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Catalogue #282
FIRE & ICE

Books on Lighting, Fireplaces,
Fire-Making Tools, Ice Harvesting,
Icy Pastimes, Icy Foods...

and related subjects!


This catalog is available in printed format
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PART ONE- FIRE

 

- - - - THE MAKING OF FIRE - - - -

An Important Collection Catalog-

th-09322.jpg (9018 bytes)1. Christy, Miller. The Bryant and May Museum of Fire-Making Appliances. Catalogue of the Exhibits (with the) Supplement. London; Bryant & May Ltd.:1926 & 1928. A fascinating collection of fire-making tools, from prehistoric implements through 16th-19th century devices of brass and iron, early matches and Victorian match boxes, tinder boxes, tinder pistols, and much, much more. An essential book for the lighting enthusiast. 2 volumes. 5"x8.5", 331 pages, with 65 b/w plates; heavy card covers; light soil, a little wear, but overall a nice set. [09322] $250.00


 

2. Hough, Walter. Fire-Making Apparatus in the United States National Museum. Washington; Government Printing Office: 1890. A study of ethnographic and early fire-making tools in the Smithsonian; an offprint from the Report of the Museum for 1887-88. Softcover. 6”x9.5”, 54 pages, line illustrations; some wear, edges lightly chipped, corners chipped, a little soil. [09325] $60.00

 

3. [Matches] Improvements in or connected with Means for Striking or Igniting Lucifer or other Matches for Readily Lighting Lamps, Tobacco Pipes, Gas Pendants and the like. Redhill; Her Majesty’s Stationary Office: 1902. A printed patent specification by John Samuel Knight of Birmingham for a tube-shaped, spring-loaded match igniter. 1 sheet, 2 pages, plus a folding plate; light wear. [09327] $50.00

 

4. Rimalover, Betty H. Antique American Wall Match Holders. Princeton Junction; Stonybrook Associates: 1975. Covers the history and development of wall match holders, and illustrates many examples. Softcover. 8”x8”, 32 pages, b/w illustrations. [09307] $45.00

 

5. Sullivan, Audrey G. A History of Match Safes in the United States. Ft. Lauderdale; Riverside Press: 1978. An interesting study of antique match safes of silver, silver plate, tin, brass and other metals, featuring many photos as well as original patent drawings and period advertisements. Softcover. 5.5”x8.5”, 175 pages, line and b/w illustrations; bibliography; a little soil, but a nice copy. [09306] $75.00

 

6. Watson, Warren N. Early Fire-Making Methods and Devices. Privately published: 1939. An interesting study of early fire-making methods and tools, including drills, saws and plows, percussion implements, and the Malay Fire Piston. Watson was the Secretary of the Manufacturing Chemists Association of the United States, and obviously had a very “hands-on” attitude and a penchant for detail. He goes into great detail on woods and tinders and the exact process by which each tool actually creates fire. The illustrations of a gentleman in tie and vest (Watson himself?) using the sticks and saws to kindle fires are worth the price of the book alone. There are also 7 plates of implements and antiques from his private collection. Softcover. 6”x9”, 75 pages, 19 b/w illustrations in the text plus 7 b/w plates; light wear. [08746] $50.00

 

 

- - - - THE USES OF FIRE - - - -

 

7. Caspall, John. Fire & Light in the Home, pre-1820. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 2000. 4th prtg. The making of fire, and the use of fire to make light, have always fascinated Man, first because they were necessary for his survival and now...? Maybe because at some level we maintain a yearning for the not-so-good-old-days. This well illustrated study begins with fire-making tools in use from ancient times to the end of the 18th century, and then surveys various types of candlesticks and candle-holders, rushlights, candle-firs, animal and vegetable-fueled lamps, candle lanterns and lantern candlesticks, wall sconces, and other devices. A final chapter touches on what Caspall terms “The American Situation”. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 278 pages, 601 b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. New. [90160] $49.50

 

th-09320.jpg (6314 bytes)8. Collins, Herbert R. Political Campaign Torches. Washington; Smithsonian Institution: 1964. Campaign and parade torches, some with the names of candidates or patriotic emblems, were very popular in the 19th century. This study includes chapters on manufacturers and distributors, the manual of arms, and an illustrated catalog of torches. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 44 pages, b/w illustrations; light soil, but a nice copy. [09320] $65.00


 

9. Fireplace Furniture and Light Fittings. Christie’s South Kensington: April 5, 1989. An auction catalog containing candlesticks and sconces (lots 1-35) and fireplace fittings (lots 36-143) including fenders, andirons, fire grates and inserts, and mantelpieces. Softcover. 7.5”x10”, 46 pages, 143 lots, b/w and several color illustrations; a nice copy. [09328] $50.00

 

10. Fireplace Furniture and Light Fittings. Christie’s South Kensington: October 3, 1990. An auction catalog with a nice selection of fine sconces, lamps, candlesticks, and other lighting, and a few fireplace fenders and fittings. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 76 pages, 171 lots, mostly color illustrations; light wear. [09332] $50.00

 

11. Fireplace Furniture and Light Fittings. Christie’s South Kensington: March 17, 1998. An auction catalog with a nice selection of chandeliers and extremely fancy candlesticks and lamps; also fireplace fenders, andirons and other fittings. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 75 pages, 117 lots, mostly color illustrations; light wear. [09329] $50.00

 

12. Fireplace Furniture and Light Fittings. Christie’s South Kensington: December 16, 1998. An auction catalog with a nice selection of very fine chandeliers, lamps, mantelpieces, fireplace fenders, and other fittings. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 126 pages, 212 lots, mostly color illustrations; light wear. [09330] $50.00

 

th-09031.jpg (7052 bytes)13. Fireplace Furniture and Light Fittings. Christie’s South Kensington: May 17, 2000. An auction catalog with a nice selection of fine sconces, lamps, chandeliers and other lighting, as well as fancy mantels, andirons, fenders and other fireplace tools and fittings. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 63 pages, 140 lots, mostly color illustrations; light wear. [09331] $50.00


 

14. Gentle, Rupert & Rachel Field. Domestic Metalwork 1640-1820. Woodbridge; Antique Collector’s Club: 1998. A dramatic updating of the classic book ‘English Domestic Brass’. The authors added European work to this edition, as well as copper and other alloys. Major sections of the book cover lighting, the fireplace & smoking, the kitchen, the dining room, the library, the bedroom, door-knockers and locks, accessories and ornaments, and miscellaneous domestic metalwork. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 461 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. [90218] $79.50

 

th-04473.jpg (9254 bytes)15. Hazen, Margaret & Robert. Keepers of the Flame. The Role of Fire in American Culture, 1775-1925. Princeton University Press: 1992. Fire has been a servant and a bane- a "good" thing and a "bad" thing, throughout US history. This study touches both aspects- fire as friend and fire as foe. Heat and Light -Mayhem and Destruction. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 281 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [04473] $25.00


 

16. Hough, Walter. Fire as an Agent in Human Culture. Washington; United States National Museum Bulletin 139: 1926. A sweeping and fairly comprehensive survey of fire as used by Man, from primitive peoples to 19th century Victorians, from heating and cooking food to its use for manufacturing goods and lighting homes. Softcover. 6”x9.5”, 270 pages, plus 41 b/w plates; light wear, a little soil, ruffled around the edges. [09326] $65.00

 

17. Lindsay, J. Seymour. Iron & Brass Implements of the English House. London & Boston; The Medici Society: 1927. An illustrated survey of fireplace-related implements and equipment, including kitchen and cooking utensils, smoking-related brass, and lamps, candlesticks and chandeliers. A meticulous examination of the wide variety of fire-related brass and iron implements used in 17th-early 19th century homes. Illustrated with excellent line drawings, reminiscent of Albert Sonn's work. Hardcover. 9"x11", 212 pages, hundreds of line illustrations; covers with some soil and wear, but overall a nice copy. [16709] $175.00

