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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2017 Issue

Art and Architecture from Eric Chaim Kline Bookseller

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Art and architecture.

Eric Chaim Kline Bookseller has prepared a short catalogue, one lacking a title other than a small notation ARLIS 2017. ARLIS is the Art Libraries Society, which held its 2017 conference a little while back. This is a small catalogue, four pages in length, with just eight items. That is a minuscule portion of what Kline has available, the website noting their inventory contains 150,000 items. While their inventory consists of books in numerous fields, these eight items relate to art and architecture, predominately from the second and third quarters of the twentieth century. Here are some of those items.

 

Here is a book of portraits with a fascinating background. The book is Maria Lani, the model whose portrait appears 51 times in this book. Who was Maria Lani? That remains a question, even though it has been almost a century since this book was published in 1929. Perhaps this long ago description by art critic Waldemar George describes her best: "She is the autumn, the winter, the springtime and the summer, the past, the present, and the future, the north, the south, the east, and the west." That clears it up. She is everything, or perhaps nothing. Jean Cocteau said, "Every time I look away she changes...what a hypnotic force the woman has." Indeed she must have, as the portraits reveal an attractive, but hardly a ravishing woman. She may also have been a fraud, though that is unclear. Ms. Lani emigrated west from her native Poland. In 1928, she was in Berlin, an aspiring actress. The following year, she, her husband and brother were in Paris. It was there she contacted various artists, with Cocteau being the one most notably drawn in. She claimed to be an actress working on a film, her family members its producers. It was to be a horror film where portraits come to life. Therefore, she needed the artists to paint her portrait for use in the film. Ms. Lani must have been extraordinarily persuasive as 50 agreed. The list included many of the best known artists of the day – Cocteau, Matisse, Soutine, Roualt, Chagall, Derain and others. Charles Despiau created a sculpture, Man Ray took photographs. Only Picasso declined her entreaties. The film was never to be and it is unclear whether such was truly planned or an excuse. Maria Lani took the portraits on an exhibition tour to New York, returned to Paris, came back to New York during the war and worked at the Stage Door Canteen, where actors helped provide relaxation for returning soldiers. After the war, she returned to Paris, forgotten, and died in 1954, buried in a pauper's grave. This collection of Maria Lani portraits is uncommon, only 50 copies having been published. Priced at $2,750.

 

Next is a proposal, estimates, building design and other information for building a U. S. Consulate in Singapore. Eighteen photographs are tipped in. The prime designer was A. Quincy Jones. Jones went into business shortly after the Second World War. He quickly had clients, his specialty being housing developments. Jones was a pioneer in the concept of incorporating greenbelts into housing developments, making the places far more pleasant than the typical cookie cutter rows of houses in the developments of that day. Jones would later move on to designing office buildings and university structures, and as can here be seen, an overseas consulate. This proposal was created by Jones with his partner, Frederick Emmons, and Singapore architect James W. Ferrie. However, this consulate was never built. Jones was, undoubtedly, disconsolate. $3,500.

 

Here is a collection of 192 photographs of choreographic preparation for a performance of Orpheus and Eurydice in Leipzig on March 22, 1947. The choreographer was Mary Wigman. Mary Wigman was a German dancer who was a pioneer, some believe the most important figure in European expressionist dance. It was a movement away from the more structured classical ballet of the era. By 1920, Wigman had founded a school that would draw some of the future most notable dancers of the Weimar era to her school. Her student, Hanya Holm, would open a similar school in New York. The turbulence of the 1930's and the horrors of the Nazi era probably resulted in a diminished reputation for Wigman. In 1936, she choreographed a dance for the 1936 Olympics. She was neither a Nazi supporter nor opponent, while many in the arts were opponents or fled. Modern dance was hardly a Nazi favorite, but her school survived until 1942, protected by her relationship with an arms manufacturer. When that relationship ended, so did her school. She would go back to teaching dance after the war, and her reputation was such that she was called upon to choreograph this opera in 1947. The collection includes the program and photographs, mostly showing the flow of the opera from scene to scene, but there are 15 of Wigman, others showing her with her dancers, and two of conductor Heinz Bongartz. $9,500.

 

The young woman with the stylish piercing on the cover of the catalogue also graces the cover of a recent book of photographs: Eyes Like Lamps, published in 2016. The book features 374 photographs from the 5,000 image collection of Mohammed B. Alwan. Alwan is a professor and book seller/collector from Boston who put together his collection over the past 50 years. It captures the Islamic Near East, from Morocco to Turkey. The book is divided into chapters covering Desert, Markets, Women, Cities, Music & Dance, Heritage, Men, Transportation, Religion, Government, Crime & Punishment, Professionals, Street Scenes, Domestic Life, Rivers & Seas, Village Life, Children, Education, Altered Images, The Maghreb, Jerusalem, Albums, Slides, Stereoscopes & Panorama. The book was edited by Debra Lemonds and Eric Kline, with an introduction by Stephen Sheehi, and a forward by Mohammed B. Alwan. This is one of 60 copies printed. $1,500.

 

Eric Chaim Kline Bookseller may be reached at 818-920-9968 or info@klinebooks.com. Their website is found at www.klinebooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.

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