Advertising - Feet. M. Joel & M. Kock, (from Paris) Corn Operators, by Special Appointment to the Duke de Orleans and Princess Adelaide, Prince Nassau ... most respectfully informs the Nobility, Gentry and Public in general, that they eradicate Bunions and Soft Corns from their very roots; ... n.p. [c1830?]. Single sheet (220x140mm); text printed in a decorative border with a cut of a corn operator at work at the top and a bare foot at the bottom. A couple of spots but pretty good. Au$125

Messieurs Joel and Kock normally spent their winters in Paris and summers in London but here their residence has been filled in by hand as 3 George Place, Plymouth, opposite the Royal Hotel.


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[Catalogue - Prints]. Hodgson & Graves, London. Catalogue of Engravings, after the finest pictures of the schools of Europe; systematically arranged ... index to the subjects ... a list of works in progress, or recently completed: forming part of the stock of Hodgson and Graves. London, Hodgson & Graves 1836. Octavo modern 'art' morocco with the original titled cloth from the front board laid down; viii,212 [of 214]pp. Top trimmed from the title, some browning and a leaf missing. Au$50

A bit sad, this somewhat flawed copy of an extensive and invaluable catalogue of the stock of the heirs to Boydell is unappealingly if solidly bound and has as said a piece cut from the top of the title page. More disturbing is the lack of p193/4 which contains W to Z of their list of books. However, the catalogues of engravings and index are complete and are certainly useful to any afficionado of engravings of the later 18th and earlier 19th centuries. Listed - wherever applicable - are dimensions, the cost of prints, proofs, special proofs and coloured copies.


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HOWARD, Thomas. On the Loss of the Teeth; and on the best means of restoring them. London, Simpkin & Marshall 1859. Small slender octavo publisher's blindstamped cloth; 62,[1]pp and a charming frontispiece printed in blue with a before and after overlay. An over possessive medico's bookplate and blindstamp on the front endpapers, rather a good copy. Au$200

A successful little book it seems, there were several printings between 1852 and 1862 (the publishers claim 27 by 1857). Howard, surgeon dentist to the Archbishop of Canterbury, at first seems to approve of artificial teeth made of hippo tusk but later points out that they don't last long. There are similar problems with ivory, gold and natural teeth (recycled from other mouths) which understandably disturb persons of "extreme sensibility and delicacy of feeling". He has, though, invented a "new description of composition teeth" which are "perfectly incorruptible" - their "durability is unbounded". By 1863 Howard had moved from Hanover Square to Fleet Street and extended his hours from 11 till 4 to 10 till 5. Whether this means a thriving business or desperate decline I can't tell.


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[Catalogue - Fashion]. Grands Magasins du Printemps. Paris. Saison d'Ete 1870. Grands Magasins du Printemps. Exposition Publique et Grande Mise en Vente des plus belle nouveautes de la saison. Catalogue des articles les plus remarquables .. 1870. Paris, the company 1870. Small quarto printed wrapper; 32pp, 10 full page wood engraved illustrations. Printed in blue. A touch rumpled. Au$250

High fashion for ladies of course - and for young girls: one of the plates illustrates three girls and a baptism robe.


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Catalogue - Fashion &c.. Grands Magasins de la Paix. Paris. Catalogue des Grands Magasins de la Paix. Premier Maison du Monde. Saison d'Hiver 1871-1872. Paris, the company 1871. Large octavo printed wrapper (a bit chipped); 64pp, woodcut illustrations. Minor signs of use. Au$125

Illustrated are some smart false collars (for men), some specimen embroidered initials and a range of metal beds - from the ornate and grand to portable, and some bassinettes and cots.


