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The Joslin Hall Rare Books Newsletter
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February 21st, 2006

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-

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"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!



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Stern, Bill. California Pottery: From Missions to Modernism. 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


Our new Blog-

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

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"Foggygates -A Bookish Blog"


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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)



Curtis, Gregory. Disarmed. The Story of the Venus de Milo. 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. [95029].

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

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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.

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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


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