Three volumes in four. This is a monumental and comprehensive German reference work on the posters produced in Europe and the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. Volume I covers Great Britain and the United States; Volume II covers France and Belgium; Volume III with text and Volume IV with plates cover Germany. Multiple authors and scholars have cataloged and described thousands of posters, accompanied by black and white and color reproductions of each. Bound in gray cloth with paper title labels to spines and front covers. All volumes are in brightly colored dust jackets with titles to spines and covers. All but Volume I are housed in simple cardboard slipcases. In very good to near fine condition. Volume I: 227 pages; Volume II: 421 pages; Volume III: 506 pages: Volume IV: 363 pages. Heavy set requiring extra postage. ART/080122. Near Fine / Very Good.
Paris: Abbé de la Chau and Abbé Le Blond, 1780 and 1784. Hardcover. These two sumptuous French volumes describe the Duc of Orléans's magnificent collection of pierre gravées - "engraved stones or gems" - that was acquired over the years. This was the collection of Louis Philippe (1725-1785) that was inherited by his son Louis Philippe II (1747-1798), The son had the collection for two years but it was sold to Catherine, Empress of Russia in 1787. The volumes include descriptions of every stone included along with beautiful and intricate engravings of each. Most of the subjects are the Greek and Roman divinities. There are also a number of vignettes and cul de lampes throughout the text. There is also an engraving of the Duc designed by the artist Charles-Nicolas Cochin. The two folio volumes are bound in brown speckled calf skin, with gilt rulings to edges of covers, and gilt titling and ornaments to spine compartments. Leather is scuffed and mottled, and gilt has faded in places, with a skillfully rebacked spine in both volumes. Marbled paper endpapers. All edges gilt. Interior pages are in very good to near fine condition. Volume I, published in 1780, is 303 pages; Volume II, published in 1784, is 215 pages. Small folios measuring 8 x 12.5 inches. ART/122820. Very Good.
Paris: Henry Floury, n.d. ( circa 1899-1902). Hardcover. One of 100 copies. Quite scarce. Only one copy has been at auction in the past 50 years and there are none currently in commerce. This collection of twelve beautiful color lithographic portraits of notable figures had a companion volume published by Heinemann in London. The portraits included here are Queen Victoria, her son the Prince of Wales, Sir Henry Irving, Sarah Bernhardt, Lord Roberts, Mr. Justice Hawkins, The Archbishop of Canterbury, W.E. Gladstone, James Whistler, Rudyard Kipling, Cecil Rhodes, and the Prince of Bismarck. Sir William Nicholson (1872 – 1949) was a noted British painter of still-life, landscape and portraits. He also worked as a printmaker in techniques including woodcut, wood-engraving and lithography, as an illustrator, as an author of children's books and as a designer for the theatre. Nicholson provided illustrations and a cover design for An Alphabet by William Nicholson, An Almanac of Twelve Sports by William Nicholson with words by Rudyard Kipling, and London Types, all three published by William Heinemann in 1898. Two years later came The Square book of Animals by Sir William Nicholson with Rhymes by Arthur Waugh (W. Heinemann, 1900). He also illustrated several of the early books of his son-in-law Robert Graves and The Velveteen Rabbit, a book for children by Margery Williams [Wikipedia]. This is a folio portfolio with the twelve plates housed loosely within and protected by tissue guards. The plates are captioned with the subject's name in the lower margin and are tipped onto card stock. The portfolio's covers are of brown paper with the title and list of subjects on the front cover and with a green three quarter cloth spine. Rubbing, bumping and some soiling. The free endpapers are missing although there are two loose pages inserted in the front that may have been part of the endpapers. It appears that the title page and plate list are missing. The mounts are variously browned or foxed, and some of the tissue guards are wrinkled and browned. However the handsome plates are clean and in very good condition. Plates measure 9.5 x 11 inches. Volume measures 15 x 17 inches. ART/112523. Very Good.
n.p. n.p., n.d. (c.1860s-1870s). Hardcover. This is a mysterious but appealing collection of numerous engraved illustrations from Victorian periodicals and books. Each engraving is given a title, with some coming from Godey's Lady's Book with the date. Each engraving is protected by a tissue guard. Bound in three quarter brown leather over brown cloth covers. Leather is chipped and worn, particularly along the joints. Hinges are cracked but text block is firm. Covers have wear. Most of the illustrations are in nice condition, but many of the tissue guards have offsetting and occasional tears. Some of the versos of the engravings have large brown spots not affecting the images. There are a few pencil marks and notes also on the versos. Still an interesting compilation of the often sentimental art of the time. About very good. Measures 9 inches tall No pagination [about 200 pages].ART/120423. Very Good -.
