[JHRB News] Newsletter for 2/2 & Just Catalogue Update

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Wed Feb 2 09:27:54 EST 2005

SPEAKING of Books...

The Joslin Hall Rare Books Newsletter
  February 2nd, 2005

You can read an illustrated version
of this Newsletter on our website at- 


The Book Elves are still digging out from under that big snow we got a few 
weeks ago -if I remember correctly, it was the 5th biggest storm in Boston 
history. The timing was good, because it began to snow less than 48 hours 
after we had rolled into the yard with an enormous load of vintage auction 
catalogs -50 or 60 boxes worth, going back to the 1930s. I do not want to 
think what unloading those would have been like with 30+ inches of snow on 
the ground...

The catalogs cover a broad range of topics and the Book Elves are on 
double-shift getting them processed and described. We will certainly be 
doing several "Catalogs of Catalogs" featuring them in the coming months, 
and will let you know more about that as we get closer to publication date. 
I'd say "let us know if you are looking for a particular catalog from the 
1940s or 50s or whatever", but with 60 boxes of them to look through the 
chances of being able to find a single title by rooting around for it are, 
well, let's just say there's a better chance of my sprouting wings, flying 
down to Jacksonville and replacing Adam Vinatieri as the Patriot's field 
goal kicker in the SooperDooper Bowl this Sunday.

If you'd be interested in receiving our "Catalog of Catalogs", please let 
us know.

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Our JUST CATALOGUED PAGES have been updated with a variety of new items, 
mostly on art and antiques.

Highlights include-

-The catalog to the Museum of Modern Art's 1933 Exhibition "American 
Sources of Modern Art" -these were the ancient American arts that inspired 
Art Deco designers.

-Carter's very scarce inside look at the running of Edwardian mansions- 
"Millionaire Households and Their Domestic Economy".

-An interesting 1870 broadside for a Hartford furniture dealer.

-A nice copy of George Francis Dow's "Domestic Life in New England in the 
17th Century", one of 95 copies printed on Etruria handmade paper.

-Newton Elwell's very, very scarce 1899 book "Colonial Silverware of the 
17th and 18th Centuries", a companion volume to his study of Colonial 
furniture and interiors which we listed (and sold) a month or so ago.

-2 copies of Appleton Griffin's fine 1897 catalog of the Washington 
Collection at the Boston Athenaeum, one copy with the scarce Index volume, 
and the other copy is one of 55 copies printed on special paper.

-A nice copy of the hard-to-find 1930 catalog of the Harding Collection of 
Antique Irish Glass.

-Hopkins and Cox's pioneering 1936 book on West New Jersey furniture, 
limited to 300 copies.

-An unusual 1951 study of gold beating.

-A nice copy of John Langdon's scholarly study of Colonial American 
silversmiths who fled to Canada after the American Revolution, limited to 
350 copies.

-A very scarce 1903 pamphlet on the "fake" jewelry trade in New York.

-A nice set of the 1929 and 1932 editions of Prime's books on the Arts & 
Crafts of Philadelphia, Maryland and South Carolina, limited to 500 and 400 

-A copy of Gisela Richter's 1937 monograph on the "Etruscan" Terra Cotta 
Warriors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, limited to 500 copies (see 
below for a link to an extended story about these infamous fakes).

-A beautiful copy of Frederic Fairchild Sherman's 1930 study of early 
American portrait painting, limited to 250 copies.

-A scarce 1816 catalog of intaglios and paste cameos, issued by William Tassie.

-An interesting 1933 study of the long-lost Wealden glass industry, limited 
to 500 copies.

-several interesting decorative arts theses, touching on early American 
furniture and silver.

And much more!

- - - - - - - NEW SUBJECT CATALOG - - - - - - - -


We have just released our latest subject-matter catalog, "Books on Ceramics 
Part One [a-k], which features 101 books and catalogs on pottery and 
porcelains and all things breakable... Request your free copy of this 
printed catalog today, and we will also be sure to send you Part Two when 
it is released shortly.

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We recently came across a story that in the 1960s the staff at a certain 
major London auction house became bored by the many anonymous Old Masters 
they had to catalogue. They took to calling these unidentified paintings 
"orphans", and then one day someone referred to a picture as "a real 
bastard". And so the famous and hitherto-unknown French master La Bâtarde 
was born...

- - - - - - - - NEW FEATURE ON THE WEBSITE - - - - - - - -

Between 1915 and 1921 the Metropolitan Museum of Art purchased three 
extraordinary ancient Etruscan terra cotta warriors... in fact, they were a 
bit too extraordinary. The warriors were, in fact, fakes, carried out on a 
grand, almost "mythic" scale, and even as the ink dried on the checks, 
doubts were being whispered in art circles in Europe. In 1959, when a 
visiting Italian scholar was offered a chance to see the statues and 
commented that he did not need to see them since he knew the man who had 
made them, the authorities at the museum decided something had to be done...

Read more-

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We are pleased to have recently added an important book on North American 
Indian Trade Silver to our stock of new books. Martha Wilson Hamilton's 
"Silver in the Fur Trade, 1680-1820". Chelmsford; Martha Hamilton 
Publishing: 1995. An important examination of North American Indian trade 
silver, with discussion of First Nations, American, British, Dutch and 
French trading patterns, an analysis of forms, and all the known Indian 
trade silver makers' marks and biographies of the silversmiths. Profusely 
illustrated and thoroughly researched, this is an essential reference work. 
Softcover. 8.5"x10", 236 pages, b/w and color illustrations, marks; near 
fine. [06785] $45.00

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Don't forget to check out the latest additions on our BARGAIN BIN pages- 
most books priced at $10 or less, and if you buy three books, you get a 
fourth of equal or lesser value absolutely FREE!

  - - - - - - - - - WINTERTIME - - - - - - - - -

With the snow coming down and the temperatures hovering in the single 
digits for most of January, there’s nothing like a cup of hot tea or cocoa. 
However, if something a bit stronger is more to your liking, here’s a hot 
mulled wine recipe we like-


1 Bottle of good red wine
2 oranges
several teaspoons/tablespoons of sugar
3-4 whole cloves
2-3 sticks of cinnamon

Add the wine to a pot and heat gently on the stove.  Peel and slice one 
orange into slices and add them, along with the juice of the second 
orange.  Add several whole sticks of cinnamon and the cloves.  Bring the 
pot to gentle simmer.  Add the sugar (to taste) and brandy and serve in 
thick mugs.

That's going to do it for today.  I hope you find some interesting books on 
our Just Catalogued pages <http://www.joslinhall.com/justcat.htm> and now I 
have to go find the cinnamon...


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