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BERAIN, Jean, and others.  ORNEMENS DE PEINTURE ET DE SCULPTURE.    
                       


                                                                                          
(Paris): The Authors, 1710. Large folio. Half-morocco. 29 plates. First edition. [Berlin Catalog, 4037; Guilmard, page 93].

 
Twenty-eight designs of ornaments in the Louvre and the King's apartment in the Tuileries.  The designs are of wall panels, pediments, and doors.  Although usually ascribed to Jean Berain, the elder, the drawings were most likely done by his son, Jean Berain, the younger.  Francois Chauveau engraved thirteen of the plates, and J. LeMoine engraved four, while G.J.B. Scottin engraved the title page.  Light foxing, but still a very good copy of a rare book.

$5,750.00

 
DANCKERTS, Cornelis.  D'VOLGENDE DEUREN SYN GETEEKENT OP DE AMSTERDAMSE VOETMAET VAN 11 DUYN.      
 



Amsterdam : Danckerts, (circa 1625). Small folio. 25 loose plates (as issued). First edition. [Guilmard, page 492].


This rare series of doorways was reprinted by Danckerts in 1631 in
Architectura Moderna.  OCLC only records one copy in  Denmark and none in America .  Cornelis Danckerts (1561-1634) was a member of the Danckerts publishing firm, makers of many architectural books throughout the seventeenth century.  A very good set.
 
$1,250.00

 
(FORGERY)  FRANCESCONI, Daniele.  ILLUSTRAZIONE DI UN URNETTA LAVORATA D'ORO E DI VARI ALTRI METALLI ALL AGEMINA COLL' ISCRIZIONE PAULUS AGEMINIUS FACIEBAT.      
 


Venice: Stamperia Palese, 1800. 8vo. Later quarter-vellum. (l), cii pages, 3 folding plates. First edition.

The Meneghetti family established in 1745 an antique business in the growing field of Venetian antiques.  Near the turn of the eighteenth century, the firm exhibited a small box (11 x 7 x 5 inches) which bore the name of Paulus Ageminius Faciebat who worked in the first half of the sixteenth century.  Its importance was based on a series of engraved maps contained on its panels.  To publicize the work the firm allowed two books to be published: a brief pamphlet by Mauro Boni, the scholar, and a more definitive account by Francesconi (this book).  In the August 1990 issue of Apollo magazine, an article by Anna Maria Massinelli appeared proving this casket to be an elaborate forgery.  The lengthy attempt to have books written about an item to justify its authenticity mirrors the later attempts of Thomas J. Wise to authenticate some of his pamphlets by inserting notes of them in bibliographies by J. Buxton Forman, and in his own Abbey Library Catalogue.  This is a very early book in the field of art forgeries and is quite rare.  Only four copies are cited by OCLC as being in American libraries  A personal stamp on the title page, else a very good copy.
   
$950.00


HERDMAN, William.  PICTURESQUE VIEWS IN LIVERPOOL .       




Liverpool: The Author, 1864. Folio. Publisher's half-morocco, rebacked. (4) pages, 28 chromolithographic plates. First edition.

 
Herdman's views of Liverpool include the south portico of St. George's Hall, the Victoria Tower , Water Street , a southwest view of Town Hall, and other landmarks.  There are thirty-five photographs on twenty-eight plates.  There is sporadic light foxing to a few plates and an ink inscription on the verso of the title page, else a very nice copy of a rare book, with no copies cited by OCLC.

$975.00
 

LAVIN, Irving, and John Plummer.  STUDIES IN LATE MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE PAINTING IN HONOR OF MILLARD MEISS.  Two volumes.      




 
New York : New York  University Press, 1977. 4to. Cloth. xx, 463; vi pages, 161 plates, (4) pages. First edition.

The festschrift has a bibliography of Meiss's work and articles by Chastel, Robert Koch, Lavin, and many others.  Very good.

$175.00
 

LAZARUS, Emma.  A DAY IN SURREY WITH WILLIAM MORRIS.       




 
San Francisco : Roxburghe/Zamorano Keepsake, 1988. 4to Wrappers. 14 pages, illustrations.  First edition thus. Limited edition of 150 copies.


Remembered best as the author of the sonnet engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, Emma Lazarus met Morris in 1883.  The article which is reprinted here from the 1886  Century Magazine , complete with illustrations, was published with Morris' approval and is followed by an extract of a letter from him concerning his socialist and artistic views. 

$75.00
 

LE SUEUR, Nicholas.  L'INVENTION DE LA CROIX, after Pinturricchio.




N.P.: n.d. (1725). Broadsheet. (14.43 x 12.09 inches.)