 

- - - - FIRE FOR LIGHT - - - -

 

18. Anthony, T. Robert. 19th Century Fairy Lamps. Manchester; Forword’s Color Productions: 1969. A colorful survey of specimens from the author’s collection. Fairy lamps were small, covered (usually) glass lamps designed to burn all night, using patented 8- or 11-hour “squatty” candles. They were often decorated or made with colored or art-type glass. As kerosene and other lamp oils became more widespread they declined in popularity. Comb-bound; 6”x9”, 2 pages of text plus 18 color plates with facing descriptions; light soil. [09050] $50.00

 

th-09321.jpg (7471 bytes)19. Bangs, Christopher. The Lear Collection: A Study of Copper-Alloy Socket Candlesticks A.D. 200-1700. Easton; Kings Hill Publications: 1995. A difficult subject, handled with care, tact and a suitable amount of precision. In the field of pre-1700 metalwares the ground seems liberally strewn with the corpse-opinions of those who came a generation before, but at least "Bud" Lear is a gracious, thoughtful knight as he wades onto the battlefield. A wonderful, well illustrated survey, and if you do anything with old lighting or metalwares you would be foolish indeed not to own a copy. Hardcover. 8.5"x11.5", 398 pages, color and b/w illustrations. [09321] $150.00


 

th-09312.jpg (10632 bytes)20. Burks, Jean M. Birmingham Brass Candlesticks. Charlottesville; University Press of Virginia: 1986. "An outstanding addition to the published material on English brass, this book goes beyond stylistic chronologies to investigate the brass founders who worked in Birmingham and the patented devices they incorporated into their products. It includes short biographies of Birmingham brass founders and American instrument makers" (Ames & Ward). "Jean M. Burk's manuscript does an excellent job in discussing the fabrication of brass candlesticks and, more importantly, in discussing the fabrication of the various ejection devices developed with the two-part stem. The latter is material previously unpublished and is important in the connoisseurship of candlesticks of the period. The identification and working dates of sixty eighteenth-century Birmingham candlestick makers is especially helpful and, even more so, is the detailed information about the seven firms which marked their candlesticks, and the very thorough analysis of their marked examples" (John Davis, dj blurb). Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 128 pages, 121 b/w plates, dj; a near fine copy. [09312] $250.00


 

21. Butler, Joseph T. Candleholders in America, 1650-1900. A Comprehensive Collection of American and European Candle Fixtures Used in America. New York; Bonanza Books: 1967. Butler examines the early Colonial/Baroque period, the important Queen Anne and Chippendale periods, Neoclassic and Federal styles, and Victorian Historic Revivalism and the Art Nouveau Age. He also examines candle-making methods. Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", 178 pages, color frontispiece and 136 b/w illustrations, dj; a very good copy in a lightly soiled and worn jacket. $25.00

 

22. [Candles] Diderot & d’Alembert. L’Encyclopedie Diderot & d’Alembert- Artisanan au 18eme Siecle. Tours; Bibliotheque de l’Image: 2001. A selection of plates from Diderot’s famous ‘Encyclopedie’, with the original French text explaining the processes and tools illustrated. This volume includes many shorter sections dealing with a variety of trades, including two sections on candle-making, illustrated with six plates; there are also sections on enameling, bread-making, making pastries, playing cards, tennis raquets, baskets, artificial flowers, and more. Softcover. 9”x12”, 109 pages, many b/w plates. New. [95020] $20.00

 

23. Cooke, Lawrence S. (ed.). Lighting in America. From Colonial Rushlights to Victorian Chandeliers. Pittstown; Main Street Press/Universe Books: 1975. An anthology of articles from the pages of The Magazine Antiques. Includes a wide variety of metal, glass and other lighting devices. Authors include Leroy Thwing, C. Malcolm Watkins, Rhea Mansfield Knittle, Lura Woodside Watkins, Arthur H. Hayward, Charles Oman, and many more. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 159 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w; some cover wear, tips thumbed, a little soil. [09310] $50.00

 

24. Early Lighting. A Pictorial Guide. The Rushlight Club: 1979. 2nd edition. A standard, well illustrated study of rushlights, candles, oil & kerosene lamps and related lighting devices. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 144 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [09313] $30.00

 

th-05125.jpg (22410 bytes)25. [Gas Lighting] Accum, Friedrich Christian & F.W. Lampadius. Praktische Abhandlung uber das Gaslicht, eine vollstandige Beschreibung des Apparats und der Maschinerie, um Strassen, Hauser und Manufacturen damit zu beleuchten, enthaltend... Weimar; Verlag des Gr. H.S. priv. Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs: 1819.

An expanded edition of Accum's 1815 "A Practical Treatise on Gas-Light", first published in Germany in 1816 and apparently augmented here with extra material and plates. Accum's book was one of the key early studies of the practical application of gas-lighting, perhaps the key early study. Accum, an omnivorous researcher, undertook his work with gas-lighting at the behest of the London Gas-Light Company and he presented his findings, which he would then enlarge in this book, to Parliament.

He begins his text by exploring other facets of illumination and lighting such as candles, the burning properties of tallow, theories of combustion and the working of flame. He then minutely describes the theory and practice of gas-lighting as it was then being developed, including much technical material as well as general remarks on its advantages. The plates illustrate the machinery involved and also a wide variety of beautiful decorative gas fixtures and lamps.

Accum had been born in Westphalia in 1769 and went to England in 1793. A member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Berlin and the Royal Irish Academy, and a Fellow of the Linnaean Society, he wrote popular works on chemistry and brewing and then, in 1820, on food adulterations. This last project made him many enemies, and within a year he was implicated in the theft of leaves from books in the library of the Royal Institution and was forced to leave England, depressed and disgraced, and return to his native Germany. Hardcover. 5"x8.25", 260 + x + 195 pages, with several illustrations in the text, 2 folding charts, plus 10 and 7 engraved plates, all except one folding, including an impressive plate of a gas works. Bound in old mottled boards with a partially detached spine covering; covers rubbed and worn; pages lightly toned and some stains here and there; old stamp on title page; engraved bookplate. [05125] $1,200.00

 

th-09314.jpg (5039 bytes)26. Grove, John R. Antique Brass Candlesticks 1450-1750. Queen Anne; published by author: 1967. This scarce study is divided into five parts: the first two cover brass candlesticks and tapersticks from the late Middle Ages to the 18th century; the others cover other forms of brass, silver and iron in the same periods. This interesting work was based on Grove's own collection. The quality of the illustrations varies widely, but most of the examples have not been pictured elsewhere. Hardcover. 6"x9", 140 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [09314] $275.00


 

27. Hayward, Arthur H. Colonial Lighting. Boston; B.J. Brimmer Co.: 1927. Revised edition. A standard history of colonial lighting, including iron, tin pewter and brass examples, lanterns, candles and candle holders, early glass lamps, astral and luster lamps, and more. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 168 pages, plus 114 b/w illustrations; light cover soil; loose hinge. [19526] $100.00

 

28. Hayward, Arthur H. Colonial Lighting. New York; Dover Publications: 1962. 3rd edition. A reissue of the 2nd edition, with a new introduction by James B. Marsh, and an entirely new illustrated chapter on chandeliers by Marsh. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 198 pages, plus 114 + 47 b/w illustrations; light wear. [09309] $20.00

 

th-09305.jpg (8474 bytes)29. Hebard, Helen Brigham. Early Lighting in New England, 1620-1861. Rutland; Charles E. Tuttle: 1983. 4th prtg. First issued in 1964, this was the text of a talk for the Rushlight Club, but it was never given. It is printed here with many illustrations. Hardcover. 6”x8.5”, 88 pages, b/w and line illustrations, dj; near fine. [09305] $35.00


