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.

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.

BERTRAND, S: The Bayeux Tapestry

Bertrand, Simone. The Bayeux Tapestry. Editions Ouest-France, 1978. ISBN: 2858821224. Unmarked. Very Good. Paperback (Saddle Stitched). (#26058) $12.00

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Color illustrations. 32p. An embroidered cloth—not an actual tapestry that depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. The tapestry consists of some fifty scenes.

ARNOLDI-LIVIE: Arnoldi-Livie: Kunst in Munchen 1800-1914 und weitere Neuerwerbungen (Winter 2002)

Arnoldi-Livie: Kunst in Munchen 1800-1914 und weitere Neuerwerbungen (Winter 2002). Unmarked. Very Good. Paperback (Saddle Stitched). (#26055) $20.00

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French flaps. Katalog Nr. 24. Text in German. Color reproductions and a few B/W reproductions. Artists include Francois Boucher, Degas, Franz Marc, Adolph von Menzel and others.