London: Fisher, Son, & Co., n.d. [circa 1840s]. These two sumptuous volumes contain four series of fine engravings of scenes and events from both books of the bible, with two series in each. The engravings are taken from paintings by famous artists such as Rubens, Copley, Rembrandt, Poussin, Vandyke, da Vinci, Raphael, and many more. There are 30 plates in each series except for the fourth, which includes 33. The plates are accompanied by the relevant text from the bible in English, French, and German. There is also an explanation in English of the meaning of the text. Bound in pebbled black leather with gilt ornaments and rulings to covers and to ornaments and titling to spine. Leather is rubbed, abraded, and worn. Book corners are bumped, with a small piece of leather missing from the lower right corner of Volume I. Hinges slightly tender. All edges gilt. Text pages are clean with very light aging to margins. The plates are generally in nice condition; however, many have foxing or browning in their margins. Only a few of the actual engravings are also affected. A handsome set in very good condition. Quartos. First Series: 78 pages; Second Series: 78 pages; Third Series: 84 pages; Fourth Series: 92 pages. ART/090822.
Paris: Arts et Metiers Graphiques, 1931. Hardcover. Number 26, special. Quarto. This book focuses on the book arts with tipped in pages from private presses - Mainzer Presses, Leiter-Nypels, Harrison of Paris, and more. Photographic images of bindings, and page layouts are included. Printed pieces by illustrators and other fine artists are also included: work by Dufy, Picasso, Redon, Degas, Franz Masereel, Max Ernst, and more. Later binding of off-white cloth boards with black title to spine. The original paper wrappers are bound in. Tape repair to edges of original wrappers. Clean interior overall. Includes illustrations and prints in various media throughout - with tipped in prints and woodcuts. Browning to some pages and to most margins - including some illustrations, but clean overall. An interesting collection with most text in French. 104 pages plus plates. BOB/032723. Very Good.
New York: Poster Auctions International, 1991. Hardcover. A catalog issued by Poster Auctions International for their poster auction held May 5, 1991. This hardcover volume includes a letter to the recipient offering the catalog, with instructions for those planning to attend. Also inserted is a folded sheet with the prices realized for the posters offered. There were total sales of $1,513,160. Bound in purple cloth with title in gilt and illustration of a poster affixed to the front cover. Some signs of light wear and fading to spine. Interior is bright and clean with color and b&w images of every poster along with a description and auction estimate. Very good condition. 12 inches. 434 pages plus bibliography and conditions of sale. ART/072822. Very Good.
Madrid: Sotheby's, 1989. Hardcover. A catalogue in Spanish for a major auction held in Barcelona of 305 of Miro's graphic works. With illustrations of each item auctioned. Accompanied by an insert with prices realized. Hardcover bound in green cloth with gilt titling to front cover. Damp staining to bottoms of covers not affecting interior pages. In a green pictorial dust jacket with titling on front. Very good. Measures 11 inches. Unpaginated. ART/071122. Very Good.
(Baltimore): Allen C. Abend, 2015. Hardcover. Includes chapters on Baltimore as an art center, opportunities for women to study fine arts (both abroad and in Baltimore), exhibition opportunities for women artists (nationally and locally), biographies of sixteen Baltimore artists, and more. The artists covered include: Alice Worthington Ball, Camilia Whitehurst, Mary A. Kremelberg (Gibson), Josephine Granger Cochrane, Maude Drein (Bryant), Ruth A. Anderson (Temple), Mary de Ford Keller, Dora Louise Murdoch, Margaret Moffett Law, Florence MacKubin, Lilian Giffen, Rosalie Lorraine Gill, Gabrielle DeVeaux Clements, Louisa Wright Neilson (Ford), Mary Worthington Crummer, and M. Louisa Steuart. Oblong, bound in black cloth boards. In white illustrated dust jacket with black title to spine panel. Pristine with numerous color illustrations. 123 pages. BALT/122016. New / New.
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.
(Baltimore): Allen C. Abend, 2018. Hardcover. Allen Abend's latest book about the art of Baltimore focuses on the history of the Peabody Institute's art collection and how it was assembled, cared for, and divested of over the last century. He "chronicles the management of the collection after the gallery closed in 1925 through its present day status. The book explores the dichotomy associated with the Peabody Art Collection as both a treasure and a burden" (jacket). Chapters include: Baltimore's Need for the Peabody Institute, Founding of the Peabody Institute, Gallery Organization, Peabody Art Collection, Gallery Exhibitions 1879 - 1925, Gallery Closes - Changing Priorities, and Collection Becomes the Property of the State of Maryland. Also includes an appendix that lists the artworks in the Peabody Collection. Oblong, bound in black cloth boards. In black illustrated dust jacket with black title to orange spine panel. Pristine with numerous color illustrations. 139 pages. BALT/112818. New / New.
