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The Owston Collection, June 2010
1 The Owston Collection, June 2010
Sydney, Australia Bonhams 2010 First Edition Paperback Near Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Glossy paper wrappers. 10.25 x 8.25 inches. Text block firmly bound in. 457 numbered pages, plus several unnumbered pages, with color plates throughout, manay full page, all on heavy-weight semi-glossy paper. No remainder marks. An immensely clean and tight copy. Unread. A Near Fine copy with just a trace of edge wear to the wrappers. A catalogue for a highly regarded Sydney sale of art and antiques from the Owston collection, held June 25 & 26, 2010. Bonhams won the right to sell the collection in its entirety as a single-owner sale titled The Owston Collection following tough competition from local and international auctioneers. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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La decouverte du paradis: Oceanie Curieux, navigateurs et Savants, Association des conservateurs de la region Nord--Pas-de-Calais
2 Association des conservateurs de la region Nord--Pas-de-Calais La decouverte du paradis: Oceanie Curieux, navigateurs et Savants
Paris, France Somogy Editions D'art 1997 2850562742 / 9782850562747 First French Edition Buckram Near Fine Near Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Ce n'est pas une édition bilingue. Texte en français uniquement, pas en anglais. This is not a bilingual edition. Text in French only, not in English. Presumed first printing of the first French edition. Printed and bound in Italy. Black buckram binding, with crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the front board and to the spine. Virtually unbumped spine head and tail, and with sharp corners. 11.25 x 10 inches. 252 numbered pages, with numerous stunning color plates, some full-page, all on heavy coated stock. An immensely clean copy, and quite tight. Either unread or very gently read. Lovely full-pictorial dust jacket, unclipped. DJ protected by a clear Mylar over-wrapper. A Near Fine copy in a Near Fine DJ. Contents of the book address about 220 objects of art from the South Seas. 
Price: 111.00 USD
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Islands and Ancestors: Indigenous Styles of Southeast Asia, Barbier, Jean Paul; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.); Musee Barbier Mueller
3 Barbier, Jean Paul; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.); Musee Barbier Mueller Islands and Ancestors: Indigenous Styles of Southeast Asia
New York, NY Prestel Publishing 1988 3791308998 / 9783791308999 First American Edition Cloth Fine Near Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Some of the contents are translated from the French. Presumed first printing of the first American edition. Printed and bound in Germany. An English-language edition. Camel-colored cloth binding, with crisp brown-stamped lettering to the spine. Virtually unbumped spine head and tail, and with sharp corners. 12 x 9.25 inches. 362 numbered pages, with 37 stunning color plates, some full-page, 40 duotone plates, and 293 B&W illustrations, all on heavy coated stock. An immensely clean copy, and quite tight. Either unread or very gently read. Lovely full-pictorial dust jacket, unclipped. DJ protected by a clear Mylar over-wrapper. A Fine copy in a Near Fine DJ. Contents of the book based in part on the collections of the Musée Barbier-Mueller in Geneva, Switzerland. 
Price: 34.50 USD
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Royal Treasures from the Louvre, Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette, Bascou, Marc
4 Bascou, Marc Royal Treasures from the Louvre, Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette
New York, New York, U.S.A. Prestel Publishing 2012 3791352733 / 9783791352732 First American Edition Buckram Fine Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Printed and bound in China. Bound in yellow buckram, with crisp silver-stamped lettering to the front board and to the spine. 10.75 x 9.75 inches. With 175 numbered pages, and with numerous full-color plates of 93 featured items, all on heavy coated stock. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. An immensely clean copy, and quite tight. No remainder marks. Almost certainly unread. The full-pictorial DJ is unclipped. A Fine copy in a Fine DJ. Gift quality. 
