LIST 35: Recent Arrivals

List 35: Recent Arrivals in the fields of Art for Children, Colour, and Interactive Books.

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  • "Mousieous - belonging to the muses."
    LE JEU DE MOSAÏQUE EN PIERRES. by (Art Education -Mosaïcs). (ANONYMOUS)
    (Art Education -Mosaïcs). (ANONYMOUS)
    LE JEU DE MOSAÏQUE EN PIERRES.

    Paris: S.F. n.d. (ca. 1890). A very nicely preserved boxed set of a late nineteenth century French mosaic game or puzzle. The mosaic pieces are in six colors: vert clair; rouge; bleu clair; rouge brique; bleu foncé; blanc. The combination of these shapes or stones could be combined into an infinite number of designs. One sample sheet demonstrates an example in colours and two other sheets show designs uncoloured. The sample designs were meant to be easily produced by children. It is suggested that once the child has formed a design with the stones or shapes that he or she should reproduce them in color on paper. Box measures 19 x 24 cm.; 3 model or sample sheets, one with multi-color lithographed design; 62 triangular coloured shapes (stones) and 14 square coloured shapes.

    In original paper covered box, with decoratively colour printed upper lid title pasted down; very slight nicking or scraping along box edges, with just one larger nick (1 cm.) on the bottom edge; one corner of upper paper paste down nicked (0.5 cm); colour printed decorative instruction sheet on interior paste-down fine; sample model sheets fine; coloured "stones" in very good condition with only the tiniest occasional nicks.
    ID#: 16526
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  • "Les images parlent tout de suite clairement...Elles bougent."
    ALLONS VITE. by (Children's Art - Interactive Book) CELLI, Rose et Nathalie PARAIN.
    (Children's Art - Interactive Book) CELLI, Rose et Nathalie PARAIN.
    ALLONS VITE.

    Paris Flammarion/Album Du Père Castor 1933. First edition. Most prominent among the Russian born artists who helped create the Père Castor phenomenon was Natalie Parain (born Nathalia Tchelpanova), who acquired her early training among the Russian avant-garde constructivists and brought her talent to Paris where she was discovered by Paul Faucher, the originator of Les Albums du Père Castor. In ALLONS VITE (Album du Père Castor No.9), she illustrates boldly coloured objects of simple shape depicting transportation modes, from a transatlantic passenger ship to a camel in the desert. Young readers are instructed to cut out copies of the images they see, using coloured sheets of paper bound into the book for the purpose and being careful to cut to the shape indicated by colour: for example, the brown shape of the camel is distinguished from the yellow background of the sand and the elements carried on his back further distinguished by colour. Once assembled, the child could glue his copies onto cardboard to hang and, then, move on to add other elements to the scene in this fashion or to create entirely new scenes. Thus, like the beaver or" le castor", the child reader was also a constructor. Speaking of ALLONS VITE, Claude- Anne Parmegiani notes that "Nathalie Parain expérimente les propriétés dynamiques de la couleur, susceptibles de suggérer la vitesse et le movement à l'aide de larges aplats." (LES PETITS FRANÇAIS ILLUSTRÉS, 1860-1940, p. 281) See also Lemmens, A. and S. Stommels. RUSSIAN ARTISTS AND THE CHILDREN'S BOOK 1890-1992 for more on these Russian artists and their work in children's literature. The title page has a paste-down identifying Celli as author and Parain as illustrator. A work that is very difficult to find with the colour sheets of paper still bound in. Stapled pamphlet, 28 x 24 cm; 24 unnumbered pp. with 12 illustrations printed in colours +10 sheets of coloured glassinet bound in.

    Original flexible card covers printed in vibrant colours, some creases in the covers and a light overall dusting and shelfwear, spine rubbed; neatly penned previous owner's name on title page, but a well preserved copy with all coloured tissue inserts present.
    ID#: 16630
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  • " A poster should tell its message at a glance."
    THE NEW CREATIVE ART BOOK. by (Children's Art - Interactive) FOSTER, Bess Eleanor, ed.
    (Children's Art - Interactive) FOSTER, Bess Eleanor, ed.
    THE NEW CREATIVE ART BOOK.

    Kansas City: The Teachers Extensions/ T.G. Nichols Company, (1931). A colourful art education album offering instruction in colour problems, construction work plans, and numerous other ideas for a child's development in creative work. Bess Eleanor Foster, director of art education in the Minneapolis schools, believed that " the purpose of art instruction in the schools is primarily the development of appreciation. With appreciation comes taste and the ability to make things.... In the elementary grades, at least, art as a subject is involved in all other subjects." This interactive book (it is bound by screws for detaching plates and invites cut-outs) provides architectural or construction cut-outs to be coloured so as to create mood or pleasure; holiday cut-outs; bird and flower studies; and, perhaps most interesting of all, large illustrations for poster plans to be interpreted in colour by cut-outs. Window decorations of cut-outs in vibrant tones with tips for most effective display are also offered. Contributing artists include Jessie Todd, and students of various classes and young ages. Oblong folio (27 x 38 cm); bound by screws (as issued) for removal of plates. 40 pp. with colour illustrations and diagrams printed on rectos only.

