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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Table Settings, Entertaining and Etiquette

Patricia Easterbrook Roberts
Table Settings, Entertaining and Etiquette
New York: Bonanza Books, 1967
History of table customs and settings and guide to creating your own beautiful settings for every occasion. Black-and-white and color photographs of settings of the author’s own creation. Renowned for her exquisite taste and creativity in flower arranging, the author was an associate of Constance Spry. 271 pages.
$30
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Monday, December 14, 2009

The Nineteen Twenties Style

Yvonne Brunhammer
The Nineteen Twenties Style
London: Paul Hamlyn 1969
Originally published in 1966 in Italian as Lo Stile 1925, this edition published in the Cameo series; an early examination of art deco design as well as other styles of the 1920's; outstanding color reproductions; 157 pages.
$20
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

CAMEO GUIDES

Isa Bella Barsali
European Enamels
London: Paul Hamlyn, 1969

Michele Campana
European Carpets
London: Paul Hamlyn, 1969

Judith Banister
English Silver
London: Paul Hamlyn, 1969

Giuseppe Scavizzi
Maiolica Delft and Faience
London: Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1970

Giovanni Mariacher
Glass, From Antiquity to the Renaissance
London: Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1970

Alvar Gonzalez-Palacios
The Age of Louis XV
London: Paul Hamlyn, 1969

Alvar Gonzalez-Palacios
The Age of Louis XVI
London: Paul Hamlyn, 1969

Alvar Gonzalez-Palacios
The French Empire Style
London: Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1970

SET OF 8 BOOKS FOR $75
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

House and Garden’s New Complete Guide to Interior Decoration

House and Garden’s New Complete Guide to Interior Decoration
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953
Exquisitely lovely mid-20th-century interiors by Paul Frankl, Van Day Truex, Billy Baldwin and many others; also historical period rooms and chapters on indoor-outdoor living, table settings and kitchens. 319 pages; color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Creasing to dustjacket, minor foxing to a few pages.
SOLD

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Wallflower

Deborah Turbeville
Wallflower
New York: Congreve, 1978.
Turbeville's strange and beautiful color and black-and-white fashion photography.
SOLD

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Sun King

Nancy Mitford
The Sun King
New York: Harper & Row, 1966
Illustrated biography of Louis XIV of France. Brilliantly designed by Ronald Clark for George Rainbird, a classic example of the firm's beautiful work. Illustrations in color and black-and-white. 255 pages.
$35
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Madame de Pompadour

Nancy Mitford.
Madame de Pompadour
New York: Harper & Row, 1968.
Illustrated biography of the mistress of Louis XV, a follow-up to the same author's The Sun King; brilliantly designed by Ronald Clark and Anne Petrie for George Rainbird Ltd., a classic example of the firm's beautiful work. Illustrations in color and black-and-white. 304 pages.
$35
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Tiffany Table Settings

Tiffany Table Settings
New York: Bramhall House, 1960
Elegant and imaginative table settings by William Pahlmann, Andy Warhol, Valerian Rybar, Van Day Truex, Raymond Loewy and many society hostesses and others. Some color, mostly black-and-white photographs.
SOLD

The Art of Flower Arrangement

Norman de Kalb Edwards
The Art of Flower Arrangement
New York: the Viking Press, 1961
Truly unusual and dramatic arrangements photographed artistically in black-and-white by Alean and John Miller, with watercolors, printed in color, by the author. Some chipping to dustjacket.
SOLD

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Great Resorts: An Inside View

Geoffrey Bocca.
The Great Resorts: An Inside View
New York: Hawthorn Books, 1971.
"A light-hearted tour of Europe's famous beaches, spas and ski slopes." Gossipy portrayals of the playgrounds of the jet-set; illustrated with black-and-white photographs. 169 pages
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Oscar Niemeyer and Brazilian Freeform Modernism

David Underwood
Oscar Niemeyer and Brazilian Freeform Modernism
New York: George Braziler, 1994
Theories and interpretations of the work of the great Brazilian architect. Illustrated with many black-and white photographs and drawings. 127 pages.
$25
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Boulle to Jansen: an Important European Private Collection

Boulle to Jansen: an Important European Private Collection,
London: Christie's, 11-12 June 2003.
A fabulous single-owner sale of 17th to 20th century furniture, decorative arts, lamps and lighting. Many items by Jansen, with an essay about Jansen by Louis Bofferding. Many examples of important 17th-18th century furniture by makers such as Carlin, Boulle, Weisweiler, Jacob-Desmalter, Thomire, etc. 268 Lots all illustrated in color, softcover.
$60
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English Silver: Masterpieces by Omar Ramsden from the Campbell Collection

English Silver: Masterpieces by Omar Ramsden from the Campbell Collection
New York: David A. Hanks & Associates, New York, NY 1992
Magnificent arts-and-crafts and gothic revival silver by British silversmith Omar Ramsden (1873-1939). 80 pages, color and black-and-white photographs, softcover.
$100
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Omar Ramsden: Silver from the David and Vivian Campbell Collection