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Catalogue - tiles. Minton, Hollins & Co. Stoke Upon Trent. [Catalogue of art-painted tiles, enamelled tiles and embossed Majolica tiles]. Minton Hollins c1873. Small folio (33x22cm) publisher's cloth backed printed boards (ink stain on front cover); 2pp and 25 chromolitho plates, 12pp price list loosely inserted. Minor signs of use, the ink stain apart a rather good copy. Au$2750

Here we have the arty tiles those for walls, surrounds and so on. Encaustic and paving tile patterns were available separately from the company. Around 1870 there was a split between the partners of Minton and for a short while there were two companies making Minton tiles until a law suit settled the matter. Hence the stern declaration on the cover - and the price list - that the patents and the name belong this firm. Both cover and price list include their 1873 Vienna exposition medal and a slip added to the price list announces a price rise in August 1872 - 10% will be added to the prices here.
Maybe once a week for years and years - this was a long time ago when I kept shop with open doors in Sydney - an unappealing man would come in and ask if we had a 19th century Minton tile catalogue. When I said no, he said, "I do." I think he had some job that would be unspeakably dull but that it allowed him to tour the bookshops of greater Sydney assuring us all that he had a Minton tile catalogue. The last time I went to a Sydney book fair there he was, asking the same question with such anticipation that he barely paused for the answer before his inevitable boast. I don't remember his name, I don't know if he's still alive and I have no wish to see him ever again but still, still, I would like to say, "Why yes, yes I do".


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[Catalogue - Fashion]. Maison du Petit Saint-Thomas, Paris. Maison du Petit St Thomas. Saison d'Hiver 1879 - 1880. Paris, the company 1879. Octavo publisher's printed wrapper; 72pp, numerous wood engraved illustrations throughout and four fabric samples tipped inside the front cover; an additional illustrated leaf loosely inserted. A touch rumpled. Au$225

Something about this makes me think that this is the company that dressed the subjects of Manet paintings. An appealing catalogue with the latest fashions for women, men and children, from lingerie and cravats to fur trimmed coats and manteaus. There are as well such things as umbrellas, some furnishing fabrics and at the very end, some Chinese and Japanese 'objets authentiques' - vases, a cabinet &c.


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Catalogue - hearses. Merts & Riddle, Ravenna, Ohio. Merts & Riddle, Coach and Hearse Builders. Ravenna, printed by S.D. Harris [188-?]. Oblong octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; 50pp, full page wood engraved illustrations throughout. A remarkably good copy. Au$250

Ravenna was clearly a hearse town in the later 19th and early 20th centuries. Merts and Riddle bought their employer's coach building company in 1861 and expanded into hearses a decade or so later. When Merts left in 1891 the company became Riddle Coach & Hearse Co. This is the earliest catalogue - dated "1880 or so" - in the collection of Thomas Riddle, descendant and company historian. The catalogues at the Huntington with a conjectured date of 1875 aren't. Romaine did not see any Merts & Riddle catalogues.


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Catalogue - Hardware. The Penn Hardware Company, Reading, PA. Illustrated Catalogue of General Hardware Manufactured by the Penn Hardware Company ... 1883. Reading, printed by Coleman 1883. Quarto publisher's cloth (spine tips a little worn); x,143pp, wood engraved illustrations throughout. A rather good copy. Au$375

Builder's hardware and household goods handsomely illustrated, often at full size. The household goods include some lamps, inkstands and a couple of toy savings banks.


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TRELOAR, W.P. The Prince of Palms. London, Sampson Low &c [1884]. Elegantly slender octavo publisher's dark green cloth, front cover decorated & titled in gilt (a touch flecked); 50pp, colour frontispiece, wood engraved illustrations through the text, some full page. A rather good copy of this appealing book. Inscribed and signed by Treloar. Au$250

Treloar's father had published a pamphlet with the same title "about forty years ago" (in 1852 actually) with the object of publicising his new industry of cocoa-nut fibre mats and matting. The Treloars have done pretty well with coconuts as W.P. is Sir William Treloar Bart. The view of acres of their works at Southwark illustrates well enough the extent of their success and he has in turn published this paean to the enriching nut, updating and giving an account of the industry around the world.


