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THE LURE OF ITALY Rare & Massive Vintage Art Book

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Books: Pre 2000   item# 679274

THE LURE OF ITALY Rare & Massive Vintage Art Book
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


Sold; thank you! $70. 

The Lure of Italy: American Artists and the Italian Experience 1760-1914. 1992. First Edition. Like New.

If you love Italy and/or 19th century American art, prepare to be enthralled by this brilliant and much-coveted work.

Both a scholarly text and an exhibition catalog, it was compiled by the show's curator: distinguished art historian Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. Its 470 pages include substantive essays by Stebbins and other experts; 319 illustrations (113 of which are color plates); and a full catalog of the exhibit, which opened in Boston on Sept. 16, 1992 and was seen in 1993 in Cleveland and Houston.

This was the first and remains the definitive study of the fascination Italy held for American artists from the time of neo-classicist Benjamin West to the eve of World War I, encompassing Roman, Florentine and Venetian phases.

From a New Mexico estate, our hardback First Edition is in superlative shape, complete with dust jacket. You could easily mistake it for new. Measuring about 10 by 11.25 inches and more than an inch thick, this hard-to-find volume is offered elsewhere online for $80 - $85 (plus shipping, a considerable cost for a book of such weight). Our price is thus a very good value, with U.S. shipping included -- or an equivalent discount on international delivery. We'll gift-wrap free, too, if desired. Thanks for looking!



1994 Tate Exhibition Catalog - R B Kitaj Retrospective

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Books: Pre 2000   item# 678988

1994 Tate Exhibition Catalog - R B Kitaj Retrospective
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


Sold; thank you! $40. 

Any fan of R. B. Kitaj (1932 - present) will be thrilled to have this volume. It's the first edition that accompanied his landmark exhibition when it opened at the Tate in London on June 16, 1994. Of truly impressive size and quality, this is the catalog printed by Tate Gallery Publications. (A later version by Rizzoli was distributed to the two American museums hosting the show in 1995; it's far more commonly found in this country than the original.)

More than 200 pages in length, this is a big, hefty, colorful "coffee table" book that's richly illustrated and packed with enlightening text on the artist's career -- including a fascinating interview with Kitaj, his "prefaces" to the featured works (many of which were displayed alongside them) and an essay by his philosopher friend, Richards Wollheim. The book was edited by Richard Morphet, Keeper of the Modern Collection at the Tate from 1986 to 1998, who worked with Kitaj on the selection process and wrote the introduction.

In wonderful condition, showing just a little wear to the back cover, it still has its Tate Gallery price tag (19 pounds and 95 pence, about $40 by today's reckoning). Nearly 20 years later, we're charging the same and we'll cover US shipping, too (or provide an equivalent discount for international delivery). Thanks for looking!



2-Sided French Gothic Illuminated Book of Hours Leaf

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Books: Pre 1492   item# 410117

2-Sided French Gothic Illuminated Book of Hours Leaf
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


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The Book of Hours was a personal prayer book used by the laity in the Late Middle Ages. Having evolved as a specific form by the end of the thirteenth century, by the fourteenth century it replaced the Psalter as the principal text for private devotion. Based on the 8 canonical hours or divine offices, it included sets of prayers and readings to be spoken at daily intervals. In those days, it was quite a status symbol to be able to own (and read) one. The most splendid are richly decorated with miniature paintings, elaborate initials, borders and line fillers. Most, however, were much more modest. Even simpler ones were very costly, being completely hand-made.

This example, on vellum, is from The Office of Our Blessed Lady At Lauds - beginning with Psalms 149 and 150 and ending almost at the finish of the Song of Zachariah. A full translation will be provided to the purchaser. It begins on the grain (hair) side of the skin and continues on the smooth (flesh) side - which is prettier as the front display, being more ornate. Here there two large illuminated and gilded capitals and 13 smaller ones. The other side has one large and 16 smaller.

The London dealer from whom this piece was purchased identified it as French pre-1520. Probably it's from the 1400s, since the printing press came along in 1455 and soon ended the demand for scribal arts. The Gothic style of script seen here was used internationally from the mid-twelfth through the fifteenth century. Condition of this manuscript is lovely, the vellum still being very supple and with little discoloration (less than appears in the photo). Size is about 6 7/8 x 4 1/4 inches.

Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!


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