The Banknote Book
Volume 3: Nigeria – Zimbabwe
Replacing the old Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, the three volumes of Spink’s Banknote Book provide novices as well as experienced collectors with detailed information on each country’s banknotes, with colour images of the notes (front and back), bank officials’ signatures, notes on the national monetary system and valuations. Altogether the volumes cover over 200 countries, including British dependencies, but not the United Kingdom itself.
English Silver before the Civil War
The David Little Collection
A small, yet exceptional collection of Tudor and Stuart silver, that includes an early apostle spoon, a tankard engraved with arms of Archbishop Frewin and two of the so-called ‘Armada’ dishes, forms the focus of this richly illustrated introduction to English silver of the period. Chapters on banqueting plate, the place of silver in aristocratic households, church plate and the silver trade are followed by a detailed catalogue of the 25 pieces in the David Little collection.
Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia
Judith Miller, the well-known collectables expert and a regular on Antiques Roadshow, first compiled this comprehensive guide in 1998, with a team of over 40 consultants. It provides detailed, illustrated information on a variety of antiques, from popular items such as furniture, ceramics, silver and glass to specialist topics including jewellery, scientific instruments and Oriental art. This fully updated edition contains a revised directory, a list of suppliers and up-to-date price codes.
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 Masters of Art Horology
Celebrating the work of thirteen independent watchmakers, this catalogue is based on a 2018 exhibition that travelled to Rome, New York, Hong Kong and London. Detailed photographs and sketches of the timepieces they have created and the miniature mechanics that power them are accompanied by portraits of the makers in their workshops, biographical information and descriptions of their traditional working methods.
A Potted History
Henry Willett's Ceramic Chronicle of Britain
An admirer of John Ruskin and a founder of Brighton Museum, Henry Willett was an enthusiastic collector, especially of 16th–19th century British ceramics. His collection is remarkable for being rooted in 'popular British history', with a varied subject matter depicting bull baiting, pugilism, poetry, animal husbandry and teetotalism. The book reproduces 700 of the nearly 2,000 items he owned and replicates his idiosyncratic cataloguing system, with sections including ‘Royalty and Loyalty’, ‘Naval Heroes’ and ‘Domestic Incidents’.
It's All a Game
A Short History of Board Games
Board games have existed for millennia and, despite the allure of smartphones, remain hugely popular, even giving birth to the recent phenomenon of board-game cafés. From the ancient Egyptian Senet (‘a playable guide to the afterlife’), via such classics as Monopoly (which originally used a circular board), this book explores why they captivate us and traces their development up to the latest innovative ‘Eurogames’.
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.
Mercedes Benz Type G4 (W31)
The Ultimate Study
The extravagant and impressive six-wheeled, all-terrain Mercedes G4 was developed for the Nazi leadership in the 1930s, providing a powerful symbol of state. Only 57 of the exclusive limousines were ever built and this tribute traces its history, development and manufacture, examines its use by Hitler and General Franco, and provides an extensive photographic study of one of only four surviving examples.
Miller's Encyclopedia of World Silver Marks
Two volume set
Listing thousands of silver marks from around the world, from 1700 to the present day, Miller’s Encyclopedia provides the most comprehensive, in-depth guide to identifying the maker, date and country of origin of any silver object. The work is in two volumes: the first is a visual index of marks listed by type (letters, animals, emblems etc); the second lists marks by continent and country and includes information on various resources for collectors. Two volumes, slip-cased.
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.
Treasures From The Library of Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Celebrating Corpus Christi’s 500th anniversary, this slim volume offers a glimpse of its Library’s rarely seen collection, presenting a selection of 26 manuscripts and printed books, from a 1499 frontispiece depicting the college founder, Richard Fox, to a letter from Isaac Newton to John Flamstead dated 1681.
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.
Festival of Britain
Held on the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Festival of Britain was a celebration of the end of post-war austerity and a showcase for British arts, science and trade for the future. This book examines the objects and printed ephemera produced to commemorate the Festival and includes work by major designers, including Abram Games’s Festival emblem and Lewitt-Him’s Guinness Clock in the Battersea Park Pleasure Gardens.
The Persian Carpet
A Survey of the Carpet-Weaving Industry of Persia
A Cecil Edwards, who worked in the Persian carpet industry for over 50 years, expertly describes the history of the craft, shares invaluable knowledge about the colours, designs, symbols and techniques used, and indicates how to purchase rugs of quality. With over 400 mainly black-and-white photographs and images, this guide, first published in 1953, is still considered essential by those involved in the industry, and remains a fascinating read for anyone new to the subject.