 

30. MacSwiggan, Amelia E. Fairy Lamps. Evening’s Glow of Yesteryear. New York; Bonanza Books: 1962. The most comprehensive of the early books on fairy lamps. MacSwiggan was an assistant curator at the Essex Institute. Fairy lamps were small, covered (usually) glass lamps designed to burn all night, using patented 8- or 11-hour “squatty” candles. They were often decorated or made with colored or art-type glass. As kerosene and other lamp oils became more widespread they declined in popularity. Hardcover. 6”x9”, 170 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [09052] $25.00

 

31. Michaelis, Ronald F. Old Domestic Base-Metal Candlesticks From the 13th to 19th Century, produced in Bronze, Brass, Paktong and Pewter. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 1997. 4th prtg. For many years candlesticks in the humbler metals did not receive the attention and scholarship that those in silver and gold did. Fortunately that eventually changed, and this fine book was one of the major steps forward in the study of these pieces. A longtime dealer and collector with an impressively logical turn of mind, Michaelis discusses various forms and their development, as well as manufacturing methods. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 139 pages, 202 b/w illustrations; dj; bibliography. New. [90159] $49.50

 

th-06808.jpg (7309 bytes)32. Myers, Denys Peter. Gaslighting in America. A Pictorial Survey, 1815-1910. New York; Dover Publications: 1990. An invaluable guide to 19th century gas-lighting, with an amazing bibliography, copious notes, and 119 b/w illustrations from old catalogs, books and photographs illustrating and discussing (in great and interesting detail) gas lighting in America. A republication of the Dept. of Interior’s 1978 title, which was sub-titled “A Guide for Historic Preservation”. An essential reference work. Softcover. 8.5”x11.5”, 279 pages, b/w illustrations, light wear. [06808] $125.00


 

33. O'Dea, William T. The Social History of Lighting. London; Routledge and Kegan Paul: 1958. "How was a billiards table lit in 1763, or the stage of the Red Bull playhouse in 1673? The earliest red and green traffic light was in London in 1868; but what was street lighting like in Paris in 1524, or San Jose, California in 1885?" A good social history of the development of lighting written by the Keeper of the Science Museum in London. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 254 pages, b/w plates, dj; bookplate; light wear, but a nice copy. [09319] $125.00

 

34. O'Dea, William T., Graham S. Hood, et al. Let There be Light. A Loan Exhibition. Hartford; Wadsworth Atheneum: 1964. An early and noteworthy loan exhibition of lighting implements of all types and periods. "The present exhibition is designed to show the history of lighting, not from the point of view of technology, although that is present, as much as from the artistry which craftsmen have displayed in fashioning lighting instruments". Softcover. 8.5"x11", 54 pages, many b/w illustrations; light soil, a few nicks on the spine, but a nice copy. [08944] $75.00

 

g-20823e.jpg (16196 bytes)The Greatest Collection of Fakes Ever Assembled-

35. Passeri, Fr. Giambattista. Lucernae Musei Passerii. Sumptibus Academiae Pisaurensis. Pisauri: 1739; 1743 & 1751.

Giambattista Passeri, S.J., Abbate of Pesaro, was an enthusiastic 18th century collector of ancient Roman terra-cotta lamps, as well as a tireless author, antiquary, and promoter of his native city. Passeri eagerly bought a wide variety of unusual specimens from peddlers and "excavators" who soon learned to come to him first with anything really interesting, and assembled perhaps one of the greatest collections of ancient lamps ever made, with many unique and incredible examples. The gullible but enthusiastic cleric dreamed of establishing a classification system for ancient lamps based on his collection, and this dramatic three-volume catalog was the cornerstone of his efforts, but unfortunately...

You see, the thing about terra-cotta is that it is very difficult to tell an old piece from a new piece which has been made to look old, especially if you are an overly credulous collector who thinks that he has stumbled onto a wide variety of new and unique forms. Scholars had always looked at the collection with some reserve, and by 1905 H.B. Walters, in his landmark study "History of Ancient Pottery. Greek, Etruscan and Roman", noted that "references to Passeri's work have been avoided, as it has been shown by Dr. Dressel that nearly all those published by him are false."

What we are left with, however, is one of the most elaborate catalogs of fakes ever produced. As Otto Kurz (Fakes -A Handbook for Collectors and Students) says- "the Passeri Collection was one of the greatest assemblages of fakes ever brought together: every single one of the more ambitious pieces is false."

This work is all the more interesting since most of the lamps were custom made with the intention of selling them to this one collector, who for decades constituted a market unto himself. There is some distinction in that. Hardcover. 3 volumes, 10.5"x15", 92 pages + 105 engraved plates; 73 pages + 104 engraved plates; 147 pages + 110 engraved plates; there are also some engraved decorations in the text; bound in old marbled boards with parchment spines; some cover soil, but overall a nice set. [20823] $2,250.00

 

36. Pearson, John C. The Rowfant Candlesticks. Cleveland; The Rowfant Club:1959. Edition limited to 275 numbered copies. A vast collection of candlesticks, donated by members over the years. As might be expected, the array varies wildly in quality and artistic merit, and there is no text to speak of. Nonetheless, this remains an interesting and scarce pictorial survey of candle-powered lighting devices in an immense variety of forms. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 355 pages, b/w illustrations, slipcased. Light wear, a little soil. $250.00

 

37. Perlzweig, Judith. Lamps from the Athenian Agora. Princeton; American School of Classical Studies at Athens: 1963. Picture Book No.9 from the "Excavations of the Athenian Agora" series. Presumably there are no Passeri lamps pictured here... Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 32 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [03326] $20.00

 

38. Robins, F.W. The Story of the Lamp and the Candle. London; Oxford University Press:1939. "Robins' work is the most sophisticated of the early lighting surveys... Candlemaking is covered in special detail, and the evolution of the candlestick is fully traced." (Ames) Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 155 pages plus 27 b/w plates. Some wear, a little soil. $150.00

 

th-04978.jpg (10953 bytes)39. Russell, Loris S. A heritage of light. Lamps and lighting in the early Canadian home. University of Toronto Press: 1968. "The nineteenth century opened in the flicker of tallow candles. It closed in the glare of Edison's electric lamp. Between those two events inventors and manufacturers developed a wonderful assortment of progressively more efficient lighting devices, burning a variety of fuels. Dr. Russell records with scientific attention to detail, backed up with more than 200 illustrations, how these lamps were made and used." This survey includes kerosene, oil, candles, rushlights, lard, fluid gas, electricity, related tools, etc. Hardcover. 8.5"x9", 344 pages, b/w illustrations, slightly rubbed and worn dj. [04978] $150.00


 

40. Thwing, Leroy. Flickering Flames. A History of Domestic Lighting through the Ages. London; G. Bell and Sons: 1959. Leroy Thwing traces the development of domestic lighting from prehistoric times through the Victorian era in this popular and widely-used reference. Thwing is exclusively concerned with lamps and candlesticks (no gas) and his style has been called “antiquarian” (Ames & Ward) which should be taken to mean folksy rather than academic. Although the book is now a bit dated and has deficiencies, including somewhat flat photographs, it remains an interesting and useful history, and is certainly well worth reading if one is interested in lighting and its history. Hardcover. 138 pages, 96 b/w plates, line illustrations in the text; dj. Slight wear, top of spine head rubbed, jacket rather tattered with a few chunks missing. [06318] $40.00

 

