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    Diamond: A Journey to the Heart of an Obsession by HART, Matthew

    New York: Walker, 2001. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper.



    Des Pierres précieuses et des Pierres fines, avec les moyens de les connoitre & de les évaluer by DUTENS, Louis

    2 p.l., xii, 124, [4] pp. 12mo, cont. blond calf (two corners a tiny bit worn), triple gilt fillet round sides, spine finely gilt with chevrons "à la grotesque," red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: F.A. Didot & De Bure, 1776. First edition of this introduction to precious stones written for collectors and jewelers; according to the author this is the first complete treatise on precious stones. Dutens describes the chief varieties including diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, etc. He has also provided an interesting table at the end of current prices of diamonds of increasing carats. In the Preface, Dutens reviews the writings on precious stones of earlier authors including Pliny, Theophrastus, Boyle, and Romé de l'Isle. This work is a notable work in typography as well: it is the first book printed by François Ambroise Didot, l'aîné (1730-1804), who promoted technical innovation in printing and papermaking and introduced the new form of typographical measurement, the "point Didot." We quote from the 1783 catalogue of Mérard de Saint-Just: "Ce petit Traité est le premier Ouvrage sorti des presses de M. Didot l'aîné, où l'on ait aperçu cette supériorité de talents qui l'a mis tout de suite au-dessus de tous ses confrères de France, d'Italie, d'Allemagne et de Hollande, et qui l'associe dès lors à la gloire de Baskerville, et surtout à celle d'Ibarra."-from André Jammes' wonderful Les Didots catalogue, no. 73. Dutens (1730-1812), diplomat and man of letters, edited the works of Leibniz (1768), was a fellow of the Royal Society, and was historiographer to the King of England. An uncommonly fine copy. ❧ Sinkankas 1819-"Dutens' work did provide useful accurate information and received acclaim and wide distribution.".



    Amber by Fraquet, Helen

    London: Butterworth & Co, 1987. First edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 176pp. Octavo [24cm]; illustrated boards. Small ding to head of spine and yellow residue on rear board from sticker. Butterworth's Gem Books focus on a single species of gem, providing direct and easily accessible information to specialists.



    The Art of the European Silversmith 1430-1830. Two Volumes by Hernmarck, Carl

    London: Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1977. Two volumes. Quarto. Vol. 1: Text, 411 pp. Vol II: Plates, 386 pp; over 1000 b/w plates; bibliography; indices. Cloth with dustjacket. Fine/Fine in Near Fine slipcase. A clean, unmarked copy; jackets have minute wear to spine ends, else glossy & bright with no wear; slipcase with one corner lightly rubbed, short split at one corner of opening.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine.



    THE BOOK OF GOLD by Blakemore, Kenneth

    November Books Ltd, 1971. Hardcover. VG+/VG. A highly collectible first edition/printing.



    The Americana Collection of the late... by HASKELL, Mrs. J. Amory

    New York: Parke-Bernet, 1944. First. paperback. very good. Auction catalogue. 5 vols. Illustrated, small 4tos, blue printed wrappers (worn) with mylar sleeves. All but volume 4 have neat pencil and ink notations of prices in margins throughout. New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries, April - November, 1944. Complete set of "the most extensive collection ever brought together in our time by one person" including furniture, silver, porcelain, glass, needlework, etc.



    Traité des Caractères Physiques des Pierres Précieuses, pour servir a leur détermination lorsqu'elles ont été taillées by HAÜY, René-Just

    Three folding engraved plates. xvi, xxii, 253 pp. 8vo, later pink wrappers (minor foxing or browning). Paris: Courcier, 1817. First edition. The French petrographers were far more interested in the mineralogical composition and structure of rocks, without respect to their mode of occurrence, their age, or their origin. It was Haüy who laid the foundation of the mathematical theory of crystal structure. In this work he applied it to the analysis and classification of precious stones. "Very scarce. A landmark book in the science of gemology, described by Sinkankas (1994) as 'the first determinative gemology worthy of the name.' This book marks a transition from earlier descriptive lapadaries to works based on scientific studies. The volume describes the crystallography and physical properties of various gemstones, and characterizes how these qualities might be used in identifying a stone, whether rough or cut. To facilitate this an identification table is provided. The three plates show various crystal forms, a Nicholson's hydrometer (used for measuring specific gravity) and other laboratory apparatus for testing electrical properties."-Schuh, Mineralogy & Crystallography: A Biobibliography, 1469 to 1920 (in progress), 2128. In the Introduction, Haüy refers to Henry Philip Hope, the buyer of the blue diamond of supposed sinister influence known by his name. Very good copy. ❧ D.S.B., VI, pp. 178-83. Partington, IV, p. 203.




