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"The Four Seasons" (Hand-colored Etchings)

By Anonymous

S. l.: s. n., 1800. Softcover. Four etchings, n. d.; paper 9 3/4 x 6 3/4, image 6 3/4 x 5; hand-colored; each one with a decorative string through small holes to upper margin; minor spotting, mostly to verso; very good or better condition.A lovely set of images, by an anonymous artist, they represent the four seasons in the form of people. Winter is a grumpy man smoking a pipe, Spring is a young fellow planting flowers, Summer is a smiling lad harvesting wheat, and Autumn is a cheerful man carrying a basket of fruit.


The Many Faces of Truth. Homage to Dali [Graphic Designer's Dummy]

By Spalaikovitch, Pierre

San Francisco: Strictly Limited Editions, 1988. Softcover. Graphic designer Albert De Nola's dummy (edition limited to 350 numbered copies), this one with embossed "For Alberto" on the limitation page and the etchings; assembled model of the box - card stock in black and gold; booklet on cream stock ("containing nine texts and the justification of the tirage"), tied with a decorative rope; three plates with etchings. Box with a few worn spots to edges; light general wear; booklet and etchings fine; overall in very good to near fine condition. Artist Pierre Spalaikovitch (1946 - ) was born in Belgrad in a Franco - Serbian family. After working as a scenography assistant, he moved to France in 1971 and later, in 1984, to California, where he worked with various mediums, but specifically mastered the process of etching. He opened an art school in Los Angeles and developed a new etching technique with a copperplate aquatint. Pierre moved back to France in 1998 and continued working and exhibiting all over the world. In 1988, inspired by Salvador Dali, Spalaikovitch created the current set to contain 9 plates, each one illustrating an important subject or moment of Dali's life, which when placed together in two specific orders, combine into a portrait of Dali and a portrait of Dali's wife Gala. Also to be included were additional 2 large, hand-colored etchings and the booklet, describing each moment. The overall design of the layout (box, booklet, etc.) were created by Bay Area graphic artist and board game inventor Albert De Nola. As the current set was his working model, it included 3 of the 9 plates, dedicated to him, with embossed "Alberto" beneath each plate.


Rhombus Laeuis La Barbue [Etching by Albert Flamen]
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Rhombus Laeuis La Barbue [Etching by Albert Flamen]

By Flamen, Albert

Paris [presumably], 1660. Soft cover. Very Good. First edition (c1660); platemark: 4 3/16" x 7", sheet: approx. 4 1/2" x 7 1/2". Etched signature in lower left corner of plate: AB. Flamen. fe., lower right corner of plate: Cum privil. Regis XII. Minor foxing to lower margin; small light spot to lower right corner of sheet; very good or better. Albert Flamen was a Flemish etcher, engraver, and painter - active in France in the mid-1600s. Most of his works consisted of series of fish, including the current "Brill" one, birds, and mammals. He also created a set of moralizing emblems (1672) - one of his very few dated works. One copy of the etching located at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.


Puppet Magic. A Book to Share Puppet Patterns with the Novice

By Herman, Albert and Herman, Ina May

Felton: Hermans of Felton, 1977. Soft cover. Very Good. First edition; 8 1/2 x 11; pp. [4], 1-149 including text to last page; original pictorial stiff wraps; gray tape spine cover; unusual two identical front covers; small signature to upper corner of front wrap; small closed cut to head of spine; corners slightly creased; few small spots; mimeographed text; profusely illustrated with drawings and diagrams by Ina Herman. Ina and Albert Herman began their work with puppets in the early 70s - first volunteering with youth church groups and 4-H groups and later teaching puppetry at the elementary school level and college level. He began making marionettes and she designed the unique costumes for each of the them. The book contains expansive sections on "Puppetry in the Elementary School," "Patterns and Instructions," and "Puppet Manipulation."


