Paris: Emile Wessbecher, 1902. Hardcover. A scarce catalog for metal furniture for garden and home from Parisian "patented construction engineer" Emile Wessbecher. There are fifty plates, each with several designs for chairs, benches, tables, toilette and night tables, planters, beds. and more. The illustrations are drawn and in most cases in color. A few of the final plates showing furniture appear to have been taken from another catalog and affixed to pages in this one. Bound in reddish brown cloth covers with title and design to front. Rebacked in maroon cloth. Some soiling, and bumping. Title page was detached but has been repaired. Title page and first few plates and last few plates have some foxing but the remaining pages are very good. Measures 10.5 x 14.5 inches. FURN/050619. Very Good.
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New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1998. Hardcover. Inscribed by the two authors on the half title. A fascinating and sumptuous documenting the restoration of the White House by Jacqueline Kennedy and her advisors - the most extensive and significant to date. With rich anecdotes and many four-color and black and white photographs with individual chapters by room, including the private quarters (from dust jacket). Bound in brown cloth and in a white dust jacket with title to spine and cover and photo of Mrs. Kennedy to cover. Some sunning to top of cloth binding and slight crease to top of jacket otherwise near fine. Measures 9 x 11 inches. 260 pages including index. DECARTS/011219. Near Fine / Near Fine.
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 adn 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.
Williamsburg, VA: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1977. Hardcover. SIGNED BY AUTHOR, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED on title-page: To Olivia Rodgers an old & dear friend John and also signed under his printed name. Fine blue coated cloth backed blue linen boards, gilt title to spine. Very good plus pictorial d.j. (one closed tear to rear flap, small amount of creasing, edgewear). Interior is very nice, bright and clean, though a few areas have some ink underlining. Contains 144 plates, many in color. 153 pp. + facsimile reproduction of the 1755 Chelsea sale catalog, an important source documents for students of English porcelain. Ceramics. CER/8223. Very Good + in Very Good DJ.
London: John Murray, 1858. Hardcover. First edition of this seminal work on the pottery of the ancient world. Volume I discusses Egyptian, Assyrian, and Greek pottery; volume II covers Greek, Etruscan, and Roman pottery. It also includes a concise account of that of the Celtic and Teutonic nations. Simon Birch (1813-1885) was a highly regarded Egyptologist at the British Museum. This history of pottery is considered one of his principal written works. Bound in three quarter brown leather with gilt decoration and titling to spine. Leather is worn and bumped. Marbled paper covers, page edges, and endpapers. Interior pages are clean and bright, with light foxing to endpapers. With two chromolithograph frontispieces and ten color plates between the two volumes. Very good condition. Quarto. Volume I: 415 pages; Volume II: 437 pages including index. ARCH/030921. Very Good.
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.
Lincoln Mint, 1972. A limited edition silver collector's plate created by Salvador Dali expressly for the reproduction of this precious metal plate. Each plate is numbered. The plate is resting on dark blue satin and is housed in a white leatherette clamshell box with Dali's signature in silver on the top. In fine condition. In a white paper shipping box. DEC/120312. Fine.
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.
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.
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.
New York: Random House, 1971. Hardcover. 8vo. In purple cloth covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine. In white DJ with minor edgewear, toning, and a small closed tear to top edge of front panel. Interior is mostly clean and bright with b/w illustrations and color illustrated endpapers. Faint foxing to textblock edges. Index. 309pp. ARTBIO/041407. Very Good in Very Good Minus dj.
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Mint, 1972. Hardcover. The 1972 Franklin Mint Christmas Plate. Made of solid sterling silver and contains an original etching of the work titled "The Carolers" drawn by Norman Rockwell expressly for this limited edition. Complete with certificate of authenticity, description of artist and plate, and order form for frame. Housed in a maroon leatherette clamshell box made to look like a book with embossed wreath on front cover and gilt title and artist to spine. In original plain white box. "Book" and plate in fine condition. DEC/100312. Fine.