    Lisbon: Edicoes Inapa, 1991. Quarto. 224 pp; profuse color & b/w photographs; biographies of French goldsmiths; catalogue; bibliography. Cloth with dustjacket. VG/VG, a clean, unmarked copy. This book features the exceptional and unique 18th-century French domestic silverware kept in Portugal, particularly the work of Thomas and Francois-Thomas Germain.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good.



    Wonderful Things: Uncovering the World's Greatest Archaeolgical Treasures by Bahn, Paul (editor)

    London: Seven Dials,. Paperback. 256pp. Beautifully illustrated look at some of the world's most spectacular archaeological finds: rock art, gold,  bronze, ivories, tombs and funerary masks, textiles mosaics and more. Colour illustrated throughout. Large format 11'' x 9''.  Very light reading wear. Very lightly rubbed. Clean and bright. Very good copy. . Paperback. 2000.


    AUD $24.64

    Gem Testing by Anderson, B. W

    Heywood & Company Ltd, London, 1958.. 8vo. hardcover. 334pp. index, b/w illus., ads. Very good. / Very good d/w with small tear and crease on top edge. .



    Pewter in America: Its Makers and Their Marks. Two Volumes by Laughlin, Ledlie Irwin

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1940. This is a very good two volume hardcover set in the original blue grey cloth bindings, with black leather spine labels. Some wear and discoloration to the spines, otherwise completely clean inside and out. The standard reference work on this subject. 58 black and white plates. Discusses all aspects of the making and marketing of pewter ware in early America. 13" high X 9 1/2" wide, 138 and 241 pages.. Hard Cover. Very Good.



    A BOOK OF JEWELS by Bauer, J. & A. ; (Navakova Trans. )

    Prague: Artia. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1966. First Edition. Hardcover. We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; Color Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 142 pages; Protected in translucent plastic cover with back flap taped to dust jacket. Publ 1966, English Language. .



    The Bead Dictionary A Complete Revision of a Short Dictionary of Bead Terms and Types by Francis Jr. , Peter

    Lapis Route Books. Very Good+ with no dust jacket. 1989. Wraps. 0910995117 . Wraps (softcover). 1989. Light bump to lower corner, else Very Good Plus condition. 47 pages. Lapis Route Books. The Center for Bead Research. ; The World of Beads Monograph Series 9; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 47 pages .



    Important Silver. Wednesday 13 June 2001. Sale "Saxony-6476 by Christie's (London)

    London: Christie's, 2001. Auction catalogue. 4to. Wraps. 204 pp. Property from Late Sir Robert Barlow and Lady Delia Hall's Discretionary Trust; The Evangelical Lutheran Church of England; Barons von Rothschild; The Whiteley Trust; etc. George I-III, Elizabeth I, Charles II, William III, Queen Anne, Victorian and Jamies I Scottish silvers; German, Norwegian, Peruvian silver implements; Andreas Wickert Ostrich cup, etc. Richly illustrated with full-color lithographic reproductions and photos. Cover scuffed; otherwise VG.



    The Story of the Gems: A Popular Handbook by Whitlock, Herbert P

    NY: Emerson Books. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1970. Later Printing. Hardcover. Black cloth with titles stamped in gilt on front boards and spine. Index, many photos and illustrations, bibliography. Owner name on front free endpaper, jacket rubbed. Contains multi-page descriptive table of gems. Two-page color frontispiece of popular gems. The curator of the renowned Morgan collection of gems at the American Museum of Natural History relates where gems are found, how they are cut, ancient and modern uses of gem stones, rarity and value and curious facts. ; 206 pages .



    Russian Silver: Mid 19th CenturyBeginning of the 20th Century / Russkoe Serebro: Vtoraia Polovina 19Nachalo 20 Veka by Gilodo, Andrei

    Moskva: Beresta, 1994. 1st. Hardcover. Very Good Very Good. 171 pages, illustrated throughout in color. Text in Russian and English. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket. Record # 459863


    AUD $16.80

    Crystal Identifier by Darling, Peter

    Mallard Press, New York, New York 1991. 4to. hardcover. 80pp. index, colour illus. Very good. / Very good d/w. .



    SILVER IN AMERICAN LIFE Selections from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University by Ward, Barbara McLean & Gerald W.R. Ward, eds

    NY: The American Federation of the Arts, 1979. Quarto. 193 pp; 196 objects described and illustrated, some in color plus 39 b/w text illustrations; bibliography; index of silversmiths, designers, manufacturers and retailers. Paperback. VG.. Soft Cover. Very Good.



