The Art of Borrowing – New in Stock!

We don’t advise that you do as this book suggests, but instead invite you to consider whether appropriation is as morally untenable as we are all told…

The collection of essays in this book, ranging from discussions of repetition in the Bible (‘Borrowing Sex: Speaking of Divine Love’) to those of music (‘Organic Wholes: Ralph Vaughan Williams and G.E. Moore’) and art (‘Harvest’), cleverly illustrate how works can shift and change through the creations of others.

The interior of this publication is amusingly presented as a borrowed library book, with its title page a stamp that indicates edition number, and sections that appear to be photocopied covertly under the watchful eye of an officious librarian.

Williamson, Paul (ed.):  The Art of Borrowing: or how one thing leads to another.  Cambridge: 2016. 160 pages, with colour and black and white illustrations. Limited first edition of 150 copies. Paperback. 26.5 x 19cms.

New in Stock! Dolci trionfi e finissime piegature, Sculture in zucchero e tovaglioli per le nozze fiorentine di Maria de’ Medici.

Front cover of sugar sculpurelion devouring bull sugarCatalogue at the Palazzo Pitti that examines sugar sculptures, the art of napkin folding and other table ornamentation for one of the most sumptuous wedding feasts in early modern Europe, the celebration of the proxy marriage between Maria de’ Medici and Henry IV of France. The catalogue entries include sugar sculptures designed by Giambologna (1529 – 1608): a glittering miniature Venus, the lion of Florence devouring a bull, and other designs in bronze that were recreated in sugar.  A whole chapter is dedicated to napkin folding, with modern reconstructions of 17th century designs, based on a 1629 edition of the Tre Trattati by Mattia Giegher. Also cited are instruction manuals for chefs; lavish dishes of silver gilt, lapis lazuli, ormolu and rock crystal; designs for a Medici-Bourbon coat of arms; medals and official paintings to commemorate the marriage; finishing with a painting by Bonaventura Gandi (1680 – 1731) of an attendant laying the final touches to a table covered in delicacies. The catalogue demonstrates just how much effort and expense went into such festivities, revealing both the artistry an extravagance of courtly resplendence.

Publication details:

Giusti, Giovanna, Riccardo Spinelli: Dolci Trionfi e Finissime Piegature. Sculture in Zucchero e Tovaglioli per le Nozze Fiorentine di Maria De’ Medici. Exhibition: Florence, Palazzo Pitti, 2015. 152 pages with 180 illustrations in colour. Paperback. 25 x 21cms. Text in Italian. £16.00

Also at Thomas Heneage Art Books we have the 2nd edition of the above cited Li Tre Trattati by Mattia Giegher from 1639, leather bound and in good condition. Mattia Giegher was a Bavarian master carver living in Padua, where sophisticated and theatrical dining was a central aspect of court life. This book was his most significant work, covering meat carving, table setting, serving, and napkin folding. It is illustrated with 48 prints of elaborate napkin sculptures in the forms of animals, monsters, and galleons; diagrams showing the correct placement of dishes on a table; serving utensils; cuts of beef, pork, hare, fowl, fish, and lobster; and decoratively peeled and sliced fruits. For those further interested in court festivities and lavish table decorating in early modern Europe, this is a crucial and informative edition.

Frontpiece Le Tre Trattati

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Publication details:

Giegher, Mattia. Li Tre Trattati. Padua: Paolo Frambotto, 1639. Oblong quarto (14.5 x 19.5 cm). Portrait of the author and 48 engraved plates, engraved capitals and tail-pieces.  Contemporary calf rebacked with the original spine laid down, spine gilt in compartments.

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Catalogue of the Collection of the Pavlovsk Palace Museum

The former Russian imperial residence of Paul I and his wife, the Empress Maria Feodorovna, the collection of the Pavlovsk Palace Museum was formed following the royal couple’s Grand Tour of Europe in 1781-2. It ranges across a broad spectrum of luxury porcelain, antique and 18th-century sculpture, old master painting, decorative textiles, and architectural drawings, and is a document of the Russian Imperial taste for refinement and luxury, which rivaled the great European courts of its day.

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Pavlovsk Palace: Its History and Destiny

Vol. I.i Spavlovsk palace history and destinyt. Petersburg: 2008. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections.  232 pages fully illustrated. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

An illustrated history of the palace’s construction, restoration and incarnation as a museum.  Chapters are devoted to the Russian sculptors, architects and artists commissioned to produce works, as well as the many royals who lived there. Archival photographs testify to its recent history, including an account of the aerial bombardment and German occupation of the palace in World War II.  Text in Russian.
101224   £ 60.00

Sculpture: Pavlovsk Park sculpture

interiors pavlovskVol I.ii St. Petersburg: 2011. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. Paperback. 151 pages, fully illustrated.  21 x 27cms.

Much of the design and sculptural programme of Pavlovsk Palace Park was inspired by Emperor Paul I’s visits to the palaces of Versailles and Chantilly on his Grand European Tour. The resulting collection includes Italian portrait busts and park sculpture from the 8th to 13th centuries, with important works by Paolo Triscorni, Pietro Baratta and Ivan Martos, in addition to 18th-century Russian mythological subjects in bronze and marble. Text in Russian.

