[JHRB News] Speaking of Books, Feb 21 -New Catalog

Joslin Hall Rare Books, ABAA office at joslinhall.com
Tue Feb 21 12:05:18 EST 2006

SPEAKING of Books...

The Joslin Hall Rare Books Newsletter
February 21st, 2006

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

The Book Elves are completely mesmerized by the Winter Olympics, 
particuarly the slalom skiing and bobsledding, which they have combined 
here into a new sport called "Bobslalom".

It's better left unexplained...

However, before they "modified" the fleet of old "American Flyers" in the 
basement with two filing cabinets, a bunch of old truck springs, and the 
fireworks that were left over from the 4th of July (and scared the living 
bejezis out of the neighbor's dog), they finished a new catalog-

----------- NEW CATALOG ------------

"GOING ONCE... GOING TWICE...A selection of Antique Auction Catalogs from 
the 1890s to the 1980s" is now ready, and going into the mail. The catalog 
is also on our website-


but if you'd prefer a hard copy, please send us your mailing address.

This month's selection includes auctions featuring furniture, Americana, 
French decorative arts, ceramics & glass, silver, jewelry, Middle Eastern 
arts, American prints & documents, fine arts, special collectors and grand 
estates, and much more, with highlights including-

* The first catalog ever issued by Parke-Bernet Galleries

* The catalog to the only auction ever held at the American Art Association 
galleries which was opened by an invocation...

* The catalog to the greatest auction of the 19th century...

* The catalog to the most important auction of American furniture ever held...

* The catalog to the other most important auction of American furniture 
ever held...

* The catalogs to two of the most important fraktur auctions...

* The catalogs to the auctions of the collections of-

     -the founder of Citibank

     -the man who discovered George Gershwin

     -the Chairman of US Steel & Presidntial envoy to
      Pope Pius XII during Word War 2

     -A socialite & oil heiress who is the subject of
      a new muckraking biography...

* and much, much more!



San Francisco; Chronicle Books: 2001.

 From the 1920s to the 1950s, designers including Rockwell Rockwell Kent 
and Edith Heath, and producers including Bauer, Catalina, and Vernon Kilns, 
were involved with California potteries. They made strikingly colorful 
dishware, garden pottery, and decorative and architectural tiles. The 
pieces reflect the style of the times, from Arts and Crafts and romantic 
Mission styles of the 20s to the Moderne styles of the 1930s, and the 
Modernist style of the 1940s and 50s. This enjoyable, well-illustrated book 
provides a history of California's diverse and colorful pottery. Hardcover. 
9”x8.5”, 119 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. [95028]

Published at $22.95
Publisher's overstock
available for a limited time for- $12.50



Remember to check out "Foggygates", our new blog, for the latest news, 
announcements, specials, and other odd things...updated daily.


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

* Books on Ceramics & Glass (march)
* Recent Acquisitions for March-April (march)
* Books on Silver & Silversmiths (march)



New York; Alfred A. Knopf: 2003.

The Venus de Milo is both a great work of art and a popular icon, and from 
the moment of her discovery in 1820 by a French naval ensign, she has been 
an object of aesthetic and archeological controversy.

Using memoirs, letters, and official accounts, Gregory Curtis introduces 
readers to Venus as she was unearthed by a farmer, digging for marble 
building blocks on the Aegean island of Melos at the moment a young officer 
and amateur archeologist looking for classical relics happened by.

Curtis tells how the island's elders fought with their Turkish overlords 
over who owned Venus, and how the French pressed their claim, outwitting 
other suitors to bring her to the Louvre, where she became an immediate 
celebrity. Curtis's depiction of Europe in the early 19th century, caught 
in the grip of a classical art mania, reveals just how far the Louvre was 
prepared to go to prove it had the greatest classical find of the era, and 
how the French scholar Salomon Reinach and the German Adolf Furtwängler 
battled over the statue's origins and authenticity for decades.

Curtis also presents competing theories about the statue's original 
appearance. Hardcover. 6"x9.5";, 247 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New. 

Published at $24.00
Publisher's overstock
available for a limited time for- $12.50


We hope you find a few books here that you need, and if you are ever in the 
area, remember that we’re close to the very-well plowed Massachusetts 
Turnpike and Interstate 91 in bad weather. We’re also close to them in good 
weather... so 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. Remember to take a 
look at our "GOING ONCE... GOING TWICE..." catalog when you have a chance-


Drop by "Foggygates", our new blog-


and until next time, enjoy our catalog and enjoy the Winter!

     -Forrest, Betty, Amy, Freckles, Pywackett & Ike

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

Post Office Box 239
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060 USA
telephone (413) 247-5080

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