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Collection of 21 Pieces Original Art Deco Advertising Artwork for a Hardware Store
161 Collection of 21 Pieces Original Art Deco Advertising Artwork for a Hardware Store
Brown Hardware Co. 1931-1933 NA Very Good 
Striking, sometimes colorful, examples of advertising artwork from 1933. Advertising a wide variety of hardware merchandise, including tool kits, stoves, galvanized ware, bathroom fixtures, fencing, house paint, brushes, sporting equipment (something typically sold at hardware stores back then), etc. as well as holiday promotions for the business. Oblong, 28 by 35.5 cm each. The ads exude the quintessence of the Art Deco aesthetic, then in its heyday, with their pared down, linear and geometric ornamentation, to which are added cutesy illustrations of children, turkeys, etc., as befitting the particular ad. The ads are almost surely all from a single business, although the name of a business, Brown Hardware, only appears on one of the panels, and we are of the view that all the artwork was probably done by a single artist. Condition: moderate wear. The paint remains fresh in appearance. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Collection of 46 Pen-and-Ink Caricatures, Mid-19th Century, from New England probably
162 Collection of 46 Pen-and-Ink Caricatures, Mid-19th Century, from New England probably
Custom clamshell cloth box, with leather spine ti Good 
N.d., circa 1870. Caricatures on heavy card stock, 29 by 13.5 cm. Each card contains a single person caricatured. The caricatures are evocative of the type one finds on Vinegar or Poison Valentines of the day, and a few might bring to mind caricatures in Puck and the handiwork of Thomas Nast. The caricatures have a deliberate crudity to them. Among subjects lampooned are suffragettes, the Catholic clergy, various low life, teetotalers and drinkers, and perhaps anyone in sight. We say this is from New England probably because one of the caricatures contains a depiction of an advertisement of a Providence, Rhode Island clothing store. Condition: original binding now disbound, with outer boards remaining, but a modern clamshell box serving to keep things tidy. The cards generally have small corner chips as a result of the brittleness of the card, and there is lots of shavings from the card in this box. The artwork, though, is not affected excepting minor loss to a few captions. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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Collection of a Dozen Postcards Featuring Original Watercolors and Ink and Pencil Drawings
163 Collection of a Dozen Postcards Featuring Original Watercolors and Ink and Pencil Drawings
1903-1907 Very Good 
An extraordinary group of original artwork from the early twentieth century, with short text written on a few of the cards. The artwork was all done by a B. Vinya and sent to a D. Enrique Montagut in Alicante, which is on the Mediterranean Coast of Spain. Subjects of the watercolors include an elderly guitarist, a young family looking off to the sea's horizon where there is the fishing craft of the father and husband, a picturesque old mill, two country landscapes, several sailing vessels, a European woman dressed like a Geisha, lovers on coastal rocks and a woman with a fan with a Venetian backdrop. The three ink or pencil drawings are stylistically quite varied, with elements of Daumier in one, more contemporary caricature in another, and yet the third a good-hearted depiction of carousing monks. Each of the pictures is of a quality worthy of framing, and cumulatively they make for an uncommon and pleasing oeuvre. 
Price: 670.00 USD
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Collection of Eight Bird Prize Cards
164 Collection of Eight Bird Prize Cards
Johnstone, UK David Ritchie 1893-1901 NA Very Good 
Highly decorative cards with colored oval cameos of birds framed by gilt decorated morocco! Each measuring 17 by 13.5 cm. The cards were the equivalent of ribbons used in other fancier competitiions, and they came with string by which they could be easily hung on a wall. The front decorative side states the prize (first, second, third, special, etc.); the category -- buff piebald cock, hen, etc.; the club where the competition took place and the date of the competition. The verso leaves space for the entry of the name of the winner, and contains printed information on the printer, David Ritchie. Whatever the bird category, the actual bird depicted in the cameo is a stylized version of a canary or dove. None of these particular cards have any writing at all, and so they were clearly unused. There is minor scattered soiling, but all remain highly attractive. One is lacking the original string entirely. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Collection of Five Trade Cards Featuring Baseball Caricatures
165 Collection of Five Trade Cards Featuring Baseball Caricatures

Circa 1880s, these five cards were all promotions, or ads, for The New Carlton Dining Room in Boston. The cards depict a fat klutz contending with various elements of the National Pastime. We see this man knocked off his feet by catching a ball, stiffly awaiting a pitch while at bat, as a catcher, striking out and lolling after apparently hitting a home run. The captions are"Bravo! The Pet of the Nine", "Something must be done! Put it there!", "A close affair. Hugging the bat.", "Struck out.", and "Hero of a Home Run. The Ladies Favorite". These cards were not designed specifically for the named Boston restaurant, but rather, they were produced by a printer to be sold to businesses which would then have their own business name and information printed onto the card. The pictures on the cards often bore no relation to the enterprise issuing them. But the cards were intended as collectables, and often they would find their way into albums and scrapbooks compiled as a hobby. The cards measure 5.25 by 3.25 inches. They are pristine, other than the backs of a few of them show a faint sign of the paste that must have been used to append them to albums. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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166 Collection of Silent Film Star Letters to Fans, including letters from Vilma Banky, Sydney Chaplin (the older brother of Charlie), Colleen Moore and Alberta Vaughn
1924 Very Good 
All letters are dated 1924 except Banky letter which dates to 1926. Moore letters, there are two, relate to the release of "Irene", a movie remade in the forties. Five letters in all. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Color Craft.  A Manual that helps you decide what color and how to use it.