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Catalogue - Pharmaceuticals. Weeks & Potter, Boston. Revised Catalogue of Foreign and Domestic Drugs, selected powders, fine essential oils, waters and extracts ... wines and liquors, proprietry medicines, druggists shop furniture ... sundries and surgical appliances, sponges, fancy goods, and toilet articles. Boston 1890. Octavo publisher's limp cloth, the front titled in black (spine browned and a bit rubbed); 468,130pp, profusely illustrated with wood engravings and a handsome full page colour lithograph of a bottle of their Beef, Iron and Wine. Used but solid and very decent. The second section consists of advertisements. Au$300

The advertisements include a warning by Dr S.A. Richmond of Tuscola, Illinois, against fraudulent companies selling bogus versions of his justly celebrated Samaritan Nervine. He prints the text of a judgment against such a company and invites the many thousands of those he has saved from epilepsy, insanity and death to join him 'lashing these ignorant, impotent, piratical scoundrels through the earth with a whip of scorpions.'


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[Catalogue - Cast-Iron Hollow Ware]. E. Pugh & Co., Wednesbury. [Illustrated Price List of Cast-Iron Hollow-Ware - E. Pugh & Co.]. The company, before 1891. Octavo publisher's green cloth; [vi]pp, and 71 leaves printed on one side (numbered to 88 with some gaps in the numbering but complete as issued), numerous illustrations throughout. Mounted onto the title is a 64 page revised price list to amend all catalogues issued before January 1891. A note about their enamelling is dated 1884. Au$300

Enamelled and tinned ware: pots, pans, kettles, sifters, coffee mills, spittoons (plain and Turkish), and stable ware.


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Catalogue - Bicycles. John P. Lovell Arms Co. Boston. Lovell Diamond Cycles. 1894 .. [The company 1894]. oblong octavo colour illust wrapp; 32pp, wood engraved ills throughout. A bit used but certainly good enough. Au$150

An attractive catalogue; the models range from a boys' bike at $25 (and nothing else under $50) to a racer at $125.


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Catalogue - perambulators and carriages. Halesowen, Brirmingham. Halesown Perambulator & Carriage Co, Ltd. Illustrated Catalogue. Season 1895. The company 1895. Quarto publisher's illustrated wrapper (a bit frayed, with some discreet old repairs); 40pp, illustrated throughout with wood engravings. Au$300

Some pretty desirable stuff, a child's hansom cab for instance; inexplicably elaborate mail carts, kids rocking horses and tricycles and more.


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Catalogue - fire engines. 消防御用喞筒製作所 [Shobo goyo sokuto seisakusho]. 1897 (Meiji 30). Octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; [12]pp, each illustrated with the 'brass' highlighted (small splodges of brown). A bit smudged, used but rather good. Au$185

A most definitely rare trade catalogue with a dozen hand operated fire engines of varying size and capacity. Printed on quite heavy, decent paper; unlike other such catalogues of the time.


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Catalogue - Guns. Fs Dumoulin & Cie. Liege. Catalogue. Fabrique d'Armes. Liege [c1900?]. Oblong quarto printed wrapper (bit marked & used); 88pp, numerous photo illustrations & wood engravings. Au$200

Revolvers, shotguns, rifles, double barrelled muskets and pistols, some flintlocks designed for the African coast.


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Catalogue - Scientific Apparatus. Townson & Mercer, London. Catalogue of Chemical & Scientific Apparatus, Balances, Graduated Instruments, Pure Chemicals, &c. The company, March 1901. Octavo publisher's cloth (neatly rebacked with the slightly chomped but essentially complete original spine retained); xxxii,720,xliipp, hundreds of wood engraved illustrations. A bit spotted but very decent. Au$175

Eighth edition, with every necessity for every kind of laboratory (not to mention some rather good models in the mechanics section). The last section is Towson & Mercer's stock of laboratory equipment made by Fletcher, Russell & Co.