Testimonial Benefit to Hobart Bosworth

By Roberts, Florence

San Francisco: California Theatre, 1905. Soft cover. Very Good. First edition, large 4to 10" x 12 1/2"; pp. 1-19, [1]; original embossed wraps, tied with a string; fading along margins of wraps, else minor wear; illustrated with photographs and facsimile signatures of the casts; very good. An uncommon item, which appears to be a commemorative program for a string of performances at the California Theatre in San Francisco in 1905, organized by actress Florence Roberts in support of the failing health of renowned actor and producer Hobart Bosworth. He began his career with small roles at several theaters in San Francisco at the end of the 19th century. Battling recurring bouts of tuberculosis he moved to San Diego, where he was contracted to make a motion picture with Selig Polyscope Company. Due to his successful attempt at this new venture, he was credited with being the star of the first movie made on the West Coast. He went on to establish his own company, Hobart Bosworth Productions Company, drawing great success by simultaneously producing and starring in numerous movies, including a series of Jack London dramas.


Mr. N. C. Goodwin & Miss Maxine Elliott Souvenir. Season 1899-1900 [Edition De Luxe]

By [by arrangement with] Appleton, George J.

Washington, D. C. : R. G. Craerin, 1899. Soft cover. Very Good. First edition; large 4to 9 1/2" x 12 1/2"; unpaginated (pp. 14); original printed wraps, hand-sewn to pages with a thick thread; small closed horizontal cut to fore-edge of front cover; few slight crease lines to corners, else very good or better. Illustrated with drawings by celebrated photographer Marc Gambier and others. A stunning compilation of portraits of actors (and spouses) Maxine Elliott and Nathaniel Carl Goodwin from different plays they starred in together. In the early 1900s Ms. Elliott was the only woman in the US owning a theater, "The Maxine Elliott" off Broadway in New York. She toured extensively in Europe and the US, eventually signing on with Goldwyn Pictures and spending considerable time in California. She is rumored to have had an affair with Charlie Chaplin, after being seen numerous times at his "Charlie Chaplin Studios." Her husband Nathaniel Goodwin, whom she divorced in 1908, was mostly known for his performances as a vaudevillian.


The Masterpieces of French Art, Illustrated. Being a Biographical History of Art in France, from the Earliest Period to and Including the Salon of 1882 Vol. II
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The Masterpieces of French Art, Illustrated. Being a Biographical History of Art in France, from the Earliest Period to and Including the Salon of 1882 Vol. II

By Viardot, Louis; et al

Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co., 1883. Hardcover. Good. Not dated, ca 1883; folio; unpaginated (442 pp.); full black morocco lavishly embossed and gilt decorated; 5 raised bands to spine; illustrated with 50 full page photogravures and 51 full page wood engravings. Boards have a few scuffs; corners and edges of boards show some rubbing; heavy textured endpaper with marginal discoloration (not affecting text); two small bumps to fore-edge of front board; all page edges gilt; 1" piece chipped off lower corner of first free page; very few small spots of foxing to title page, else pages and plates clean. Overall good to very good condition. Contains short biographies of various French artists and brief monographs on a number of masterpieces of French art.


Silk Screen Stenciling as a Fine Art

By Biegeleisen, J. I. & Cohn, Max Arthur

New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1942. Hardcover. Good. First edition, second impression; 8vo; pp. [8], v-xiv, [4], 5-179, [5]; gray cloth-over-boards; original silk-screened frontis print by Max Arthur Cohn; additional 35 full-page plates; introduction by Rockwell Kent; a few rubbed spots to edges of boards; margins of pages rippled from moisture exposure; plates and text clean; previous owner inked name and date to first free page and initials to a few others; overall in good- condition. A comprehensive and influential compilation of history of silk-screening and the different methods of creating this particular form of art.


ABC of Japanese Art

By Tsuda, Noritake

Tokyo: Board of Tourist Industry Japanese Government Railways, 1937. 1st Edition. Soft cover. First edition; 5 x 7 1/2; pp. [6], 5-88; beige wraps with an illustrated DJ attached to front cover; thing closed cuts to head and tail of spine; some relatively minor rubbing to edges of jacket; profusely illustrated with b & w plates; overall very good or better. Attached with a clip to first free page is a business card: "With the Compliments of Kanzo Shiozaki, Consul General of Japan, San Francisco." (the clip holding the card has left a faint mark on next page.