[JHRB News] NEW ARRIVALS -new on our shelves this week!
Joslin Hall Rare Books
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Mon Mar 21 19:01:41 EDT 2011
These books have just arrived on our shelves-
Bloemink, Barbara & Soon Chun Cho.
The Color of Nature: Monochrome Art in Korea.
New York; Assouline: 2008.
While never clearly defined as an art movement in the West, monochrome
art found in Korea a generation of artists who combined Asian
philosophies with Western training to create art that explores
subtleties of color, surface, and nuance, and expresses a wide variety
of emotions, intentions, and meanings. Chung Chang-Sup, Kim
Tschang-Yeul, Park Seo-Bo, Ha Chong-Hyun, Lee Seung-Jio, Choi
Myoung-Young, Suh Seung-Won, Lee Kang-So, and Kim Tae-Ho are all
profiled here, with canvases and works on paper that are variously
reminiscent of op art and color field painting. Hardcover, 9x12, 239
pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.  $35.00
Bowers, Q. David.
Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments.
Vestal Press: 1983. 8th printing.
The absolute one book to have on the subject. Cylinder music boxes,
disc music boxes, piano players & player pianos, coin-operated pianos,
orchestrions, photoplayers, organettes, fairground organs, calliopes,
and other self-playing instruments mainly of the 1750-1940 era.
Hardcover. 8.5x11, 1,008 pages, hundreds of black & white
illustrations. Cover soil, some wear.  $150.00
Catalog of a Special Exhibition of the Chelsea Porcelain in the Collection
of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation prepared especially for the Eighth
Symposium of the American Ceramic Circle.
Colonial Williamsburg has an exceptionally fine collection of Chelsea
porcelains (catalogued in a book by Austin). A very interesting
ephemeral catalog. Paper covers, stapled & 3-ring punched. 8.5x11,
cover sheet and 26 sheets, photocopied on one side. Some soil and wear.
Conger, Clement E. & Alexandra W. Rollins.
Treasures of State. Fine and Decorative Arts in the Diplomatic Reception
Rooms of the U.S. Department of State.
New York; Harry N. Abrams: 1991.
A massive, beautifully-illustrated book illustrating and describing
treasures from the collection of the State Departments Diplomatic
Reception Rooms. Furniture, silver, paintings, ceramics and other
decorative arts from about 1730 to 1840 are showcased. In addition to
being superb examples of Colonial and Federal fine and decorative arts,
many of the examples here were owned or used by early statesmen and
diplomats, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy
Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and James Madison. Hardcover. 9.5x12, 496
pages, 422 color and 8 black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light
jacket wear, front hinge slightly wobbly. Signed by Curator Clement
Conger and scholars Jennifer Goldsborough and Gregory Weidman. 
Flanders in the Fifteenth Century. Art and Civilization. Detroit
Institute of Arts and the City of Bruges: 1960.
The catalog to a massive loan exhibition of art and artifacts, textiles,
armor, metalware, glass, sculpture and manuscripts. Softcover. 7x10,
467 pages, many black & white and several color illustrations. Some
wear, page adhesions at the upper corner.  $20.00
Gerdts, William H., et al.
Lasting Impressions. American Painters in France 1865-1915.
Musee Americain Giverny & Terra Foundation for the Arts: 1992.
A magnificent catalog to the loan exhibition at the Musee Americain
Giverny, paired with the fine extended essay (pp 13-124) American Art
and the French
Experience by Professor Gerdts. Hardcover. 9x12, 286 pages, 98 color
and 140 black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Near fine. 
Girl Scout Loan Exhibition. Loan Exhibition of Eighteenth Century and
Early Nineteenth Century Furniture & Glass... Portraits by Stuart, Peale
and others, for the Benefit of the National Council of Girl Scouts, Inc.
New York; American Art Galleries: 1929.
The importance of the Girl Scouts Loan Exhibition cannot be overstated,
although sometimes it seems it has become something of a cliché. Simply
put, it was the most important and richest loan exhibition of American
antique furniture and other decorative arts ever staged to be drawn in
large part from private collections; although it did not start the
popularization of American antiques, it contributed largely to its
continued success and gave both scholars and collectors new focus; it
brought a large number of prominent dealers and collectors together in a
way which had not been accomplished since the Hudson-Fulton exhibition
of 1909; it provided the first broad popular showing of American
Federal-period antiques; finally, it inspired an enthusiasm which gave
impetus to new books, catalogs and research. The Girl Scout Exhibition
is seen by many as the starting point for all serious modern scholarship
in the fields of American decorative arts. The catalog features
illustrations of fine furniture, textiles, glass, ceramics and
paintings, drawn from notable collections from across the country.
