Rare and Vintage Books

The USEFUL ARTS: Considered in Connection with the Application of Science (RVB-141)

 

By Jacob Bigelow, MD, Professor of Materia Medica in Harvard University
Thomas H. Webb and Co., Boston 1840
Volume l of two volumes
Dark blue cloth hardcover; gold embossed title on spine
384 pages with engravings.
Glossary and Index
Fair condition – covers rubbed; spine faded; foxing on endpapers and title page; inside pages clean

Price: $25.00
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EARLY AMERICAN WALL PAINTINGS (2 Books)

(RVB-140)

Two Books: EARLY AMERICAN WALL STENCILS, by Janet Waring, 1937. Hardcover; 86 pages text with another 96 black/white plates and 7 color plates. Good condition – foxing on endpapers; corners slightly bumped; clean inside; 11.5″ x 8.75″.

EARLY AMERICAN WALL PAINTINGS, by Edward Allen, 1926. Hardcover; 110 pages with many black/white photographs. Good condition – clean inside.

Price: $25 for both books

Price: $25.00
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The BOOK of SILK (RVB-140)

 

Philippa Scott
Published by Thames and Hudson, London. 1993
Blue cloth-covered hardcover with dust jacket
12.5” x 9.75”
256 pages
274 illustrations with 180 in full color
Excellent condition (was $65 new)

SOLD

Price: $20.00
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IL MUSEO del TESSUTO a PRATO (RVB-139)

 

La donazione Bertini
Published by Centro Di, Firenze. 1975
Soft cover catalogue – text in Italian
8” x 7.5”
189 pages
17 full-color plates; 100 black/white plates – all with descriptions
Introduction; Glossary; Bibliography
Fair to good condition – foxing on endpapers; bumped corners; all plates clean

Price: $25.00
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a PICCOLI PUNTI (RVB-138)

 

Imparaticci e modelli per ricamo dell’Ottocentro tra arte e decorazione
Raffaella Serena
Published by Instituto Geografico De Agostini, Novara. 1991
Hardcover with dust jacket in custom box
12” x 9.5”
223 pages with one or two full-color illustrations on practically every page
Text in Italian
Excellent condition

This is a book about needlepoint designs. It contains many period original painted designs for Berlin wool work. An extra-large folded sheet with a lovely full-color Berkin work floral pattern (ready to execute) is included.

This is a beautiful high-quality reference book – perfect for textile designers and embroiderers.

Price: $40.00
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SELVAGE to SELVAGE: Textiles from East to West (RVB-136)

 

Spink, London – Exhibition Catalogue June 10th – July 10th, 1998
Softcover; 24 different textiles plus details
12.5” x 9.75”
Detailed descriptions
High-quality publication with excellent color photographs
Very good condition

SOLD

Price: $25.00
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OLD COUNTRY STORE LEDGERS (RVB-134)

 

Wells, Vermont. 1848-1889

These old ledgers are from a rural general store owned by Benjamin Lewis in Wells, Vermont. The brown leather one dates from 1848 through 1865. Size is 12.25″ x 8″ with an embossed pattern on the edges. It has 256 handwritten pages listing the items bought by various local people. Each page has the customer’s name e.g. “Hiram Jones 1 Yd Gray Cloth” and the price. These are typical general store items with the main purchases being cloth – “fancy cloth”; “red flannel”; “shoddy”; “melton”; “blanket cloth”; etc. Dyes included “logwood”; “camwood”; “copperass”; “potash”; “fustic”. etc. Staples bought were flour; butter; sugar; onions; potatoes; cider; oats; molasses, etc.

The smaller ledger with brown leather spine and tips and marbleized paper-covered boards has 99 handwritten pages. It is 12″ x 8″ and dates from 1860 to 1889. Besides country store items it keeps track of peoples’ labor, e.g. “one day’s work butchering”; “two days work digging potatoes $2.00”.

The third volume, signed “B. Lewis & Son Day Book 13th June 1870″ has 575 handwritten pages, all from 1870. 14″ x 8.5″ with black leather spine and tips & marbleized paper-covered boards. It records customers’ purchases, e.g. 6 yds flannel $5.40”; elixer .30; candy; coffee; tea; 1 pair shoes $1.00.

The ledgers are in good condition considering their age. All bindings and pages are intact. This store was operating during the California gold rush and the Civil War. In 1850 the town’s population was 804, by 1890 it had dropped
to 621.