Price: 22.00 USD
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Philipp Cave, Breuil, Henri
5 Breuil, Henri Philipp Cave
London, England Abbé Breuil Publications 1957 First Edition Quarter-leather Fine No Jacket Limited Edition Folio - over 12" - 15" tall Signed by Author
Small folio, 14.5 x 11 inches. Of this edition of Philipp Cave, Vol. II, 1,330 copies have been printed of which 130 have been bound in quarter niger and numbered I-110 and i-xx. This is copy number 101 and is signed by the author/publisher. The goatskin leather is medium brown. Crisp gilt-stamped lettering of the author, title and publisher to the spine. The boards bound in a handsome beige linen (or linen-like) fabric. The binding is exceptionally clean; scarcely a hint of soiling. The text was printed by Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co., London and Colchester. The photographs were reproduced by collotype, and the drawings by collotype and hand-stencil process, by Hourdebaigt, Trianon Press (France) and Beaufumé, in Paris. Unbumped spine head and tail and with sharp corners. Deckled fore edge and bottom edge to a handsome effect. Arches pure rag moulded paper. Color frontispiece, with vi and 21 numbered pages of text, and with XXVII plates and with photograph figures a to f and 1 to 17. With original tissue guards present. The book is exceptionally clean, almost crisp. Probably unread or else very gently read. A Fine copy. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Esquivias: Paisajes del tiempo obra fotográfica, Esquivias, Arturo; Instituto de Cultura de Baja California
6 Esquivias, Arturo; Instituto de Cultura de Baja California Esquivias: Paisajes del tiempo obra fotográfica
Gobierno del Estado 1996 9682992028 / 9789682992025 First Edition As New As New Limited Edition 
Bilingual edition in Spanish and English. Edición bilingue en español e inglés. 177 numbered pages with numerous B&W and color illus. 1 of 3,000 only. 12 x 11 inches. Gray cloth with silver lettering. Heavy stock paper. Pristine, inside and out. Unread. No remainder mark. Pictorial DJ, unclipped. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Sepik Diary, Hodgkinson, Frank
7 Hodgkinson, Frank Sepik Diary
Northbridge, NSW, Australia Reid Books 1984 0949361011 / 9780949361011 First Edition Full-Leather Fine No Jacket Deluxe Edition Folio - over 12" - 15" tall Signed by Illustrator
First edition, Collectors Edition. No. 384 of 600, with an original etching bound in, signed, numbered and titled by the artist, this being Frog and River, no. 56 of 100. All etchings printed in Australia under the supervision of the artist. Book printed in Hong Kong, presumed bound in Australia. Book is apparently signed by the author/artist, by the publisher and by the auditor, but not so guaranteed. Bound in full kangaroo hide of a medium brown color, with blind-stamped design to the front board and with crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the front board and to the spine. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. 13 x 9.75 inches. With unnumbered pages, and with copious illustrations variously in duo-tone and in color, interspersed with facsimile hand-written lettering from the pages of the diary, all on coated stock. An immaculate volume, and very tight, with no hint of shelf life. Almost certainly unread. No remainder marks. In the original lovely full-pictorial heavy-duty slipcase of glossy paper-covered cardboard. A Fine copy in a Fine slipcase. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Raw Creation: Outsider Art & Beyond, Maizels, John
8 Maizels, John Raw Creation: Outsider Art & Beyond
London, England Phaidon Press Limited 1996 0714831492 / 9780714831497 First British Edition Hard Cover Very Good Plus Very Good Plus 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Presumed first printing of the first UK edition. Printed and bound in Hong Kong. Black buckram-like paper hardboards, with crisp gray-stamped lettering to the boards and the spine. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. 11.75 x 10 inches. Text block firmly bound in. With 240 numbered pages, and with numerous full-color plates, several full-page, all on coated stock. An exceptionally clean volume, and very tight, with little hint of shelf life. Very gently read. No remainder marks. Lovely full-pictorial DJ, unclipped and with light rubbing. A Very Good Plus copy in a Very Good Plus DJ. Art Brut, or "raw art" includes the art of visionaries, folk creators, spiritualists, recluses, the "mad" and the socailly marginalized. 