101041 £50

The Palace Interiors: First and Third Floors

park sculptureVol I. iii St. Petersburg: 2010. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 152 pages fully illustrated. Paperback 21 x 27cms.

A room by room account of the interior decoration, furniture and objets d’art at Pavlovsk Palace. Many of the internal themes reflect the Tsar and Tsarina’s tastes for 18th century French classicism and Classical Roman style, alongside rooms in more traditional Russian style. The palace interiors underwent many reconstructions, according to the changing tastes of its owners, and were conceived at the hands of many of the greatest living European and Russian architects: Charles Cameron, Vincenzo Brenna, Giacomo Quarenghi, Andrei Voronykhin and Carlo Rossi. Text in Russian. 

101219 £50.00

Sculpture

sculptureVol. III.i St. Petersburg: 2011. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 150 pages fully illustrated. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

The sculpture collection of Pavlovsk Palace is a testimony of  Emperor Paul I’s  fascination with antiquity. Among the works he purchased following his European grand tour are Roman marble copies of Greek and Hellenistic models, Roman originals in marble, small scale bronzes and funerary urns from Pompeii. Later works in the collection include smaller scale 18th-century bronze and marble figure groups, contemporary copies after the antique, and Russian 18th and 19th-century sculptures. Text in Russian.

101034 £60.00

Fans

fansSt. Petersburg: 2008. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 160 pages fully illustrated. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

The complete catalogue of 134 fans from Pavlovsk Palace, with a large number featuring Russian and European imperial themes. The collection boasts an astonishing array of styles and craftsmanship, including palmette, plié and brisé fans in painted parchment, lace, silk, ostrich feather, rhinestone, and mother of pearl. Includes mostly Russian and Western European examples from the mid 18th century to late 19th century, as well as a smaller collection of early 20th-century Chinese fans. Text in Russian.

101036 £50

Decorative Embroidery

embroideryVol. IV.ii. St. Petersburg: 2012. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 84 pages fully illustrated. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

413 catalogued works of embroidery ranging across many techniques of production, from Russia, Western Europe and the Far East, and dating from the 18th to the early 20th century.  Many of the items come from the original collection of Pavlovsk palace, and comprise decorative embroidered screens, inlaid furniture, embroidered carpets, table linens, cushions, decorative borders, embroidered pictures and miniatures. Text in Russian.

101223 £50

Painting: Paintings of Holland and Flanders 16th – 18th centuries 

Dutch masters pavlovskVol V.i. St. Petersburg: 2009. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 148 pages, fully illustrated. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

Catalogues the Dutch and Flemish paintings housed in the palace of Pavlovsk, the summer residence of the Russian emperor Paul I. The collection was formed by Paul during his tour of Europe in 1781 -82, and includes landscapes, still lifes, religious and genre scenes by masters such as Jan Frans van Bloemen, Pieter Claesz, and Adriaen van Ostade, among others. Text in Russian.

100293 £50

 

Painting: Paintings of Italian and Spanish masters of the 16th – 19th centuries.

italian and spanishVol. V.ii. St. Petersburg: 2012. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 182 pages illustrated throughout. Paperback. 21 x 27cms. 182 pages fully illustrated.

The second volume devoted to the collection of paintings at Pavlovsk palace, the summer residence of the Tsar Paul I. The collection was formed by the Tsar during his European Tour at the end of the eighteenth century and includes landscapes, portraits, and religious and mythological subjects by masters such as Guido Reni, Tintoretto, Andrea del Sarto, Francesco Guardi, and José de Ribera. Text in Russian.

101040 £60

 

Rare books: 15th – 18th century picture books

rare booksVol. VI.i. St. Petersburg: 2010. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 216 pages, highly illustrated throughout. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

Documents the extensive library at Pavlovsk Palace, first established by Catherine the Great for the instruction of her son, the future Emperor Paul. Includes an impressive range of 18th-century works on the sciences, complete editions of contemporary writers, and Nuremburg publications on numismatics. The collection also boasts an important selection of 15th century illuminated manuscripts and incunabula. Text in Russian.

101037 £50

 

Porcelain: The Imperial Porcelain Factory late 18th – early 20th century

porcelainVol. VII.i. St. Petersburg: 2009. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 172 pages fully illustrated. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

Spanning more than two hundred years, the collection of ceramics at Pavlovsk embraces examples from nearly all the major producers of eighteenth and nineteenth-century porcelain, ceramics and faience, such as Wedgwood, Sèvres, Berlin, Vienna, Höchst, Ludwigsburg and Nymphenburg manufacturers. Text in Russian.