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Catalogue - fashion. Cleghorn & Harris, Cape Town. A Journal of Fashions for the Summer Season 1902-3. The company 1902. Folio (375x250mm) publisher's printed wrapper with onlaid colour illustrations (a colour view of their building on the back); [2],142pp illustrated throughout in line and half-tone. Used with some minor flaws, a more than decent copy. Order form detached at the end but the gent's half still present. Au$350

An expansive and handsome catalogue of dress of all layers for all occasions for women, men, children and infants. As well: fancy work, drapery and haberdashery, household goods, stationery, clocks and watches, and a couple of pages of cricket equipment. How many catalogues like this Cleghorn and Harris issued remains a mystery to me; I can't find a record of any catalogue anywhere, including South Africa.


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Tobacco. Three price and retailers lists of cigars, cigarettes and tobacco and a manual of rules and regulations from the Imperial Japanese Government Monopoly. [Tokyo?] 1908-1911. Four items, varying octavos, publisher's printed wrappers; ranging from 20 to 72 pages, errata slips. Minor signs of use, pretty good. In English and Japanese but for the regulations (1910) which is in Japanese. Au$100

A neat little precis of the tobacco market in the early 20th century, domestic and imported, at a time when decent cigarettes most likely came from Egypt, often with a gold tip. In 1904 the government nationalised all tobacco products in Japan, pushed by outrage at the multi-million dollar purchase of Japanese tobacco interests by the newly formed British-American Tobacco Company. The English sections of the lists are for foreigners in Japan.


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Catalogue - furs. Plymouth Fur Company, Minneapolis. Plymouth Furs. The company [c1910]. Large octavo publisher's printed and embossed boards (cloth spine a bit insect nibbled); 64pp, illustrated throughout in duo-tone. A 1950s brochure from Sydney furriers Heilman loosely inserted. Au$100

A smart catalogue naturally; not so many labourer's wives bought furs. Plymouth also did furs for children and men, their motorist's racoon and muskrat coats are pretty good and as a child I would much rather have worn the mixed muskrat and dog than the itchy tweed hand-me-down I was forced into.


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[Catalogue - Microphotography]. Ernest Leitz, Wetzlar. Appareils Microphotographiques. The company 1911. Quarto printed stiff wrapper; 28pp and two photographic prints with 12 images; several illustrations through the text. Au$75

For the camera and microscope buff. A neat catalogue describing four types of microphotographic apparatus, each well illustrated, and the actual results - the twelve photographic images.


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[Catalogue - Bicycles]. R. Hildebrand. Zurich. 1912. Cycles. Record und Corso. Zurich, the company 1912. folio illustrated wrapper (a bit chipped); 144pp, numerous illustrations throughout. A pretty good copy, with an order form, envelope and card loosely inserted. Au$300

A handsome and generously scaled catalogue with bicycles, parts, tools and accessories of all types. There is also a quantity of goods likely to be of use to the outdoors type - rucksacks, guns, spirit stoves, first aid kids and so on; possibly the guitars, harmonicas and piano accordians. But as well there are goods that have no apparent relationship - hair clippers, scales, sewing machines, some very ugly clocks.


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Catalogue - Agricultural Machinery. Holdsworth MacPherson & Co. Sydney. No.14. 1914. Section XI. Agricultural Machinery. Holdsworth MacPherson & Co. Sydney. Sydney, the company 1914. Largish oblong octavo publisher's printed wrapper; 32pp, illustrated throughout. Four page price list inserted and an extra 1913 price list of pumps. Au$150

A now extinct behemoth of Sydney retailing. Agricultural machinery here extends beyond ploughs, pumps and separators to lawnmowers, wheelbarrows and a few mangles.