Price: 27.50 USD
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Arts of the South Seas: Island Southeast Asia, Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia, Musée Barbier-Mueller; Barbier, Jean Paul
9 Musée Barbier-Mueller; Barbier, Jean Paul Arts of the South Seas: Island Southeast Asia, Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia
New York, New York, U.S.A. Prestel Publishing 1999 3791320920 / 9783791320922 First American Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
Translated from the French. Presumed first printing of the first American edition. Printed and bound in Germany. An English-language edition. Dove gray paper-covered hardboards, with crisp black-stamped lettering to the spine. Virtually unbumped spine head and tail, and with sharp corners. Trivial bump at base of front board, hardly noticeable. 12.25 x 9.5 inches. 368 numbered pages, with numerous stunning color and duotone plates, a few full-page, all on heavy coated stock. An immensely clean copy, and quite tight. Almost certainly unread. Erratum slip laid in. Lovely full-pictorial dust jacket, unclipped. DJ protected by a clear Mylar over-wrapper. A Fine copy in a Near Fine DJ. Contents of the book based on the collections of the Musée Barbier-Mueller in Geneva, Switzerland. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Painted Tombs in the Necropolis of Marissa (Mareshah), Peters, John; Thiersch, Hermann
10 Peters, John; Thiersch, Hermann Painted Tombs in the Necropolis of Marissa (Mareshah)
London, England Palestine Exploration Fund 1905 First Edition Buckram Very Good No Jacket 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Printed and bound in England. 11.5 x 9 inches. Contemporary heavy-duty, aubergine buckram binding, with gilt-stamped lettering and decorative device to the front board and to the spine, the gilt on the front board still crisp. Blind-stamped rulings to the front and back boards. Moderately bumped spine tail and front corners. Very light shelf rubbing along the bottom edge of the boards, and with minor rubbing elsewhere to the binding. The text block is bound in with exceptional sturdiness. xvii and 100 numbered pages of text. Contains frontispeice plate plus XXII plates, many of which are full page, most in color and the remainder in B&W. Slight and even age-toning to all the pages. Else a very clean copy, and rather tight. Gently read. A Very Good copy. Somewhat rare and hard to find, at least in this condition. "In early June 1902, John Peters, an American theologian, and Hermann Thiersch, a German classical scholar, were alerted to the discovery of two painted burial caves at Marisa/Beit Jibrin, less than 40 miles (62 km) by road southwest from Jerusalem. Tomb robbers had, a short time previously, forced their way into the burial chambers and caused damage to their fabric. Realising that these splendid tombs dated to about 200 BCE and the importance of their painted interiors, the two scholars immediately commissioned a leading Jerusalem photographer, Chalil Raad, to record them. This was fortunate, because the paintings on the soft limestone walls rapidly deteriorated and now can no longer be seen. Peters and Thiersch published a monograph on the painted tombs, illustrated with hand-drawn copies of the photographs.... The paintings are unique in the Greek pictorial repertoire and are among the most important surviving examples of Ptolemaic art." Source: Jacobson, PEF. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Oceania, Rialto, Delfino Dinz
11 Rialto, Delfino Dinz Oceania
Milano, Italia Officina d'Arte Grafica A. Lucini 1969 First Edition Unbound Fine Near Fine Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
A multi-lingual edition in Italian, English, French and Spanish. Limited edition, no. 918 of 1,000 copies. Printed and bound in Italy. Published in March 1969. Comprised of loose sheets with tipped in color photographic plates. Contained in a clear plastic-coated heavy paper chemise which is itself contained in a publisher's slipcase. 13 x 9.25 inches. 16 unnumbered pages, plus 35 tipped in photographic plates in stunning color [36 including the plate tipped in to the chemise front], all mounted on either dark green or eggshell card stock. An immensely clean text and set of plates. Lovely chemise of dark green card stock, with a tipped in color photographic plate to the front. Chemise protected by a clear Mylar over-wrapper. The slipcase is of a fairly flimsy card stock, and is somewhat soiled and edgeworn, but has done a good job of protecting the contents from harm. A Fine copy in a Very Good Plus Chemise in a Very Good Minus slipcase. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Kunst Und Kultur Aus Der Sudsee: Sammlung Clausmeyer Melanesien, Stohr, Waldemar;Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum;Clausmeyer, Klaus
12 Stohr, Waldemar;Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum;Clausmeyer, Klaus Kunst Und Kultur Aus Der Sudsee: Sammlung Clausmeyer Melanesien
Koln, Germany Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum fur Volkerkunde 1987 3923158114 / 9783923158119 First German Edition Hard Cover Very Good Plus Very Good Plus 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Dies ist nicht eine zweisprachige Ausgabe. Text nur in deutscher Sprache, nicht in Englisch. This is not a bilingual edition. Text in German only, not in English. Printed and bound in Germany. Handsome paper-covered hardboards, with crisp lettering to the boards and to the spine. Generally unbumped spine tail and corners. 10.5 x 8.5 inches. Text block firmly bound in. 389 numbered pages. With numerous B&W illustrations and with several full-page color plates, on heavy coated stock. A very clean copy. Gently read. With a clean Mylar dust jacket, possibly not original to the book. A Very Good Plus copy in a Very Good Plus DJ. 