British Ceramics 1675–1825
The Mint Museum is located in North Carolina, but its Delhom collection includes early British stoneware, earthenware and 18th-century porcelain. The 200 pieces in this publication have been selected for their particular qualities, catalogued with detailed descriptions alongside colour photographs and categorized by production material. As well as a wide range of tableware, with examples of cauliflower ware, more unusual pieces include ceramic busts of famous 18th-century faces, figurines, pickle stands, potpourri vases, candlesticks and a wall pocket.
The Uniform Coinage of India 1835 to 1947
A Catalogue and Pricelist
After an introduction sketching the situation in India that led to the standardization of the coinage in 1835, this catalogue provides an authoritative guide to the coins, arranged in descending denominations, under each ruler from William IV to George VI. The clearly laid out entries include a wealth of detail as well as technical data, mintage numbers, actual sizes and photographs of each type of coin.
Identifying Roman Coins
A Practical Guide to the Identification of Site Finds in Britain
Focusing on the coins most commonly found in Britain, from the first to the late fourth century CE, this visual recognition guide teaches the practical skills required to identify Roman coin types. It enables collectors to confirm whether a coin is Roman and what metal it is made from, before using the line drawings to pinpoint its date and place of origin. First published in 1986. Second edition.
Coinage in the Greek World
Coins can provide valuable information about social, economic and political life in ancient Greece and this introductory survey focuses on their circulation and use as it traces the development of the Greek coinage from its introduction in the 7th century BCE to the late Hellenistic period. Photographs of over 300 coins illustrate types from across the Greek world. First published in 1988.
Medal Yearbook 2018
The Independent Price Guide and Collector's Handbook
This 24th edition of the Medal Yearbook is an invaluable reference for collectors, giving details of prices, auctioneers, dealers and specialist booksellers as well as detailed, illustrated entries on hundreds of medals, from the Order of the Garter to the Dickin medal for bravery by birds and animals. The main listings are indexed and there is also a cumulative index to the journal Medal News. For 2018, due to costs, the Yearbook does not cover Commonwealth medals.
British Silver Boxes 1640–1840
The Lion Collection
The earliest of the decorative silver boxes in the Lion Collection, dating from the mid 17th century, were made to contain tobacco, but by the mid 18th century changing fashions meant that snuff was usually favoured. Often carrying coats of arms, inscriptions and exquisite decorative work, the 278 examples photographed and described in this book are arranged chronologically, demonstrating the history and development of British silver boxes up to the mid 19th century.
The Collector's Book of Snuff Bottles
After smoking was prohibited in the 17th century, the Chinese began using snuff as medicine, producing special bottles for its storage. Highly collectable items today, this book explains their allure, with chapters on materials used – glass, jade, quartz – and the motifs and painting styles that decorate some exteriors. Including many photographic examples that reveal the variety of designs (no two bottles are quite the same), Stevens reserves his own favourites for the final chapter. Slipcased.
The Medieval Book and a Modern Collector
Essays in Honour of Toshiyuki Takamiya
These 40 essays in honour of Professor Takamiya’s 60th birthday reflect his research interests in medieval manuscripts and early printed books, Arthurian literature, and 19th- and 20th-century medievalism. The collection starts with a memoir of the professor’s time in Cambridge by Derek Brewer and the essay subjects include works by Dante, Chaucer, Gower, Nicholas Love, Sir Thomas Malory, John Hardyng and Tolkien.
Published by Sam Fogg, the renowned gallery dealing in ancient and medieval artefacts and texts, this catalogue describes 86 Chinese books ranging in date from the 1st to the 19th centuries and divided into sections of manuscripts from Dunhuang, sacred texts, works of literature and history, science, illustrated books and two books from Korea. Each work is represented by one or more reproductions of pages, together with descriptive details and a scholarly commentary.
The Art of Worcester Porcelain, 1751–1788
Masterpieces from the British Museum Collection
Written by curator Aileen Dawson, this comprehensive volume focuses on the British Museum’s Worcester porcelain collection. Made with a ‘hard paste’, Worcester porcelain was more durable than other contemporary wares, and particularly suited the brewing of tea – a custom rising in popularity during the 18th century. In this guide, 101 exhibits are clearly photographed and itemized. While many are tea-related – cups, mugs, sugar bowls, a tea pot – the collection also features vases, figurines, a punchbowl and a wine cooler.