Leigh-on-Sea: F. Lewis Publishers, 1968. Hardcover. 4to. Orange cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Interior is clean and bright and filled with illustrations, 4 of which are in full color. Slight yellowing to edges of pages. Red dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor wear to dust jacket includes fading to spine and a few tiny light spots of soiling to the rear panel. Ltd. Edition, one of 600 copies. A lovely book. Art. ART908291. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
New York: G.P. Putnam & Son, 1868. Hardcover. 16 engravings (including half-title page) after paintings by Cole, Church, Cropsey, Durand, Gignoux, Kensett, Miller, Richards, Smillie, Talbot, and Weir. Includes scenes of New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Lake George, Schroon Lake, Wawayandah Lake in New Jersey, and more. Prose and poetry by Cooper, Irving, Bryant, Whittier, et. al. accompanies the scenes. Most of the literary selections were composed for this volume in it's original shape as "The Book of the Picturesque." Bound in the original green pebbled publisher's cloth binding with gilt title in script to both to spine and front board. An unfortunate black ink stain to the front board and wear to the corners and spine ends. Calling card of Mrs. Virginia C. Pitts is pasted down to front free endpaper. Occasional spots of foxing and most plates have been hand-labeled neatly in pen, but clean overall. Tissue guards and full edges gilt. 108 pages. LIT/082522. Very Good.
London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd, 1925. Hardcover. Includes 36 color plates and 48 in text illustrations. "In these days it is unnecessary to say how bold a German publisher must be, to give so many coloured plates, at a time when with us all economic ideas are upside down. I hope this boldness will be rewarded. When we were excavating Ashur the wish became stronger, with every new find of this coloured Assyrian art, one day to convey the discoveries to posterity complete and as unaltered as possible. Photography alone did not suffice for this; as far as possible every piece was copied in water-colours immediately after being found, and later we took the trouble to take colour photographs with Lumiere plates" (page 77). A folio bound in olive green buckram boards with gilt and leather title label to spine. Bumping to corners, wear to spine ends, wear to edges, minor soiling to boards, and rubbing to spine. Chipping to leather spine label. Bookplate to front pastedown. Evidence of removed library sticker to foot spine and evidence of removed library marking to rear free endpaper. Clean, bright interior aside from occasional light finger smudges to margins and minor browning to margins of plates. Tissue guards are present; however, some have creases and tears. 78 pages of text plus plates to rear. ART/021921. Very Good.
Charlottesville: Thomasson-Grant, 1988. Hardcover. 4to. Introduction by Wendy Shadwell. Dark green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Clean, bright interior with tight binding. Filled with full color illustrations by Catlin, Bodmer, McKenney, Audubon, Catesby, De bry, and more. Grey illustrated dust jacket with black and maroon title to spine. There is a one and a half inch closed tear to the front panel of jacket. Creasing to top edge of jacket. 127 pages. ART/082406. Near Fine in Very Good Minus dj.
New York: New York Times Book Co., 1979. Hardcover. John James Audubon is considered one of the finest painters of American wildlife. This publication was the first to bring together his 655 octavo-sized Birds and Quadrupeds in full size and full color. Quarto. Red paper-covered boards with tan cloth spine. White dust jacket with illustrations to front and back; black title to front and spine. Pages are fine and bright. Cover is fine. Minor wear to edges of dust jacket, including a few short closed tears and minor browning. 674 pages. NAT/052622. Fine / Very Good.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1901. Hardcover. Herkomer (1849 - 1914) was a German born painter, who lived mostly in England but spent many summers in his native Bavaria. He was known for painting scenes of poor people and also the Queen on her deathbed. He was also an early film director and composer. Sadly, none of his seven films are in existence any longer. Ex-library with sticker removed from spine, pocket to rear, bookplate to front endpaper, and stamp to copyright page. Bound in the original blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Leather and gilt title to front board is mostly detached and no longer present; however, embossed title remains legible. Chipping to leather author label to front board. Heavy chipping and wear to spine ends. Minor wear to corners and minor rubbing to boards. Closed tear to bookcloth along rear hinge, but binding remains secure. Filled with full page plates including photogravures of Herkomer's works. 133 pages plus plates. A heavy folio that may require an extra shipping fee. ART/040219. Very Good.