Price: 32.50 USD
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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Communication to the Trustees, III, January 1905, The Museum Commission in Europe, Sturgis, R. Clipston
13 Sturgis, R. Clipston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Communication to the Trustees, III, January 1905, The Museum Commission in Europe
Cambridge, MA The University Press, Cambridge 1905 First Edition Three-Quarter Leather Very Good Privately Printed 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Signed by Celebrity
Presumed first and only printing of the first edition. An association copy owned and inscribed by the author [but not of this book] William Stanley Parker. Two parts bound in one volume: 1) The Museum Commission in Europe; 2) Report on Plans Presented to the Building Committee. NOT ex-library. No remainder marks. Approximately 9.25 x 6 inches. Bound in three-quarter green morocco, the leather color mostly rubbed back to medium brown, with gilt rules to the boards and with marbled paper boards in green and brown shades, with the same patterned paper on the pastedowns and FEPs. Hubbed spine with faded gilt-stamped lettering. Gently bumped spine head, with moderately bumped and abraded corners. Binding generally unsoiled and attractive. T.E.G. Text paper with Westminster watermark. With 126 numbered pages followed by 87 numbered pages of B&W plates on coated stock followed by 71 numbered pages including 34 B&W figures (floor plans) followed by figures 35 through 40, on coated stock and including wonderful pull-out plates of plans, elevations, etc. for the proposed new Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A few redactions to the text made in a very small and neat red ink hand to pages 65, 105, 109 and 117. Else a very clean copy. A hint of age toning to all pages, quite minor. A Very Good copy. Very scarce in any condition. This copy from the collection of the Boston area author William Stanley Parker, born 1877. On a front FEP signed "William Stanley Parker, 1906," and later, "Forty years later presented with affectionate regard to [indecipherable name], Dear [?], I am delighted to make this copy really useful through you. Stanley." This book provides a unique insight into the planning and care that went into the new MFA building for the dawn of the 20th century. 
Price: 1950.00 USD
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A Record of the Collections in the Lady Lever Art Gallery Port Sunlight, Cheshire Formed By the First Viscount Leverhulme. Vol. I: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture; Vol. II: Chinese Porcelain & Wedgwood Pottery; Vol. III: Furniture, Tapestry & Needlework, Tatlock, R. R.; Fry, Roger; Hobson, R. L.; and Macquoid, Percy
14 Tatlock, R. R.; Fry, Roger; Hobson, R. L.; and Macquoid, Percy A Record of the Collections in the Lady Lever Art Gallery Port Sunlight, Cheshire Formed By the First Viscount Leverhulme. Vol. I: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture; Vol. II: Chinese Porcelain & Wedgwood Pottery; Vol. III: Furniture, Tapestry & Needlework
London, England T. A. Batsford, Ltd 1928 First Edition Buckram Near Fine Very Good Plus Limited Edition Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
The complete set of three volumes. The edition of this work was limited to 200 copies for sale in Great Britain and 150 copies for sale in the U.S.A. All three volumes published in 1928. With a foreword by C. Reginald Grundy. Vol. I: English Painting of the XVIIIth - XXth Centuries, With some examples of the Spanish, French & Dutch Schools, and of Original Drawings, together with a collection of Historic & Modern Sculpture; Vol. II: Chinese Porcelain & Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art; Vol. III: English Furniture, Tapestry & Needlework of the XVIth - XIXth Centuries. Letterpress printed by Morrison and Gibb, Ltd., London and Edinburgh. Monochrome plates by Herbert Reiach, Ltd., London. Colored plates by Edmund Evans, Ltd., London. Contemporary heavy-duty bindings of medium blue buckram, with crisp gilt-stamped armorial device to the