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BOSSERT, Helmuth; An Encyclopaedia of Colour Decoration from the Earliest Times to the Middle of the XIXth Century. [Berlin], [Ernst Wasmuth], [1928], , 4to [32 x 25 cm]; 35, [240] pp, 120 full color plates, showing a total of 222 illustrations, plus a few text illus, original cloth, worn at edges, tear on spine repaired, hinges cracked but firm, two text leaves with marginal tears, all plates clean, internally very good in somewhat worn cover.

An impressive collection of colored illustrations showing decoration through the ages, from ancient Egypt to Europe of 1860, illustrating each region. Each plate has and explanatory section. Many of the designs shown were specially procured for this book, not having been reproduced before.

US$15. bookID # 5184


BUSCH, Gunter and Liselotte von Reinken; Paula Modersohn-Becker, The Letters and Journals. New York, Taplinger Publishing Company`, [1983], First American edition, 8vo [23.5 x 17 cm]; ix, 576 pp, illustrations from paintings and drwgs, bibliog, notes, checklist of exhibitions, indexes, original cloth backed boards, dj (light wear at edges, price clipped), near fine and clean in good jacket.

A definitive work on this painter, who anticipated many of the powerful ideas of German Expressionism, but who also left fascinating journals and letters.

US$2. bookID # 10011


GILLINGTON, M. C.; A Day with William Morris. London, Hodder & Stoughton, nd [c1920], probable first edition [no additional printings], 12mo; unpaginated, color frontis and color plates from paintings, original paper covered boards with embossed color plate on front cover, spine worn and chipped, corners worn, light dampstain, overall good.

US$1. bookID # 3529


HASSELL, J.; The Camera; or Art of Drawing in Water Colours; with Instructions for Sketching from Nature, comprising the Whole Process of Water-coloured Drawing, Shadowing and Tinting a Complete Landscape. London, W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1823, First edition, 8vo [23 x 14.5 cm]; iv, [5] - 32 pp, 3 foldout plates including hand colored frontis, being three states of the same view, one in outline, one in aquatint, and the third a hand-colored aquatint, later boards with title label on front cover, spine a little faded, some minor foxing in a few margins, a near fine copy with good-sized margins.

The author, a master engraver and artist, presents a method for drawing, using a rural scene as example at different stages, with the outline plate showing perspective lines, up to the coloring including directions for compounding and using colors, sepia, Indian ink, bister, etc. Hardie (English Coloured Books) p. 121: 'He was one of the first to apply colour to aquatint'. BMC II:876.330.

US$150. bookID # 8817


HOBSON, G. D.; Some Thoughts on Organization of Art After the War. London, B. T. Batsford, nd [1940's], , 8vo [23 x 14.5 cm]; [i], 48 pp, frontis, plates, list of plants and trees by type, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, short tear at spine end, else near fine and clean.

The author, a director of Sotheby's, includes chapters on the future of London Square Gardens, National Art Galleries and Museums and of the English Fine Art Trade, with proposals for re-building.

US$1. bookID # 10012


HOFER, Philip; Edward Lear as a Landscape Draughtsman. Cambridge, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1967, First edition, oblong 4to [18 x 26 cm]; xi, 79 pp, color frontis from painting, portrait, 110 illus, all but two full-page, from Lear's paintings and drawings, bibliog of works related to Lear's landscapes, original two-part cloth, dj (not price clipped), near fine and clean.

An attractive and impressive work covering in some detail on this aspect of Lear's work with biographical material and the author's assessment of his work.

US$10. bookID # 8127


JOHNSON, A. E.; Dudley Hardy. London, Adam and Charles Black, 1909, First edition, 8vo [22 x 16 cm]; viii, 55 pp, 7 color plates from paintings including frontis, 8 other plates, numerous other illustrations from paintings and drawings, original pictorial cloth, near fine, clean in dj (worn, split at joints, chipped at spine ends).

Dudley Hardy was a leading artist of the day, especially humorous art, and the illustrations show his painting, drawings and posters. In the scarce pictorial jacket.

US$10. bookID # 9661


LABKOVSKI, D.; Shalom Aleichem and his Heroes. Tel Aviv, Hapoel Hazair, 1972, , folio [35.5 x 25 cm]; 15 plates on 15 sheets, from drawings/paintings, 4 page foreword by Dov Sadan in English and Hebrew, contents leaf (complete), original pictorial heavy paper portfolio, with title on portfolio, plates printed on heavy paper, short tear at edge of portfolio, plates are fine in very good portfolio.

The work marks the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of Shalom Aleichem, the most famous Yiddish author and novelist of the golden age of Yiddish writing, and on whose work Fiddler on the Roof is based.

US$12. bookID # 13364


MABEY, Richard; The Flowers of May. London, Collins & Brown, [1990], First edition, 4to [28.5 x 22 cm]; 15 pp, colored frontis, 84 fine botanical color plates, each with description on opposite page, other illus, maps, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), fine and clean, unmarked.

Caroline May was a botanical artist, born in 1809, died 1874, did over 1,000 botanical paintings, previously unpublished. The paintings are attractive and graceful. A biographical sketch and other introductory material is included.

US$5. bookID # 13198


PIPER, John; British Romantic Artists. London, Collins, 1946, , 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; 48 pp, 8 color plates, 28 bw illus, original printed paper covered boards, small hole in spine, dj (tears, small hole), else good.

In the Britain in Pictures series.

US$1. bookID # 3520


RIDGE, Antonia; The Man Who Painted Roses; The Story of Pierre-Joseph Redoute. London, Faber and Faber, [1974], First edition, 8vo [20 x 13.5 cm]; 409 pp, colored frontis of roses, painted by Redoute, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (lightly worn, not price clipped), fine and clean in very good jacket.

The author spent six years researching this work on one of the best botanical artists of all time. The author also wrote For the Love of a Rose.

US$2. bookID # 13209


ROOS, Frank J.; Bibliography of Early American Architecture; Writings on Architecture Constructed Before 1860 in Eastern and Central United States. Chicago, University of Illinois Press, 1968, , 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; [x], 389 pp, bibliog, index, original cloth, spine title lettering, dj (price clipped, short tears), else clean solid copy.

First edition was 1943, this edition is revised, updated and extensively annotated and hence much more useful, being a comprehensive geographical bibliography of books and articles, containing 4,377 entries, with 1,600 entries more than the first edition.

US$1. bookID # 10049


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