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AFRICAN ART: An Introduction
by Frank Willett. Illustrated with color photos, B&W drawings, maps, and photographs. 261 illustrations, 61 in color. Condition: NEW 1989 Thames & Hudson soft cover, reprint. Light edgewear. Content: The art of the Fang, the BaTeke, the BaKota and other African peoples is extremely vigorous and shows brilliant sense of form. The substantial aesthetic impact of their works upon the development of 20th-century Western art - on Picasso, Derain, Braque and Modigliani, among others - continues to this day. This survey reveals the astonishing variety and expressive power of a continent that contains more distinct peoples and cultures than any other. [1 copy available]
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African Art
African Art

by Karl Bodmer and Maxmillion Prinz zu Wied. Beautiful color reproductins of Bodmer's art. Double page era map of Bodmer's travels. Condition: NEW 2005 Taschen small (but packed) soft cover, no printing given. Content: Karl Bodmer's "The American Indian" provides a rare and privileged look at Native American life and customs before the invention of photography. Extensive travels, from 1832 to 1834, conducted by Maximilian Prince of Wied and Swiss painter Karl Bodmer through the inner Parts of North America resulted in the publication, in 1839, of the first book to present paintings and descriptions of Native American life in skilled, painstaking detail. The sumptuous pictures reprinted here, depicting battle scenes, landscapes, portraits, and still lifes, are taken from an extremely rare, hand-colored copy of the original publication. Excerpts from Wied's journals serve as keys to the multitude of details contained within each image, giving historical information about the rituals, clothes, and tools of the Native Americans, including well-known figures such as Mato-Tope. An introduction by anthropologist Sonja Schierle brings the book into a contemporary perspective. Since most of us will never have the opportunity to see Wied and Bodmer's marvelous original publication, "Taschen" brings you the next best thing - a reproduction of impeccable quality and consideration, for anyone and everyone to study and enjoy. Questions encouraged. [1 copy available]
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American Indian, Karl Bodmer

by Nigel Cawthorne. Beautiful color photos illustrate. Condition: NEW 1999 Octopus Publishing (London) hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), no printing given. Content: An interesting presentation of Aztec art which is an integral part of the history of and our understanding ot the the dominant Ancient American culture. The book itself is a work of art, including special touches such as metallic papers and inks with printed trace paper inserts to highlight details. The artworks are presented by "city" or geographical area of the Aztec empire as well as type. Chapters are: Who Were the Aztecs? ; Architecture; Mountain Shrines and Cliff Reliefs; Sculpture; Codices; Jewellery; Textiles and Weaving; Pottery and Ceramics. [1 copy available]
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The Art of the Aztecs

THE ART OF MESOAMERICA: From Olmec to Aztec (Revised Edition)
by Mary Ellen Miller. Wonderful color & B&W photos, maps, drawings. Condition: UNREAD 1996 Thames & Hudson Trade Paperback, revised edition. Content: This revised edition of a noted pre-Columbian art history book will satisfy various types of readers, including travelers, armchair archaeologists, museum goers, and art history students. Inspired by new discoveries in archaeology and by major museum exhibitions, Miller (history of art, Yale) covers Mesoamerica's broad range of cultures, from Olmec to Aztec; geographic areas, including Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and the Yucatan; and time periods, from archaic to postclassic. She explains how architecture, sculpture, painting, and ceramics relate to the dynamic forces of advance and decline within each culture and pays special attention to recent hieroglyphic decipherments and evidence for dating. The publication is enhanced by 193 pages of illustrations and beautiful color photography on quality paper. Covers all periods of the art of ancient Central America. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Art of Mesoamerica

AZTEC (Endless Path Series) [Aztec & Mesoamerican Art]
by Rachel Storm. Absolutely beautiful color photos illustrate. Condition: NEW 2006 Flame Tree (London) soft cover 384 pages), first printing. Glossy, thick paper makes this a beautifully produced book - and heavy! Content: As part of a new series celebrating philosophies and civilizations of the world, "Endless Path Aztec" explores the rich culture of the Aztecs, the pre-Columbian people of Mesoamerica who thrived from the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries. With the help of beautiful illustrations the reader is taken back to learn about their vibrant and complex life, art and rituals. Includes Olmec, Toltec, and Zapotec civilizations. Beautiful and informative. [1 copy available]
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Aztec Art, Rachel Storm