front boards and with crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the spines. The bindings are immensely clean and with no apparent scuffing or rubbing. Generally unbumped spine heads and gently bumped tails, and with sharp corners, except that there is a moderate bump to the top front corner of Vol. I. All text blocks firmly bound in.13 x 10.25 inches. T.E.G. and with fore- and bottom edges deckled to a handsome effect. Vol. I with xiv and 187 numbered pages of text and with 113 plates. Vol. II with xii and 227 numbered pages of text and with 103 plates. Vol. III with xvi and 155 numbered pages of text and with 113 plates. Generally speaking the color plates are tipped in. All plates, including B&W, are on medium-weight, glossy stock. Slight off-setting to the front and rear pastedowns of each volume. Else an immensely clean set of volumes. Very gently read, as is evidenced by a number of unopened pages. Each volume housed in the original dust jacket. The DJs are of plain blue paper with black lettering. Light wear here and there at the edges of the dust jackets but all in all the jackets in impressive condition, and quite clean overall. Each DJ fully encased in a lovely new Brodart DJ protector. A Near Fine set with Very Good Plus DJs. One would be hard put to find a finer set. "William Hesketh Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme (1851-1925) was an English industrialist, philanthropist, and politician. Lever is noted for founding the soap and cleaning product firm, Lever Brothers, with his younger brother James in 1885. The Lady Lever Art Gallery opened in 1922." 
Price: 1950.00 USD
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Illustrations to "Adventure in New Zealand", Wakefield, Edward Jerningham
15 Wakefield, Edward Jerningham Illustrations to "Adventure in New Zealand"
Wellington, NZ A. H. & A. W. Reed 1968 First Edition Thus Three-Quarter Leather Near Fine Facsimile Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall Wicksteed; King; Saxton; Brees 
This is copy no. 488 of a limited edition of 500 copies in facsimile. Printed and bound by Kyodo Printing Company, Tokyo, Japan. The first edition was published in 1845 by Smith, Elder & Co., Cornhill, London. The plates were lithographed from original drawings by various artists taken on the spot at various locales in New Zealand. Text in English. 21.75 x 14.5 inches. Three-quarter morocco in deepest green, with Kelly green buckram boards, and with gray-green pastedowns. Handsome hubbed spine, and with crisp gilt-stamped lettering. Virtually unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. The leather appears unblemished except for trivial rubbing to the spine head and tail and to the four corners. Overall the binding is immensely clean. Text block very solidly attached to the binding. With unnumbered pages of plates. With a color vignette in the title page plus XV color plates, including five fold-out panoramic views of Port Nicholson/Wellington, town and harbor of Nelson, Blind Bay, Ruamahanga, and New Plymouth. The book is exceptionally clean and free of demerits. A Near Fine copy. 
Price: 180.00 USD
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Catalogue of the Classical Collection, Roman Paintings and Mosaics, Winkes, Rolf
16 Winkes, Rolf Catalogue of the Classical Collection, Roman Paintings and Mosaics
Providence, RI, U.S.A. Rhode Island School of Design 1982 First Paperback Edition Paperback Very Good Plus 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Presumed first paperback edition, first printing. Printed by the Meriden Gravure Company. Plain paper wrappers, reddish-brown with beige and gray lettering. Very clean wrappers. Generally unbumped and with sharp corners, though a bit of fanning at the very top corner, trivial. 11 x 8.5 inches. With 80 numbered pages, and with 28 B&W figures, followed by 47 featured items with accompanying B&W plates. A very clean copy. Either unread or very gently read. No remainder marks. A Very Good Plus copy. Scarce in any condition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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