LESSING, GE: Laocoon: An Essay Upon the Limits of Painting and Poetry

Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim. Laocoon: An Essay Upon the Limits of Painting and Poetry. New York: The Noonday Press, 1965. Unmarked. Good. Paperback. (#26070) $12.00

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Translated by Ellen Frothingham. 245p.

Lessing’s contention is that confusion of the arts, such as literary painting or descriptive verse, can only lead to aesthetic disaster. According to Greek mythology, Laocoon was a Trojan priest who, along with his two sons, offended the gods. As punishment, the three were strangled by sea serpents.

The discovery in 1506 of an ancient Greek sculpture showing the three figures in their death agony not only gave rise to renewed interest in the classical period but also created repercussions in the art world.

It was this work of art that German dramatist and critic Gotthold Lessing used as a point of reference for his essay Laocoon, originally published in 1766.

SCOTT, KL: Tradition and Innovation in Later Medieval English Manuscripts

Scott, Kathleen L. Tradition and Innovation in Later Medieval English Manuscripts. British Library, 2007. ISBN: 0712349367. Unmarked. Unclipped dust jacket. Very Good in very good dust jacket. Hardcover. (#26069) $24.00

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An in-depth look at five highly significant and previously unstudied medieval manuscripts. Each of these works exhibits the beautiful illustration characteristic of the period, and with reproductions of over a hundred of the images from these manuscripts, this book is as visually stunning as it is informative.

OVERBY, O: Art and Religion: Faith, Form and Reform (1984 Paine Lectures in Religion, University of Missouri-Columbia)

Art and Religion: Faith, Form and Reform (1984 Paine Lectures in Religion, University of Missouri-Columbia), book coverOverby, Osmund (editor). Art and Religion: Faith, Form and Reform (1984 Paine Lectures in Religion, University of Missouri-Columbia). 1986. Unmarked. Very Good. Paperback. (#26068) $12.00

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B/W illustrations. Includes “Psychological Dimensions in the Art of Eastern Christendom” by Thomas F. Mathews, “Picturing Theology: Martin Luther and Lucas Cranach” by John W. Cook and “El Greco: Between the Renaissance and the Counter Reformation” by Jonathan Brown. 66p.

PICASSO: Exposicao Picasso (IIa Bienal do Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, dezembro de 1953-fevereiro de 1954)

Exposicao Picasso (IIa Bienal do Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, dezembro de 1953-fevereiro de 1954), book coverJardot, Maurice. Exposicao Picasso (IIa Bienal do Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, dezembro de 1953-fevereiro de 1954).
Sao Paulo: Museu de Arte Moderna, 1953. Unmarked. Bumped corner. Good. Paperback. (#26067) $.16.00

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Introducao, notas e catalogo por Maurice Jardot. 51B/W plates. Text in Portuguese.

BACKHOUSE, J: The Illuminated Manuscript

Backhouse, Janet. The Illuminated Manuscript. Phaidon Press, 1994. ISBN: 0714824682. Unmarked text. A few words written inside back cover. Very Good. Paperback. (#26066) $12.00

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Beautifully illustrated. Manuscript examples span over 800 years of medieval book production. Concise text and informative captions. 80p.

The author begins with the Lindisfarne Gospels and continues with a representative cross-section that reveals the remarkable variety and richness to be found in medieval manuscripts.

CHURCHILL, W: Winston Churchill the Painter

 Winston Churchill the Painter, book coverFrankfurter, Alfred. Winston Churchill the Painter. Hallmark Cards, 1958. Unmarked. Tanning edges. Good. Paperback. (#26064) $12.00

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Essay by Alfred Frankfurter. Foreword by Dwight D. Eisenhower. 12 color illustrations. 23 B/W illustrations. Exhibition catalog.

Exhibition took place at the Nelson Gallery of Art (Kansas City), the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Metropolitan Museum (NYC), the Art Gallery of Toronto and the Smithsonian.

CLARK, R: Dark Water: Flood and Redemption in the City of Masterpieces

Clark, Robert. Dark Water: Flood and Redemption in the City of Masterpieces. Doubleday, 2008. ISBN: 9780767926485. Unmarked. Deckle edge. Unclipped dust jacket.Very Good in very good dust jacket. Hardcover. (#26062) $12.00

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End papers illustrated with maps. Describes the Arno River flood that deluged Florence, Italy, in 1966, killing 33 people and damaging 14,000 works of art and countless books and antiques. 355pp. B/W illustrations.