Hardcover. 8"x11", 926 items, hundreds of b/w illustrations. Newly bound
into hardcovers with the original front cover laid-on. Two early pages
have torn lower page edges extending about 5 up the page, but not near
the text.  $500.00
Godden, Geoffrey A.
Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks.
New York; Crown Publishers: 1964.
A long-loved standard reference. Essential. Hardcover, 7.5x10, 765
pages. Light wear.  $75.00
Goddio, Franck & David Fabre (eds.)
Egypt's Sunken Treasures.
In the shallow waters of Aboukir Bay off the coast of Egypt, the ruins
of three ancient cities Alexandria, Heraklion, and Canopus lie along
with valuable clues to the way their citizens lived and worshipped.
French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discusses the relics he's
discovered, including statuary, jewelry, pediments, stone tablets, and
fragments of buildings, all lost for nearly 2,000 years, as well as what
these things imply about their societies. The book is remarkable for its
600 color photographs, including underwater views and exhibit photos of
490 objects restored and installed in museums, ranging from colossal
figures to delicate pieces in gold and precious stones. Hardcover.
10x11, 400 pages, color illustrations. Fine.  $40.00
Godfrey, Richard T.
Wenceslaus Hollar. A Bohemian Artist in England.
Yale University Press: 1994.
An exhibition catalog devoted to the work of the famous 17th century
engraver of architecture, topography and everyday life. Softcover.
9.5x11, 168 pages, many black & white and several color illustrations.
Light wear.  $35.00
Gordon, Christine. Donald Barry Woodrow & Laurent Boeki.
Diamonds: The Quest from Solid Rock to the Magic of Diamonds.
New Dehli; Lustre Press & Roli Books: 2008.
Gorgeously illustrated, this is the story of the diamond in pictures,
from the first diamond mine (in India), and the discovery of diamonds in
Brazil around 1725, to the modern celebrities who clad themselves with a
layer of diamond "bling." Here too are some of the world's great crown
jewels, the creations of artisans like Louis Comfort Tiffany, the
cleaving of the enormous 603-carat Lesotho Promise raw diamond into four
major stones a many more smaller ones, and the industrial use of
diamonds. Hardcover. 13x13, 432 pages, color and black & white
illustrations. Slipcased. Fine.  $85.00
Rococo Silver, 1727-1765.
London; Faber and Faber: 1974.
The influence of Huguenot émigrés was paramount in the introduction of
the rococo style in silver from France to England in the 1720s. But
though the renowned Paul de Lamerie was to dominate the field until his
death in 1751, English silversmiths like George Wickes and Edward
Wakelin quickly established strong native tradition. For vigor,
variety, richness of invention and technical virtuosity, English rococo
silver has rarely been surpassed. This fine study was written by the
head of Christies Silver Department and one of the premier scholars of
antique English silver. Hardcover. 6.5x10, 74 pages, plus 1 color and
96 black & white plates, dust jacket. Light wear.  $125.00
Some Colonial Homesteads and Their Stories.
New York; G.P. Putnam: 1897.
An early Americana survey of Colonial homesteads and their art and
furnishings. Of great interest for its text, not from a scholarly
context, but from a contextual one. Hardcover. 6x8.5, 511 pages,
black & white illustrations. Light wear, some water waving on the last
pages.  $25.00
Heller, Nancy & Julia Williams.
Painters of the American Scene.
New York; Galahad Books: 1982.
A reissue of a book originally published in 1976 as The Regionalists.
It explores American regional painters (no, really?) of the 1920s, 1930s
and 1940s, as they explored and depicted the American countryside and
city life. Hardcover. 10x11.5, 208 pages, color and black & white
illustrations. Light jacket wear.  $30.00
Hennell Silver Salt Cellars 1736 to 1876.
East Grinstead; BLA Publishing: 1986.
A well-illustrated study of five generations of a silversmithing family
which specialized in salt cellars. Their vast array of designs are
illustrated and discussed here- lion mask, shell, pedestal, loop-handle,
Chinoiserie, neo-classical and gothic, and much more! An uncommon book.
Hardcover. 7.5x10, 142 pages, black & white illustrations, dust
jacket. Light wear.  $250.00
William Savery, Chairmaker and Joiner.
[contained in the] The Pennsylvania Museum Bulletin; February, 1928.