Swords and Hilt Weapons
As early as 5000 BCE, highly refined flint-knapping techniques enabled the production of sophisticated daggers, but routine use of such bladed weapons for fighting did not come until the production of bronze, and then iron, had been perfected. This illustrated survey considers the history of sword-making in Africa, Central America, China, Central Asia and Indonesia as well as exploring the more celebrated traditions of Europe, Japan and Islamic culture, from the ancient civilizations to the Second World War.
The Sacramentary of Ratoldus
(Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, lat. 12052)
Supervised by Ratoldus, Abbot of Corbie (ca.972–986) this manuscript is a complex work drawing on a range of liturgical sources, and a rare example of a combined sacramentary and pontifical. With substantial introduction, collation tables and indexes.
20th-Century Design for Contemporary LIving
Currently there is a movement away from bland flatpack furniture in favour of 20th-century design classics that combine traditional craftsmanship with modern style. Well-illustrated in colour throughout, this collector’s guide explores the key movements, from art deco through mid-century modern and pop art to postmodernism, and explains how to select vintage pieces and integrate them stylishly into a modern home. Includes a directory of designers and manufacturers, and suppliers.
Watercraft on World Coins (Vol 2)
America and Asia, 1800–2008
This volume is divided into two parts, the first dealing with the Americas and the second with Asia. The entries include a 1920 US half-dollar commemorating the tercentenary of the Mayflower, a 1995 Cuban series celebrating pirates of the Caribbean, and a five-yuan piece honouring the medieval Chinese admiral Zhen He.
Going for Gold
Craftsmanship and Collecting of Gold Boxes
Generally adopted by the elite, the fashion for taking snuff in the 18th and 19th centuries required users to carry their tobacco around in pocket boxes. These became status objects wrought in gold and richly ornamented by the finest craftsmen. With reference to the collection held at the V&A and examples in private hands, this illustrated volume examines the art of the gold box in Europe, the development of different decorative techniques and the history of gold-box collecting.
English Silver, 1760–1840
The second half of the 18th century saw a revival of the use of classical Greek and Roman shapes and decoration in architecture and in the design of furniture, ceramics and silver. Christopher Hartop’s The Classical Ideal is a richly illustrated catalogue of an exhibition of over 110 exceptional pieces of neo-classical silver at Koopman Rare Art’s London gallery. It is accompanied by another catalogue illustrating and describing 36 items of fine silver that were for sale in 2010. Slipcased.
Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers & Swells
The Best of Early Vanity Fair
In the course of its 100-year history, Vanity Fair magazine has been a synonym for intelligence, wit and stylish writing, and its contributors have included some of the greatest names in world literature. This selection from its early issues includes F Scott Fitzgerald on what a magazine should be, DH Lawrence on women, Aldous Huxley on ‘What exactly is modern?’ and Dorothy Parker on peak, waspish form.
Judaea and Rome in Coins 65 BCE-135 CE
Papers Presented at the International Conference Hosted by Spink, 13th-14th September 2010
This volume comprises 14 papers presented at a 2010 conference on recent advances in numismatic scholarship relating to the period from the conquest of Judaea to the last major Jewish uprising against Roman rule. The contributors draw on evidence from many new coin finds in the region to shed light on such subjects as the Roman influence on local coinage, Hadrian’s characterization as a second Nero and the use of Jewish emblems and Hebrew slogans.
Clarice Cliff for Collectors
The distinctive ceramics produced by Clarice Cliff (1899–1972) at the Wilkinson and Newport potteries remain among the most popular collectables of the 20th century. This guide and reference for the enthusiast provides a useful introduction to the much-loved designer's world and key information on identifying her work. Over 500 pieces are illustrated and identified, and there is also practical advice on sourcing, storage, display and restoration.
Joseph Kishere and the Mortlake Potteries
The innovative Mortlake potters introduced new shapes and motifs, in particular the sprigged hunting jug, with its contrasting dark brown and buff body, which remained highly popular throughout the 19th century. This illustrated study focuses on the working life of Joseph Kishere, from his apprenticeship at Sanders' Mortlake pottery to the foundation of his own potworks in 1797. As the story unfolds, it traces the history of both enterprises, their owners, their families and the Thames-side village in which they lived.