Price: $100 for all three ledgers

Price: $100.00
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CHINESE DECORATED PAPERS (RVB-133)

 

Bird & Bull Press, Newtown, Pennsylvania. 1987
Handmade book from fine private press – 8” x 10”
Includes 23 actual samples of Chinese “tea-chest” papers – each 6” x 8.5”
Handmade paper over boards with embossed gold figures on cover
Red leather spine and tips; green leather with embossed title on spine
Very good condition

68 pages of fascinating text, including how the papers were made and letters between the authors and the printer; 6 black/white photographs of the papers being prepared for inclusion in the books; price lists from the Japan Paper Company, New York, 1926 that list among other types of papers “Nanking Papers”. These samples were imported from Foshan, China in the 1930s by the Englishman Walter f. Crtttall (1887-1956) to use as wallpaper in his house in Essex. They were found by the authors, Hans and Tanya Schmoller, “lovingly kept” by Crittall’s widow. Hans Peter Schmoller (1916-1985) was a well-respected book designer. He designed covers at The Curwen Press in London and Penguin Books where he was the Head of Production. The publisher, Henry Morris founded the Bird & Bull Press in 1958, one of America’s oldest private presses. As Morris said, “It pleases me to know that without the Bird & Bull, many books on worthwhile, albeit esoteric subjects would probably never have been published.”

Price: $175.00
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The JUNIUS B. BIRD CONFERENCE on ANDEAN TEXTILES (RVB-131)

 

The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C., 1986.
Edited by Ann Pollard Rowe
With 19 essays by various scholars
Soft cover 11” x 8.5”
383 pages with black and white photographs and diagrams
Good condition

Price: $20.00
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HISTOIRE du PAPIER PEINT en FRANCE (RVB-129)

 

H. Clouzot et Ch. Follot
Preface by Jean Bourguignon, plus a full book of text (both in French)
Editions d’Art Charles Moreau, Paris 1935
Softcover with tissue guards; hardcover case
13” x 10”. 273 pages
Black & white illustrations and 26 tipped in color plates with tissue guards
Good condition – a few loose plates but basically sound and clean

This is one of the best reference books on the history of French wallpaper – a classic! In addition to the plates illustrating particular wallpapers, there are early engravings of wallpaper production and hanging; documents pertaining to the great wallpaper manufacturer, Reveillon; lists of the wallpaper exhibitors at the Universal and International Expositions of Paris in 1878, 1889, 1900, 1925, 1931 with the medals they received; an alphabetical table of all the manufacturers and artists mentioned in the book.

The wallpapers shown here are as follows:
Two “Domino” papers, c.1750
“Les Faisans” by Reveillon, c.1775
“La Chasse de Compiegne” by Jacquemart et Benard, c.1814
“Fleurs Veloute” by Jules Desfosse, 1867

SOLD

Price: $75.00
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FORMES et COULEURS (RVB-129)

Art Deco plates sold individually (RVB-127)

Auguste H. Thomas
Published by Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Circa 1922
Pochoir-printed on heavy-weight paper
Complete page is 18” x 12”; the printed image is 15.25” x 10.25”

This was originally a folio of 20 pochoir plates designed by Auguste Thomas. Since this folio is incomplete I am offering some of the plates for sale individually.

Pochoir was a refined method of hand stencil-printing that resulted in layers of pigment that look as if the design were hand-painted with gouache. The colors are saturated and vivid.

The edges of the plates are slightly rubbed, rough and discolored, however all the images (except plate 1) are in fine condition and would look beautiful matted and framed. Each plate is $75 except for plate 1 which is $50 (it has a stain that is visible in the scan). The title page is not included. Plate 8 has a bonus – the artist made a pencil sketch of a 1920s pin-up girl on the back.

Prices: Plates 7, 8, 11, 12 are $75 each; Plate 1 is $50

Price: $75.00
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BERGE'S SCHMETTERLINGS-BUCH (RVB-146)

 

H. v. Heinemann. Published by Julius Hoffmann, Stuttgart, 1870
Hardcover; 290 pages; 11” x 9” (Book may have been rebound)
Complete with 50 hand-colored, beautiful illustrations of butterflies, moths, their caterpillars and the flowers they feed on.
Text in German
Fair condition – the paper is brittle and the binding loose. Plate 16 is detached and in the worst condition (see bottom photo). The inside corners of some of the plates are torn. Edges of pages are slightly browned. Otherwise the plates and text are clean with no markings.

This is an ex-library book from the Ethel Traphagen Leigh Memorial Library

Price: $100.00
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BOUQUETS de STYLE (RVB-123)

 

Published by Libraire des Arts Decoratifs, Paris 1945
4 page introduction by Marcelle Legrand (in French)
Leather-bound hardcover; 9.5” x 12” (front and back covers are the same)
Title, date, and small urn embossed in gold on leather spine
Marbleized endpapers front and back
Complete with 48 plates, 8 in color
Numbered 245/500 with editor’s initials (A.C.)
Very good condition

These prints were originally offered as loose plates in wrappers. Someone had them carefully and professionally bound in this deluxe burgundy leather hardcover book. The book is of very high quality – a pleasure to hold and look through.

