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The Joslin Hall Rare Books Newsletter
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January 25th, 2006

The Book Elves have been hard at it, skating and skiing, and nursing bruised shins and bumped heads. But before they decided to try to sculpt a replica of the set of Cecile B. Demille's "Cleopatra" from snow in the front yard, they finished another set of books for our latest "Just Catalogued" offerings.

New Catalog-

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"Recent Acquisitions For January - February, 2006" 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 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-

* A beautiful and early (1863) copy of Arrowsmith's popular "Paper-Hanger's Companion".

* A nice copy of Ashdown's 1919 history of the Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass, inscribed by Past Company Master George Paget Walford.

* A nice copy of the scarce 1969 Art Deco exhibition catalog "The Jazz Age", which was based largely on Martin Battersby's collection.

* The 1860 catalog to the 3rd Exhibition of American paintings held at the Young Men's Association in Troy, NY.

* A Deluxe copy of George Francis Dow's 1927 "Arts & Crafts of New England", one of 97 copies printed on rag paper and bound in batik-patterned covers.

* Two very interesting French books published in 1914 on the feather industry.

* A copy of Feulner's 1929 "Historic Interiors in Color" with the ownership stamp and signature of noted New York set designer Joseph B. Platt, who was the Interior Art Director for 'Rebecca' and also worked on the interiors for 'Gone with the Wind'.

* A nice copy of Heal's 1925 "London Tradesmen's Cards of the XVIII Century", one of 100 copies specially bound in half vellum for members of the First Edition Club.

* Several scarce early 19th century books on gilding & painting.

* Nice copies of Jane Ellen Panton's very scarce books "From Kitchen to Garret" and "Nooks and Corners", splendid descriptions of how to run a Victorian middle class household.

* Franklin Hough's magnificent 1865 "Washingtoniana, or, Memorials of the Death of George Washington, Giving an Account of the Funeral Honors Paid to His Memory, with a list of tracts and volumes printed upon the occasion, and a catalogue of medals commemorating the event", limited to 291 sets.

* A beautiful copy of James Walter's infamous 1887 hoax, "Memorials of Washington and of Mary, His Mother, and Martha, His Wife, from Letters and Papers of Robert Cary and James Sharples", our copy with the book ticket of Grenville Kane, the noted book collector who helped introduce the Tuxedo to America.

* and much, much more!



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

* Books on Ceramics & Glass (february)

* "Going Once… Going Twice..." (february)
antique auction catalogs

* Recent Acquisitions for March-April (march)

* Books on Silver & Silversmiths (march)



Rabinovitch, Benton Seymour. Contemporary Silver. Commissioning. Designing. 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

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and don't forget-


Solis-Cohen, Lita (ed.) The Americana Chronicles. Maine Antique Digest -30 Years of Stories, Sales, Personalities, and Scandals.
Philadelphia; Running Press: 2004. 

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”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 -

Or, buy $50 worth of other books and we'll send you a copy of this book as our Holiday gift.


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 January-February Catalog when you have a chance, and until next time, enjoy our catalog and enjoy the Winter!

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


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