A short article in which Hornor decries the then-popular tendency to
attribute any fancy piece of Philadelphia Chippendale to Savery, while
denying he ever made plainer furniture. Hornor uses a labeled example of
the latter, as well as newly-discovered account books, to take a look at
the cabinetmakers plainer productions. This issue also has an article
on the newly-opened Colonial-era house museum at Cedar Grove. Semowich
568. Uncommon. Softcover. 7x10, 7 pages [article], 3 black & white
illustrations showing 7 chairs and a label. Light soil, minor wear.
Faces of the Living Dead: The Belief in Spirit Photography.
West New York; Mark Batty: 2006.
Paralleling the popularity of spiritualism from the 1870s to the 1930s,
spirit photography emerged as proof and promotion of contact with the
spirit world. While these images today generally bear obvious hallmarks
of trickery, notes photography historian Martyn Jolly, and indeed were
the subject of intense debate, what remains fascinating is how willingly
they were embraced by those who sought evidence of an afterlife and the
continued existence of lost loved ones. Jolly's in-depth history is
heavily illustrated with images from leading spirit photographers like
William Crookes, Ada Deane, William Mumler, and Edward Wyllie, from the
archives of the British Library. Hardcover. 9x10, 160 pages, black &
white illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.  $25.00
Lee, Georgina E.
British Silver Monteith Bowls including American and European examples.
Surrey; The Manor House Press: 1978.
This survey of Monteith bowls is mostly silver but also includes some
bowls made from other metals and some porcelain examples. There are
appendices listing "all known existing examples of British Monteith
Bowls" and all recorded makers of these grand bowls. Hardcover.
8.5"x11", 115 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. Minor wear.  $75.00
Lockwood, Luke Vincent.
Colonial Furniture in America.
New York; Charles Scribner's Sons: 1901.
The first edition of this classic work. While not quite as famous as
Nutting, Lockwood has stood the test of time better. "Lockwood's
stylistic survey was based on a visual analysis of the material and most
of the text is devoted to a written description of the objects
illustrated, emphasizing the architectural nature of the moldings and
analyzing the success of the design... This book enjoyed a long life as
a principal survey of American furniture and retained its influence for
many years" -Ames & Ward. An iconic figure among the first generation of
American furniture historians and collectors, Luke Vincent Lockwood was
a founding member of the Walpole Society and a noted collector of
furniture and silver. He wrote several books and articles, including the
seminal Furniture Collectors Glossary. Semowich 1388. Hardcover.
8.5x11.5, 352 pages, 293 black & white illustrations, dust jacket. The
quite-uncommon dust jacket has moderate wear and some chips. The book
itself is fine the scarce jacket has kept the covers, with their white
lettering which always rubs off, in pristine condition. 
Check List of American Flatware Grape Patterns.
Published by the author in 1978.
A slight but noble effort to document Grape patterns, with black & white
illustrations. Very uncommon. Softcover. 4.5x8.5, 43 pages, black &
white illustrations. Light soil.  $45.00
Sieur Tzen, et al.
China House of Arts Chinese Ceramics.
New York; China House of Arts: 1981.
A Gallery catalog featuring a variety of fine Chinese ceramics from the
6th to 18th century, and also several informative essays, including The
Aesthetic Magic of Chinese Ceramics by Ezekiel Schloss, Banshan Type
Painted Potteries by Sieur Tzen, Marks on Chinese Ceramics by Claude
Salley, and notes on song celadon with carved decorations by Floyd
Ratliff. Softcover. 8.5x11, 50 pages, color and line illustrations.
Light wear.  $30.00
Rococo Exotic: French Mounted Porcelains and the Allure of the East.
New York; The Frick Collection: 2007.
An interesting catalog which begins with Henry Fricks acquisition of a
pair of 18th Century Chinese vases which had been turned into
gilt-mounted urns by French craftsmen, and moves on to an examination of
the tendency of the late 18th century French to gilt-mount anything that
wasnt moving, including seashells, and the tendency of well-heeled
early 20th century collectors to favor these objects. Softcover.
8.5x11, 52 pages, color and black & white
illustrations. Fine.  $20.00
Ware, George W.
German and Austrian Porcelain.
New York; Crown Publishers: 1963.
The first American printing of this standard study, superior to the
later reprints. This book remains a much-used study of 18th century
German and Austrian porcelain. Hardcover. 7"x10", 244 pages, 174 b&w
illustrations, 4 color and 5 b&w plates. Minor wear, light soil.
London; Mitchell Beazley/Octopus: 1999.
A beautifully photographed book which draws together the many strands
of folk art from across Europe, exploring the vernacular traditions of
these artifacts. Chapters on household objects, sculpture, paintings,
toys, pottery, textiles, and furniture. Hardcover. 9x12, 176 pages,
illustrations, dj. Minor wear.  $45.00
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