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.
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Paris: n.p., n.d. Portfolio. This is a scarce portfolio of beautiful color plates that showcase the breadth and beauty of French decorative arts at the beginning of the 20th century. The arts range from textiles, ceramics, bindings, ironworks, enamel, house designs and much more. The artists include LeFebvre, Magnew, Guimard, Mucha, Jambon, Lepere, Boulez among many others. There were 60 plates issued with this edition. Plates one and nine are missing, but there are two plates each for plates 4 and 55, each with a different design. The plates are generally in very good condition, with spotting and/or aging to some. The loose plates, preface, and list of plates are housed in a folio portfolio with grey paper boards and brown linen spine with gilt title to front board. Spine is split about two inches along front cover, chipping and bumping and ties missing. DEC/100812. Very Good.
New York: Park Lane, (1989). Hardcover. Folio. Red cloth covered boards with bright gilt title to spine. Light bumping to spine ends and corners. Pristine interior with wonderful full color photographic illustrations thoughout. Illustrated price clipped dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Minor fading to front and spine panels. Index, 320 pages. Decorative Arts. DECART/060712. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
Milan: Franco Maria Ricci, 1979. Hard Cover. Number 1173 of 3000 copies. Signed by the publisher. First English edition. A fine publication with sixty-three gorgeous tipped in color plates of Art Deco sculptures of Isadora Duncan. They were crafted by such artists as Chiparus, Colinet, Preiss, and Le Faguays. With a piece on Art Deco sculpture by Di Cristina and a biography of Duncan by Savinio. There is also a chronology of Duncan's life. A folio bound in black cloth with gold title, author, and publisher to spine and front cover, and a glossy color photo of one of the sculptures on front. Printed on blue hand-made paper from the Pietro Miliani mills. Housed in worn slipcase. In very good condition. 183 pages. ART/040723. Very Good.
New York: Phaidon Press, 1974. Hardcover. "This book is about the ormolu (ground gold) ornaments - candelabra, door knobs, escutcheons, sconces, inkstands, clock-cases and ornamental vases - which were produced by Matthew Boulton at his Soho Manufactory, just outside Birmingham, between 1768 and 1782" (jacket). Bookplate of English architecture professor Patrick Horsbrugh, who has also inscribed and signed the front free endpaper. Yellow cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Small spots of foxing to covers. Minor wear to edges of boards and bumping to top corners. In tan illustrated dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges and corners of jacket. Rubbing to panels of jacket. Includes 176 illustrations of which two are in full color. 398 pages. DEC/102618. Very Good / Very Good.
Lisbon: Fundação de Casa de Bragança, 1949. Hardcover. This elegant book describing the furniture of the ducal palace of Vila Vicosa, a municipality in the Evora region of Portugal, offers a fascinating and comprehensive history of the palace and its interiors. It was published through the foundation of the House of Braganaca, or the Brigatine dynasty, from which came kings, emperors, princes, and dukes of Portuguese origin that reigned in Europe and the Americas for hundreds of years. Bound in a beautiful brown full leather binding with rulings and titling to front cover, and titling and gilt ornaments to spine compartments. Original paper wrappers bound in. Leather has some bumping and rubbing but still very good. The interior text pages and the numerous full page black and white photographs. Interior is in near fine condition.With the bookplate of Elsie Bogarus Murphy affixed to front pastedown. Murphy was a well-known Charles Town WV philanthropist. Measures 10.5 x 12 inches. 129 pages not including plates. DECORATIVE/010721. Near Fine.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1989. Hardcover. This beautiful book examines and celebrates the diversity and brilliance of Art Nouveau - from its origins in the 18902 through its flowering at the turn of the century, to its continued transformation in recent decades [from the book jacket]. Extensively illustrated with 160 color and 155 b&w images. Bound in black cloth with gilt tiltle on spine. In a pictorial dust jaket with title in white to spine. Slightest signs of handling to jacket. Near fine condition. Quarto. 224 pages including index. DECARTS/081122. Near Fine.
Munich: Prestel, 1989. Hardcover. "Biedermeier furniture and glassware have become increasingly valued as collector's items. This book provides, for the first time, a precise definition of the Biedermeier style taht goes beyond the decorative arts to include architecture, sculpture, and painting" (jacket). Orange cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Clean, bright interior filled with full color illustrations. In illustrated jacket with red spine panel titled in white on spine and front panels. 271 pages. DECART/102220. Fine / Fine.