Omar Ramsden: Silver from the David and Vivian Campbell Collection
Christie's London, 20 April 2005 (auction catalog),
Single-owner sale of magnificent arts-and-crafts and gothic revival silver by British silversmith Omar Ramsden (1873-1939). 99 pages, color and black-and-white photographs, softcover.
$50
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A Report on the Art and Technology Program of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1967-1971

Maurice Tuchman, ed.
A Report on the Art and Technology Program of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1967-1971
Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1971.
Collaborations (and attempted collaborations) between 76 artists and 40 corporations. Artists include Larry Bell, Walter de Maria, John McCracken, Robert Smithson, Peter Voulkos, Andy Warhol, et al. illustrated in black-and-white. Softcover, 387 pages.
$35
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Fifty Blooming Years, 1913-1963

Marjorie Gibbon Battles and Catherine Colt Dickey
Fifty Blooming Years, 1913-1963
n.p.: Garden Club of America, 1963.
History of the Garden Club of America; edition limited to 3000 copies; no dustjacket as issued; many black-and-white photographs of gardens and garden ladies. 99 pages.
$30
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Adventure in my Garden

Helen M. Fox
Adventure In My Garden
New York: Crown Publishers, 1965
Charming garden memoir; illustrated with black-and-white and color photographs. 167 pages.
SOLD
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Flower Decorations

Fleur Cowles.
Flower Decorations
New York: Villard Books, 1985, stated first edition. Innovative floral arrangements from the legendary style-setter.
$25
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The Life and Hard Times of Heidi Abromovitz

Joan Rivers
The Life and Hard Times of Heidi Abromovitz
New York: Delacorte Press, 1984, stated first printing
Outrageous anecdotes about the author’s “former best, best friend.” Illustrations by James Sherman.
$20
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Social Studies

Fran Lebowitz
Social Studies
New York: Random House, 1981
More observations from the urbane humourist. 147 pages.
SOLD

Metropolitan Life

Fran Lebowitz
Metropolitan Life
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1978
An urbane humour classic. 177 pages.
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First Lady

Patrick Dennis and Cris Alexander.
First Lady
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1964.
Hysterical spoof memoir of "Martha Dinwiddie Butterfield" and her "thirty days upstairs at the White House" with text by Dennis (author of Auntie Mame) and side-splittingly funny photo-illustrations by Alexander. 288 pages.
$50.
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Little Me

Patrick Dennis and Cris Alexander.
Little Me
New York: E.P. Dutton and Co., 1961.
Hysterical spoof "intimate memoirs of that great star of stage, screen and television Belle Poitrine" with text by Dennis (author of Auntie Mame) and side-splittingly funny photo-illustrations by Alexander. 272 pages.
$50
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Needlepainting, a Garden of Stitches

Eszter Haraszty and Bruce David Colen
Needlepainting, a Garden of Stitches
New York: Liveright, 1974
One of the most delightful and fashionable needlecraft books; the author developed her own embroidery technique and then covered everything in sight with it; numerous color photographs of her colorful work.
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Decorating With Fabric

Alfred Allan Lewis
Decorating With Fabric
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1974
Step-by-step illustrated instructions in the technique of Luis Perez for covering walls, floors and anything else with fabric. Color photos of Perez’s work in the homes of Bill Blass, Mica Ertegun, Kenneth Jay Lane and others; 147 pages.
$25
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The Three Worlds of Leonid

Leonid Berman
The Three Worlds of Leonid
New York: Basic Books, 1978.
Memoirs of the Russian-born neo-romantic artist (brother of Eugene Berman), with reminiscences of Pavel Tchelitchew, Christian Berard, Emilio Terry and many other artistic personalities; black-and-white photographs; 275 pages.
$25
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Easy Steps to Successful Decorating

Barbara Taylor Bradford
Easy Steps to Successful Decorating
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971, stated first printing
Colorful, funky and chic; by the famous novelist in her previous role as a decorating expert. 286 pages.
$45.00
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Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book

Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book
Des Moines, IA: Meredith Publishing Company, 1956
The famous ring-binder format book in a special slipcased edition, with hundreds of color and black-and-white photographs. 432 pages.
$50
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Individuality and Clothes: the Blue Book of Personal Attire

Margaret Story.
Individuality and Clothes: the Blue Book of Personal Attire
New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1930.
To dress what Emily Post's Ettiquette was to social relations; very hard to find. Some losses to dustjacket. 454 pages
$200.00

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Van Day Truex: The Man Who Defined Twentieth Century Style

Adam Lewis.
Van Day Truex: The Man Who Defined Twentieth Century Style
New York: Viking Studio, 2001.
Biography of the revered Director of Design at Tiffany and Co.; illustrated with many black-and-white and color photographs of the subject ,his milieu and his designs. 262 pages.
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More Needlepoint Design

Lou Gartner.
More Needlepoint Design
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1975.
The second most chic book on needlepoint (a follow-up to the author’s fist book on the subject). 192 pages.
$30.
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Needlepoint Design