The black and white plates would reproduce well and are just asking to be hand-colored with watercolors – or indulge and make this splendid book even more beautiful by adding watercolors directly to the plates. This would make a very special gift indeed!

Price: $125.00
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THREADS of IMAGINATION (RVB-122)

 

Central Asian and Chinese Silks from the 12th to the 19th century
Spink, London – Exhibition Catalogue February 15th – March 12th, 1999
Softcover; 60 pages with 27 different textiles plus details
12.5” x 9.75”
Introduction text and detailed descriptions
High-quality publication with excellent color photographs
Very good condition

Price: $25.00
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La Manufacture de TAPISSERIES de BEAUVAIS (RVB-117)

 

M. Jules Badin, Societe de Propagation des Livres D’Art, Paris 1901
Hardcover; red cloth; 12.25” x 9.25’
116 pages; 31 black & white plates
French text
Marbleized end papers front and back
The original softcover edition was probably rebound in this hardcover format at some point long ago.
Plates and text fine; interior binding intact but a bit loose; board covers bumped as shown.

Price: $50.00
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PASSION & TRANQUILITY Exhibition Catalogue (RVB-112)

 

Indian & Islamic Works of Art
Spink, London October12 – November 12, 1998
Softcover; 115 pages with 59 entries
12.5” x 9.75”
Superb color photographs in a very high-quality publication
Excellent condition

Price: $25.00
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WORKS of ART from BENIN Catalogue (RVB-109)

 

The Property of a European Private Collector
Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., London Auction, June 16th, 1980
10.5” x 7.5”
Hardcover with dust jacket (title on dust jacket embossed in gold).
67 pages; 24 lots; 10 color plates; 23 black & white photos.
Estimate sheet included.
Corners bumped, otherwise in very good condition with no markings.

Top plate: “Bronze Memorial Head of an Oba”, 1st half 14th century.
Bottom plate: “Plaque of a Chief”, 2nd half 16th century

Price: $35.00
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BATIK BOOKLET (RVB-106)

Jakarta

Jakarta, no date (mid-20th century?)
13.25” x 7.75”
Hard board covers bound with green silk cord
10 pages: Introduction plus 9 pages each with an actual cloth sample showing the 9 steps in making a wax batik. Every sample is accompanied by a description and a photograph of that particular process. Each step and the tools used in producing it are identified by their Indonesian name.
A map naming and locating the batik centers of Java is pasted inside the back cover.
Each page is protected by a tissue overlay.
Very good condition.

This is a slim but handy reference book to the steps and tools involved in making a wax batik. It helps the reader understand this intricate process and adds to the appreciation of these textiles.

Also offered on my website is a set of five larger batik samples that show the different stages in producing a wax batik with a copper stamp (“tjap”). These can be found under BAZAAR – OTHER TEXTILES.

There are also three nice old copper batik stamps (“tjap”) offered in the BAZAAR – OTHER TEXTILES section.

Price: $75.00
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JAPANESE IKEBANA (RVB-105)

 

Dated: Showa 12 (1937)
10.25” x 7.5”
Silk-covered front and back covers
70 color plates of different ikebana arrangements plus 116 plates of text and instructional drawings.
Japanese text
Good condition except for fading to silk covers; some loose string binding; and slight dent to outside corners of pages.

Price: $50.00
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FLEURS ANCIENNES, 2 Volumes (RVB-101)

 

Albert Garcet, Editeur. France, 1928.
12” x 8.25”
108 plates (originally issued loose in a folio)
Book is in decent condition – hard cardboard marbleized covers are scuffed and faded with worn edges and loose binding; some foxing to the borders of the plates, but no tears or repairs.

The 1st series has 45 out of 48 black & white plates. The missing plates are 36, 40, and 42. The 2nd series is complete with 63 black & white plates.

Each plate is a reproduction of an old master flower painting from a French Museum or Institution. Some of the artists included are: Monnoyer; Van Huysum; Bony.

The price is $100 for the set of 2 volumes.

Price: $100.00
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BOUQUETS (RVB-100)

 

By Jean-Babtiste Monnoyer Fils
Publisher: Charles Massin et Albert Levy, Paris (no date, c.1920s?)
12.75” x 9.75” (each plate)
19 plates out of 28 (originally issued loose in a folio)
Condition as seen in scans

Each image is a hand-colored engraving. The impression of the steel plate is visible on each page. None of the pages have been cut so it it obvious that some of the steel plates were not centered on the paper during the printing process.

These floral bouquets were created by Jean-Babtiste Monnoyer (1636-1699). He was a Franco-Flemish artist who specialized in flower paintings. Monnoyer designed for the Gobelins and Beauvais tapestry workshops as well as private patrons. His collections of botanical flower engravings such as these, have remained popular with designers, decorators, and collectors till this day.

The plates may be purchased individually for $30 each, or all 19 plates for $200.

Price: $200.00
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