Historic Maps and Views of New York
The 24 images in this collection begin with the earliest known map of the area – hand-drawn in the seventeenth century and depicting plantations and American Indian settlements – and trace New York’s evolution into a modern city, as seen in a satellite photograph. They include historic drawings of Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and a proposed plan for Central Park, and are designed to be easily removed and framed. Separate pages with extended captions detail the historical context of each map and view. Slightly off-mint. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Post Book
This illustrated account of postal history by the professional philatelist Vincent Schouberechts focuses on 50 archival documents from across Europe, such as a letter written by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I in 1506, a piece of military correspondence sent during the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and the first mail delivered in space in 1969. It is accompanied by bilingual (English/French) explanatory text.
Fans in Spain
This illustrated guide to Spanish fans offers a comprehensive overview of their origin, development and use, from the gem-encrusted status symbols of the wealthy to the mass-produced, disposable paper trifles used to advertise goods and services. The various religious and cultural influences that inspired their design are considered, along with the range of materials used to construct them and the artists who decorated them.
Medal Yearbook 2019
This is the 25th anniversary edition of the independent price guide and collectors’ handbook published annually by Medal News. An invaluable reference for collectors, it gives details of dealers and specialist booksellers as well as prices, order of wear and detailed, illustrated entries on hundreds of medals, from the Order of the Garter to the Dickin Medal for birds and animals. With an index of medals and cumulative index to Medal News, 1989–2018.
The Pursuit of Immortality
Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals
Portrait medals, which commemorate individuals through a combination of likeness, imagery and text, were an important artistic innovation of the Renaissance. Ng presents fine examples, ranging from the 15th to 19th century, which are now in one of the world’s most significant private collections. She traces the art form’s origins and development, discussing the techniques used across Europe to make medals and the personal and political purposes for which they were produced.
A Connoisseur's Guide to Antique Dolls
Dating back to pre-Ancient Egyptian times, the earliest surviving dolls were probably religious idols, rather than children’s playthings. This highly illustrated history examines materials used in doll-making and includes sections on doll’s houses, puppets and teddy bears. There are examples from Persia, Pakistan and Brazil, alongside the 19th-century child-pleasing French ‘bébé’ that could cry or drink from a bottle, and the rival German doll that could whistle when pressed.