41. Thwing, Leroy. Old Lamps of Central Europe and other Lighting Devices. Rutland; Charles Tuttle Co. for the Rushlight Club: 1963. This fine study is based on a 1905 German study by Ladislaus Elder von Benesch. Thwing reproduces most of the plates from that work and adds new commentary and research of his own. The pairing of von Benesch's plates with Thwing's more recent scholarship makes this a very useful and valuable resource. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", xii + 33 pages of text plus 48 b/w plates; line illustrations in the text. A fine copy in a lightly worn dj. [02733] $85.00

 

th-09315.jpg (5267 bytes)42. Thomas, W.G. Mackay. English Candlesticks before 1600. London; Metropolitan Stationary Company: 1954. A scarce study of early metal candlesticks, based on the author's and other private collections. In the dating of the sticks the author did a large amount of original research in areas which had previously been mysterious. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 131 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light soil, but a very nice copy. [09315] $300.00


 

- - - - FIREPLACES & FIREPLACE TOOLS - - - -

 

th-06446.jpg (6371 bytes)43. [Japanned Ware] Illustrated Price Current and Circular of Seasonable Goods. Sidney Shepard & Co., Manufacturers of Deep and Common Stamped Ware, Japanned Ware, Coal Hods, and a Large Line of Miscellaneous Goods. Importers and Dealers in Tin Plates, Sheet Iron, Copper and Other Metals. Chicago; August 27, 1883. This is basically a stove and fireplace accessory catalog, with coal hods, griddle lifters, polished steel fire irons, coal and fire shovels, pokers, fancy stove boards, and, most impressively, a series of 11 “coal vases” (bins for the living room). Each of these “coal vases” is illustrated in a full-page line cut, and almost all of them are black with fancy Aesthetic Movement and Japonisme-style decorations -a sphinx head, Japanese figures, cranes and flowers... it’s quite something. Softcover. 6”x8.5”, 36 pages, line illustrations; some soil and wear, covers chipped, a few stains. [06446] $100.00

 


th-08297.jpg (9568 bytes)44. Kauffman, Henry J. The American Fireplace. Chimneys, Mantelpieces, Fireplaces & Accessories. Nashville; Thomas Nelson: 1972. The first comprehensive study of American fireplaces and their accessories, this very well illustrated study is a feast in pictures and words for the fireplace enthusiast. Kauffman covers the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries as well as noting 20th century developments. There are additional chapters on iron fireplaces, andirons, chimney sweeps, and 18th and early 19th century chimney doctors and their attempts to produce better burning, less smoky fireplaces. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 352 pages, 5 color plates and many b/w illustrations, dj. A nice copy in a lightly worn jacket. [09318] $50.00


 

45. Kauffman, Henry J. & Quentin H. Bowers. Early American Andirons and other Fireplace Accessories. Nashville; Thomas Nelson: 1974. A respected, well illustrated study of American andirons and their makers; there is also discussion of bed warmers, dutch ovens, kettles, bellows, etc. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 192 pages, b/w illustrations; inscribed to a collector by Bowers. [09316] $85.00

 

th-09432.jpg (11014 bytes)46. Ladd, Paul R. Early American Fireplaces. New York; Hastings House: 1977. A well illustrated mix of fact and lore about early American fireplaces and accessories, by a past-President of the Rushlight Club. Ladd explores many of the details of early fireplace making, including the bricks, iron, blacksmiths, etc., and illustrates examples or early fireplaces from a number of historic homes. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 192 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear. [09317] $85.00


 

46(a). Peirce, Josephine H. Fire on the Hearth. The Evolution and Romance of the Heating-Stove. Springfield; Pond-Ekberg Publishing Co.: 1951. "With 145 illustrations...showing an amazing variety of heating devices; also entertaining anecdotes, excerpts from old diaries and other papers, alluring advertisements and interesting bits of information pertaining to their manufacture and uses". Includes iron stoves, tile stoves, parlor stoves, box stoves, Franklin-type stoves, foot stoves, dumb stoves, smoke-consuming stoves, stovepipe hats... well, o.k., not those. But everything else, primarily of the 18th and 19th centuries. I want to see some of those alluring advertisements... Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 254 pages, color frontispiece and b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear, but a nice copy. $35.00

 

47. Putnam, J. Pickering. The Open Fireplace in All Ages. Boston; James R. Osgood and Company: 1882. New edition. A very detailed study of open fireplaces, chimneypieces and mantels from the Middle Ages to the Victorian era, with a wealth of material on the technical as well as the decorative aspects of their construction. Questions of air flow and flues are just as important to Putnam as the decorations surrounding them. This edition includes 20 plates of chimneypieces and interiors designed by American architects. Hardcover. 7”x9”, xiv + 204 pages, b/w plates and illustrations; decorated covers; ex-institutional with bookplate and signature; some cover wear, covers a bit bowed, a little marginal soil and wear, very light marginal stain around the first 20 or so pages; overall a good copy. [09324] $250.00

 

48. Rothery, Guy Cadogan. Chimneypieces and Ingle Nooks. Their Design and Ornamentation. New York; Frederick A. Stokes: c.1920. A charming tour through the changing styles and tastes in chimneypiece facades, beginning in Romanesque and early Gothic periods, and wending through the Middle and Late Gothic, Renaissance, Tudor, Jacobean, Neo-Classic, 19th century, and early 20th century “modern” work. There is also an interesting bibliography. Hardcover. 5.5”x7.5”, 239 pages, plus 41 b/w plates; light wear, a little soil. [09323] $65.00

 

- - - - SMOKING & TOBACCO - - - -

 

49. Bastien, Andre Paul. La Pipe. Paris; Editions Payot: 1973. A wonderful pictorial survey of European pipes of the 16th-20th centuries. There is also a chapter on North and South native American pipes. Although the text is in French, the multitude of stunning color and black & white illustrations will make this book a treat for any pipe enthusiast. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", about 150 pages, 156 color and b/w illustrations, dj; a fine copy in a fine jacket. [01051] $150.00

 

th-07788.jpg (6721 bytes)50. Belloncle, Michel. Les Objets du Fumeur. Paris; Librairie Grund: 1971. A Gallic tribute to the Goddess Nicotina and her accoutrements. Very well illustrated, with pipes and other smoking implements, advertisements, snuff boxes, smoking sets, trade cards, and much more, from the 17th-19th centuries. French text, but there are plenty of great pictures, so who cares? Hardcover. 10"x12", 189 pages, color and b/w illustrations, chipped dj. [07788] $75.00


 

th-04692.jpg (10121 bytes)51. Dunhill, Alfred. The Pipe Book. The classic volume on pipes and pipe smoking. New York; The Macmillan Company: 1969. Revised edition. This revised edition actually has less material than the 1924 edition, but it's also a lot cheaper. Most of the material here concerns non-European pipes. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 207 pages, 261 b/w and line illustrations, dj; light wear. [04692] $25.00


 

- - - - CEREMONIAL FIRE - - - -

 

th-95038-c.jpg (9527 bytes)52. Gilboa, Violet. Catalog of the Bernice and Henry Tumen Collection of Jewish Ceremonial Objects in the Harvard College Library and the Harvard Semitic Museum. Cambridge; Harvard University Library: 1993. Photographs and descriptions of 166 Jewish ceremonial objects including Sabbath lamps; candlesticks & Hanukkah lamps; also boxes; wine cups; Torah pointers; plates for the Passover Seder and others. Mostly silver, with some pewter, brass and ceramic objects, and some textiles. Softcover. 6”x9”, 172 pages, b/w illustrations; bibliography. New. [95038] $25.00


 

53. Kayser, Stephen S. Jewish Ceremonial Art. Philadelphia; The Jewish Publication Society of America: 1955. "A guide to the appreciation of the art objects used in synagogue and home, principally from the collections of the Jewish Museum of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America". A fabulous collection, featuring a large amount of ceremonial silver as well as metalware, textiles, some pottery and glass, etc. There are many candlesticks, both menorahs and single ceremonial sticks. Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 189 pages, 185+ b/w illustrations; dj; jacket with light wear, several short tears. [09189] $40.00

