||Silhouette: The Art of the Shadow, by Emma
This is the first major book about silhouettes since
1978. The first review of the book says
the book is "Beautiful and overflowing with charming illustrations,
Rutherford’s book proves full of substance." The book has
arrived and it is visually stunning book with 255 pages packed with
beautiful color photographs of silhouettes from museums and private
collections and good information about history, techniques, artists, and
more. You don't want to miss this beautiful book!
List price is $65 but I'm offering this book to my faithful readers for
$45 plus USPS Priority
Shades of our Ancestors, by Alice Van Leer
One of my favorite books, a great read and a wonderful place to learn
about American silhouettes and silhouette artists. Great reference material, lots of good black & white
illustrations (plus one beautiful color frontpiece), and the stories
will make you fall in love with American silhouettists. This is a
very good copy with a good strong spine. The cover (which you see
at the left) has losses to the front cover silhouette. It has
expected yellowing of the pages and corner bumps to the cover.
Inside front cover pages have pencil markings of past prices and a stamp
of a previous antique store owner. No markings on the pages that I
can find. 1st edition.
British Silhouette Artists and their Work, by
Sue McKechnie (1978)
This is the Bible of silhouette research....the seminal
work....whatever other superlatives can be attached to a reference
book.... Ms. McKechnie devoted her adult life to the study of
antique silhouettes. This comprehensive book is 799 pages of
information and tons of images (it weighs a ton, too). It catalogs
every trade label and signature known and recorded at the time of its
publication. It discusses individual artists, the history of
silhouettes, frames, jewelry, and has a large chapter detailing costumes
of the periods (this is my best source for dating silhouettes and
portraits). Lucky for us, Ms. McKechnie even devoted a chapter to
artists working in America! If you are building a collection of
silhouettes, or selling or appraising silhouettes, you've gotta have
this book! I apologize in advance for the price. This book
as gotten extremely hard to find. I look for months for copies
that I can offer at what I finally had to decide was a "reasonable"
rate. Believe me, if you are serious about silhouettes, this will
be your go-to book. Please also note that the book weighs more
than 8 pounds and will be costly to ship....but it is really, really
This is an ex-library copy with a clear mylar cover over the original
dust jacket. The dust jacket is in good condition but the mylar
cover has a 2" x 3/4" tear on the back. The mylar cover also has
some soiling along the upper left side of the cover at the spine.
The dust jacket, itself, has a dent along the spine. The book is
in excellent condition and appears to have never been checked out from
the Liverpool library from which it came and little, if ever, read.
Spine is tight, pages all good and tight. There is soiling at the
edge papers, especially at the lower right edge. Inside the front
cover is the library's stamps and check-out paper. This is a very
good to excellent copy of a monumental book.
Silhouettes in America, 1790-1840: A Collector's
Guide, by Blume J. Rifken (1987)
Another of my favorite reference books, this little book includes a
very important chapter on dating silhouette from clothing. You'll
pull it out again and again for that chapter! It's packed with
illustrations of great American silhouettes. Ms. Rifken seems to
lean a bit towards the folky silhouettes (which I love) and she
illustrates what I think are some of the most creative silhouettes made.
This is an ex-library copy in good condition with a slight crease to the
covers, labels on the front and some scuffing to the edges. The
image to the left is of the actual copy offered. This is a hard to
||Ancestors in Silhouette by August Edouart, by Mrs. F.
Nevill Jackson (1921).
If you are a collector of Edouart or just love
his work, this book is a must for you. Mrs. Jackson's
ground-breaking work after she uncovered his rescued folios and
cataloged everyone that she had possession of. This is the most
complete work on Edouart (other than, perhaps the treatise he wrote
himself). It contains detailed information about Edouart's life,
his work, his recordkeeping (the duplicate folios and detailed receipt
books), and the most complete list of Edouart's sitters that is
currently available. It is filled with approximately 230 black &
white images showcasing his work. I refer to this book every time
I acquire another Edouart. I want to see whether that sitter was
recorded in the rescued folios (and remember that some were never
rescued and some turned up after Mrs. Jackson published this book).
This book has become harder and harder to find. This copy has
clean and unworn green cloth boards, with gilt spine titles and a
circular silhouette on front (some loss to the white edge). Top edges
gilt, other edges un-trimmed. A small blank bookplate on front pastedown
(with no name). First and last pages slightly browned, otherwise a Fine
copy, with no inscriptions or foxing. Please note that the photo
to the left is a stock photo and not of this copy. The copy
offered has some loss to the circular white silhouette background.