    I Have No Specialized Knowledge In This Area. Your Best Bet Is To Check For Comparables At,,, And 17a (2 Vols) by Enyeart , Earl Ed

    Usa: American Society for Metals. Fine with no dust jacket. 1986. Hardcover. We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; 4to; Red board covers with gold titles. One in full original wrapsping, another with chipped clear wrapping All fine or better .



    Two Centuries of English Silver Candlesticks, 1700-1900. October 7 through 31, 1986 by J. Mavec & Company

    NY: J. Mavec & Company, 1986. Quarto. [24] pp; 48 b/w photographs. Stapled wraps. Near Fine, a crisp, unmarked copy. Price List laid in. An exhibition of both English silver and Sheffield plate candlesticks and related objects that exemplify the variety of designs from the Queen Anne period through the reign of Victoria.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Near Fine.




    Paris: Anvers. Good with no dust jacket. 1880. First Edition; First Printing. Wrappers. Diamonds; Gemology; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 4,211 (3) pages; 1 vol. Jacobs, H. ; Chatrian, N. Monographie du Diamant. (MONOGRAPH OF DIAMOND) , Anvers, Paris, 1880. First edition. 8vo, orig. Printed wrappers; some edge wear, minor creasing, front cover almost detached, spine intact. Some light dust soiling. Minor internal spotting. In the late 19th-century, the authoritative work on the subject. French language. Diamonds, and diamond mines. French Language. Ex Henry Pollisack collection. .



    Traité des Pierres graveés by MARIETTE, Pierre Jean

    Finely engraved title-pages, engraved dedication leaf to Louis XV, engraved head- & tail-pieces, & many engravings in the text. Vol. I: two engraved plates & Vol. II: 63 engraved plates. 5 p.l., 468, [2] pp.; 2 p.l., xii, [4], 132 (i.e. 135 leaves incl. 47*, 86*, & 107*); 2 leaves. Two vols. Folio, cont. red morocco, triple gilt fillet round sides, spines richly gilt, a.e.g. Paris: 1750. First edition and a magnificent large set bound in contemporary red morocco; this is a presentation copy from Baron Holbach, inscribed on the free front-endpaper: "This Book I receiv'd from the Baron D'Holbach. Paris - October - 1763." "This is the earliest analytical work on engraved gems and one that fully retains value even today. However, the two volumes are actually two distinct works combined together for the author's convenience as publisher as well as writer. The first volume is by far the most important because of its authoritative summary of the knowledge of engraved gems and that enormously increased in value by its lengthy discourses on previous works published on engraved gems, with a large, nearly exhaustive list of same... "The first volume begins with a history of engraved gems in general, followed by an essay on modern gem engravers and their work, and a large description of the art of engraving, divided into 4 chapters: I. descriptions of gemstones and other stones used in engraved gems, pp. 153-94, i.e., diamond (including its faceted forms with text & a fig of same), ruby, glass, zircon, garnet, emerald, beryl, peridot, chrysolite, topaz, sapphire, amethyst, other quartz varieties, opal, turquoise, malachite, jade, lapis, coral, amber, and ivory. The authorities cited here are mostly Pliny, De Berquen, and De Boodt. II. Lapidary processes, tools, equipment, etc, required to engrave gems and with the famous engraved plate showing an engraver in his atelier, and beneath, diagrams of the engraving head, accessories, and points. III. Falsifications, and IV. Making impressions. The last portion of the first volume, p. 239 to the end, comments on previous writers and engravers of plates for illustrative purposes, as well as the bibliography... "In contrast, the second volume is entirely devoted to descriptions of engraved gems in the cabinet of Louis XV(1710-1774), King of France, and it is this volume that aroused the keenest interest on the part of C. W. King, Antique Gems and Rings, I, 1872, pp. 465-6, who lauds the first volume but criticizes the second, noting that 'the large number of engravings, by Bouchardon [1698-1762], after gems in the royal cabinet, are, however, in too loose and flowing style to give any accurate idea of their originals.' The drawings of the gems were supervised by Comte de Caylus(1692-1765), the noted French art connoisseur and antiquarian."-Sinkankas 4208. The above-mentioned bibliography (pp. 239-468) in Vol. I is an extremely comprehensive and valuable guide (see Peignot, p. 249). Holbach (1723-89), a nobleman of immense wealth and with considerable learning, was the host of a brilliant salon in Paris for many years and a prolific contributor to the Encyclopédie. This richly illustrated work, which contains more than 200 engravings, is in very fine condition. Engraved armorial bookplate of Kirknvall.

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