 

- - - - OTHER STUDIES WHICH
           INCLUDE FIRE-RELATED TOOLS - - - -

 

th-08338.jpg (6914 bytes)54. Coffin, Margaret. The History and Folklore of American Country Tinware 1700-1900. Galahad Books: 1968. Includes some lighting devices. A well illustrated study of the so-called "poor man's silver" of the 18th and 19th centuries. Along with Gould, one of the major works on this subject; includes a valuable bibliography. Hardcover. 7”x10”, 226 pages, several color and many b/w illustrations, dj. Signed by Coffin. A nice copy. [08338] $25.00


 

55. DeVoe, Shirley Spaulding. The Tinsmiths of Connecticut. Middletown; Wesleyan University Press: 1968. Includes candlesticks and accessories, and some lamps. A very interesting study of Connecticut tinnery, but much more than that. In her text, DeVoe, a tin collector and antiquarian, provides an excellent study of tinware styles and the techniques employed by the tinsmiths to create and sell their wares. The illustrations provide a nice visual survey of types of tinware. Hardcover. 7"x10", 200 pages, b/w illustrations, lightly rubbed dj. [06438] $45.00

 

56. Dover Stamping Co. 1869. Tinware, Tin Toys, Tinned Iron Wares, Tinners' Material, Enameled Stove Hollow Ware, Tinners' Tools and Machines. Princeton; The Pyne Press: 1971. A facsimile of this extremely interesting 19th century tinware catalog. The publisher has also added a history of the company. Includes candle molds and snuffers, match safes, and fireplace equipment. From the American Historical Catalog Collection Series. Softcover. 6"x9", 225+ pages, b/w illustrations; a fine copy. [03372] $40.00

 

th-03419.jpg (5570 bytes)57. The Notable Collection of Brass and Copper formed by Mr. A.W. Drake. New York; American Art Galleries: February 25th-March 2nd, 1907. A rather magnificent collection of European, Russian, Oriental and Middle Eastern copper and brass. Given the early date the entries are sketchy at best. A number of lamps, candlesticks and samovars were included, of which 6 lamps and candlesticks (including some Russian) are illustrated, along with 3 samovars. Softcover. 6"x9", about 300 pages, 1,800 lots; b/w illustrations and plates; some soil and wear; marginal stain on cover. [03419] $150.00


 

58. Fennimore, Donald E. Metalwork in Early America. Copper and Its Alloys from the Winterthur Collection. Winterthur: 1996. A magnificent and bulky book illustrating and describing antique copper, brass, bronze and paktong wares from the Winterthur Collection. The catalog is divided into sections for heat, light, food & drink, measurement, personal use, and hardware. Includes chapters on mining and manufacture, marketing and marking & metallurgy. Hardcover. 11”x9.5”, 472 pages, 17 color and 697 b/w illustrations, dj. Bibliography. Glossary. New. [90203] $70.00

 

th-05285.jpg (7259 bytes)59. Hackenbroch, Yvonne. Bronzes and other Metalwork and Sculpture in the Irwin Untermeyer Collection. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1962. This collection includes much more than sculpture; it also contains fire tools, lamps and other lighting devices, plates, bowls, ewers, inkstands, ornaments, vases, mortars, brackets, etc., in bronze, copper and pewter, of the 14th-18th centuries. "All of the more than two hundred objects included in this catalog, some never previously published, are illustrated, often with several detailed views. Most of them are fully discussed, relating them to other branches of art of the period in an introduction and in notes and comments by Dr. Yvonne Hackenbroch". Hardcover. 9"x12", lxv + 64 pages of text plus 201 b/w plates; a little marginal scuffing, a little soil, worn dj. [05285] $300.00


 

60. John, W D. Pontypool and Usk Japanned Wares with the Early History of the Iron and Tinplate Industries at Pontypool. Newport Mon; The Ceramic Book Company: 1953. The history of the manufacturing centers of Japanned wares in 18th century England. Illustrations include candlesticks, snuffers, baskets, teapots, tea-caddies, knife boxes, trays, urns, dishes, plaques, snuff boxes, snuffers, and much more. Hardcover. 10"x12.5", 88 pages of text plus 7 color and 81 b/w plates; covers lightly bowed, a little spotting. [05454] $85.00

 

61. Kauffman, Henry J. American Copper & Brass. Morgantown; Masthof Press: 1995. Includes a chapter on lighting devices. A well illustrated study of copper and brass implements in America of the 18th and 19th centuries. Kauffman provides his usual thorough and detailed explanations of the craft of the metalsmiths and their wares. Includes kettles, pots, pans, stills, mugs, stencils, ladles, measures, funnels, basins, andirons, bells, door knockers, skillets, lancets, tomahawks, button, instruments, balances, sundials, lighting, locks, and much more! A standard reference. Hardcover. 7"x10", 288 pages, color frontispiece and numerous b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear, a nice copy. [05452] $30.00

 

62. Kerfoot, J.B. American Pewter. With Illustrations from Photographs by the Author of Specimens in his own Collection. Bonanza Books: 1960s. Kerfoot's study, first published in 1924, remains a cornerstone of the literature on American pewter. Includes a chapter on pewter lamps, as well as many illustrations of lamps and several of candlesticks. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 236 pages, 358 b/w illustrations, dj. A nice copy. [06209] $25.00

 

63. Laughlin, Ledlie I. Pewter in America. Its Makers and Their Marks. Boston Houghton Mifflin: 1940 [& Barre Publishers: 1971]. The first edition of this landmark reference, along with the later supplementary volume which contains additions and corrections. You would think given the amount of material here, that Laughlin would have included more than a single plate of about a dozen candlesticks and a half-dozen other illustrations of lamps. Still, this is “Among the most exhaustive and thorough studies of any group of domestic artifacts produced in America, [this book] is still the definitive work on the subject. In addition to being an essential resource for the identification of pewter objects, Laughlin’s biographies of pewterers are a major resource for anyone studying preindustrial artisans” (Ames & Ward). The original two volumes are also a masterpiece of elegant bookmaking, printed by the Riverside Press of Cambridge on fine paper with beautifully reproduced b/w plates and marbled endpapers. Hardcover. 3 volumes. Vols. 1+2: 9.5”x12.5”, xvii + 139 + 242 pages, plus 80 b/w plates; light wear, a little soil, spine labels slightly chipped, etc. From the library of noted decorative arts scholar and author Henry Kauffman, with his bookplates. Vol.3: 9”x11”, 276 pages, 38 b/w plates, dj. Jacket rubbed. [06332] $350.00

 

64. Perry, Evan. Collecting Antique Metalware. Tin, Copper, Pewter, Brass, Iron, Bronze. A good English study of antique metalwares, their construction and uses, collections, etc; profusely illustrated. Includes chapters devoted to the kitchen, lighting, devices, and the fireplace. Hardcover. 8"x10.5", 191 pages, 211 illustrations, some in color; lightly soiled dj. A fine copy in a clean but torn and taped jacket. [01844] $50.00

 

th-08486.jpg (23607 bytes)65. Pinto, Edward H. Treen and Other Wooden Bygones. An Encyclopedia and Social History. London; Bell & Hyman: 1979. This massive book includes chapters on smoking & snuff-related treen, lighting & fire-related treen, treen for eating, drinking, measuring, science, printing, pastimes, reading, sailors, textiles, tools, signs, and hundreds more. Some 3,300 objects of English and European origin are illustrated and described and separated into 28 categories in this magnificent book. The author spent his life collecting, researching and writing about treen; his personal collection is now in the Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery. This is the ultimate treen book, and a much sought-after volume today. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 458 pages, 460 b/w illustrations, bibliography; dj; light wear, a nice copy. [08486] $650.00