Please ask me for a photo of this particular copy of some loss on the
silhouette might bother you. I want you to know exactly what you
||August Edouart A Quaker Album: American and English Duplicate
Silhouettes 1827-1845, by Helen & Nel Laughon (1987)
of you who have read my biographies page about Edouart know, Augustin
Edouart kept a duplicate of every silhouette that he every cut, placed
them in folios with sitters names and dates written below each
silhouette and, as Mrs. F. Nevill Jackson discovered in the early years
of the 20th century, inscribed the back of each figure with the name and
date of the sitter. He used these duplicate folios for his own
records and to use as marketing for his profession. In 1849,
Edouart boarded a ship to return to England with all of his folios.
The ship sank off the Bay of Guernsey and only some of his folios were
recovered from the sea floor. He gifted all of the folios that
were returned to him to the Lukis family who cared for him after the
shipwreck. After Mrs. Jackson purchased all of the folios that
were given to the Lukis family, a few continued to surface (apparently
"salvaged" by the salvagers who claimed to turn over the lost goods to
the proper owners). One such folio surfaced in France and was
donated to the Friends' Library, Friends House, London, England in 1969.
That folio, artist at that time unknown, eventually made it to the
Friends Historical Library in Swathmore, Pennsylvania who showed it to
the Laughon sisters. The Laughons immediately recognized the
folios as Edouart's work. They wrote this book which has good
information about Edouart, the Quakers, and illustrates every silhouette
still within the folio after rescue from the ocean floor. This is
a fascinating and important book. This copy is in excellent,
unmarked condition. The dust jacket is in great condition with a
minor amount of wear and a few tiny edge tears. The image that you
see to the left is not the copy being offered today. This
copy is not ex-library, as the image to the left is. There
are no labels on this book. A great copy of a fun book.
||Auguste Edouart's Silhouettes of Eminent Americans, 1839-1844,
by Andrew Oliver (1977).
This book chronicles the only known folio by
Edouart that includes lithograph and watercolor backgrounds. The
folio appears to be Edouart's duplicate work, but this folio does not
appear to have been water damaged (or to have gone down with the ship in
1849). The folio first appeared in 1923 when it was sold to an
individual collection in New York. The company selling the folio
is said to have acquired it in Paris. The folio contained 91 pages
of silhouettes, using 25 different lithographed backgrounds. It
contains the most important Americans that he cut, including 4
presidents, 5 Supreme Court justices, 6 state governors, 6 college
presidents, 18 mays and at least 29 physicians. It is thought that
this unique folio was used to preserve Edouart's personal records and as
a marketing took to show a prospective sitters the vast array of
prominent sitters he had cut as well as examples of lithograph and
watercolor backgrounds from which they could choose. Andrew Oliver
put together this beautiful book illustrating every silhouette within
the folio and giving short biographies of the important Americans
depicted in its pages. This copy of the book is in excellent
condition with two tears to the dust jacket. The tears are
repaired from the inside with archival linen tape, but the tear to the
back of the dust jacket was a little accordianed and I could not
straighten it out completely during the repair. However, it looks
good and its a really stunning book.
|Love and Loss: American Portrait and Mourning Miniatures,
by Robin Jaffee Frank (2000).
I've read this book cover to cover,
several times. I find it fascinating and thorough in its
information about portrait miniatures and mourning miniatures in
America. The book is only 7" x 5" in outside dimensions but is
packed with 376 pages of text and 189 illustrations (166 of them in
glorious color). The text is well-written and authoritative and
the color images are plentiful, beautiful and of great use for
comparisons. This is a wonderful reference book and a fun read.
Excellent copy with with just a bit of bumps to the dust cover (you can
really barely see). Like new condition.
A Loving Likeness American Folk Portraits of the Nineteenth
Century, by Marna Anderson (1992).
This is one of my favorite
books on folk portraits! This book represents the exhibit catalog
of the 1992 exhibit of Raymond & Susan Egan's folk art collection at The
Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb. It includes beautiful photographs
of portraits and silhouettes of some of the most important American folk
portrait artists of the 19th century. Brief biographical
information is given for known artists within the collection as well as
characteristics which help identify of the artist's work. The book
is thin, but it has 60 information-packed pages and all of the many
photos are in color. You will find yourself going back to this
book over and over again for reference. If you collect folk
portraits, you need this book!