167 Color Craft. A Manual that helps you decide what color and how to use it.
Burlington, Vermont Diamond Dyes 1926 Wraps Very Good 
4to. 61 pp., plus wraps. Profusely illustrated, with full color or tinted often. Divided into many short chapters or articles, relating to home decoration, wardrobe, etc. 
Price: 28.00 USD
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Colorful Japanese Children's Brochure, with a variety of color plates
168 Colorful Japanese Children's Brochure, with a variety of color plates
Japan NA Near Fine 
Mid-20th Century. 8vo. 22 by 15 cm. 16 pp., including cover, and one of which is a fold-out color plate, with three panels. 12 pages qualify as full color plates, with rich coloring. A few of these illustrations are multi-page -- three are double paged (one of these is more a collage of several illustrations), and one is triple paged. All the other pages have color illustrations, but these are text illustrations, with a more limited palette -- generally flatter greens, reds, flesh and blacks. The brochure looks as if it were assembled by marrying two smaller brochures -- or gatherings -- one being the flamboyantly colored, fully illustrated side, the other, the more text driven, more somberly illustrated part. Because we can not speak to the text, we admittedly are drawn to the fully colored illustrations, which are captioned, sometimes at considerable length, but whose illustrations also speak for themselves. These illustrations are split between those which depict Japanese people or life, and a few which look as if there might have been lifted from German children's chromolithographic literature, such as one showing a milk barn. The most exciting of the images is the three vertical panels of a Japanese theater. The way it is composed heightens an illusion of immediacy. Condition: light wear. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Come into the Kitchen
169 Come into the Kitchen
Lynn, MA Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company Wraps Very Good 
N.d., circa 1920. 8vo. 17.5 by 11 cm. 32 pp plus wraps, with many small illustrations. Combining recipes with pitches and testimonials for Lydia E. Pinkham pharmaceutical products, miscellaneous snippets on measuring, school lunches, etc. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Companion to the Almanac, or Yearbook of General Information (16 volumes)
170 Companion to the Almanac, or Yearbook of General Information (16 volumes)
London Charles Knight 1st Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
Book. 12mo - over 6 - 7" tall. Continuous run of Knight's Companion to the Almanac from 1828 to 1858, with one index volume as well covering up to 1843. Chock-a-block with interesting information on virtually all aspects of economic, business and social affairs in Britain during reign of William IV up until the mid-Victorian era. While rich in statistical and demographic information, these volumes are much, much more, with articles that describe and analyze with rigor the issues and developments of the day. Many plates and illustrations of significant architectural and engineering projects scattered throughout. Thus this can serve as both an invaluable primary source reference for the period as well as an entertaining resource for the more casual student of English history. All volumes have been professionally recased and bound with handsome light brown calf spines, preserving Victorian marbled boards and calf spine tips. All volumes are tight and clean inside. Modern marbled endpapers. Other than wear to old calf corners, this would be a fine set. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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Complete Map of Vermont Showing Highways & Natural Features with an Index of All Cities, Villages, Post-Offices and Rail-road Stations Compiled from the Latest Government Surveys and Original Sources
171 Complete Map of Vermont Showing Highways & Natural Features with an Index of All Cities, Villages, Post-Offices and Rail-road Stations Compiled from the Latest Government Surveys and Original Sources
Boston National Publishing Company 1901 First Edition Cloth Boards Fine 
A very handsome antique colored map of Vermont in a superb state of preservation. The map when opened measures 56 by 36 inches, and it is vertical, as appropriate for a state that runs lengthwise north to south. The boards of the folding map are 10.5 by 5 inches. The back of the map is lined with protective canvas. Each county is demarcated with different colored boundary lines, and these lines are broad, giving a real panache to the map. ther than the tiniest pinprick holes at perhaps two spots where folds meet, close to pristine. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Comptoir Central du Raisin de Corinthe
172 Comptoir Central du Raisin de Corinthe
NA Fine 
An unusual origami fold paper promotion for raisins. N.d., circa 1930. Closed, a 9.5 cm square; opening up to be 27 by 13.5 cm. With breezy Art Deco-style color illustrations (primarily green, blue and red) of people enjoying, preparing or serving products containing the raisins -- breads, cookies, pancakes. A most charming Gallic culinary novelty. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Comus Diamond Jubilee 1857 1931 Comus Carnival Bulletin
173 Comus Diamond Jubilee 1857 1931 Comus Carnival Bulletin
New Orleans Carnival Press 1931 First Edition Wraps. Brochure Near Fine 
Colorful Mardi Gras commemoration, with 20 color plates depicting the whimsical parade avian or ornithological chariots of that year organized under the auspices of the Mistick Krewe of Comus. 4to. 30 by 22.5 cm. Unpaginated, 36 pp., plus wraps. Also two colorized photo plates -- one of the New Orleans City Hall, the other, St. Louis Cathedral. Only two copies located on OCLC FirstServe (Tulane, Historic New Orleans Collection). Also with advertisements -- the colorized photos are part of ads, and other ads sometimes come with black and white photos. Light wear. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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174 Copper Engraving Printing Plate of a Horse

N.d., circa 1900. The plate, which is 4 by 3.5 inches, is essentially a negative of the image. The thoroughbred is standing still with a few palm trees in the background, suggestive of a Florida racetrack such as Hialeah. A lovely printing souvenir! 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Cordey Catalog
175 Cordey Catalog

N.d. circa 1950. With a single text page followed by 49 leaves, each with a photograph of one or several specimens of Cordey china figurines and bric-a-brac, all in the signature kitschy rococo that characterized the brand. While the high brow has forever pooh poohed these inexpensive tchotschkes, the black and white photos render the same maligned pieces a certain haunting charm, not unlike that of marionettes and antique automata. Suddenly they have an animate aura, and whatever one's opinion of the specimens, they surely do have something to say about mid-twentieth century material culture. The Cordey China Company was founded in 1942 in Trenton New Jersey by a Polish immigrant who clearly was seeking to capture the charm and style of the old country. The foreedges have some staining, and the leatherette covers have considerable soiling. Otherwise, the photos are crisp and clean. Oblong, 12.5 by 8.5 inches, or 32 by 22 cm. 