 

66. Terme, M.G. L’Art Ancien au Pays de Liege. Orfevrerie - Dinanderie - Ivories. Liege; Comite Executif de l’Exposition Universelle de Liege: 1905. The illustrated catalog to an exhibition of silver, pewter and ivory either made in Liege or, in the case of ecclesiastical ivory, silver and pewter, found in Liege’s churches. Includes many candlesticks, chandeliers and other lighting devices, and table wares in pewter and silver, and ecclesiastical pieces, including many elaborate reliquaries. The ivories date from the 14th-17th centuries, the pewter dates from the 14th-18th centuries, the reliquaries from the 10th-14th centuries, and the other silver, such as tablewares, from the 17th and 18th centuries. The plate list includes a short description, date, and the name of the owner; the plates themselves are nicely shot and clearly reproduced. A companion album was devoted to furniture & sculpture. Hardcover. 7.5”x10.5”, 11 pages with 2 b/w illustrations, plus 150 b/w plates; original paper covers bound into newer coarse cloth; a little soil, but a nice copy. [08748] $175.00

 

67. Toller, Jane. Treen and Other Turned Woodenware for Collectors. Newton Abbot; David & Charles: 1975. A well illustrated survey of household treen, grouped by room, and also with chapters on smoking & snuff-related treen, lighting treen, farm treen, care of treen, curious pieces, etc. A good update to Evan-Thomas’s pioneering study, and while not as extensive as Pinto’s 1969 book, not nearly as expensive or scarce as Pinto, either. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 176 pages, 31 b/w plates, dj. [06576] $45.00

 

68. Twopeny, William & Laurence Binyon. English Metal Work. Ninety-three Drawings by William Twopeny (1797-1873). New York; John Lane Company: 1906. William Twopeny [1797-1873], lawyer and antiquarian, spent much of his life roaming the hills and dales of England, producing remarkable sketches of architecture and architectural details which were rapidly disappearing. These were largely unpublished, but rather were gathered in many portfolios and given to the British Museum after his death. Here are 93 drawings selected by Laurence Binyon showing metalwork of various types, including 5 figural fire-dogs; also rainwater pipe-heads, latches and hinges, door handles, keys and locks, vanes and railing details. Binyon also contributes a short introduction on Twopeny and his work. Hardcover. 9”x11.5”, 15 pages of text plus 93 b/w illustrations; light wear, but a nice copy. [08317] $200.00

 


PART TWO- ICE
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~ THE USES OF ICE ~

 

th-09345.jpg (8334 bytes)69. [Ice Cooler] Handbill for Jos. J. Walton Bedside Ice Box or Portable Refrigerator. New York; Jos. J. Walton: no date (1880s). An advertisement for the Walton “Bedside Ice Box or Portable Refrigerator”, a Victorian device much like a modern-day cold chest, but with feet, and more durable. “Suitable for every family and especially adapted for those occupying Flats and Rooms while sojourning at Hotels and Summer Resorts”. So sojourn away, your champagne will stay cold. Single sheet, 5.25”x8.5”, folded twice; line cut of ice box holding a bottle of champagne occupies half the sheet; fine. [09345] $50.00


 

70. Lack, H. Reader (ed.). Abridgements of Specifications relating to Ice-Making Machines, Ice-Safes, and Ice Houses. (Including the use of freezing agents for preserving alimentary substances). A.D. 1819-1866. [bound with] Part II- A.D. 1867-1876. London; Printed by George Eyre and William Spottiswoode for the Office of the Commissioner of Patents and Inventions: 1877 [and] 1882. This extremely interesting volume contains abstracts and abridgements of patent specifications relating to ice manufacture, confectionary ice, the use of ice in pickling and meat curing, and the cooling, freezing and preservation of other foods, freezing mixtures, ice breakers and choppers, and materials for ice safes and ice houses. Both parts are indexed by subject. Hardcover. 5”x7”, pebbled cloth; vi + 78 [and] vii + 188 pages; light cover soil, spine head lightly chipped; pages a bit browned, a few short, closed tears. [09351] $325.00

 

71. [Refrigerator Wagon] Illustrated handbill issued by R.F. Bucknam of Portland, Maine. Portland: 189-. A nicely illustrated handbill announcing that R.F. Bucknam, dealer in “Every Variety of Choice Meats”, has secured the exclusive franchise for the ‘Gurney Market System’, a refrigerated wagon which will allow him to deliver meats to your home “in the most perfect state of preservation, free from dirt, dust, flies and all other objectionable features”. The illustration takes up almost half the sheet and illustrates the wagon with driver & horse. Single sheet, 8.5”x11”, folded 3 times; light soil, some penciled sums on the back, but very pictorially pleasing. [09348] $40.00

 

th-09352.jpg (9605 bytes)72. Simpson, George. Ash’s Patent ‘Piston’ Freezing Machine and Wine Cooler, For Freezing and Cooling Liquids... London; George Simpson, Ice Merchant: [1862]. 2nd edition. The title page continues- “The first perfect application of the natural law of congelation adapted to domestic use; producing results never before accomplished. Also a cheap and effective method of preserving ice, and a recipe for preparing the celebrated freezing powders, (the best substitute for ice yet discovered), together with a variety of other choice recipes for mixing desert ices, ice puddings, &c., including valuable information, interesting to housekeepers, confectioners, &c., and essentially important to residents of all hot climates”.

The Ash Machine, manufactured by Simpson, used an up and down motion which produced ice or cooled liquid in a fraction of the time that cranked machines did. The first 34 pages of this booklet describe and illustrate the machine and the various uses to which it may be put; the booklet then goes on to describe a method for storing ice in the ground, an ice chest sold by Simpson, Simpson’s Patent Freezing Vase, a Patent Butter Cooler, the Seltzogene seltzer bottle, and several other Simpson inventions. This is followed by several pages of testimonials and then a list of nobility, clergy, gentlemen and ship’s officers who use the Ash machine. An interesting and elaborate early promotional book. Hardcover. 4.5”x7”, 54 pages, line illustrations; elaborately impressed brown cloth with gilt titles; some soil, a little cover wear; text browned, lightly soiled, and with foxing to the title page. [09352] $400.00

 

 

~ THE BUSINESS OF ICE ~

 

73. Cold Storage and Ice Trade Journal. Vol. 35-36. New York: 1908. Twelve bound issues of this leading and informative trade journal, January-December, 1908. In addition to the articles and news about new developments and personalities in the ice trade, there are many interesting illustrated advertisements. Hardcover; 8.5”x11”, about 800+ pages, b/w illustrations; contents fine, most monthly covers intact; hardcovers for the volume worn, and both front and rear hinges are in the process of detaching. [09355] $200.00

 

74. Knickerbocker Ice Company. Two pieces of correspondence. Philadelphia: 1893. Two letters from the Knickerbocker Ice Company of Philadelphia to a customer. The first, dated April 10, 1893 explains that the company will deliver to his new address; the second includes interesting details about the order- deliveries are made 7 times a month, and they will deliver 8 lbs. each delivery in November-April; 12 lbs. each in May, June and October, and 16 lbs. each, July through September. The total cost was $21.00. 2 typed letters on the company stationary which pictures a woodcut of a surly-looking ‘Knickerbocker”; 5.5”x9”, each folded twice, light soil. [09347] $30.00

 

75. Union Ice Company. The Story of a California Institution. The Union Ice Company. Sixty Years of Service. San Francisco; Union Ice Company: 1942. An illustrated, promotional history of California’s Union Ice Company. Includes both history and the current activities, which included home delivery (all over California in 916 modern trucks), ice for railroad and truck shipment of produce, ice for fishing vessels, ice for air conditioning, and ice for the War Effort. Softcover. 10”x13.5”, 20 pages, b/w illustrations; folding colored map; light soil, a little wear. [09350] $50.00