BUCKSKIN & BUFFALO: The Artistry of the Plains Indians
by Colin F. Taylor. Beautiful color photos plus B&W era photos. Condition: Gently pre-read, IF at all, 1998 Vega-Salamander Books (UK) hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first prnting. Content: Reviewer: "This book eatures excellent color photos, both full-size and detail, of dozens of circa 19th century Plains Indian works of leather, including shirts, leggings, robes, and other practical artwork. Beadwork, quillwork adn paint adorn these works of buffalo deer, elk, antelope and bighorn sheep hides, and the author selected some astoundingly lovely pieces. The text that accompanies each one goes into the source, the components, and the cultural significance of both the objects themselves and their adornment, as well as interesting bits of information about certain details, such as a particular type of bead or feather used, or the importance of the piece in its culture. The tribal origins of each entry are also discussed, including cases where the author disagreed with the museum or collection that held the piece, and details explaining why (ie, this detail resembles this tribe instead of that tribe). Overall, it is a really nicely done work. However, one question is left unasked. We've seen the pretty artwork and have learned its immense importance. Now can we please return these to the people to whom they are so very important?" Questions encouraged. [1 copy available]
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Buffalo & Buckskin: Artistry Plains Indians

CELTIC ART: The Methods of Construction
by George Bain. B&W line drawings & photos illustrate. Condition: NEW 1973 Dover softcover edition, no printing given. I'm sure this is a much later printing thatn 1973 - the condition of the book is too good for that date. But who knows. Tiny edgewear top cover edge. Content: Reviewer: "This is a good introduction to Celtic Art and patterns, plus he covers its history and shows you how to even difficult patterns. Drawing Celtic Artwork is not easy, a gifted artist and craftsman Bain makes it look easy but its not. Howeverf if you practice the basic patterns you can get pretty good at it in a reasonable period of time. I have several of Aidan Meehan's books and this one is by far the best for beginners imho. Use Meehans works when you can replicate a good many of the patterns found here. It is also a fine resource for the more elaborate patterns which are not covered very well in other works. Many of these patterns can be transferred to leather, clay etc, you name it. Overall if you only get one book on Celtic Art get this one and with a bit of practice your effort will be rewarded." [1 copy available]
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Celtic Art, George Bain

by Carol Morris Little. B&W photos of sculptures. Condition: NEW 1996 UT Press soft cover, third edition. Beautiful paper & production. Content: Travel anywhere in Texas, and you're sure to see sculpture in public settings. From the Confederate soldiers that stand sentinel on many courthouse lawns to the works of internationally renowned modern artists such as Alexander Calder, Texas' outdoor sculpture encompasses an amazing range of subjects, styles, and artists. In this irresistibly browsable book, Carol Morris Little offers thumbnail descriptions of over 800 pieces of outdoor sculpture. The entries are grouped by city and, within city, by artist. A typical entry includes the artist's name, birth date, and nationality; the sculpture's date, type, size, material, location, and source of funding; and a comments section that gives interesting facts about the work. Many of the sculptures are also illustrated by black-and-white photographs. Carol Little's introduction offers a concise, reliable history of outdoor sculpture in Texas, from early memorial pieces to current whimsies such as Stanley Marsh's Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo. Along the way, she discusses the contributions of Texas sculptors such as Elisabet Ney, Charles Umlauf, and Glenna Goodacre, as well as non-Texans such as Barbara Hepworth, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Auguste Rodin, and many others. With this comprehensive guide in hand, all Texas residents and visitors will discover the wealth of sculpture that enlivens our public spaces. Perfect for trips around the state, the book will be equally valuable for art historians, landscape designers, teachers, librarians, and local historical associations--indeed, everyone seeking information on Texas' sculptural heritage. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Comprehensive Guide to Outdoor Sculpture in Texas

by Dorothy Smith Sides. B&W patterns. Condition: NEW Dover 1961 edition Trade Paperback, no printing given. Tiny edgewear. Content: Reviewer: "Nice basic reference book of documented southwest native american designs, primarialy focused on pottery designs. Some blanket and doll designs included as well. All renderings are black/white with reference to documentation. Great for art design projects for basic southwest decor. Designs are referenced to tribe and area and a little history included. Not a very indepth book, but a good basic starter for the southwest artist." Originally published in 1936. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Decorative Art of the SW Indians

DEGAS: THE MAN AND HIS ART (Discoveries Series)
by Henri Loyrette. Beautiful color repros of Monet's paintings. Condition: UNREAD 1993 Henry Abrams soft cover, no printing given. Remainder. Interior perfect with wonderful glossy paper. Content: Degas is known as an artist passionately devoted to the avant-garde and a driving force behind Impressionism. This addition to the "Discoveries" series is an exploration of the man behind the art--his friends, his love of opera, his stubborn temper. Includes personal letters. 189 illustrations, 140 in full color. [1 copy available]
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Degas: Man and His Art