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Catalogue - medical and dental equipment. Kawai Shoten, Tokyo. Caialogue [sic] 醫療器械圖譜 (?) No. 5. [Iryokikkai Zufu?]. Tokyo, Kawai Shoten 1917 (Taisho 6). 22x15cm publisher's printed wrapper (covers somewhat shabby & ragged); [4],200pp, illustrated throughout. A used but decent copy. Au$200

An extensive catalogue of medical and dental equipment and all the necessary ancillaries - furniture, laboratory equipment, a few artificial limbs, and so on. This is Kawai's fifth catalogue but I can't find a record of any of them.


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Paper. S.D. Warrens Company Boston. Warren's Paper Buyers Guide. Practical demonstrations on Warren's standard printing papers .. 1919. The company 1919. Quarto publisher's cloth backed boards (used but decent and solid); 108pp illustrated throughout in colour and back and white. A tear in one margin but quite good inside. Au$100

A handsome paper sample book displaying all sorts of commercial work, mostly advertising, on various papers. Details like screens and printing inks are given as well as those for the paper. Warren does list one agent outside America: B.J. Ball Ltd of Australia.


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Noshigami - のし紙. A sample book of Noshigami - special paper for gifts - from the Kadoya Dyeing Workshop, Tokyo. Tokyo [c1920?]. Large octavo by size (235x180mm), printed stiff wrappers; 105 leaves of colour printed samples. Au$400

Noshi-gami is specially printed paper to be folded and attached to gifts as I understand it. The ineluctable beauty of the patterns is enhanced in this book by being in a quite smart cover decorated with electric locomotives.


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Colour. A Grammar of Color. Arrangements of Strathmore Papers in a variety of printed colour combinations according to the Munsell color system .. Strathmore Paper Co., Mass 1921. Small folio publisher's cloth backed boards (a couple of small bumps to edges); 28,[4]pp & 19 folded & slotted sheets of sample papers colour printed, illustrations in the text. Au$175

A paper sample book elaborated into a treatise on colour theory - and a very attractive one - by a star cast: Munsell of course, who has contributed a preface, T.M. Cleland, Rudolph Ruzicka and Arthur Allen.


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Japanese trade catalogues. A bundle of 15 Japanese trade catalogues of the 1920s and early 30s. Osaka, Tokyo &c. c1922-1932. Various sizes from wrappered quarto to folding leaflet. Signs of use here and there; in all, rather good. Au$325

A useful array for both the aficionado of and the newcomer to Japanese trade catalogues. As they all came from one person they probably have a connecting theme that amounted to a purpose. Two are for pressed metal ceilings (one is rather handsome and substantial); two are for shop fittings; one is a coloured folding leaflet for paper lanterns; one is for surveyors' instruments; one is for safes; one is for roof tiles; one large folding brochure displays complete kitchen fittings; one is carved mouldings and beading for cabinet fittings; one quite good catalogue is of builder's and cabinet maker's hardware; one is for tents and marquees; one is for spray equipment; one - the dullest - seems to be from a timber miller; and the largest has tools and household hardware items. The earliest date I've found is 1922, the latest 1932.


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Catalogue - Fashion. Ribby. Paris. Ribby 1923 - 1924. Paris 1923. Largish octavo printed wrapper (dusty and a bit marked); 16pp, illustrated throughout, the first page colour. A bit used but very decent. Au$80

Smart autumn and winter outfits for men and women, casual and formal.


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HOPKINS, Henry Powell. Sources of Memorial Ornamentation. Vermont Marble Company 1924. Quarto, very good in publisher's gilt decorated boards, cloth spine; 44pp, 14 plates. Au$75

Something of a trade catalogue:- a primer of the basic styles - Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Celtic, Gothic and Colonial - with suggestions for their application to modern gravestones.


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[Catalogue - Bicycles; Sports; Guns &c.]. Manufacture Francaise d'Armes & Cycles. Loire. Tarif-Album General. The company [c1925]. Octavo printed wrapper; 128pp, hundreds of illustrations throughout. Used but decent enough and complete with a sheet of tear-out address labels. Au$75

Heaps of stuff: bicycles and accessories of every kind; sporting pistols; sporting goods of all types - football, tennis, boxing; fishing equipment and collapsible boats; and a variety of goods likely to appeal to outdoor folks.