 
This is plate number three from the famous  Cabinet de Crozat , a book of mostly copperplate engravings of art works in the collections of M.A. de Crozat and other French notables, including Louis XV.  Of the two hundred and forty plates, thirty of them were chiaroscuros.  The chiaroscuro blocks were cut by several people.  Nicholas Le Sueur engraved only the tone blocks for the prints ascribed to him.  The etched outline blocks for this series were made by P.P.A. Robert (1686-1733) and the Comte de Caylus (1692-1765).  The print is made from an outline block and three tone blocks in various shades of green.  As is common with all prints in this series using green tints, the outer edges have faded to a brownish tone.  This was the fault of the dyes used.  Ours is an especially nice copy with very wide margins.

$500.00

 

(MILIZIA,  Francesco).  DELL'ARTE DI VEDERE NELLE BELLE ARTI DEL DISEGNO, SECONDO I PRINCIPII DI SULZER E DI MENGS.       




Bassano: Giuseppe Remondini, 1813. 8vo. Contemporary marbled wraps. 88 pages.

First published in Venice (1781), this treatise by Francesco Milizia (1725-1798) introduced a new criteria for judging works of art based on the aesthetic views of Sulzer and Mengs.  It also irreversably altered the form of art criticism.  Wrappers worn.

$165.00
 

RAWLINSON, Robert.  DESIGNS FOR FACTORY, FURNACE AND OTHER TALL CHIMNEY SHAFTS.    




London : Weale, 1858. Tall folio. Publisher's cloth. (ii), 8, (2) pages, 25 plates. First edition.
   
 
A handsome book on industrial designs illustrating chimneys that pre-date the skyscraper, with twenty-two chromolithograph plates. Uncommon.  While OCLC locates ten copies in American libraries, we could find only two worn copies at auction during the past thirty years.  Rebacked; covers slilghtly sunned.

$3,850.00

 

RICHTER, H. Davis.  L'ART FLORAL, DECOR ET DESSIN.    
 




South Benfleet: F. Lewis, 1932. Folio. Cloth. 14 pages, 60 full-color plates. First edition.
  

 
A marvelously printed collection of sixty color plates showing various floral designs, with a foreword by Frank Brangwyn.  The plates are by Brangwyn, Richter, and others, from paintings, designs for wallpaper, etc.  Spine slightly faded, paper number on spine, else very good.

$185.00
 

(SEIZ)  LOHMEYER, Karl.  JOHANNES SEIZ, KURTRIERISCHER HOFARCHITEKT, INGENIEUR SOWIE OBRISTWACHTMEISTER UND KOMANDEUR DER ARTILLERIE, 1717-1779.      





Heidelberg : Winters, 1914. 4to. Wrappers. xiii, (i), 222 pages, 10 plates. First edition.

 
Seiz (or Seitz) was the court architect at Trier .  This biographical study is Volume I of the Heidelberger Kunstgeschichtliche Abhandlungen series.  Small tear in front wrapper, corner slightly bumped, else a very good unopened copy.

$150.00
 

SIMONSON, Lee.  THE ART OF SCENIC DESIGN.    




 
New York : Harper, (1950). 4to. Cloth. Frontispiece, xiv, 174 pages. First edition.
 


Being an analysis of stage settings and its relation to theatrical productions using examples from the sixteenth through the twentieth century.  Illustrations include drawings and photographs of sets, theater plans, and working drawings for sets.  Very good.

$135.00
 

TIJOU, John.  A NEW BOOKE OF DRAWINGS INVENTED AND DESIGNED BY JOHN TIJOU.



( London : Louis Fondrin, 1723). Folio. Later calf. 20 double-page engraved plates. Second English edition. [ Berlin Catalogue, 1323; Harris, 879].

First printed in 1689, this is the first English book on ironwork and one of the earliest trade catalogues in England .  It features Tijou's iron work at Hampton Court , with plates from the first edition.  Christopher Wren and William and Mary were Tijou's patrons.  He created iron-work for Hampton Court , Chatsworth, Trinity  College , and other large projects  Nine pages have been professionally remargined in the very best manner.  Very slight wear to the extremities of the spine and tips of the binding.  Overall an exceptionally nice copy of a rare book.  Only four copies of the first edition are cited by the NUC; none of the second.

$4,250.00
 

WEALE, John.  QUARTERLY PAPERS ON ARCHITECTURE.  Four volumes.  (All published).      





London : 1844-1845. 4to. Contemporary, quarter-morocco. First edition. [Abbey, Life, 80].

J ohn Piper's set, with his bookplate.  Articles by Robert Mylne, Sydney Smirke, John Papworth, and others on architecture and the decorative arts.  With one hundred hand-colored or chromolithographic plates, fifteen of which are double-paged or folding, and one hundred and forty-five tinted or uncolored plates, three more plates than listed in Abbey's copy.  Very good.

$1,600.00

 


WILSONAdrian.   THE DESIGN OF BOOKS.     



London : Studio Vista , (1967). 4to. Cloth, dust jacket. 160 pages. First English edition.
  


Tanya and Hans Schmoller's copy with their bookplate.  Wilson uses his own work as well as historical precedents to write this practical book for the professional book designer.  A few light tears on the dust jacket, else fine.

$110.00