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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Helena Rubinstein Collection: African and Oceanic Art

The Helena Rubinstein Collection: African and Oceanic Art
New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1966
The extraordinary collection of African art assembled by the cosmetics innovator included many pieces that are renowned masterpieces. Hard-to-find softcover catalogue, 259 lots illustrated in black-and-white, with prices realized marked in pen.
SOLD
 

Robert Stewart, Design 1946-95

Liz Arthur
Robert Stewart, Design 1946-95
New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2004
The remarkably diverse work of Scottish designer Robert Stewart whose textiles, tapestries, ceramics and murals were known throughout the United Kingdom and seen at the 1951 Festival of Britain. Beautiful color illustrations throughout. 152 pages.
$20.00

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Plaisir de la Maison: Styles Anglais

Jean de Hillerin, ed.
Plaisir de la Maison: Styles Anglais
Paris: Plaisir de France, 1961
English style in furniture and interiors from the French perspective. Includes historical and contemporary interiors. 80 pages, color and black-and-white photographs.
SOLD

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bloomingdale’s

Maxine Brady
Bloomingdale’s
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980
Bloomingdale’s today is the most famous store in the world . . .Why? Because Bloomingdale’s is more than a store; it is living theatre. Aficionados visit Bloomies as much for entertainment as for merchandise.” 229 pages, many, many color and black-and-white photographs.
$25
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Living With Design

David Hicks
Living With Design
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1979
Interiors, furniture, fabric, etc designed with color and clarity by aristocratic British decorator David Hicks. 287 pages feature color and black-and-white photographs. Mint condition (dead stock)
SOLD

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Designed For Silver

Designed For Silver
n.p.: International Silver Company, 1960
Catalogue of the exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts displaying the twenty-two award winning entries in the silver flatware design competition sponsored by the International Silver Company. Designers include Max Bill, Gerald Gulotta, Ronald Pearson, Sigfrido Pineda, Tapio Wirkkala, Olaf Skoogfors and others. Essays by Virginia Cute, John Van Koert et al. 68 pages, black-and-white photographs. All pages intact however this is an ex-library copy with loose library binding, stamps, etc.
$45
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Store: a Memoir of America’s Great Department Stores

Nan Tillson Birmingham
Store: a Memoir of America’s Great Department Stores
New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1978
History of department stores in New York, Los Angeles and everywhere in between, a vast chronicle and personal at the same time. 365 pages with several black-and-white photographs.
$20
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The Magic of a People

Alexander Girard
The Magic of a People
New York: the Viking Press, 1968.
Color photographs by Charles and Ray Eames of Alexander Girard’s collection of folk art and toys from South and Central America. Graphic decorations and text by Girard. Discreetly marked with the stamp and seal of the previous owner.
$80
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House & Garden’s New Complete Book of Gardens

House & Garden’s New Complete Book of Gardens
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955
“A Practical guide for the home gardener with planting plans for flowers, fruits, vegetables, shrubs, pools, barbecues, trees and lawns. 92 pages in full color, 320 pages in all.”
$50
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Saturday, August 7, 2010

In The Mink

Anne Scott-James
In The Mink
New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1952 (stated first edition)
Fictionalized memoir by an actual former editor on British Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. “A vastly amusing and scintillating behind-the-scenes story of the fascinating world of fashion magazines as told by Elizabeth Gaskell, an editor of the London edition of the American-owned Venus. . . . In The Mink is a frank picture of a business which has a cafe society atmosphere and which is conducted almost entirely by women in the name of sex appeal. . . . Whether it is Bond Street, or the home office in New York, or the fashion shows in Paris it is all very chic and smart. . . . Full of razor-sharp remarks, In The Mink is as revealing as a sheer negligee.
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The Rag Dolls

Simon Cooper
The Rag Dolls
New York: World Publishing Company, 1969 (first American edition)
“A novel about London’s swinging world of fashion. . . . When Youth Power causes a fashion revolution in Britain, the kids trample each other underfoot in their rush to make it to the top as fashion designers, models and boutique owners. It is a ferocious scramble that turns twenty-one year olds into has-beens, but Caroline and Rupert Walker are two who have made it. Along with Caroline’s too-pretty brother, Julian they are The Rag Dolls. . . . Thrust into a superficial haze of wild partying, drug taking, promiscuity (often of the boy-meets-boy variety), and ruthless exploitation among the members of the fashion industry, The Rag Dolls find that life at the top isn’t as kicky as it looked from the bottom. What happens to them, and to Julian’s boy friend--a homosexual rock singer named Corry--makes Simon Cooper’s The Rag Dolls an electrifying and moving book about today’s youth. Set in London’s Chelsea district and in New York, The Rag Dolls is a powerful portrait of the men-women and women-men who cater to the kicky tastes of the boutique set. With compelling insight and honesty, Mr. Cooper takes the lid off the “Youth Power” and “Swinging London” myths to reveal real people caught up in an unreal world.”
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Rags #13, June 1971

