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The Joslin Hall Rare Books Newsletter
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March 14th, 2006

The Book Elves are more than ready for Spring, and the start of a new Boston Red Sox baseball season. Last week they had the barbeque out, grilling burgers in the middle of a late-winter snowstorm. This Sunday's Boston Globe Magazine featured a cover story on rookie phenom Jon Papelbon, and they bought 300 copies and papered the Cataloging Cave with them. Spring Training in Florida has been underway for a week and they cannot waitto get down there. However, before they loaded the ElfMobile up with Sox banners, soft drinks, frozen bugers and our patio set, and took off in a generally southerly direction, yelling "We don't need maps to find Florida, we can smell the baseballs!", they finished a new catalog-

New Catalog-

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"BOOKS ON CERAMICS" is now ready, and going into the mail. If you'd like a copy please send us your mailing address.

This month's selection includes-

* a superb brand new book on mocha wares

* a rare 1908 book of inscriptions on antique drug jars

* the earliest English-language book on tiles

* a copy of an early catalog of ancient pottery owned by a ceramicist who reproduced the ancient forms as garden pots

* an intriguing 1901 study of the hazards of the work of Staffordshire potters

* the 18th century catalog of terra cotta lamps described by later experts as “one of the greatest assemblages of fakes ever assembled”

* bound collections of Adelaide Alsop Robineau’s two periodical publications

* an 1873 book on Bristol ceramics praised by Solon as “a model of what a perfect monograph might be expected to be”

* an early and scarce trade catalog of Low Art tiles.

* and much, much more!



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Rickard, Jonathan. "Mocha and related dipped wares, 1770-1939." Hanover; University Press of New England: 2006.

This is a colorful explosion of a book, packed with beautiful photographs that vividly capture the colors and wild designs on this distinctive pottery. But it's not all photos- author Jonathan Rickard provides a mighty and solid text to back up the illustrations, exploring the history, makers and styles of these ceramics in England, America and France. Long thought of as a Victorian ceramic, Rickard shows that the style actually dates from the late 18th century. There are many chapters exploring the various patterns and decorating techniques, and the book finishes off with a chapter on the potters and potteries of Mocha and their marks. An exuberant, important study of an under-documented type of pottery. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 178 pages, profusely illustrated in color and b/w, dj; bibliography. [90157] $65.00

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

* Recent Acquisitions for March-April (march)

* Books on Silver & Silversmiths (march)




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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



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. When you have a chance, drop by "Foggygates", our new blog, and until next time, enjoy our catalog and enjoy the (almost) Spring!

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


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