EGYPT IN THE AGE OF THE PYRAMIDS: Highlights From The Harvard University Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston, Expedition
by Yvonne Markowitz, Joyce Haynes, Rita Freed. 150 color photographs and 20 b/w illustrations of Egyptian artifacts. Condition: NEW 2002 MFA large soft cover, first edition. Tiny, tiny edge wear. Content: The age of the pyramids, or Old Kingdom period, was Egypt's crowning moment, known to many as its Golden Age. It was a time when kings and queens commanded stone to be turned into architectural marvels, the human figure to be immortalized, and exquisite furnishings and jewelry to be fashioned for this life and the one beyond the tomb. One of the world's premier collections of Old Kingdom art belongs to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, but never before have highlights from the collection been presented together in a single, lavishly-illustrated volume. Nor have many of the fascinating archival photographs of the excavations that unearthed these objects been published as they are here. Egypt in the Age of the Pyramids provides a glimpse of life--and death--at the pinnacle of Egyptian civilization, as well as the excitement of the first excavators who discovered its treasures. This is an amazing tour, exquisitely researched, presenting what Egyptologists know so far of ancient Egypt, as well as logical speculation where the limited evidence of history gives way. An exciting and satisfying presentation, so heavily researched and in-depth as to appeal to Egyptologists of all familiarity levels with the ancient history of a great nation. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Egypt in the Age of the Pyrqamids, Boston Museum

FROM THE LANDS OF THE SCYTHIANS: Ancient Treasures from the Museums of the U.S.S.R.. 3000 B.C. - 100 B.C.
by Metropolitan Museum of Art. . Beautilful color plates plus B&W photos and maps. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1976 Metropolitian Museum of Art large soft cover, museum book. Problems: rubbings alont hinges; edge wear bottom and top spine and edges. Small "tear" bottom front hinge. Foxing to bottom edges. Interior clean & tight. Content: Reviewer: "This beautiful full-color museum catalogue chronicles the beautiful exhibit of Scythian and Sarmatian treasures that travelled to New York and to L.A. in 1975. The Scythians and Sarmatians were the original peoples who inspired the Greek legends of the centaurs and the Amazons -- the mounted Scythian warriors seeming to be one with their horses, and the female warriors of the Sarmatians stood out so much that the legend has discarded the men of the Sarmatian tribe. Both groups lived in the area bordered by the Dneipr and Ural Rivers to the east and west respectively, and by the Black Sea, Caucasus Mountains, and the Caspian Sea to the south. Minimal text information is presented: this is a picture-book, and a great one. Color photos are used to document the most valuable and well-preserved artifacts, and there is a short but complete description of every piece from the exhibition included. Also includes the famous text from the Greek historian Heroditus which describes the Scythians and neighboring peoples. A gorgeous book." Questions encouraged. [1 copy available]
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From the Lands of the Scythians, Museum book

by Dover. Color art both in the book and on the CD. Condition: NEW 2006 Dover soft cover, no printing given. Sealed CD in the back of the book. Content: A magnificent panorama of fashion details what men and women of wealth were wearing from 1477 to 1868. Ninety-six full-color engravings depict dazzling, full-length portraits of such notables as Peter the Great, Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth I, the Doge of Venice, and a princess of Bavaria, to the less specific Japanese woman, Greek dancer, and North American Indian. Reviewer: ". . . offers a unique survey of more than 400 years of 'high fashion' ranging from the late fifteenth century to the mid-1800s as revealed in portraits by celebrated artists ranging from Durer and Titian to Rubens and van Dyck, making this an indispensable reference for students of fashion history, commercial artists, and costume designers." [1 copy available]
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HistoricFashion & CD

IN THE IMAGE OF TIBET: Tibetan Painting after 1959 [Envisioning Asia series]
by Clare Harris. B&W era photos plus 2 color photo sections with color photos throughout. Condition: UNREAD 1999 Reaktion Books (London), no printing given. Light tanning to cream-colored cover. No tanning to interior pages. Content: In the Image of Tibet is a unique study of the ways in which the idea of Tibet has been imagined by Tibetan artists both in exile in India and under Chinese rule in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (T.A.R.) of the Peoples Republic of China. Taking the year of the Dalai Lamas flight from Tibet in 1959 as chronological marker and an indicator of the rupture which Tibetan society underwent at this time, In the Image of Tibet shows how exiled artists and their audiences negotiated the reconstruction of Tibet in India whilst in the T.A.R., the visual landscape was colonised by Chinese depictions of Tibet, and what the Republic now saw as a national minority, Tibetans. Using the results of fieldwork conducted over six years, in which the author interviewed and photographed Tibetan artists at work in their communities, Clare Harris presents the key debates, in which Tibet came to be imagined anew. Following the Chinese invasion and the creation of a Tibetan diaspora, politics and questions of authenticity and identity have, for Tibetans, been inextricably tied to the more familiar artistic problems of style, tradition and modernity. With copious illustrations, In the Image of Tibet provides the visible evidence of these concerns and includes many images which are virtually unknown amongst non-Tibetans. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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In The Image of Tibet, Harris

