Worldwide Books has been assisting academic art libraries with specialized collection development since 1962. Over the years, the number of art exhibition catalogues and other art books produced annually has grown exponentially. Major catalogues are now more likely to be co-published with trade or university presses, which makes them less obscure and more likely to be available from various non-specialized booksellers. Yet each month Worldwide Books continues to offer a large number of international catalogues that do not have commercial distribution and that remain the purview of knowledgeable and specialized booksellers.
With the development of the Internet, obscurity has become less of an issue, and finding basic information on non-commercial catalogues is much less difficult than it once was. However, the challenge of providing libraries with information that is also accurate and reliable remains. And being able to reliably supply the publications themselves -- including titles published in short print runs by museums, galleries and other publishers that may not be familiar with or interested in international distribution -- continues to be one of our primary areas of expertise. We pride ourselves on our ability to guide clients in careful and systematic collection development and to help them separate the wheat from the chaff -- a skill honed by more than five decades of experience.



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New Titles 


To view all the new titles that we first listed in June, click here

To filter the list by subject, use our Advanced Search page and select "June 2017" from the Recent Arrivals menu in combination with any other parameter or keyword to obtain relevant results on specific subjects, or choose one of the main categories below.

By region:   

Asia   |  Europe   |  Middle East/North Africa   |  Latin America    
U.S.  |  Canada  |  Australia  |  Russia
Non-Western (traditional)    
Africa  |  Near and Middle East  |  Far East 
Oceania  |  Native North America
By medium:

Painting  |  Drawing  |  Prints  |  Sculpture
Photography  |  Video/Film/Performance  |  Installation Art          
Architecture  |  Interior Design  |  Graphic Design  |  Fashion
Computer Art  |   Textile/Fiber Arts 

By period:

300-1400   |  1400-1600  |  1600-1800  |  1800-1900  |  1900-1945
Post-1945  |  Post-1970  |  Post-1990  |  Post-2000

By topic:

Decorative Arts  |  Women Artists  |  Urban Planning  |  Design
African American Artists  |   Other Minority Artists

By approval plan:
(for more details on our approval plans, click here)

Basic Selections (Plan 01)
English textPlan 07  >  Plan 08  >  Plan 09  >  Plan 10
Foreign text  |  Foreign text highlight (Plan 12)
Pre-20th Century (Plan 05)  |  20th & 21st Centuries (Plan 06)

Supplemental Selections (Plan 02)
Pre-20th Century (Plan 04)  |  20th & 21st Centuries (Plan 03)

Special Order Selections

Additional Selections

By type of publisher:

Trade press  |  University press  |  Non-trade/Non-university press

By language of text:

English  |  French  |  German  |  Italian  |  Spanish


Worcester Porcelain at the Ashmolean

The Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford periodically publishes extensive catalogues detailing specific aspects of its vast collections, having previously covered such topics as British and Continental gold and silver (Worldwide 72247), plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture (Worldwide 78115), the drawings of Michelangelo (Worldwide 67552) and Aksumite coins (Worldwide 83557). These handsome publications feature excellent color illustrations, detailed entries for each object and scholarly essays that either reflect the current state of knowledge or present new research on the subject at hand.

The most recent volume deals with the collection of early colored Worcester porcelain amassed by ceramics collector Henry Marshall in the years between the two World Wars.

Rosalind Sword et al.
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, 2017. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Antique Collectors' Club, New York.
Two volumes. Vol. 1: 352 pp. with 675 ills. (672 col.). Vol. 2: 352 pp. with 626 col. ills. 31 x 25 cm.
Hardcover ISBN 9781910807057
In English. 
Worldwide Number: 083907 

Publisher's description:
"This catalogue describes what is probably the most encyclopedic collection of early colored Worcester porcelain in existence. Henry Marshall assembled the collection between the two World Wars. In the years that followed, he sought to represent as comprehensive a range of patterns as possible, with minimal duplication, so that his collection would become a true reference work in itself. Every piece was acquired for specific purpose, many of them either to further his knowledge or because they were so rare. He was one of a small group of ceramic collectors who sought to document sources and influences, creating comprehensive hypotheses for the objects' histories. In this case specifically, Marshall's records reveal the Far Eastern influence on Worcester porcelain, alongside the many other prototypes used by decorators of these fine ceramics. This catalogue, like the collection itself, seeks to present early Worcester porcelain to collectors and a wider public in a systematic way. It describes, classifies, and reproduces every item in the Marshall Collection. It does not seek to present detailed new research, but to record the state of knowledge about the subject at the time of writing."