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Hotels. The Stevens. The World's Greatest Hotel. Chicago. Chicago, the company [1927]. Quarto publisher's printed wrapper; 32pp, profusely illustrated. Au$75

A celebratory promotion marking the opening of this massive and opulent pile. Built at a cost of over thirty million dollars, as proclaimed in the first sentence, the building still exists but the Stevens family went up in smoke wihin five years. By 1932 the hotel was bankrupt and the trio of father and two sons were soon after indicted for financial corruption. The father had a permanently crippling stroke, the elder son blew his brains out and the younger went to prison.


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[Catalogue - Furniture]. Thonet. Thonet Freres. Paris Bd. Poissonniere, &c [c1928]. Oblong quarto by size, printed wrapper; 2pp & numerous illustrations on 11 leaves printed on rectos. Price list for March 1928 inserted. Au$275

An unfamiliar side of Thonet: their more substantial pieces, sofas and arms chairs in leather and upholstered chairs of all types.


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[Catalogue - Service Stations]. Auto Omnia, Paris. Catalogue General No. 24 "Service Station". The company [1929]. Largish quarto publisher's flush cut boards with onlaid printed label; [8],472pp and a number of added inserts, hundreds of illustrations throughout. A very good copy. Au$250

Everything for the well equipped service station from the smallest widget to a truck lift. Much is of little interest to the non-mechanical but there are quantities of smart car accessories and fittings, from klaxons to hood ornaments, crystal scent holders (car perfumery is no new thing), cigar lighters and even a small Browning pistol for the absolutely complete motorist. A page of car enamel samples has miniature enamel car bodies pasted over the illustrated cars; there are stylish motoring fashions, picnic sets, and some fetching brake and indicator lights.


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[Catalogue - Silverplate]. Ellis & Co. (B'Ham) Ltd. Silverplate [cover title]. Birmingham [1930's?]. Quarto publisher's cloth & illustrated boards (back board with some splotches), [2],108pp, numerous illustrations throughout. Au$60

A handsome catalogue of traditional reproduction silverware. The catalogue itself probably dates from around 1930, perhaps even a little earlier, but was clearly circulated for a long time as there is a letter about wages and price rises dated 1956 loosley inserted.


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Noshigami - のし紙. A sample book of Noshigami - special paper for gifts - from the Kakuya Dyeing Workshop, Tokyo. Tokyo, 1931 (Showa 6). Octavo by size (230x165mm) stiff wrapper lettered by hand; 73 leaves of colour printed samples. Au$300

Noshi-gami is specially printed paper to be folded and attached to gifts as I understand it. That traditional forms are maintained is clear but by now - 1931 - the influence of modernism, compared to the couple of earlier examples I've seen, is obvious in the bright, flat forms with simpler, bolder shapes and sharper contrasts.


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Catalogue - wine. Establissements Nicolas. Liste des Grands Vins Fins 1932. Paris, Nicolas (printed by Draeger) [1932]. Small quarto publisher's colour illustrated wrapper, spiral bound, with oval peek-a-boo cutout; 32pp; eight full page colour illustrations, smaller decorations by Edy Legrand. Corner bumped. Au$80

The wine merchants of wine merchants, Nicolas, produced these catalogues of their great wines annually from 1927 to 1973. 1932 is neo-fauve bacchanalian with Legrand at his splodgiest.


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Ships. R.M.S. Queen Mary. A Noble Tribute to the Imagination of Man ... Cunard White Star [1934?]. Quarto publisher's embossed wrapper, ribbon tied; [48]pp, profusely illustrated in colour, four double page or folding plates. A used copy - the covers rubbed, some spotting and signs of use but a pretty decent copy. Au$100

A suitably luxurious celebration marking the launch of the Queen Mary.