Rags
#13, June 1971
Shortlived (1970-1971) counter-culture style and fashion magazine. This issue features make-up on men, the “fascinating womanhood” movement, bridal styles and marriage mores, and much more than can be described here.
Excellent condition.
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Rags #10, March 1971

Rags
#10, March 1971
Shortlived (1970-1971) counter-culture style and fashion magazine. This issue features lesbian style, religious garb, interview with Kurt Vonnegut and much more than can be described here. Cover loose, pages yellowed.
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Rags #8, January 1971

Rags
#8, January 1971
Shortlived (1970-1971) counter-culture style and fashion magazine. This issue features menswear, vintage clothes, critiques of the fashion industry, much more. Cover loose, pages yellowed
SOLD

Property from the Estate of Mollie Parnis Livingston

Property from the Estate of Mollie Parnis Livingston
New York: Sotheby’s 1992
The collection of the respected fashion designer and salonniere. Includes a preface by Dick Clurman and color photographs of Parnis’ Billy Baldwin-designed apartment. Hardcover, with dustjacket. 134 lots of art, furniture and decorative arts illustrated in color and black-and-white.
SOLD

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Monday, April 5, 2010

The Greta Garbo Collection

The Greta Garbo Collection
New York: Sotheby’s, 1990
Hardcover auction catalogue (with dustjacket). 192 lots of furniture, decorative arts and paintings illustrated in color and black and white, many photographed in situ in Garbo’s warmly appointed apartment. Includes reminiscences of Garbo by several of her companions and many portrait photos of Garbo herself. See catalogue texts and photographs here.
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Property From the Collection of Mrs. Antenor Patino

Property From the Collection of Mrs. Antenor Patino
New York: Sotheby’s, 1997
Magnificent 17th and 18th century furniture and decorative arts; 187 lots photographed individually in color and in situ in the Patino’s luxuriously decorated Manhattan apartment; brief introduction by Thierry Millerand. hardcover with dustjacket.
$40
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European Clocks in the J. Paul Getty Museum

Gillian Wilson, et al.
European Clocks in the J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996
The Getty Museum states that "among the finest examples of European craftsmanship are the clocks produced for the luxury trade in the eighteenth century. The J. Paul Getty Museum is fortunate to have in its decorative arts collection twenty clocks dating from around 1680 to 1798; eighteen produced in France and two in Germany. They demonstrate the extraordinary workmanship that went into both the design and execution of the cases and the intricate movements by which the clocks operated. In this handsome volume, each clock is pictured and discussed in detail, and each movement diagrammed and described. In addition, biographies of the clock-makers and enamelers are included, as are indexes of the names of the makers, previous owners, and locations." 212 pages; illustrated in color and black-and-white.
$80
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Point of View: Design by Jay Spectre

Jay Spectre, with Geoffrey N. Bradfield
Point of View: Design by Jay Spectre
Boston: Bulfinch Press, 1991
Interiors and furniture by Jay Spectre from the late 1960s to the early 1990s, illustrated in numerous color photographs. Spectre’s signature look blends high-tech, art deco revival and postmodernism. Introduction by Paige Rense. Hardcover, 160 pages.
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The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age


K. G. Pontus Hulten
The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age
New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1968
Artists views and uses of machines over time and up to the 1960’s with particular emphasis on Futurism and Dada. Bound in the famous embossed metal covers. 217 pages, extensively illustrated in black-and-white.
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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Wet Magazine #22

Wet Magazine
#22 January February 1980
Cover features Richard Gere, interviewed inside; excerpts from the “Basketball Diaries” by Jim Carroll; interviews with David Byrne, Allee Willis; fashion, fiction, art, etc.. Minor wear and one very small portion of one page cut out (a tiny picture of Richard Gere).
$20
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Wet Magazine #16

Wet Magazine
#16 January / February 1979
Articles by Matt Groening, photos by Marcia Resnick, short interview with Chris Frantz (Talking Heads), fashion, art, etc. Minor wear, paper yellowed.
$30
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Wet Magazine #15

Wet Magazine
#15 November/December 1978
Interviews with Elio Fiorucci, Tom Verlaine, musings on eating clay, mud baths, fashion, art, etc. Minor wear.
$30
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Wet Magazine #14

Wet Magazine
#14 September/October 1978
Interviews with Peter Leary, Candace Bergen, David Johansen, Ric Ocasek, fashion, fiction, etc. Mint condition.
SOLD