by Della Kew and P.E. Goddard. Wonderful B&W era photos. Condition: UNREAD 1997 Hancock House soft cover, 7th printing. Content: Most of this detailed study of the Native Americas of the Nortwest coastal area was written and pubished by Goddard in 1924. This edition was edited and supplemented by Della Kew who added some text and more B&W era photos and maps. This is an excellent study of NW tribes. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Indian Art & Culture of the NW Coast, Goddard

by Domenico Laurenza. Wonderful color repros of Da Vinci's art, sculptures, paintings, and drawings of all things "in flight." Condition: New 2007 Johns Hopkins University Press large soft cover, first printing. Beautiful production values. Content: A genius for all time, Leonardo da Vinci contributed artistic masterpieces, spectacular inventions, and scientific research to Western culture. This beautifully illustrated volume reconstructs the origin of one of the most fascinating and fundamental aspects of Leonardo's life and work: his dream of human flight. With masterfully reproduced drawings from his vast library of manuscripts and folios -- especially from the Codex "On the Flight of Birds" and the Codex "Atlanticus" -- this book traces the development of Leonardo's theories and experiments over time. Detailed descriptions and unique readings of these exquisite sketches, letters, and notes reveal the inner workings of the artist-scientist. [2 copies available]
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Leonardo da Vinci on Flight

by Hugo Chapman. Reproductions of Michelangelo's sepia-tone drawings. Condition: NEW 2006 Yale University Press small hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), no printing given. Content: Michelangelo (1475–1564) is a giant in the history of art. The versatility of his artistic skill was extraordinarily wide: apart from being a sculptor, painter, and draftsman, he was also an architect and a poet. In all of his works, it is the beauty, perfection, and virtuosity of execution that continues to inspire and endure. Central to all of Michelangelo’s artistic endeavors were his drawings, in which his creative ideas originated, evolved, and were perfected. This handsome book takes a fascinating tour of the artist’s drawings by looking at highlights––ranging from unfinished sketches to delicate, refined studies––all of which are located in the exceptional collection of the British Museum. Included are studies of some of Michelangelo’s most famous works such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling and the Last Judgement. With an introductory essay on the artist’s life and key works, and beautiful color reproductions of the drawings, this book provides an indispensable foundation for understanding Michelangelo’s art, his creative genius, and his unparalleled gift as a draftsman. [1 copy available.]
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Michelangelo as draftsman

by Elisenda Vila Llonch. 61 beautiful color photos of artifacts, jewelry, everyday items, and Codex repros. Condition: NEW 2009 British Museum hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), no printing given. Content: Under Moctezuma the mighty Aztec empire reached the height of its power; under Moctezuma, the Aztec empire met its ultimate downfall. The Aztecs ruled from the island metropolis of Tenochtitlan which, by the fifteenth century, stretched from the Gulf Coast to the Pacific Ocean. Focusing on their last elected leader, Moctezuma II, this informative and beautifully illustrated little book explores the world of the Aztecs. It looks at their origins, the founding of their capital city Tenochtitlan, the structure of their society, their religious beliefs and ceremonies, their military prowess, their art and architecture, and their network of long-distance trade and tribute. The dramatic death of Moctezuma at the hands of the Spanish is also recounted. "Moctezuma and the Aztecs" not only offers a concise portrait of this famous, semi-divine figure but offers a wonderful introduction to a remarkable, sophisticated civilization. Simply beautiful! [1 copy available]
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Moctezuma & Aztecs, British Museum

MOJAVE POTTERY, MOJAVE PEOPLE: The Dillingham Collection of Mojave Ceramics
by Jill Leslie Furst. Colo photos by Peter Furst. Many B&W era photos of the Mojave People. Condition: NEW 2001 School of American Research large soft cover, no printing given. Excellent paper - very heavy book. Content: Despite the centrality of ceramics to Mojave culture, Mojave pottery is virtually unknown today. Museums have mostly small, unrepresentative, and largely undocumented collections, and the works have received little attention from scholars and collectors.This comprehensive volume brings to light the wondrously inventive clay people, mythological creatures, and effigy vessels of the Mojave people, recording this Southwest Indian ceramic art in more than 50 full-color plates, 25 color and black-and-white illustrations, and a complete catalog of the Dillingham Collection of Mojave Ceramics, one of the largest and most complete Mojave assemblages in the world, at the Indian Arts Research Center of the School of American Research. Jill Leslie Furst takes an ethnohistorical approach here, drawing on written literature about the tribe that ranges from seventeenth-century Spanish documents to ethnographic accounts from the 1970s. The stories of the Mojaves-along with descriptions of family life, gender roles, subsistence activities, clothing and personal adornment, shamanism, and the afterlife-form the context for Furst's exploration of the Mojave ceramic tradition. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Mojave Pottery, Mojave People

