[JHRB News] Newsletter for April 6th, 2005
Joslin Hall Rare Books
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Wed Apr 6 10:40:19 EDT 2005
SPEAKING of Books...
The Joslin Hall Rare Books Newsletter
April 6th, 2005
To see an illustrated version of this Newsletter, click here-
Well, the crocuses are up, and the Book Elves have waxed the metal runners
on their sleds and put them away in the storage room of the Cataloging Cave
for another year. Apparently you cannot actually buy wooden sleds with
runners anymore (or so we are told), so we try to keep our fleet of
Flexible Flyers in tip-top condition. Now if we can just figure out which
pile the lawn chairs are buried under...
But before the Book Elves embarked on a search for beach chairs and the
barbeque grill, they posted another set of books on our Just Catalogued
- - - JUST CATALOGUED - - -
This time we have a selection of books about glass, ceramics, silver,
furniture, folk art, and other decorative and fine arts, and a smattering
of other subjects.
-an interesting unpublished paper on the role of Menu Plaisirs, the men
responsible for petty pleasures, the spectacles, fetes, fireworks, balls
and amusements of the King, in the spectacular Royal Fete of 1664...
-several important 19th century French guides to glass and its manufacture,
including Julia de Fontenelles 1829 guide, featuring a folding plate
illustrating Empress Josephines crystal table...
-a nice copy of the 1849 catalog of the auction sale of the fabulous
collection of Medieval and Renaissance arts of Louis Fidel Debruge-Dumenil,
a collection which launched the career of one of the 19th centurys
foremost art historians...
-a beautifully illustrated study of pietre dure...
-nice leatherbound sets of the poetry of John Milton and Thomas Gray...
-an interesting 1932 study of the Imperial Japanese Shosoin Repository, a
treasure trove of undisturbed 8th century arts...
-a copy of Hendersons 1874 Practical Floriculture inscribed to the
developer of one of New Yorks foremost Victorian garden-excursion parks
(and who also was responsible for New Yorks subway system)...
-several nice histories of the Worshipful Company of Glass-sellers,
including Ramseys important 1898 study...
and a whole lot more!
- - - FEATURED BOOK - - -
Kane, Patricia E. "COLONIAL MASSACHUSETTS SILVERSMITHS AND JEWELERS. A
bIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY BASED ON THE NOTES OF FRANCIS HILL BIGELOW & JOHN
New Haven; Yale University Art Gallery: 1998.
A book almost a hundred years in the making, and quite simply the most
important book on American silversmiths since Beldens study of the
Ineson-Bissell Collection at Winterthur. Pioneering collector and scholar
Francis Hill Bigelow died before his notes, for a proposed Magnum Opus on
Massachusetts silversmiths, could be completed and made into book form.
John Marshall Phillips, Curator of the Garvan Collection at Yale, took over
the project and added to the research, but his untimely early death once
again stopped the study in its tracks.
Finally, in the 1980s, Patricia Kane and her colleagues, working from the
original notes, embarked on a project to complete this ultimate reference,
now published here in all its massive glory. There are biographies of 296
silversmiths and jewelers who worked in Massachusetts before the American
Revolution, along with 93 craftsmen in allied trades. Kanes preface
chronicles the ninety-two years of research and scholarship that went into
the book, and her essay focuses on the creative ferment in Boston. Barbara
McLean Wards essay describes the tools of the trade. Gerald W. R. Ward
discusses the differences between metropolitan and rural silversmiths. The
New York Silver Society Newsletter called this a masterful
and a source book that will well serve the next
generations of gold, silver, and jewelry historians. Our Book Elves at
Joslin Hall simply describe the book as damned heavy. Hardcover.
8.5x11.5, 1,241 pages; marks, dj. New.  $150.00
- - - UPCOMING CATALOG - - -
We will be issuing a new issue of Going Once, Going Twice: Vintage Auction
Catalogs Just Added to Our Stock, next week! This issue will feature
auctions of furniture, glass & ceramics, Orientalia, French decorative
arts, and Noteworthy Collections. This is a printed catalog, so let us know
if you want a copy.
- - - SPEAKING OF READING - - -
This weeks (April 11th) New Yorker has several interesting articles. The
first is about the digital photographing of the Cloisters famous Unicorn
Taking the photos was not all that complex, but stitching the dozens of
digital images together to re-create the full-size tapestry proved too much
for the Met.s computers, so they enlisted the help of two genius
mathematicians and their home-made super-computer. And even then there were
The second article (not available on the web) deals with 19th century
childrens writer and moralist Favell Lee Mortimer, author of numerous
books on foreign countries and cultures, although the furthest she ever
wandered from her home in Shropshire was a trip each to Paris and Scotland.
I was happy to see the author note that he discovered the long-fogotten
works of Mrs. Mortimer while browsing one of our favorite bookstores, the
Book Den East in Oak Bluffs.
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Thats going to do it for today. Please stop by and browse our Just
Catalogued books, and let us know if you want a copy of our latest issue
of Going Once, Going Twice: Vintage Auction Catalogs Just Added to Our
Stock, coming next week!
JOSLIN HALL RARE BOOKS, ABAA
Fine books of the 16th-20th centuries
on the decorative and fine arts & design
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