[JHRB News] Some Book Specials for the New Year

Joslin Hall Rare Books, ABAA office at joslinhall.com
Mon Jan 2 15:17:42 EST 2006

Well, it was quite a New Year's party at the Cataloging Cave, but we've 
just about found all the missing Book Elves, including the ones we found 
fishing in the neighbor's koi pond. I thought those kippered "herring" 
tasted odd...

So now we've got to quickly trundle on down to the local pet fish store and 
find replacements for fish that are not technically missing yet (shhh!!), 
but before we do that, we wanted to bring you a few


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Cederwall, Sandraline, Hal Riney & Barnaby Conrad. SPRATLING SILVER. San 
Francisco; Chronicle Books: 2000. A revised, expanded edition of this 
oversize, wonderfully-illustrated book. A dramatic tribute to the works of 
William Spratling, a world-renowned artisan in silver. Spratling's designs 
for tableware, flatware, jewelry and other silver objects have left an 
indelible stamp on the history of 20th century silversmithing. Illustrated 
with more than 70 full-page plates. The marks for each piece are 
illustrated. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 176 pages, many full-page color plates, 
dj; New. Published at $50. Publisher's overstock available at this price 
for a limited time. [95016]

Published at $50.00
Publisher's overstock available for a limited time for- $35.00


Volume 1- Silver before 1697. Boston; MFA / Northeastern University Press: 
1993. The MFA's tradition of producing elegant catalogs continues with this 
effort, which illustrates part of the MFA's collection of early English 
silver, recognized as one of the finest in the world. The catalog features 
extremely fine photography, and extensive and scholarly entries which fully 
describe and discuss each piece. Many of these pieces had not previously 
been published elsewhere. Marks are illustrated with each item. Hardcover. 
9"x11.5", 236 pages, 16 color and 362 b/w illustrations, dj. New. Published 
at $55. Publisher's overstock available at this price for a limited time. 

Published at $55.00
Publisher's overstock available for a limited time for- $25.00


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 for a limited time for- $10.00


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 for a limited time for- $40.00


Wagner, Arlene. THE ART AND CHARACTER OF NUTCRACKERS. Collectors Press: 
2005. Nutcrackers have come in many forms -dogs' heads, elephants' trunks, 
clenched fists, cast iron dragons, brass courtesans, objects resembling 
surgical pincers, and any number of plungers, levers, and gavels-not to 
mention the traditional little fellow with the big mouth. Some are elegant 
in their simplicity, while some are so delightfully fashioned they can only 
be considered works of art. This illustrated album presents nutcrackers and 
other nutty accessories in hundreds of color photographs-most are from 
Europe and America, made from the 15th century to the present. Hardcover. 
8.5"x11", 188 pages, loaded with color illustrations, dj. New. [95025]

Published at $60.00
Publisher's overstock available for a limited time for- $25.00


COLLECTING. London; Merrell Publishers: 2000. A sumptuous feast of a book 
for the silver lover, filled with gorgeous photographs of unique and 
surprising fantasies on the theme of the broad-bladed silver server. 
Rabinovitch, author of a book on antique broad-bladed silver servers, 
commissioned more than 60 new servers from a variety of working silver 
craftsmen, and the results are stunning and provocative. The text describes 
each server and the silversmiths' ideas in creating it, and also explores 
the relationship between artist and patron, and even how to become a 
patron, on a large or small scale, yourself. A fun book which silver lovers 
will spend hours going through again and again. Hardcover. 9.5"x10", 160 
pages, color illustrations, dj. New. [95026]

Published at $49.95
Publisher's overstock available for a limited time for- $25.00


Whitesides, Mary. WICKER DESIGN. Salt Lake City; Gibbs Smith: 2003. A 
pictorial survey of fine wicker furniture of the last hundred and 
twenty-five years and its possibilities in decorating today. Whitesides, an 
interior designer by trade, enlisted the aid of several specialist antique 
dealers and some high-style photographers to create a slick (not scholarly) 
glossy book filled with photos that could have come out of Architectural 
Digest or a decorating magazine. Lovers of wicker will find much to love 
here by just browsing the photographs, and the somewhat cursory text 
manages to contain a few nuggets as well. Hardcover. 9"x10.5", 143 pages, 
color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. [95027]

Published at $29.95
Publisher's overstock available for a limited time for- $20.00


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