MONET'S GARDENS (Themes & Reflections Series)
by Edmund Swinglehurst. Cover art: Monet's 1908 Nympheas (Waterlilies). Beautiful color repros of Monet's paintings. Condition: UNREAD 1997 Smithmark hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Interior perfect with wonderful glossy, sleek paper. Content: Claude Monet's passion for flowers and landscape began, as it did for other Impressionist painters, in a desire to paint directly from nature in the open air. The hours that Monet spent painting, often in the gardens or fields which surrounded the various houses he lived in, opened his eyes to the ever-changing tones and colors displayed by the countryside at different times of day. Color revealed by light, Monet discovered, created different worlds out of the same hills, trees and flowers. This book reproduces his wonderful nature paintings. [1 copy available]
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Monet's Gardens, Claude Monet

MONET: The Ultimate Impressionist (Discoveries Series)
by Sylvie Patin. Beautiful color repros of Monet's paintings. Condition: UNREAD 1993 Henry Abrams soft cover, no printing given. Interior perfect with wonderful glossy paper. Content: Throughout his long life, Claude Monet transformed light and color into art. In 1874 his renowned Impression, Sunrise caused an uproar among conservative art critics and gave birth to a revolution in painting. This new title in the "Discoveries" series features excerpts from the artist's letters and other writings. 236 illustrations, 195 in full color. [1 copy available]
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Monet: Ultimate Impressionsit

THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFT: A Story of the Nativity
by Marty Crisp and Floyd Cooper. Beautiful, warm color illustrations by Floyd Cooper. Condition: NEW 2006 Philomel hardcover (pictorial boards) and DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, first printing. Content: This is such an interesting tale - of why the book was written. The fact that a white dog appeared again and again in the Nativity art of the Old Masters intrigued Crisp. The dog also appeared in later medieval religious art. Was it a symbol? A real dog? If so, what better companion could God turned man have? This story tells how Jesus became the owner of the white dog named Ra. It's beautiful! [1 copy left]
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Most Precious Gift, Nativity Story

NAVAJO FOLK ART: The People Speak
by Chuck and Jan Rosenak. B&W portrait photos plus color artwork photos by Lynn Lown. Condition: NEW 1998 Northland soft cover, revised edition, no printing given. Content: Reviewer: "The authors, collectors of American folk art, traveled the Navajo Nation. Beginning in 1983 and for the following ten years, they motored across New Mexico, Arizona and Utah to meet and visit with the 42 self-taught Native American folk artists whose works are featured in this brightly colorful volume. Among the artists represented in 90 full-color photographs are Mamie Deschille whose mixed media creche is crafted of sun-dried clay, cloth and found objects; Leonard Willeto who fashioned flat doll-like figures of Indians clad in imaginary costumes and chicken feather headdresses; Elsie Benally, whose "Rooster Rider" is a study in whimsy; and Ray Growler who creates life-like lambs, goats and sheep with real hides, fur and horns. The contemporary Navajo artists who are recording portions of their surroundings, their visions and experiences in these art forms are making a unique contribution to the galleries of indigenous American art." [1 copy available]
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Navajo Folk Art

by Mark Andresen. Wonderful, detailed color and B&W sketches of the Big Easy before Katrina. Condition: NEW 2006 Gingko Press sot cover, first edition. Content: Andresen is a Louisiana artist and graphic designer displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He and his family left on the heels of the storm with a few possessions and their cats. What his wife Paula saved were his sketchbooks chronicling the people and places that make "The Crescent City" unique. The work found in "New Orleans: As It Was" include drawings and watercolors made between 1988 and 2005, each capturing the sweet vignettes, portraits and the famous architectural details representing the diverse stories and moods of his beloved city. Written and illustrated by Mark Andresen. Designed by Rudy VanderLans of Emigre. Author's introduction: This Book is not an elegy for the great city of New Orleans, even after Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed it. Instead it's a celebration of what was. Hopefully it is a faithful remembrance of a quintessentially American place that was living on borrowed time for years. An original among cities of the world. Fire, Plague and war have taken credit in the past for its demise, but each time it rose again with an attitude of joyful defiance in the sound of a lone trumpet above the rooftops. It is my hope that these fleeting sketches I drew of our city will add to the spark of rebirth that it deserves. [Wonderful book; wonderful art.] [1 copy available]
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New Orleans As It Was
New Orleans As It Was
New Orleans As It Was

NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN DESIGNS for Artists and Craftspeople
by Eva Wilson. 364 B&W drawings. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1987 Dover large soft cover, no printing given. Problem: it appears the book has been subjected to a bit of Texas humidity - some of the bottom edges of the book are "wavy" from the humidity. Light edge wear. Content: Authentic royalty-free designs adapted from Navajo blankets and rugs, painted wooden masks, decorated moccasins, Hopi pottery, Sioux buffalo hides, more. Geometrics, symbolic figures, plant and animal motifs, much more. At the bottom of each page there are notes as to what tribe the designs come from and the historical dating. [1 copy available]
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North American Indian Designs, Wilson

OUR SAINTS AMONG US: 400 Years of New Mexican Devotional Art
by Barbe Awalt & Paul Rhetts. Essays by Thomas Steele, S.J. & Charles M. Carrillo. Color photos and perhaps some B&W photos. Condition: NEW (Still shrink-wrapped) 1998 LPD soft cover, since the book is shrink-wrapped, I don't know what printing. Content: This celebration of the art of Catholic Hispanic New Mexico accompanies a traveling exhibition that commemorates the 400th anniversary of Spanish influence in the Southwest. In addition to representing the work of 110 artists, the book includes lists of Hispanic settlements in New Mexico, feast days, U.S. collections of New Mexican art, saints in New Mexico, and Hispanic churches in New Mexico, along with a bibliography on New Mexican santos. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Our Saints Among Us, New Mexico Religious Art

by Franco Monti. Translated from the Italian by Margaret Crossland. Beautiful color photos of artifacts. Condition: Very good, gently pre-read 1969 Paul Hamlyn (London) small hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), new edition. No problems: just pre-read. Content: It is one of the mysteries of Precolumbian art that the earliest objects are as technically advanced as the later ones, a fact which can clearly be seen in the color illustrations. Franco Monti's erudite and fascinating text brings once more to life the civilisation destroyed by European conquerors. [1 copy available]
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PreColumbian Terracottas, Monti

by Annemarie Vels Heijn. Beautiful color repros of Rembrandt's work. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1989 Scala soft cover, no printing given. Tiny edge wear with a shelf-wear "ding" back cover fore edge - not bad but there. Interior perfect. Content: This is an in-depth look at Rembrandt's paintings and the history for each one. Excellent, IMHO. [1 copy available]
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Rembrandt, Vels Heijn

by Museum of Qin Terricotta Figures (Editors). Color photos illustrate. Condition: UNREAD 1987 Hong Kong Man Hai soft cover, first printing - with it's own DJ. Small pencil note of the city in China where it was originally purchased - leaving it there for historical interest. Content: Great, detailed color photos of the figures found in the Emperor's tomb - with explanations of the sculpture arts including down to the hand "gestures" of the figures. Excellent! Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Terracotta Warriors & Horses of Qin Shi Huang

TIFFANY: An Illustrated Guide to This Giant of the Art Nouveau Style
by Tessa Paul. Some B&W era photos with loads of beautiful color photos of the Tiffany art works. Condition: NEW 2005 Silverdale large soft cover, no printing given. Content: A fascinating guide to this innovator and genius of the Art Nouveau style. Looks at the glasswork for which he is renowned, as well as his paintings, lamps, ceramics, wallpapers and embroideries. Includes full-color photographs of some of his most beautiful and innovative designs. Contents include: East-West Encounters, A Rich Use of Paint, Fashionable Magnificence, The Medieval Model, Paintings in Glass, The Message in the Medium, The Art Industry, Last Causes, Return to Glory. [1 copy available]
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Tiffany Art Nouveau

by Antoinette K. Gordon. Grat B&W photos of art, statues, artifacts. Condition: NEW 2002 Dover Trade Paperback, no printing given. Reissue. Content: Over five decades years after its first publication, the first American interpretation of the religious arts of Tibet remains a vital and useful survey. Assembled by an anthropologist at the American Museum of Natural History, this profusely illustrated work features art from that institution's extensive collections, in addition to seldom-seen Tibetan artifacts from other museums and private collections. Following an informative overview of the intrinsic relationship of Buddhist deities to Tibetan art, the lavish assortment of illustrations includes temple paintings, books, wood blocks, ritual objects, robes, masks, metal work, musical instruments, jewelry, butter sculpture, sand mandalas, and calligraphy. Each item is described in detail, with explanations of the methods and materials used in its creation. [1 copy available]
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Tibetan Religioius Art, Gordon