Women Artists in Nigeria

The Art of Nigerian Women (Worldwide 179253) began as a Kickstarter campaign in 2015, when author-publisher Chukwuemeka Bosah of Ben Bosah Books desired to showcase work being done by women artists in Nigeria, where the profession is dominated by men. After exceeding his fundraising goal, the book has finally come to fruition. Worldwide is pleased to carry this stunning, full-color volume, which features art, artists' statements and essays by and about 75 Nigerian women artists. The book offers a rich diversity in media and techniques, from installation art, sculpture and painting to digital photography, textile art and performance art. 

Chukwuemeka Bosah.
Ben Bosah Books, New Albany, 2017.
356 pp. with 419 ills. (402 col.). 26 x 24 cm. LC 2016-920596
Hardcover ISBN 9780996908450
In English. 
Worldwide Number: 179253 


Publisher's description:
"This book features both established and upcoming artists of Nigerian ancestry practicing in Nigeria and in the Diaspora. This compendium of works by 101 artists presently active showcases the depth and diversity of the featured visual artists. In this book, there is something for the scholar who wants to get a primer on modern Nigerian art and its roots, the museum curator scouting for the next talent to invite for an exhibition in their gallery or museum, the collector who is interested in contemporary art and looking to acquire new work, and the general public who needs to experience Nigerian art. Although mostly filled by images, there are scholarly essays written by distinguished art historians, including but not limited to E. Okechukwu Odita, Frank Ugiomoh, et cetera."

Stock Item Numbers
Like many other companies, Worldwide Books assigns a number to its stock items. Each title that we carry and include in our online database is assigned a 6-digit number. These item numbers serve not only as unique identifiers for inventory and ordering purposes. They are also a relative indicator of when a book was published, they indicate whether or not a given title is a museum publication, and they can be used as parameters in combination with the < and > operators on our Advanced Search page to narrow search results.
The following distinct number ranges are currently used for our regular stock items:
000001-049999: This range is reserved exclusively for our Main Selections, significant exhibition catalogues likely to be of central importance to most academic libraries supporting broad undergraduate and graduate programs in art and art history, as well as noteworthy exhibition catalogues that cover more specialized topics or less prominent artists. The lower numbers represent older catalogues, dating all the way back to the early 1960s, while the most recent titles have been assigned numbers in the 038000 range;
050000-089999: This range is reserved for museum publications that we have designated as Additional Selections, including smaller exhibition catalogues, collection catalogues and other museum and gallery publications unrelated to exhibitions. As with the Main Selections, the lower item numbers indicate older titles, while the most recent publications have been assigned numbers in the 083000 range;
090000-199999: This range is reserved for trade and university-press books on art, architecture, photography and design that are not related to exhibitions and are available through American publishers and distributors, including titles published outside of the U.S. that are distributed in North America through a U.S.-based publisher or distributor. Again, the lower numbers indicate older titles, while the most recent titles have been assigned numbers in the 180000 range.
Other number ranges used for non-regular stock items with limited availability include:
400000-499999: In the process of reviewing new publications, our staff judges many exhibition catalogues and other museum publications to be inappropriate for general listing. This decision does not necessarily indicate a judgment of a book's relative quality or importance, but may reflect a recognition of its limited availability, prohibitive cost, or other problematic factors. Many of these publications are extremely noteworthy, and are included in our database as non-regular stock items;
700000-799999: This number range is reserved for certain special order items and reference records for publications that were cancelled, and does not represent actual stock items;
800000-899999: This range is exclusively reserved for publications distributed by Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.), although many of their titles eventually end up as regular stock items and take on stock numbers in other ranges;
900000-999999: This range of numbers is reserved for copies of books that are alternate editions of regular stock items, often so designated because their language of text, format or binding differs from our stock edition.
Please note that many of our title records are initially created before we see the books, based on advance publication information provided by publishers and distributors. This is true for most titles published or distributed by trade or university presses, all of which are initially assigned stock numbers in the 090000-199999 range, as well as for most D.A.P.-distributed titles, which are initially assigned stock numbers in the 800000 range.
Once a new trade or university-press title has been released and we have had the opportunity to examine it, it will typically be re-assigned a new stock number in the 000001-049999 or 050000-089999 range if it is a museum publication, while non-museum publications will retain their original numbers. Many recent and forthcoming D.A.P.-distributed publications that appear on our website will eventually be assigned new numbers, in the 000001-049999 or 050000-089999 range in the case of museum publications, or in the 090000-199999 range in the case of non-museum publications. D.A.P. titles that we choose not to list in our regular monthly offerings permanently retain their original number in the 800000 range on our website.  

About Us  
For over 50 years, Worldwide Books has served academic, museum and public libraries as a specialized source for art exhibition catalogues issued by museums and galleries thro ugho ut the world. For the past two decade s Worldwide has also offered comprehensive coverage of new books on art, architecture, photography and design published by hundreds of leading American trade and university presses. Serving as a centralized source for a wide range of scholarly art books and exhibition catalogues, Worldwide is uniquely positioned to assist and guide art libraries in careful and efficient collection development.


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