Monday, March 22, 2010

House & Garden's Best in Decoration

House & Garden's Best in Decoration
New York: Conde Nast Books Random House, 1987.
Appropriately titled for this is truly the best decorating book of its decade; includes the homes of Baron and Baroness Guy de Rothschild, Bill Blass Enid Haupt, Henri Samuel and many other luminaries.
$80.
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WORKING OUT

Charles Hix, photos by Ken Haak
Working Out: the Total Shape-Up Guide for Men
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1983.
Fitness and grooming photographed by Ken Haak. Black-and-White photos, 224 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket, both in excellent condition.
$60.00

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Looking Good: a Guide for Men

Charles Hix, photos by Bruce Weber
Looking Good: a Guide for Men
New York: Hawthorn Books, 1977
Grooming for men from head to toe, photographed by Bruce Weber early in his career. Black-and-white photos, 220 pages.
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Bubble Baths and Hair Bows: a Little Girl’s Guide to Grooming

Mallen De Santis (text), Martin Iger (photographs)
Bubble Baths and Hair Bows: a Little Girl’s Guide to Grooming
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., Incorporated, 1963.
Photographic guide follows little Jean-Ellen (glamour-model in the making) from her morning bath and grooming ritual through her healthy breakfast, choosing adorable outfits for a variety of activities.
$25
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Friday, March 12, 2010

Lisanne: A Young Model

Betsy Cameron (photographs), Diana Lewis Jewell (text)
Lisanne: A Young Model
New York: Clarkson N. Potter Inc., 1979
An unusual photo-documentary of the day-to-day life and budding career of fourteen year old Lisanne Falk. Candid and fashion photographs in color and black and white of the Ford model. Auditions and go-sees, test shots, behind-the-scenes at fashion shoots. Several remarkable photos with a very young Brooke Shields and Phoebe Cates. Text in Lisanne's voice. Foreword by Eileen Ford. Book designed by Betty Binns. Lisanne Falk later went on to fame as a star of the cult movie Heathers. Hardcover with dust jacket. Very good condition. 175 pages.
$40.00

The Future of Architecture

Frank Lloyd Wright
The Future of Architecture
New York: Horizon Press, 1953
Frank Lloyd Wright's 1930's lectures on modern architecture with additional texts by Wright. Book designed in Wright's characteristic graphic style. Numerous black-and-white illustrations, including photographs of exteriors and interiors of Wright buildings.  326 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. Minor chipping at top and bottom of dustjacket spine.
$30
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Directions in German Architecture

Gunther Feuerstein
New Directions in German Architecture
New York: George Braziller, 1968, stated first printing.
Post-Bauhaus trends and innovators in architecture of West and East Germany; extensively illustrated in black-and-white.
128 pages.
$25

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DESIGNERS' WORKPLACES

Beverly Russell
Designers' Workplaces
New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1983
"Thirty-three offices by designers for designers," including Mary McFadden, Angelo Donghia, Preston Phillips, Mario Buatta, Diane von Furstenburg, Olivier Morgue, et al. Book designed by Pentagram. 142 pages, color photographs, hardcover with dustjacket, both in excellent condition.
$40.00

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Property from the Estate of Mrs. Charles W. Engelhard

Property from the Estate of Mrs. Charles W. Engelhard
New York: Christie’s, 18 March 2005
Property from Cragwood, Mr. and Mrs. Engelhard’s New Jersey estate. 412 lots of English and Continental furniture and ornaments illustrated in color with a few photographs of the interiors of Cragwood designed by Mrs. Henry Parish II. Includes a forward by Albert Hadley of Parish-Hadley and portrait photographs of Mr and Mrs. Engelhard.
$35
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Collection of M. Hubert De Givenchy

The Collection of M. Hubert De Givenchy
Monte Carlo: Christie’s Monaco, 4 December 1993.
The magnificent collection of the great French fashion designer catalogued in two hardcover volumes with dustjackets in slipcase. Highlights include the Hanover Chandelier, important furniture by Andre Charles Boulle, masterpieces of French 18th century gilt bronze work, rare leather-bound books, etc. 95 lots photographed in color individually and in situ in Givenchy’s spectacular hotel particulier.
$125
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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Inventions: the Patented Works of Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller
Inventions: the Patented Works of Buckminster Fuller
New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1983
Stated first edition
The creator of the geodesic dome’s many other inventions from a 1927 stockade to a 1983 hanging storage unit, illustrated with black-and-white photographs and diagrams. Some small tears to dustjacket.
$60
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Les Ebenistes Du XVIII Siecle Francais

Pierre Verlet
Les Ebenistes Du XVIII Siecle Francais
Paris: Hachette 1963
The great French cabinetmakers of the 18th century examined individually and in relation to their times. Many masterpieces illustrated in black-and-white and color in 341 pages.
$160
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Russian Furniture: The Golden Age 1780-1840