 

 

~ HARVESTING ICE ~

 

Interesting Company Archives-

76. [Coatesville Ice Company] A small archive of material relating to the Coatesville Ice Company. Coatesville, Pennsylvania, c.1903-1914. Several hundred pieces of correspondence and related material from the Coatesville Ice Company, for the period between the time it was founded in 1903 to the time the building was demolished and sold for scrap in 1914. This includes material regarding the building of the ice house and machinery, negotiations with the neighboring Pocono Ice Company over water rights, papers regarding sawdust, machinery, freight charges, insurance, fire safety, and other matters. It concludes with letters relating to the end of the lease on the land the ice company was located on, and the demolition of the buildings. Almost all the correspondence was written to or by W.S. Harlan, the Secretary of the company. [09359] $400.00

 

77. Everson, Jennie G. Tidewater Ice of the Kennebec River. Freeport; Maine State Museum: 1970. Over 140 period photographs and an interesting text tell the tale of the booming ice harvesting trade on the Kennebec River in Maine between 1870 and 1920. Hardcover. 10”x8.5”, 241 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [09354] $100.00

 

78. Hiles, Theron. The Ice Crop. How to Harvest, Store, Ship and Use Ice. New York; Orange Judd Company: 1893. ”A complete practical treatise for farmers, dairymen, ice dealers, produce shippers, meat packers, cold storers, and all interested in ice houses, cold storage and the handling or use of ice in any way, including many recipes for iced dishes and beverages.” A classic and thorough text on all aspects of the ice harvesting and distribution business. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, 122 pages, 94 line illustrations; light soil, small threadbare hole in front spine gutter, but overall a very bright and nice copy. [09358] $400.00

 

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79. [Philadelphia Ice Company] Articles of Association of The Philadelphia Ice Company [with] Report of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Ice Company presented to the Stockholders at their Special Meeting held October 1834; and the Resolution of the Stockholders Adopted at that Meeting. [Philadelphia: 1833] and Philadelphia; Printed by James Kay, Jun. & Co: 1834. The Philadelphia Ice Company was formed on October 3rd, 1833. The first ice season, reported on here, was not good- owing to the late date of starting, by the time they had located a building site and erected an ice-storage building most of the ice-gathering season for 1833-34 had already passed. Inexperience and fraud on the part of the contracted delivery haulers meant that less than half of the ice taken from the house during the selling season was actually delivered intact. On the other hand, this report confirms that the season’s experience showed that their ice house “has been found to preserve ice beyond every hope and expectation”, with far less wastage due to melting than the industry average. 2 booklets. Sewn booklet, 4.25”x6.75”, 7 pages, light soil and browning; and Softcover, 6”x9.5”, 15 pages, penned names on cover, some soil and wear, folded once. [09353] $400.00

 

80. Proceedings of the Annual Convention of the Natural Ice Association of America 1912-1918. The Natural Ice Association of America was incorporated in 1910. These are seven annual volumes for the years 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, and 1918, the 4th through 10th Annual meetings. Each volume includes the texts of many papers and addresses on the state of the “natural ice” harvesting trade (in other words, ice harvested from lakes and rivers, not manufactured), and problems, improvements and news about the trade. An interesting and invaluable source of material about ice harvesting from the period when ice manufacture was slowly supplanting it. Hardcover. 7 volumes. 6”x9”, 175-400+ pages each; all volumes are ex-institutional with labels and a bookplate; some soil, and a little wear. [09360] $600.00

 

81. Trowbridge, J.T. Lawrence’s Adventures Among the Ice-Cutters, Glass-Makers, Coal-Miners, Iron-Men and Ship-Builders. Philadelphia; John C. Winston: 1898. Originally published in 1870. Lawrence’s adventures amongst the ice-cutters are related on pages 14-26. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, 243 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [09356] $35.00

 

 

~ Manufacturing ICE ~

 

th-09346.jpg (13242 bytes)82. Fleuss Ice Machines. A small group of material regarding Fleuss Ice Machines. London, 1880s. Fleuss made two machines- a 150 pound model and a “portable” 85 pound model “especially suitable for ships, yachts, and the camp”. Both could make block ice or ice cream quickly, using sulfuric acid as an absorber. This group includes an 8”x10” handbill illustrating and describing both machines; a 5”x8” handbill issued by one of their licensed distributors with testimonials; a page extracted from the Civil Service Cooperative Society book illustrating and describing the machine; a handwritten letter on Fleuss stationary, dated July 21, 1888, to a customer discussing the machine and urging him to be especially careful to make sure all the seals were tight; well, I’d think so- it used 5 quarts of sulfuric acid. 4 items. Some soil and wear; pages folded. [09346] $65.00


 

83. Hill-Ray System of Pure Ice Making. Boston; Hill-Ray Engineering Company: (1920?) A promotional booklet illustrating a new ice-making process using piped ammonia to create ice sheets on a series of iron plates which then use heated ammonia gas and hot water to separate the ice into blocks. Softcover. 6”x9”, 1 page of text plus 8 b/w plates with facing text; light soil. [09357] $40.00

 

84. The Manufacture of Ice. [contained in] Design and Work, An Illustrated Journal of Inventions, Manufactures, Science & Art. Saturday, July 13, 1878. An interesting cover story in this technology journal on the latest developments in the manufacture of ice, with a diagram of the apparatus taking up most of the front page. Journal; 8.5”x12”, the article runs on 3 pages; 2 b/w illustrations. Journal length 32 pages, b/w illustrations; apparently bound into and then removed from a larger volume; some soil and foxing. [09349] $50.00

 

 

~ PLEASURES OF ICE ~

 

85. Anderes, Fred & Ann Agranoff. Ice Palaces. New York; Abbeville Press: 1983. A profusely illustrated history of ice castles and palaces, which are, and have been, quite serious business. Illustrated with many vintage photos, plans, prints, etc. A visual and textual feast for the lover of icy, ephemeral, fantasy architecture! Softcover. 10.5”x9”, 132 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w and color; some wear. [09344] $35.00

 

86. [Ice Skates -Patent] Improvements in Ice Skates. Her Majesty’s Stationary Office: 1898. A paptent specification of Robert Bustin of St. John, New Brunswick, for a racing skate which has a yielding motion relative to the runner, but is stable; there’s more, but I don’t understand a word of it. Disbound. 4 pages plus a folding plate. Fine. [09343] $45.00

 

87. Mobbs, A. Noel & F. McDermott. Curling in Switzerland. A treatise on the principles of the game, and where and how to play it. London; Arrowsmith: 1929. Both a history and a treatise on the scientific principles behind playing the game well. The authors also comment on the present state of curling in Europe, but the bulk of the book is instructional. Advice for the newcomer, rules and things not to do, delivering the stone, sweeping, team psychology, skipping, a chapter concerning "when ladies curl", comments on the new-fangled artificial rinks, and much more! Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 223 pages, many b/w plates. A little internal foxing to the preliminaries, title and frontis. and a little scattered light internal foxing; front and rear covers with some discoloration. [00441] $125.00

 

 

~ CONSUMPTION OF ICE ~

 

88. Lincoln, Mrs. D.A. Frozen Dainties. Fifty Choice Receipts for Ice Creams, Frozen Puddings, Frozen Fruits, Frozen Beverages, Sherbets and Water Ices. Prepared for the White Mountain Freezer Company. Nashua; White Mountain Freezer Co.: 1895. Softcover. 4.25”x5.5”, 32 pages, illustrated advertisements for the White Mountain Freezer inside the front and rear covers; yellow pictorial covers, the rear cover showing a polar bear eating ice cream with a spoon; rubberstamp for George Gans, Stove & Kitchen Utensils of Louisville, Kentucky on the front and rear covers; moderate soil, a little wear. [09337] $35.00

