Art, Architecture, and Music

Art, architecture, and music

Arthur Bloomfield. The San Francisco Opera 1923-1961. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc., 1961. First printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/good.

Very near fine hardcover in a good dust jacket. Black cloth covered boards gold-stamped title on spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, chipped along top edge. DJ reads 09-61. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. 251 pp. Large octavo, 6 x 9 1/2 inches tall.

“Roster of performances and singers during nearly forty years is accompanied by an account of the development of the company.”

Leonardo da Vinci. Historischer Roman [Complete in two volumes]. By Emile Bola
Berlin: Deutsch Buch-Geimenschaft, ca. 1929.

A very good printing with no date, believed to be around 1929. Complete in two volumes. Text in German. Brown quarter cloth over decorated paper boards. Gilt and red title stamping on spine. Corners rubbed. Binding is sturdy, though mildly cocked. No markings. 783 pp., continuously numbered. Duodecimo, 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches tall.


Harold McCracken. Portrait of the Old West; with a biographical check list of western artists. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., 1952. Stated first edition.

Hardcover. Near Fine/missing dust jacket. A near fine, stated first edition hardcover in teal boards with gilt stamp of cow skull on cover and title on spine.

With photos, color plates, b/w plates, sketches, and other illustrations throughout by Frederic Remington, Paul Kane, George Caitlin, John Mix Stanley, and others. 232 pp. including index. 8.5″ x 11.25″ tall.


Michael Coe; Justin Kerr. Lords of the Underworld: Masterpieces of Classical Maya Ceramics. First Edition Very good +

Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978. First Edition. Cloth. Very good +/very good. Very good + first edition. Buckram cloth boards with titlting in black and brown, Mayan glyph on cover. Deep brown end papers. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector’s marginalia pencilled near binding on title page. Top edge showing foxing, interior pages clean, bright and unmarked. Binding is solid and sturdy. In a very good, price clipped, dust jacket, showing some rubbing and wear. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. The book is a collection of fold out pictures, and all are intact and fine. 142 pp. Quarto, 8 1/2 x 11 inches tall.

Catalogue of an exhibition of Maya art and artifacts at the Princeton University Art Museum, Mar. 4-June 18, 1978.


Colin Ford; Roy Strong. An Early Victorian Album: The Photographic Masterpieces (1843-1847) of David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson. First American Edition. Fine.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976. First American Edition. Cloth. Fine/near fine. A fine first American edition in a very near fine, unclipped dust jacket. Brown embossed cloth with gilt stamping on spine. Half-title shows a binder’s error where page was left partially uncut and folded in. Binding is strong and square on this large and heavy volume. Full page sepia plates of the artists’ work throughout. Dust jacket shows a small stain to back cover and mildest of shelf wear. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. 363 pp. plus index, i-viii. Quarto, 10 x 11 inches tall.

Shipping is extra on this large and heavy volume.

In 1843 painter David Octavius Hill joined engineer Robert Adamson to form Scotland’s first photographic studio. During their brief partnership that ended with Adamson’s untimely death, Hill & Adamson produced “the first substantial body of self-consciously artistic work using the newly invented medium of photography.” Watercolorist John Harden, on first seeing Hill & Adamson’s calotypes in November 1843, wrote, “The pictures produced are as Rembrandt’s but improved, so like his style & the oldest & finest masters that doubtless a great progress in Portrait painting & effect must be the consequence.” –wikipedia


Elbert Hubbard. Little Journeys To the Homes of Eminent Painters, Book Two. Miriam Edition. Very good +

East Aurora, NY: The Roycrofters, 1912. Miriam Edition. Quarter leather. Very good +. A very good plus edition crafted by the Roycrofters with traditional bookbinding and papermaking methods. White quarter leather spine under heavy gray paper boards with fine gilt stamping on front cover and gray paper spine. Some loss of paper on spine at head and tail. Heavy wear to corners. Deckle page edges. Top edge gilt. Frontis with loose tissue guard. Illustrated with plate of the artists, tissue intact. Accent motifs around some of the text. 148 pp. plus colophon. Octavo, 6 x 8 inches tall.

Best known as the initiator of the Arts and Crafts community of Roycroft, Hubbard was an anarchist, a socialist, and followed a philosophy of mental and spiritual freedom. Some of his works, which include Jesus Was an Anarchist and A Message to Garcia, were listed as offensive by the US government. He and his wife died aboard the Lusitania.


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