This is a very good copy with a little scuffing to the
covers and a slight crease in the top quarter of the back cover.
Other than the minor cover scuffs, the book is in great condition with
no marks to any pages. It does not have the supplement. Good
copies of this book are getting increasingly hard to find and
increasingly expensive. It's a great reference book!
This is a near mint copy of the book with the eight page, full color
supplement. Only condition issue is minor edge/handling wear.
Unmarked interior. This book is becoming
increasingly hard to find. It is nearly impossible to find any
copy with the supplement, which is worth the extra money.
||American Folk Portraits: Paintings and Drawings from the Abby
Aldrich Rockefellar Folk Art Center, Beatrix Rumford, editor
This is another of my favorite books on folk portraits from
the museum which, in my opinion, has the largest and most complete folk
art collection in the country. A real go-to reference book with
wonderful illustrations of portraits by the most important American folk
portraitists. I use this book at least weekly in my research.
It has 97 color and 240 black & white illustrations. The book
reads like a Who's Who of early American folk art and also includes lots
of images and details of work by unidentified artists. This is a
This copy is in very good to excellent condition. Dust cover is
excellent with a mylar covering (the back flap has a crease).
Spine is good and tight, no marking on the pages that I can find.
A previous owner's name is written on the inside front cover page and
brief annotations written on the inside back cover page. Pages
have slight yellowing. Otherwise, it looks like a unused copy,
||American Folk Painters of Three Centuries, Jean Lipman
& Tom Armstrong, editors (1980)
This is a near mint copy of a
beautiful and very useful reference book. This great book is
divided by centuries and has great color illustrations and biographical
essays covering the lives the most important American folk artists of
the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, such as John Brewster, Jr., Rufus
Hathaway, Joseph H. Davis, James Sanford Ellsworth, Ammi Phillips, Rufus
Porter, and Horace Pippin to name just a few of the 37 chronicled
artists. The 150 color illustrations include American folk
masterpieces that were included in a major exhibition at the Whitney
Museum of American Art. The book also includes additional black &
white illustrations of great paintings. This is an indispensable
reference and pictorial source for everyone who loves American folk art.
This is a very nice copy, looks like it has never been read.
Good tight spine, no markings that I can find inside. The dust
jacket is in really good condition except for a long scratch and small
scrape at about 9 o'clock
||Folk Painters of America, Robert Bishop (1979).
Wonderful reference book of American folk painting of the 18th, 19th and
early 20th centuries. Bishop describes and illustrates two broad
categories of folk painting: "pictures that recorded people,
places, and time, and paintings that decorated essentially utiltarian
objects, such as signs, fireboards, mantels, room ends, floors and floor
carpets, windowshades, walls, ceilings, and furniture." This
seminal book covers those two broad categories with wonderfully written
text and more than 400 illustrations (70 in color). Chapters are
split into geographical areas to help you identify trends that carried
through the centuries in those areas. This is a wonderful book
that I go to often in my research. It covers well-known and
little-known artists. You'll love having it in your library.
This is a very good copy of the book with no markings on the pages
and a good tight spine. The dust jacket is in good condition with
scraping on the spine (of the dust jacket, not the book) and small tears
and bends along the top and bottom edges.
The Flowering of American Folk Art (1776-1876),
Jean Lipman & Alice Winchester (1974).
This is a landmark book of American folk art illustrating more than
400 outstanding examples of folk art produced during the period of its
finest flowering. The objects shown in this book were selected from more
than 10,000 examples owned by institutions, collectors, and dealers.
This book documents the first major exhibition to survey the entire
range of American folk art. Four major categories of works are
represented: pictures that are painted, drawn, and stitched; sculpture;
architectural decoration; and decorated household objects. Of the 400
illustrations, 100 are in color. Additionally, there are brief essays on
each type of object; detailed captions for each work; biographical notes
on the artist; and a selected bibliography. This is a go-to
reference book for anyone who collects American folk art.
This copy is on fine condition a very good dust jacket. No
markings on the pages, tight binding, just a touch of expected yellowing
to the pages, especially at the edges. The dust jacket has tears
at the binding edges (the dust jacket is not bound, I'm trying to say,
the part of the dust jacket that covers the book binding).