Price: 345.00 USD
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Correct Map of Boston Harbor Giving Route and Official Summer Time-Table of the Nantasket Beach Steamboat Co. Compliments of Bouve, Crawford & Co., Makers of the Celebrated Crawford Shoe . . .
176 Correct Map of Boston Harbor Giving Route and Official Summer Time-Table of the Nantasket Beach Steamboat Co. Compliments of Bouve, Crawford & Co., Makers of the Celebrated Crawford Shoe . . .
Boston Bouve, Crawford & Co. 1890 Wraps or card. Very Good 
Closed, 133 by 57 mm. Open, the map is 24 by 29.5 cm. Promo info and the said timetable on the back. Fairly scarce, with just three copies located on OCLC. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Costume Francais de 1200 a 1715
177 Costume Francais de 1200 a 1715
London C. Hullmandel Full Morocco Fine 
12mo, 5.5 by 4.5 inches, or 14 by 11.5 cm. 100 hand-colored lithograph costume plates, all immaculate. Leaves are printed only on one side, and the plates resemble stylish costume cards. This book is usually found with only black and white plates. Other than minor toning along the edges, the thick paper looks virtually new. All is bound in a lush modern reddish-orange morocco, with gilt and incised decoration on both the boards and spine. The gilt figures incorporate the shape of the fleur-de-lys and come off both tastefully simple and elegant. The leather has a particularly substantial look, atypical of a book this size, and it is also in superb condition. The green marbled endpapers complete the package of this petit charmer. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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178 Costumes et Moeurs des Differentes Nations. Ornes de 48 Gravures.
Paris Alexis Eymery 1826 First Edition Thus Half Morocco Good Plus 
32mo, 8 by 6 cm. 120 pp. The French equivalent of a rare English miniature -- Alfred Mills "Costumes of All Nations". Woodcut plates are simple and even naive but tend to depict people in some kind of activity. Thus there is the free black man making his slave climb a tree, a young "negress" playing ouri, Congolese carrying their cheif on a chaise, South Sea natives in mourning, etc. Leather is heavily rubbed. Cloth boards with scuffs and abrasions. Light occasional foxing and other minor soiling. Some leaves with minor corner creases. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Costumes of British Ladies from the time of William the 1st to the reign of Queen Victoria
179 Costumes of British Ladies from the time of William the 1st to the reign of Queen Victoria
London Dickenson & Son Full Morocco Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1840. Folio, 48 hand-colored lithographed plates, some heightened in gilt, all mounted on card, as originally issued. Each accompanied by brief caption relating to authorities upon which illustration was based, and this caption is on separate leaf's verso, and there is a tissue guard sheet between this and the related plate. Title page with lovely hand-colored floral border. Followed by list of subscribers, which contains 171 names, and this must surely have been the extent of the entire issue since copies are extremely scarce. (Obviously the book has been mined many times as a breaker for plates.) The original gutta percha binding has been replaced with a sewn casing that is far more durable. Modern green full morocco and marbled endpapers. Gilt edges. Offsetting onto tissues. Small discreet library stamp on versos of plates -- otherwise no signs of ex-library whatsoever. Very occasional light fox marks. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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Costumi della corte Pontificia
180 Costumi della corte Pontificia
Roma 1846 First Edition Paper Pastedown on folder Near Fine 
Leporello with 30 hand-colored images of Vatican costume, in addition to title with lovely colored decoration and cameo portrait of Gregorio XVI, which also helps date this as 1846 or earlier. The last leaf is pasted to a folder, which in this case has a distinctive faux burled wood (walnut-like) finish. The imagery is sharp, bright and clean. Some wear to the joints of the outer folder. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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