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Madame Weigel Pty Ltd. Cosies - afghans, cushions, gloves, wool novelties. Series No. 1. Richmond [Melbourne], c1935? 28x19cm, publisher's illustrated wrapper; 16pp including wrapper, illustrated throughout. Rumpled and used but decent. Au$

There may well be cosies knitted from Madame Weigel's pattern books still in charity bins and unopened gift drawers round the country and I advise you to start looking. They won't last long - and can modern knitters wield their sticks with the same precision? Regard this as a challenge.


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Catalogue - wine. Establissements Nicolas. Liste des Grands Vins Fins 1936. Paris, Nicolas (printed by Draeger) [1936]. Small quarto publisher's colour illustrated wrapper, plastic spiral bound; 54pp including endpapers, some double folded leaves carry four page numbers, Design, decorations decorations and typography by Cassandre. Corner bumped. Au$110

The wine merchants of wine merchants, Nicolas, produced these catalogues of their great wines annually from 1927 to 1973. 1936 is more extensive and stately than its immediate neighbours.


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Catalogue - Men's suits. Sears Roebuck & Co. Made to Order Clothes for Men and Young Men. Spring and Summer 1937. The company 1937. Quarto publisher's illustrated wrappers (corner gone from the top corner of the front); 16pp, illustrated throughout and with some 60 mounted fabric swatches. A pretty good copy complete with the order forms and the four page brochure on how to measure yourself. Au$90

Clifton Webb, Robert Montgomery and Edward Arnold never looked so smart and you can be sure they didn't wear Sears Roebuck suits. I'm almost sure one of the models here is a young John Wayne. One of Wayne's biographers writes of the unhappy poor boy reading Sears Roebuck catalogues cover to cover and dreaming of being able to afford everything in them. A dream shared by countless Americans, young and old, for decades.


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Catalogue - magic. Green Frog. Magician's Handbook ... catalogue of "Green Frog" magical conjuring stage and pocket tricks. n.p. [Sydney?] 1939. Single sheet folded to form four pages largish octavo by size, outer pages with red and green illustrations, inside printed in black. Au$35

A flyer to promote Green Frog tricks and their catalogue, a sample page inside and some hints and tips. Naturally this is better printed on better paper than the actual catalogue.


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Superhero comic. Bulb Magic! NY, Custom Comics for the Associated Bulb Growers of Holland [1956]. 19x13cm publisher's colour illustrated wrapper; 16pp; comic strip in colour. Au$30

Forget Captain America and Superman. What did they ever do for the American suburb? We lose little time in exposition: on page one Tom and Bob meet on the homeward bound 5.04 and Bob is flummoxed to find Tom has sold his house at asking price while he, Bob, hasn't had a nibble for his, the same model. Not entirely the same, Tom explains, his bulb plantings "sure did increase the value!" So we learn how bulbs produced a colorful miracle for Tom and can do the same for us. Did Batman ever increase your property value? Worldcat finds two copies but one of those can't be verified.


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Catalogue - furniture. Industrial Arts Institute, Tokyo. '57 Works of Industrial Arts Institute. Tokyo 1958. 28x19cm publisher's embossed wrapper (a small flaw in the front cover); 36pp, photo illustrations throughout. Text in Japanese and English. Au$

Japinavian modern in furniture, furnishings, tableware and so on; a showcase for the Institute's export ambitions. The Institute was founded in 1927 and turned out many of the country's most renowned designers in the middle third of the century. It's perhaps not curious that the Japanese became enamoured with the western styles and movements most influenced by themselves, from art nouveau through asymmetrical modernism to Scandinavian simplicity. I doubt there was a Japanese craze for Quaker design; it had no connection but still looked too much like a working class household. Whether defensive or merely instructive, the description of what looks to me like a Danish coffee table tells us that it is a tea table in the shape of a traditional Japanese boat.


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