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THE BOOK OF THE PEARL: THE HISTORY, ART, SCIENCE, AND INDUSTRY OF THE QUEEN OF GEMS by  GEORGE FREDERICK (PEARLS). (BINDINGS - ATELIER BINDERY). KUNZ - PRESENTATION COPY - 1908 - from Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts (SKU: ST16508)

THE BOOK OF THE PEARL: THE HISTORY, ART, SCIENCE, AND INDUSTRY OF THE QUEEN OF GEMS

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THE BOOK OF THE PEARL: THE HISTORY, ART, SCIENCE, AND INDUSTRY OF THE QUEEN OF GEMS

by (PEARLS). (BINDINGS - ATELIER BINDERY). KUNZ, GEORGE FREDERICK

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New York: [Printed at the Devinne Press for] The Century Co, 1908. PRESENTATION COPY. 220 x 200 mm. (11 3/8 x 7 5/8"). xix, [1], 548 pp.
Tasteful contemporary grayish-brown crushed morocco, gilt, by The Atelier Bindery of New York (stamp-signed on verso of front free endpaper), covers with double gilt fillet border, raised bands, spine compartments framed by plain rules, large acanthus leaf cornerpieces, small fleurons at sides, gilt titling, turn-ins with gilt fillets and floral roll, gray-brown watered silk endleaves, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. With a black & white illustration in the text, three maps, one full-page, and 100 PLATES, two of these folding, 20 in color, many with lettered tissue guards. Front flyleaf INSCRIBED BY KUNZ: "To Miss Julia Halsey Munson, with the compliments of the senior author George F. Kunz / New York July 10 1913." Sinkankis 3690. Just a hint of shelfwear, but A SPLENDID COPY, entirely clean, fresh, and bright internally, in a virtually unworn binding.

Printed the same year as the first edition, this is the beautiful luxury edition of a book said by ANB "to be the best work ever published on pearls," and our copy has distinguished provenance, being presented by the author to Tiffany jewelry designer Julia Munson. Considered the greatest American gemologist, George Kunz (1856-1932) began studying minerals on his own when he was unable to afford college, and went to work for Tiffany & Co. in 1879 as a gem expert. He assisted collectors like J. P. Morgan, Thomas Edison, and Irénée du Pont with acquisitions for their personal collections, and served as honorary curator of precious stones for the American Museum of Natural History. He wrote widely on gems: according to ANB, "he made the world of gems, jewelry, and minerals exciting and interesting to the public (especially those gems known today as semiprecious, which were virtually ignored before his efforts on their behalf), a legacy that survives to this day." Sinkankis has high praise for our edition, saying "this beautiful example of modern book design, executed in high quality materials, is prized not only for the enormous amount of reliable information that it contains, indeed still unmatched in any work since, but also for the large number of high quality illustrations in black and white." No doubt it was also appreciated by the person to whom it was presented, jeweler Julia Munson (1875-1971), who ran Louis Comfort Tiffany's jewelry workshop from 1902 until 1914, and organized the firm's exhibit at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Tiffany and Munson worked closely with Kunz in designing jewelry made with the unusual gemstones--tourmalines, lapis lazuli, turquoise, moonstones, opals--that Kunz enthusiastically promoted..

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Bookseller
Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
ST16508
Title
THE BOOK OF THE PEARL: THE HISTORY, ART, SCIENCE, AND INDUSTRY OF THE QUEEN OF GEMS
Author
(PEARLS). (BINDINGS - ATELIER BINDERY). KUNZ, GEORGE FREDERICK
Book condition
Used
Quantity-available
1
Edition
PRESENTATION COPY
Publisher
[Printed at the Devinne Press for] The Century Co
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1908
Keywords
gems, pearls, gemology

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About Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts

Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books an Manuscripts was established in 1978 on a ping pong table in a basement in Kalamazoo, Michigan. From the beginning, its founder was willing to sell a range of material, but over the years, the business has gravitated toward historical artifacts that are physically attractive in some way--illuminated material, fine bindings, books printed on vellum, fore-edge paintings, beautiful typography and paper, impressive illustration. Today, the company still sells a wide range of things, from (scruffy) ninth century leaves to biblical material from all periods to Wing and STC imprints to modern private press books to artists' bindings. While we are forgiving about condition when something is of considerable rarity, we always try to obtain the most attractive copies possible of whatever we offer for sale.

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First Edition
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morocco
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top edge gilt
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gilt
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inscribed
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raised band(s)
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Fair
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shelfwear
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