Antoine Cheneviere
Russian Furniture: The Golden Age 1780-1840
New York: Vendome Press, 1988
One of the only books on the magnificent furniture produced in Russia in the 18th and early 19th centuries. A highlight is a fascinating chapter on the steel furniture produced in Tula. 303 pages with hundreds of color and black-and-white photographs.
$120
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The James A. De Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor: Furniture Clocks and Gilt Bronzes

Geoffrey de Bellaigue
The James A. De Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor: Furniture Clocks and Gilt Bronzes
London: National Trust, 1974
Lavish and scholarly catalogue, in two huge volumes, of one of the greatest collections of European, mostly French, furniture and decorative arts. Hundreds of examples illustrated in black-and-white and in color tipped-in plates. Designed by George Rainbird and signed by the author.
$800
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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Dance: a Very Social History

Jean L. Druesedow, et al.
Dance: a Very Social History
New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art/Rizzoli, 1986
Hardcover, with dustjacket, color and black and white illustrations, 128 pages, excellent condition.
Book published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Costume Institute organized under the direction of Diana Vreeland. Contains scholarly texts on dress and society in relation to social dancing by several authors and hundreds of period photographs and illustrations.
$50.00

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The Imperial Style: Fashions of the Hapsburg Era


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Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Most Beautiful Women

Patrick Lichfield
The Most Beautiful Women
New York: Crescent Books, 1983
158 pages. Photographs in color and black-and-white.
The greatest beauties of the 1960s and 70s, including some of the most interesting personalities of entertainment, fashion and society including Jacqueline Bisset, Jane Birkin, Penelope Tree, Jean Shrimpton, Jerry Hall, Debbie Harry and many others.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Kenneth Jay Lane Collection

The Kenneth Jay Lane Collection
New York: Sotheby Parke Bernet, 21, 22 October 1977.
The famous costume jewelry designer’s important collection of mementi mori in numerous media (ivory, rock crystal, wood, etc.) and from many cultures as well as various objets d’art, paintings, drawings, prints and furniture reflecting Lane’s decadent taste. Softcover, in excellent condition. 669 lots photographed in black-and-white.
$140
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The Collection of Mr. And Mrs. Saul P. Steinberg

The Collection of Mr. And Mrs. Saul P. Steinberg
New York: Sotheby’s, 26 May 2000
French and English furniture and decorative arts collected by Saul and Gayfryd Steinberg. 293 lots photographed in color, individually and in situ at their lavishly decorated Manhattan residence.
$40
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Fantasy Furniture

Bruce M. Newman
Fantasy Furniture
Eccentric, whimsical, and surrealistic furniture from the 19th and early 20th centuries photographed in color with essays by John Loring, Leo Lerman, Marvin Schwartz, Erte, Sister Parish and others.
$150
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Lacquer of the West

Hans Huth
Lacquer of the West
Chicago: Univesity of Chicago Press, 1971
Definitive study of the Asian art of lacquer as transplanted to Europe and America from 1550-1950, from vernis martin to papier mache to Jean Dunand. Color and black-and-white photographs of objects, furniture and interior architecture ensembles.
$65
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Roomscapes - The Decorative Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino

Fiorenzo Cattaneo, ed.
Roomscapes - The Decorative Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino
New York: Rizzoli, 1993
Fascinating and visually inspiring book by and about the Italian master interior designer illustrated with scores of his own renderings as well as color photographs of his work for the wealthiest clients throughout the world, described and explained in his own words.
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Cabinet Makers and Furniture Designers

Hugh Honour
Cabinet Makers and Furniture Designers
London: Weidenfeld and Nocholson, 1969
Biographical studies of 50 designers and makers beginning with Jacques Androuet de Cerceau in the 16th century to Charles Eames in the mid-20th, with color and black-and-white photographs and drawings illustrating their work.
$40.
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Collection Lagerfeld, Volume 1

Collection Lagerfeld, Volume 1
Monte Carlo: Christie’s Monaco, 29 April 2000.
Karl Lagerfeld’s collection of 18th century French furniture and decorative arts; includes a short interview with Lagerfeld and several photographs of the lots in situ in his Paris residence.
$40
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English Decoration in the 18th Century

John Fowler and John Cornforth
English Decoration in the 18th Century
Princeton, NJ: The Pyne Press, 1974
The authors are the famous English decorator and the architectural editor of Country Life, respectively. Color and black-and-white photographs, architectural renderings, floorplans and watercolor illustrations complemented by texts examining the arts, crafts and tastes of the 18th century. 288 pages.
$95
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English Interiors: an Illustrated History

Alan and Ann Gore
English Interiors: an Illustrated History
New York: Thames and Hudson, 1991.
Original photographs in color and black-and-white by Peter Aprahamian explore English interiors from the Gothic era to the 1950s.
$50
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