 

th-09340.jpg (10363 bytes)89. Marshall, A[gnes] B. The Book of Ices. Including Cream and Water Ices, Sorbets, Mousses, Ices Souffles, and Various Iced Dishes with Names in French and English and Various Coloured Designs for Ices. London; Marshall’s School of Cookery [1885]. 8th thousand. One of the most popular and well illustrated of the Victorian iced desert books, with four beautiful color plates showing 15 elaborate and fanciful iced deserts which may be made using Mrs. Marshall’s molds. Agnes Marshall authored a weekly column and four cookbooks, ran a cooking school and employment agency for cooks, and manufactured, imported and sold molds, machines and ingredients for making ices and other specialty foods in her store. Hardcover. 5”x7”, 67 pages plus several pages of advertisements; 4 beautiful colored plates of fancy molded ice deserts; line illustrations of a wide variety of ice molds as well as various machines for making frozen deserts; bright and unworn covers; some variable internal soil. [09340] $150.00

 


90. Marshall, A.B. Ices. Plain and Fancy. The Book of Ices. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1976. A new edition of this famous 1885 book about ice deserts, with selected text and some illustrations from the original augmented with an introduction and additions by Barabara Ketcham Wheaton and a foreword by A. Hyatt Mayor. Hardcover. 7”x8”, about 80 pages, b/w and line illustrations, dj. Light wear. [09336] $25.00

 

th-09338.jpg (6160 bytes)91. Rorer, Mrs. S.T. Dainty Dishes For all the Year Round. Recipes for Ice Creams, Water Ices, Sherbets and other Frozen Deserts. Philadelphia; North Brothers Mfg.: 1914. Recipes for a variety of Philadelphia Creams, Plain Creams, Neopolitan Creams, Delmonico Creams, French Creams, English Creams, Water Ices, Sherbets, Frozen fruits, frozen beverages, granites, and frozen puddings. North Bros. manufactured ice-cream making machines. Mrs. Rorer was the Principal of the Philadelphia Cooking School. Softcover. 4”x6.5”, 64 pages, b/w illustrations; pictorial covers showing a Gibson Girl-like woman eating ice cream; light soil, slight smudge on the covers. [09338] $40.00


 

th-09039.jpg (7765 bytes)92. Williams, Mrs. H. Llewellyn. The Book of Ices. Iced Beverages, Ice-Creams and Ices. New York; De Witt Publishing House: 1891. ”Full and correct instructions for making all kinds of ice-creams, water ices, iced puddings, iced kisses, frozen fruits, iced beverages, harlequins, macedoines, iced custards, soufflés, etc., etc. for home and confectioners’ use”. Uncommon. Hardcover. 4.5”x6”, 83 pages plus 10 pages of publisher’s advertisements; pictorial covers showing a pair of chubby cherubs sitting on the edge of some ice cream dishes, digging in; covers with some wear and soil; tips rubbed and abraded. [09339] $100.00


 

~ THE SCIENCE OF ICE ~

 

th-09033.jpg (5303 bytes)93. Brend, William. The Story of Ice in the Present and Past. London; George Newnes: 1899. A popular scientific look at ice- its properties, glaciers, ice sheets and icebergs, snow & hail, and the history of ice on Earth in the past, including past Ice Ages in Europe and America, and life during Glacial periods. Uncommon. Hardcover. 4”x6”, 228 pages, frontispiece and 37 b/w illustrations; pictorial blue cloth, light soil, a little wear. [09333] $85.00

 

94. Tomlinson, Charles. The Frozen Stream. An Account of The Formation and Properties of Ice in Various Parts of the World. London; Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge: [1862]. A treasure trove of information, including chapters on the properties of ice, glaciers, icebergs, ice houses, the ice trade and artificial production of ice, and ice sports and amusements. Uncommon. Hardcover. 4.25”x6.5”, 260 pages + 4 pages of publisher’s advertisements; line illustrations; publisher’s green cloth, light cover wear and soil, several light marginal stains; overall a nice copy. [09334] $100.00

 

 

~ THE SAFETY OF ICE ~

 

95. [Ice Boots] Improvements in Ice-Grips for Boots and the Like. Her Majesty’s Stationary Office: 1895. A patent application by Otto Haas for an adjustable ice grip for the bottom of boots. The advantage of this device is that the wire frame, on which are mounted tiny points for gripping the ice, can be fitted to different-sized boots without adjustment. Disbound; 7.5”x11”, 3 pages + 2 folding plates; light soil; Patent Library stamp. [09341] $35.00

 

96. Prudden, T. Mitchell, M.D. Drinking-Water and Ice Supplies and their Relations to Health and Disease. New York; G.P. Putnam’s Sons: 1891. Although most of the book is concerned with water, its supply and impurities, the final three chapters deal with ice harvesting and storage, impurities in harvested ice, and the production of artificial ice. Hardcover. 5”x7”, 148 pages, 6 b/w illustrations; light soil, a minute amount of wear; library association bookplate, but no other marks. [09335] $85.00

 

97. [Snow Removal] Improved Method of and Apparatus for Removing Snow or Ice from the Streets or other Places. Her Majesty’s Stationary Office: 1895. A patent specification by Richard Ripley of Liverpool for a horse-drawn cart with a wood or coal-fired boiler underneath, so that snow or ice removed from the roads and shoveled into the hopper above the boiler will be melted as the cart moves down the road and the water then siphoned off into the gutters or road drains. I can’t imagine why this never caught on. Disbound; 7.5”x11”, 4 pages + 2 folding plates; light soil; Patent Library stamp. [09342] $45.00

 

 

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th-02210.jpg (9403 bytes)98. Jacobsen, Johan Adrian. Alaskan Voyage, 1881-1883. An Expedition to the Northwest Coast of America. The University of Chicago Press: 1977. "This thrilling adventure story is told by Johan Adrian Jacobsen, a Norwegian-born explorer who journeyed to America's Northwest coast in 1881 to collect native artifacts for the Royal Berlin Ethnological Museum. His many adventures and keen observations were recounted in German by Adrian Woldt and published in 1884. Hardcover. 7"x10", 266 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; a fine copy in a near fine jacket. [02210] $35.00


 

99. Nourse, Prof. J.E. American Explorations in the Ice Zones. Boston; B.B. Russell: 1884. "The expeditions of de Haven, Kane, Rodgers, Hayes, Hall, Schwayka, and de Long; the relief voyages for the Jeanette by the U.S. steamers 'Corwin', 'Rodgers', and 'Alliance'; the cruises of Captains Long and Raynor of the merchant service; the Greely Expedition and rescue of the survivors; with a brief notice of the Antarctic cruise under Lieutenant Wilkes, 1840, and of the locations and objects of the U.S. Signal Service Arctic observers". Hardcover. 7"x9", 608 pages, filled with b/w illustrations; map; original pebbled cloth, leather spine; covers a bit soiled and worn, spine head chipped; both internal hinges reglued and stiff; 19th century library bookplate but no other markings; some internal soil. [02721] $65.00

 

th-05207.jpg (8795 bytes)100. Ray, Dorothy J. Eskimo Art. Tradition and Innovation in North Alaska. Seattle; University of Washington Press: 1977. North Alaskan native arts from the first contact with Europeans to the present day. "Dorothy Ray presents the first comprehensive description, analysis and interpretation of all the arts and crafts of north Alaska...illustrated with over 300 photographs". Includes masks and sculptures, carved ivory, graphic art, skin, cloth & fur work, and jewelry, as well as jade, horn, stone, quill, baleen and birchbark. Hardcover. 9"x11", 298 pages, 307 b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear. [05207] $85.00


 

 


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