New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., 1974. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Very good purple cloth 4to., bright silver gilt to spine. Insides are clean, bright text. Binding is tight. Endpapers faded at edges and along hinge. Illustrated dust jacket with white title to front panel and blue spine panel. Minor edge wear to dust jacket. 120 color illustrations and 110 b/w. Index, 210 pp. Ceramics and Glass. GLASS/8233. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2022. Number 4 of 5 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Carol Schwartzott has been creating artists' books for over twenty-five years. Her work appears in many museums, libraries, and private collections including the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. This marvelous work is an entirely new version of a book about quilts that Carol first produced in 1994. She says that this time she wanted to create a work using her original thought of each illustration being a handmade quilt. She writes: "I selected some interesting colors and began to cut and sew...learning very quickly how hard it is to sew tiny...Each part of the story needed variations on quilt design...patchwork, appliqué, crazy quilt, etc. Needless to say, I made a lot of quilts, choosing only the best eleven for the final illustrations. They are accompanied by descriptions of the quilting techniques on the facing page and protected by tissue papers. The book itself, proved a challenge. Because the quilts were dimensional, I needed pages that would allow for hat depth but also be part of the overall design. I decided to work with a binding style that I had used many years ago in a series of books on color. [She used] 2 ply archival cotton mat board, with cut windows to place the quilts. These panels were attached to the printed pages to form the spine and binding, with Japanese accordion folded paper as an interior hinge system. The text is printed with pigmented inks on Mohawk Vellum. The book block itself is hinged onto green cloth-covered boards, with printed color endpapers. Next came the cabinet....I wanted it to be a sort of 'a visual library of quilting materials'. I had this concept early on, so I started collecting materials that I might use. I had lots of old threads, fabrics, ribbons, beads, and I knew where and how to sort out items...old thimbles, scissors, interesting needle cases...I even made tiny pincushions." The various items are charmingly assembled on shelves and in compartments visible through the clear glasson the cabinet's top . "Little by little the actual cabinet took shape. I had collected old frames for years...luckily I found 5 that were just the right size...The glass cabinet is built into the picture frame, a shadow box of sorts...this is then hinged to the bottom, which forms the cradle that houses the book. The final curiosity cabinet [is a box that] presents itself either on a wall, or shelf, or lying on a surface....once opened it reveals the book." The green box is secured with a metal clasp. The book with a multicolored title label rests inside and there is a ribbon pull to lift it out. A beautiful and creative production in fine condition. Measures 8 x 10 x approximately 2 inches. Unpaginated. ARTB/051523.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2022. Hardcover. Number 19 of 20 copies, numbered and signed by the artist. A miniature book version of Schwartzott's 'A Brief History of the Quilt.' Bound in dark blue cloth boards with paper title to spine and collaged paper layers to front board. Illustrated with digitally printed photographic images of antique quilts and paper collage replicas of styles and techniques. The text includes historical information from its beginnings in the Middle East and Asia through modern day including references to the AIDS quilt. A bibliography with seven references is also included. Housed in an orange paper covered box with colorful collage to front and rear panels and title label to spine. Size 3 x 2.75 inches. Box size: 3.5 x 3.25 Carol Schwartzott has been creating artists' books for over twenty-five years. Her work appears in many museums, libraries, and private collections including the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. ARTB/051723. Fine.
Germany: Benedikt Taschen, . Softcover. A handsome book offering the history of Art Nouveau style primarily through its development in the many cities now well known for its history in this style. Cities include Brussels, Barcelona, Munich, Glasgow, Chicago, and Vienna. Softcover with a colorful pictorial cover and black title to spine. Very slight wear. Interior is clean and bright. Near fine. Quarto. 240 pages. DECART/081122. Near Fine.
Rutland, VT: Carolyn Shattuck, n.d. A striking open edition book with a "magic star" construction that allows the work to be opened to reveal the interior pages. Gee's Bend, Alabama is famous for the quilts created there by African American women The expertly crafted Gee's Bend quilts are known for their bold and improvisational use of color, geometry, and mixed materials. Every Gee's Bend quilt is unique yet belongs to the same aesthetic family. Their quilt making tradition dates back four generations. The goal was to improvise upon designs that had already been made in order to create a truly unique composition. Materials such as old clothes, cornmeal sacks, corduroy, denim jeans including the inside pockets for darker colors and any fabric that fit the color palette were used. This work was created by the book artist to honor these quilters. With stiff black paper covers with title label and orange decorated paper. Affixed to each folded page is a replica of a bright and colorful quilt design. Printed on Red River paper and Hemptone from Paperworks. In fine condition. Measures 4 x 4 x 2 inches. ARTB/082123. Fine.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in Association With the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, 1987. Softcover. This is a special complimentary publication for Contributing Members of the Smithsonian Institution. Weisberg describes Siegfried Bing's "L'Art Nouveau" shop in Paris and Bing's support for the decorative arts around the turn of the century. Smithsonian distribution letter included with this publication. Quarto. Grayish-brown paper covers with Art Nouveau reproductions on front and back covers. Title in black to front cover and spine. Pages are bright and clean. 295 pages, including notes and index. DECARTS/090722. Very Good.
New York: Arch Cape Press, 1989. Hardcover. This book was originally published in 1907 as Electric Fittings, The Manufacture of James Hinks and Son Ltd., which was based in London and Birmingham. Wray describes the development of lighting during the period through 85 full-color prints of lighting fittings, lamps, and chandeliers. Quarto. Gray cloth-covered boards with silver title to spine. Minor wear to edges of boards. Silver dust jacket with numerous lamp illustrations. White title on blue background on front panel; blue title to spine. Pages are bright and clean. 184 pages. DECARTS/090722. Very Good / Very Good.