Rare Art History
Age of Illumination 3 Vol Set Early Medieval Art and Civilization, Gothic Art and Civilization, Byzantine Art and Civilization
"EARLY MEDIEVAL ART AND CIVILIZATION, GOTHIC ART AND CIVILIZATION, BYZANTINE ART AND CIVILIZATION. 3 vols, gold cloth with black titling and cover design, gilt edges, a few minor scuffs and scratches to slip case. A handsome set.
The Book of Kells
Provides 110 color illustrations from the original Book of Kells, and discusses the background of the book and its motifs and themes
A City of Images
Iconography and Society in Ancient Greece
Describes what the scenes on classical Greek pottery reveal about their civilization
AND SOCIETY IN INCIENT GREECE.
The Grand Medieval Bestiary
Animals in Illuminated Manuscripts
"The Grand Medieval Bestiary: Animals in Illuminated Manuscripts is a splendid pageant of the animal kingdom as the Middle Ages saw it, illustrated with miniatures of every period and style, many never before published. Noted art historian Christian Heckexplains that the prevalence of animals in illuminated manuscripts reflects their importance in medieval thought, an importance due in part to the agricultural society of that age, in which a variety of species--and not just docile pets--were the daily companions of man. The main part of the book explores the complex and fascinating iconography of the individual creatures most frequently depicted by medieval miniaturists. It is arranged in the manner of a proper bestiary, with essays on one hundred animals alphabetized by their Latin names. The selection includes a number of creatures that would now be considered fantastic, including the griffin, the manticore, and of course the fabled unicorn, tamable only by a gentle maiden"--
Greek and Roman Mosaics
Greek Personality in Archaic Sculpture: Martin Classical Lectures, Volume Xi
8vo, 343pgs + plates. Full bound in blue buckram with gilt stamped seal on front board and gilt titling on spine. Book contains 32 black and white plates, photographic reproductions of Archaic sculptures. Mild wear to extremities and bumped corner tips. Front free endpaper has note from previous owner in pen and very light toning to interior edges. Dust jacket has very little wear, though there is heavy foxing on spine and light foxing on front and rear covers.
In the Spirit of Fluxus
Italian Mosaics: 300–1300 is the first comprehensive and well-researched overview of the many stunning examples of the art that still survive. It is lavishly illustrated with superb color plates, the majority of them new, specially commissioned photographs.
This volume focuses on Early Christian and medieval mosaics in Italy. Each of the nineteen chapters is concise and authoritative, offering a descriptive and interpretive essay on all aspects of mosaics covering the artists and their patrons in the context of their cultural and political history. Most essays conclude with a diagram of the site, followed by a series of full- and double-page color plates showing the entire cycle.
While this volume is the predecessor to the Italian Frescoes series, it also stands alone as a masterpiece of art and scholarship, which will be welcomed by art lovers and art historians alike.
Italian Pictures of the Renaissance, A List of the Principal Artists and their Works with an Index of Places: Central and North Italian Schools (3 Volume Set)
1968, Small 4to. Vol 1 contains text and list of works by regional Italian Renaissance painters, Vols 2 & 3 are entirely filled with black and white plates of the works themselves. Each volume has a full color frontispiece. Full bound cloth with brown stamped titles on front board and spine. Cloth very clean, some light dust soil to text block edges. Previous owner's ex libris on front pastedown of each vol, otherwise interior crisp and clean. All 3 original dust jackets are in fine condition. A thorough survey in 3 lovely volumes.
The Literary Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, First President of the Royal Academy, To Which is Prefixed a Memoir of the Author with Remarks on his Professional Character Illustrative of his Principles and Practice (2 Volumes)
Three-quarter bound in leather and marbled paper. Five raised bands on spine; also gilt titles in red title labels. All pages with red edge-stain. Moderate shelfwear and rubbing to boards overall. Leather has cracked down the front hinge (terminating about halfway down), but boards and block are holding.