Vintage Fashion: Knitwear
Collecting and Wearing Designer Classics
Decade by decade, this sumptuously illustrated volume charts over 100 years of knitwear, from Chanel's cardigan suits of the 1920s and the expansion in ready-to-wear pieces in the 1950s, to Bill Gibb's ethnic 1970s designs and the 21st-century work of Mark Fast and Louise Goldin, among others. There are hundreds of photographs, of individual pieces and from contemporary publications, and profiles of key designers and fashion houses from each period. The guru of knitwear, Kaffe Fassett, provides a foreword.
Treasures of the Habsburgs
The Kunstkammer at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
The House of Hapsburg was one of the wealthiest and most powerful dynasties in Europe, and many of its members were great patrons and collectors of art. This stunning book, with more than 300 colour photographs, presents about 150 examples of the Kunstkammer – or cabinet of curiosities – where wonders of art, science and nature were brought together, ranging from pieces of sculpture and metalwork to exotic objects fashioned from ostrich eggs, nautilus shells, rhinoceros horns and sharks' teeth.
Try It! Buy It!
Drawn from the unrivalled collection of the British Library, this collection of over 200 newspaper, magazine and poster advertisements, dating from the 1880s to the 1920s, celebrates the art and imagination of advertisers selling everything from Crane's liver pills and Scrubb's Ammonia ('try it in your bath') to ocean cruises. Among the long-forgotten embrocations and gas valves are brands that are with us still – among them, Pears' Soap, Marmite, Guinness and Bird's Custard ('makes children sturdy!').
A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps
From the world's first postage stamp, the 1840 Penny Black, to the First Class stamp 2012, Chris West's selection of 36 stamps – 'some beautiful, some quirky, some baffling, some stained with blood' – are the inspiration for his idiosyncratic and entertaining history of Britain. Among his collection are the 1881 Penny Lilac (33 billion printed); the first decimal set (1971); and a single foreign stamp telling a story of reparations and hyperinflation: a 1923 German 200 mark stamp, overprinted 2 million.
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum
Volume VII: The Raby and Güterbock Collections
Listing and illustrating almost 1,500 coins, this is a catalogue of the outstanding collections in the Manchester University Museum; the first given to the Museum by Alfred Güterbock in 1916; the second the bequest of Harold Raby (1866–1958). No jacket.
Nothing adds more character to even the smallest room than an oriental rug, but their sheer variety can often deter the inexperienced buyer. This practical, down-to-earth guide for the layperson shows how to identify a rug by its patterns, colours and weaving technique. Illustrated in colour and organized by region of origin, from Turkey via Iran and Afghanistan to Central Asia, it also includes advice on buying at auction, care and maintenance, and a colour analysis chart.
The Mirror of Salvation
An Edition of British Library Blockbook G.11784
Speculum Humanae Salvationis ('The Mirror of Salvation') is a blockbook dating from 1470, with 116 woodcut illustrations, each accompanied by a Latin caption and commentary. It was intended for use as a sourcebook and reference for sermons and religious instruction. The illustrations are reproduced here with translations of their commentaries, followed by Labriola and Smeltz's detailed interpretations, providing valuable information and insights into the interaction of visual and verbal elements in medieval religious works.
International Combat Dress 1940–2010
Although the British had adopted khaki uniforms by 1914, French troops still sported blue coats and red trousers at the outbreak of the First World War. By the time of the Second World War, all combatant nations issued battledress featuring camouflage patterning of some sort. This review of combat uniform design illustrates garments used across the world since 1940 and explains how the colours, patterns and other design features have been adapted to different climates, environments and operational requirements.
Glass in Venetian Style, 1500–1750
The unique characteristics of Venetian glass, including gilding, enamelling and diamond-point engraving, set it apart from other European glassware, and during the Renaissance it became extremely popular and widely imitated. Published to coincide with a 2004 exhibition in New York, this richly illustrated volume includes a history of Venetian glass, a comprehensive reference section and six essays on Venetian-style glassmaking in Austria, Spain, France, the Netherlands and England.
Greek Gems and Finger Rings
Early Bronze Age to Late Classical
The miniaturist art of gem engraving is the least familiar of the major arts of ancient Greece, yet we know it to have been practised by the greatest artists, and its masterpieces can challenge many better-known works of sculpture and painting. John Boardman presents a comprehensive, well-illustrated account of gem engraving in the Greek lands, examining the gems’ subject matter and iconography, the materials and technology used in creating them, and their relation to contemporary artistic works in other media. Slightly off-mint.