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Joslin Hall Rare Books, ABAA office at joslinhall.com
Tue Nov 15 08:48:09 EST 2005

SPEAKING of Books...

The Joslin Hall Rare Books Newsletter
November 15th, 2005

To see an illustrated version of this Newsletter, click here-

The Book Elves have put the barbeque in the garage and are busy trying to 
find a recipe for pumpkin pie that substitutes chocolate for pumpkin, but 
before they froze the computer trying to download an entire season of "Good 
Eats" from the FoodTV Network's website with a 56k modem, they prepared a 
new printed catalog of Recent Acquisitions for November, which is available 
either as a printed catalog or on our website-


If you'd like a hard copy, please send us your mailing address.

This month's selection includes an array of books on furniture, silver, 
ceramics, glass and other decorative arts, as well as a smattering of other 
odd stuff, with highlights including-

* An interesting manuscript catalog of a private American library dated 1832.

* A beautifully-bound copy of a 1910 book on miniature portraits on ivory, 
bound for the collection of railroad magnate Jay Gould's son, George Jay 
Gould, at "Georgian Court".

* A nice copy of the 1804 (first English) edition of Tingry's important 
study of varnishes.

* An interesting catalog of silver ceremonial maces from American colleges.

* A satirical 1886 booklet detailing a Scotch wife's adventures at the 
Edinburgh Art Exhibition.

* An 1895 ledger from Rutland, Vermont detailing a year's worth of liquor 
purchases by the citizens of that city and nearby towns.

* A scarce 1908 book on the Blaschka glass flower models.

* A beautiful 1890 book illustrating French Revolution and Napoleonic-era 
hairstyles in a series of 30 color plates.

* A nice early (1841) edition of Stokes' influential cabinetmaker's guide.

* and much, much more!


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Philadelphia; Running Press: 2004.

"Since 1973 the Maine Antique Digest has been the publication of record for 
the antiques market in America. Senior editor Lita Solis-Cohen opens the 
Digest's archives to present this vastly entertaining anthology of articles 
about the quirky personalities, amazing discoveries, major sales, auction 
dramas, and staggering scandals that have defined the $20 billion-a-year 
antiques industry.

Here are landmark sales of silver, tramp art, pottery, paintings, and 
furniture, and accounts of famous frauds, forgeries, and crimes of passion. 
Learn about the fake Brewster chair that effectively fooled the trade and 
museum curators until the maker revealed his identity, the discovery in 
France of an 18th-century desk and bookcase that sold for over $8 million 
despite missing feet, and the fate of the con man who foiled the antique 
toy world". Softcover. 8.5"x11", 448 pages, b/w illustrations. New. [95022]

Published at $19.95.
Publisher's overstock available at
this price for a limited time -$10.00

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We are bursting at the seams here, after a couple of book fairs, some good 
buying from private collections and a couple of very productive road trips. 
In fact, as we went to press with this November catalog, I had the December 
catalog half-filled. Well, "filled" is a relative term- the books are 
stacked here, there and everywhere, but one can never have too many books, 
right? Right.

Well, anyway, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

We have a new edition of our Books on Furniture catalog coming up in a few 
weeks, featuring authors I through Q (IQ, it was easy for me to remember, 
so I went with it), and a new edition of our Catalog of Auction Catalogs 
coming up in early December. We have a few really nice items for that one.

If you'd like copies of any of these, please let us know.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art / Thames & Hudson: 1988.

Philanthropists Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert passionately amassed what was 
probably the finest private collection of goldsmiths' work in the world. 
Early on they concentrated on Georgian silver -in particular 18th and early 
19th century works by English masters Paul de Lamerie and Paul Storr- and 
later broadened the collection to survey English and Continental 
goldsmith's work from the Renaissance to the Victorian era.

This 1988 volume is from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where pieces 
from the Gilbert Collection were displayed before Arthur donated them to 
his native Britain. It catalogs 175 exquisite items, from a very rare Tudor 
silver-gilt casting bottle, with tiny dragons holding its chain handle, to 
an enormous cup with scenes and figures commemorating the life of 
Lafayette, presented to his son George Washington Lafayette after his 
father's death. Here too are a collection of elegant German tankards; a cup 
carved from a coconut to look like a somewhat pudgy hawk, with jewels and 
silver wings; and a 17th-century wager cup shaped like a maiden, which was 
later fitted with a clockwork mechanism under her skirt so she could roll 
along the table.

Many are seen in color plates; all are shown in a large main view with 
smaller detail views of noteworthy features and the smith's marks, and 
their provenance and construction are thoroughly described. Hardcover. 
9.5"x11", 688 pages, filled with b/w and color illustrations, dj. New. [95023]

Published at $125.00.
Publisher's overstock available at
this price for a limited time -$40.00

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That's going to do it for today. Remember to take a look at our November 
Catalog when you have a chance-

If you find yourself going by one day, give us a call and drop by. There's 
always tea or coffee in the pot, cider in the fridge and various other 
libations and snacks available as well. Until next time, enjoy our catalog 
and enjoy the Fall!


Fine books of the 16th-20th centuries
on the decorative and fine arts & design

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