Louis J. Gartner, Jr.
Needlepoint Design
New York: William Morrow & Company, 1970.
The MOST chic needlepoint book; includes a painting by Paul Cadmus recreated in needlepoint! 192 pages.
$30
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The Vogue Book of Menus and Recipes

Jessica Daves
The Vogue Book of Menus and Recipes
New York: Harper & Row, 1964, stated first edition. Includes recipes from a number of celebrated personalities and hostesses including Elsa Schiaparelli and the Duchess of Windsor; the author was a formidable character in the New York fashion world of the 1950s and 60s. Some fading to dustjacket. 338 pages.
$40
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The Fountains of Rome

H.V. Morton.
The Fountains of Rome
New York: Macmillan, 1966, stated first edition.
One of the most beautiful books of the 20th century by the greatest travel writer of the 20th century; 49 original color photographs by Mario Carrieri and more than 100 additional illustrations; magnificently designed by George Rainbird. 302 pages.
$60.
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Marks of Achievement: Four Centuries of American Presentation Silver

David B. Warren, et al.
Marks of Achievement: Four Centuries of American Presentation Silver
New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1987
Magnificent images and outstanding text; includes many of the most famous yachting and sporting trophies and presentation pieces such as the Adams and Bryant vases and the Goelet cup. 208 pages.
$50
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The Golden Eye: Magnificent Private Museums of American Collectors

Mahonri Sharp Young.
The Golden Eye: Magnificent Private Museums of American Collectors
New York: Scala Books, 1983.
Explores great private collections that are now public museums including Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Fenway Court, Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Hillwood, James Deering’s Vizcaya and many other famous and not-so-well-known house museums. Hundreds of color and black and white photographs. 159 pages.
$25
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Great Houses of Europe

Sacheverell Sitwell, ed, Edwin Smith, photographs.
Great Houses of Europe
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1961.
Sumptuous original photographs (black-and-white and color), learned text, in a magnificently designed book (designed by Mark Boxer); 320 pages.
$100
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Great Houses of America

Henry Lionel Williams and Ottalie K. Williams
Great Houses of America
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1966. Stated first edition. Documents in text and color and black-and-white photos many celebrated residences (Monticello, Vizcaya, Biltmore) and some not-so-well-known homes (Adena, Gwinn); hard to find with the dust jacket in such good condition. 295 pages.
$100
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Great Gardens of the Western World

Peter Coats
Great Gardens of the Western World
London: Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1968.
Authoritative text and magnificent color and black-and-white photographs in a beautifully designed volume. 288 pages.
$75.00

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The Art of Design Management: Design in American Business

Van Day Truex, et al.
The Art of Design Management: Design in American Business
New York: Tiffany and Co., 1975
Adapted from a series of lectures presented at Wharton School, sponsored by Tiffany and Co., on design, by van Day Truex, Walter Hoving, Edgar Kauffmann, Jr, Louis Kahn and others. 110 pages
SOLD

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Contemporary Synagogue Art

Avram Kampf
Contemporary Synagogue Art
Philadelphia: the Jewish Publication Society, 1966
Mid-century modern art, design, architecture of the Jewish house of worship.
SOLD

Vogue's Book of Etiquette

Millicent Fenwick.
Vogue's Book of Etiquette
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1948
Interesting alternative to Emily Post; 658 pages.
$50.00

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U & Non-U Revisited

Richard Buckle, ed.
U & Non-U Revisited
New York: Debrett's Peerage Limited/Viking Press, 1978.
"In 1956 a little book edited by the late Nancy Mitford and called Noblesse Oblige hit the world like a bombshell. Profiting from the researches of the philologist, Professor Alan C. Ross, who had coined the expressions 'U' and 'non-U'--that is 'Upper-class' and 'non-Upper-class--she set about telling the man in the street just how common he was. . . . In the present book, Professor Ross has brought his lists of U and non-U words, expressions and pronunciations up-to-date." With contributions by Cecil Beaton, Diana Mitford, et al., and drawings by Timothy Jaques.
$30.00

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The Twilight of Splendor

James T. Maher.
The Twilight of Splendor
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1975.
Examination of five of the greatest houses built in the United States including Vizcaya and Whitemarsh Hall; a fine work of literature as well as history; many black-and-white photographs..
$50.00

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The White House Chef Cookbook

Rene Verdon
The White House Chef Cookbook
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1968.
"Over 500 recipes and menus by the man who was White House chef during the Kennedy years. Illustrated in color."
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Trader Vic's Pacific Island Cookbook

Trader Vic.
Trader Vic's Pacific Island Cookbook
Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1968, stated first edition.
Fun and exotic cuisine; illustrated with many color  photographs.Hardcover with dustjacket.
$30.00

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The New Tiffany Table Settings

John Loring and Henry B. Platt
The New Tiffany Table Settings
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1981, stated first edition
Opulent table setting created by notable personalities and decorators including Andy Warhol, Brooke Astor, Jacqueline de Ribes, Diana Vreeland, Mario Buatta, Van Day Truex and many other design and society luminaries; lavish color photographs.
SOLD