100292 £75

 

Objets d’art: Products of the Fabergé Firm from the Late 19th to Early 20th Century

Vol. IX. i. St. Petersburg: 2013. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 328 pages fully illustrated. Paperback.

faberge pavlovskThe collection of Fabergé items at Pavlovsk make up a small but highly important section of the larger collection of over 1,250 objects d’art collected by the Emperors Alexander I and II and the imperial princes. Among the luxury objects are leather and silver bound books, decorative caskets, glass and silver tableware, late 19th c. handcrafted thermometers, decorative frames, and jewel studded Russian figurines.  The volume includes an index of manufacturers’ monograms and biographies, a subject index of the entire collection and lists of purchases.  Text in Russian.

100289 £100

 

 

Metal, Bronze: Clocks, bracket clocks, wall clocks

metal clocksVol. X.i. St. Petersburg: 2011. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 175 pages fully illustrated. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

From the state museum collection of Pavlovsk, the former summer residence of the Tsar Paul I during the late 18th century. The current volume is the complete catalogue of the museum’s collection of Russian and European clocks, from mostly Paris, London and Vienna, and dating from the mid 18th century to the turn of the twentieth century. Text in Russian. 176 pages, 129 colour illustrations.

100291 £80

 

Coloured Stoneware of the Second Half XVIII-XX centuries

coloured stoneVol. XIII. St. Petersburg: 2013. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 196 pages, fully illustrated. Paperback. 27 x 21cms.

Celebrates the array of Russian coloured stoneware at Pavlovsk, including works in jasper, porphyry, malachite, lapis lazuli, and quartz, used in the production of mantelpieces, fireplaces and particularly decorative vases at the palace. Handles, garlands and other ornaments were often added in bronze or ormolu to the designs of eminent architects. Text in Russian. 

 

 

Drawing: The architectural drawings of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

drwaing Vol. XV.i. St. Petersburg: 2011. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 220 pages fully illustrated. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

Publishes the palace’s collection of architectural drawings of great 18th-century Russian palace architects including Vincenzo Brenna, Giacomo Quarenghi, Henri-François Viollier, Andrei Voronykhin and Charles Cameron, original architect and designer of Pavlovsk Palace and gardens. Text in Russian.

101039 £60

Book of the Week: The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor: Catalogue of Printed Books and Bookbindings

84906In stock today, and a must for bibliophiles:

Barber, Giles:  The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor: Catalogue of Printed Books and Bookbindings. 

2 vols. 2013. Together 1162 pages and 60 pages index, with 96 colour plates and 880 monochrome illustrations. Over 1000 images of bookbinders’ tools, in actual size. Cloth, 30.2 x 22.2cms.

Catalogues Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild’s book collection, compiled in the last twenty years of the 19th century. Seven substantial chapters on Parisian bookbinding discuss the trade, techniques and legacy of bookbinding in the 17th and 18th century, both French and English. Includes an index of tools, a provenance index of previous owners with brief biographical notes, booksellers’ traces, bibliography and index.

£ 300.00

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Exhibition: 1000 Years of the Art of Japanese Books

japan book exhib0001A rare treat for fans of the Japanese book comes in the form of an exhibition of the gems of the Tenri Central Library, Japan at the Brunei Gallery in London. Pop over to catch it before 22 June 2013.

Japan exhibition

A programme of activities, lectures and a conference accompany the exhibition and mark 400 years of Japan-UK relations. More details can be found at: http://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/tenri/

In the bookshop of interest… we currrently have a number of back-catalogues of Japanese antiquarian booksellers including those of  Isseido, Gyokueido Shoten and Tokyo Koten-kai. Please visit or get in touch for more details.

Upcoming Bookbinding Course

Interesting bookbinding class coming up in London from Edinburgh-based Owl & Lion;

http://www.owlandliongallery.com/product/the-complete-beginner-s-course-in-bookbinding-london-2013

And in the shop, we have a new publication on contemporary French binder Jean de Gonet, currently the subject of an exhibition at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris:

Gonet

Coron, Antoine:  Jean de Gonet, Relieur.  Exhibition: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, 2013. 360pp., with 150 illustrations. Wrappers, 25 x 17.5cms.  Presents the work of the important contemporary bookbinder, Jean de Gonet (b. 1950), known for his masterful use of colour and his innovative use of materials such as wood and metal.  Text in French.

 

 

 

 

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For an overview of bookbinding techniques across the centuries, we also have:

Conihout, Isabelle de, Anthony Hobson, María Luisa López Vidriero, et al:  Great Bindings from the Spanish Royal Collections: 15th-21st centuries.  Exhibition: Madrid, Palacio Real, 2012. 352pp., with 206 colour illustrations. Cloth, 17 x 24.5cms.  Brings together 250 bound volumes selected from Spain’s National Heritage collections and considers the purpose and significance of royal binding within the cultural history of Europe. Offers an insight into the Royal Libraries of the Houses of Habsburg and of Bourbon and analyses works that were created for the monarch’s own use, beginning in the days of Charles V and Philip II. Includes a complete thematic bibliography on bookbinding in Spain, from the fifteenth to twenty-first centuries.

And one of our unique bindings:

Ballads and Songs of Love.  Munich: Bremer Press, 1930. Limited edition no 106 of 280 copies only, this one in a designer binding by Annegret Hunter-Elsenbach, signed with her monogram in gold on the end fly.

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