TOULOUSE-LAUTREC: Life and Work (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec) (Art in Hand series)
by Udo Felbinger. B&W era photos plus color repros of his art work. Condition: UNREAD 11999 Konemann Trade Paperback, first printing. Content: Colorful collection of miniaturized artworks in pressure-sensitive sticker format features 16 of great French artist's best-known works: Reviewer: "{He} had one or two accidents as a child where his legs were broken and they stopped growing. As a result, he became a dwarf. This must have created a deep-seated inferiority complex in him that caused him, consciously or unconsciously, to draw unflattering caricatures of his contemporaries. But the drawing style was completely original and his own. He soon became famous for his lithographs or posters depicting entertainers at the Moulin Rouge, etc. He was highly productive but always a heavy drinker and inexhaustible party animal. In fact, it was his frequenting of brothels and romantic friendships with prostitutes that eventually did him in. He caught syphilis, a deadly 19th century venereal disease for which there was no cure in those days. However, he left behind some of the most unique Impressionist paintings of Parisian night-life ever painted." - David Rehak. Questions welcome. [1 copy availaable]
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TRIBAL RUGS: A Buyer's Guide
by Lee Allane. Color photos of the rugs. Condition: NEW 1996 Thames & Hudson large soft cover, no printing given. Content: The distinctive rugs still made by many peoples of tribal origin in Asia, the Americas and North Africa have become widely sought after for their decorative and fuctional role in enlivening today's interiors. This comprehensive guide contains independent advice for the buyer. It explains what tribal rugs are, and exactly how they are made, discussing how weaving techniques, tools and material affect their character and quality. It offers advice on how to buy a rug from choosing the right one to value for money. The cultural context in which these various rugs are made is explored, with descriptions of the different ethnic weaving groups, and sections on their historical, religious and cultural backgrounds. Covers Asia, North Africa, and Native America. Questions welcome. [1 copy availaable]
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Tribal Rugs

by Colin McEwan, Andrew Middleton, CAroline Cartwright, and Rebecca Stacey. Beautiful color photos illustrate. Condition: NEW 2006 Duke Univ. soft cover, no printing given. Content: The nine turquoise mosaics from Mexico are some the most striking pieces in the collections of the British Museum. Among the few surviving such artifacts, these exquisite objects include two masks, a shield, a knife, a helmet, a double-headed serpent, a mosaic on a human skull, a jaguar, and an animal head. They all originate from the Mixtec and Aztec civilizations first encountered by Europeans during the Spanish conquest in the early sixteenth century. The mosaics have long excited admiration for their masterful blend of technical skill and artistry and fascination regarding their association with ritual and ceremony. Only recently though, have scientific investigations undertaken by the British Museum dramatically advanced knowledge of the mosaics by characterizing, for the first time, the variety of natural materials that were used to create them. Illustrated with more than 160 color images, this book describes the recent scientific findings about the mosaics in detail, revealing them to be rich repositories of information about ancient Mexico. The materials used to construct the mosaics demonstrate their makers’ deep knowledge of the natural world and its resources. The effort that would have been involved in procuring the materials testifies to the mosaics’ value and significance in a society imbued with myths and religious beliefs. The British Museum’s analyses have provided evidence of the way that the materials were prepared and assembled, the tools used, and the choices that were made by artisans. In addition, by drawing on historical accounts including early codices, as well as recent archaeological discoveries, specialists have learned more about the place of the mosaics in ancient Mexican culture. Filled with information about the religion, art, and natural and cultural history as well as the extraordinary ability of modern science to enable detailed insight into past eras, This book offers an overview of the production, utilization, and eventual fate of these beautiful and mysterious objects. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Turquoise Mosaics From Mexico, British Museum

VAN GOGH [Art For Children series]
by Ernest Raboff Beautiful color reproductions of Van Gogh's work. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1988 HarperTrophy large soft cover, no printing given. Very light edge wear to top front cover corner tip. Green remainder mark top fore edges. Content: A brief biography of this nineteenth-century Dutch painter accompanies reproductions and analyses of several of his works. Questions encouraged. [1 copy available]
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Van Gogh, Raboff, Art For Children

VAN GOGH IN BLOOM [An Objet D'art Book]
by Van Gogh and Sterling. Beautiful all-color reproductions. Condition: NEW 2007 Sterling/Joose Elffers hardcover fold-out (accordian) in hardcover slipcase, no printing given that I can find. Content: Bright yellow sunflowers in a golden vase. Deep purple irises and pink-blossomed peach trees, blanketing the Arles. The Post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh painted some of the most vibrant and beautifully textured flowers in art history. They are also among the most popular; the images of choice to hang on walls everywhere. Van Gogh’s genius is on gorgeous display in this fold-out collection of some of his finest floral paintings. Questions encouraged. [2 copies available]
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Van Gogh In Bloom
Van Gogh In Bloom

VATICAN TREASURES: Early Christian, Renaissance, and Baroque Art from the Papal Collections : An Exhibition in Honor of the Sesquicentenary of the Diocese of Cleveland
by Robert P.Bergman; Diane De Grazia; & Stephen Fliegel. Beautiful color photos with B&W photos, as well. Condition: NEW 1998 Cleveland Museum of Art large hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), no edition given. Content: Through their patronage and the gifts accorded them by emperors, kings and other potentates, the almost 2,000-year succession of popes has inspired an extraordinary range of art made in the service of the sacred and the spiritual. Because they were designed for the apex of the Church's hierarchy, many of these works were commissioned from the most exalted artists and craftsmen of their time. The subsequent association of these works with the papacy has only added to their luster. Excellent Church history and wonderful illustrations. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Vatical Treasures, Art

by Osnat Gad. Beautiful color photos by Zeva Oelbaum. Condition: NEW 2004 Stewart, Tabori & Chang hardcover (pictorial boards) with see-through DJ (mylar jacket would ruin the cover, but will send one if you like), no printing given. Content: An acclaimed ring designer traces the evolution of wedding rings in this pretty, square-shaped book. According to Gad, rings have endured as emblems of love and fidelity for centuries, ever since cavemen tied bits of hollow grass around their brides’ fingers. From ancient Egyptian gold to 21st-century titanium, the ring has graced the fingers of lovers across cultures, varying in design and ritual but remaining a fundamental symbol of union. Gad organizes her chapters chronologically so that they detail how each new development enriched the ring’s appearance and often its meaning: the improved craftsmanship of enamel, filigree and pave; the origins of inscriptions; the diamond boom in South Africa and the influx of gems from the New World are all discussed. Arriving at the modern era, Gad explains how Americans fashioned their rings to reflect aesthetic movements (Art Deco designs) and silver-screen romance (when Tiffany’s wedding bands became de rigeur). Zeva Oelbaum’s gauzy, softly lit photographs capture the detail of bands from vintage to ultra-modern, classically simple to exotically ornate. The more dazzling photographs (of Harry Winston’s supersized diamonds, for instance) are a nice touch of hedonistic appeal. A few handy guides to quality, settings and care round out this paean to the ring. Designing your wedding ring? Take a look at some of the ancient rings in this book for neat ideas. Questions welcome. [2 copies available]
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Wedding Rings, History & Art

WOMEN ARTISTS IN HISTORY: From Antiquity to the 20th Century (Second Edition)
by Wendy Slatkin. B&W photos and drawings illustrate. Condition: NEW 1990 Prentice Hall Trade paperback, second edition, second printing. Tiny edgewear. Content: The careers and accomplishments of women creators in western civilization are described in accessible and informtive manner. Over 60 artists, mostly painters and sculptors, are featured in this book. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Women Artists in History

ZUNI FETISHES: Using Native American Objects for Meditation, Reflection, and Insight
by Hal Zina Bennett, Ph.D. B&W drawings. Condition: NEW 1994 HarperSanFrancisco large soft cover, 6th printing. Content: The Zuni have traditionally used small stone carvings of animal figures as power objects and mediators between themselves and the spirit world. Any object that has special meaning can be used as a fetish. In this fascinating, informative, and beautifully illustrated guide to the fetishes of the Zuni people of New Mexico, Hal Zina Bennett explores key principles of Native American spirituality and how early Zuni teachings can benefit us all today. He provides an excellent guide to Zuni traditions and an intriguing picture of their early life, along with detailed instructions for using fetishes for mediation, reflection, and insight in modern life. He describes key fetish figures, including the Guardian of the Six Regions, their legendary meanings, and the personal qualities each figure can support and help its owner develop. In explaining the nature of fetishes and the psychological and spiritual benefits that we can gain from their use, Bennett provides illuminating cross-cultural comparisons, stimulating exercises, and journaling opportunities. [1 copy available]
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Zuni Fetishes, Bennett

ZUNI FETISHES (Facsimile Edition)
by Frank Hamilton Cushing. B&W photos illustrate. Introduction & notes by Tom Bahti. Condition: NEW 1994 KC Publications soft cover (stapled wraps), tenth printing. Content: Fetishes are carvings believed to have a spirit within, which can help the owner if used properly and respectfully. They may be used for hunting, the diagnosis and cure of disease, initiations, war, gambling, propagation, spells, and good fortune and usually bear the resemblance of an animal. Frank Hamilton Cushing's classic book offers insight into Zuni worship ceremonies and life. [1 copy available]
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Zuni Fetishes, Cushing
Zuni Fetishes, Cushing

by Ruth F. Kirk. B&W photos illustrate. Cover art by Don Eisenhour. Condition: NEW 1988 Avanyu Publishing soft cover, first printing. Content: This material is primarily articles reprinted from El Palacio plus some new material. This work, which studies 25 different pieces from ten categories of fetishes, provides significant insight into the life and minds of the Zuni people. [1 copy available]
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Zuni Fetishism, Kirk

by Vincent Van Gogh. Condition: NEW package of 12 Antioch bookplates. 4 x 3. Content: Dark but detailed art by one of the greatest, Van Gogh. "From the Library Of." Any questions, click here to email us.
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Van Gogh Starry Night Bookplates by Antioch

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