    Original cloth with very minor shelf wear on spine ends, colored pictorial paper paste-down on upper cover with a traces of scuffing not affecting illustrations; moderate to heavy foxing to title and rear page and endpapers, but the pages of illustrated text are very bright and fresh. Overall, a very good copy.
    ID#: 16639
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  • A vos ciseaux!
    Papiers Decoupés by (Children's Art -Interactive Book) ANYVAL (Vallotton, Annie)
    (Children's Art -Interactive Book) ANYVAL (Vallotton, Annie)
    Papiers Decoupés Jeux de Papiers d'Anyval.

    Paris: Jesco-Imagerie n.d. (ca. 1950?). This colourful instruction book for paper- cutting (Jeux de papiers 1) by Swiss artist Annie Vallotton leads the young reader to create figures of paper cut-outs by increasingly complex steps, from simple folding and cutting along a pattern on one side, to ribambelles and more complex creations such as unbroken circles. There are six brightly coloured sheets. with seven designs, to detach from the center of the book. These are still present and complete in this copy. The other designs and text instructions are smaller and printed in green and rose. Valloton, who worked in the Resistance, is perhaps best known for her illustrations for the GOOD NEWS BIBLE whose enormous popularity led to her publishers calling her the "best-selling artist of all time". Possible exaggeration aside, her simple, non-ethnocentric illustrations for this bible made it internationally popular. Her clean-lined and honest approach to art can be found here in this paper-cutting book, surely published before her success with the GOOD NEWS BIBLE. It is also beautifully indicative of what was evidently her life-long devotion to the instruction of children. Scarce. We have seen a "Jeux de papiers 2", but we currently find no copy of either in OCLC or CCfr. Stapled booklet, 21 x 20 cm; 24 pp. illustrated in color, including 6 pp (with 7 plates) brightly coloured to be removed for art work.

    Original stiff paper covers illustrated, and lettered in bright colors, an imprinted line, partly coloured in red, along the top half centimeter of the covers, very slightest shelfwear along spine, very good; internally fine.
    ID#: 16629
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  • Make a necklace in a jasmine design
    L'ECOLIER DÉCORATEUR. by (Children's Art Education-Interactive Book) Chevry, M.
    (Children's Art Education-Interactive Book) Chevry, M.
    L'ECOLIER DÉCORATEUR. Application Du Programme Officielle Du 27, Juillet, 1909

    Paris: Monrocq Freres, (1909). Paris: Monrocq Freres, (1909). Six "cahiers" for primary school students with progressive exercises in decorative composition in colour. Each of the 6 cahiers contains 5 full page plates of color printed decoration studies in the contemporary Art Nouveau style. Each plate offered for study shows drawings by Chevry of applications of floral and other natural forms to decorative objects, such as a lamp shade, decorative pillow cover, a vase, a rug, a piece of jewelry, a letter formed of flower and stem. The young student is encouraged to take inspiration and use natural forms in his/her own design. Surely a contribution toward the spread of the Art Nouveau spirit into myriad aspects of French decoration before the first world war. Scarce. We locate no other copy of the complete series in OCLC, COPAC or KVK. One copy of a single cahier only at Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum. 8vo (22 x 17.2 cm); 60 unnumbered pp. with 6 decorative colour titles and 5 colour plates of designs; text to final page of each cahier.

    The six cahiers have been bound together in plain flexible cloth covers with a duplicate of the paper wrappers mounted on front and rear; with short cracks in lower front rear and joints; covers gently rubbed at extremities, some minor and faded old stains to exterior paste downs; internally very good.
    ID#: 16664
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  • With Coloured "Papiers Cristals"
    LE 12 SIGNES DU ZODIAQUE. by (Children's Art - Interactive Book) WOLFF, Kate, illustrator.
    (Children's Art - Interactive Book) WOLFF, Kate, illustrator.
    LE 12 SIGNES DU ZODIAQUE. Jeu Des Vitraux (cover sub-title).

    (Paris) Flammarion/ Albums Du Père Castor n.d. (1934). First edition of this interactive book using bold black outline zodiac designs by German illustrator Kate Wolff to be transformed by the reader into stained glass-like designs. The white spaces were to be removed and then filled with the cut-outs from varied coloured crystal papers provided. Wolff, a German artist living in Paris, worked on interactive imaginative albums for Flammarion/Père Castor under the name "LaLouvre". This copy with all the crystal papers still bound in and, thus, uncommon. 8vo (21 x 21 cm); 28 unnumbered pp. with black and white illustrations printed on rectos or versos; + 20 sheets of coloured tissue paper or "papiers cristals" bound in.

    Original flexible stiff paper printed in vibrant colour on upper and lower covers; colour "papiers cristals" well preserved; a very good copy.
    ID#: 16643
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  • HOW TO LOOK AT PAINTINGS. by ( Children's Art Education - Interactive) PAINE, Roberta M.
    ( Children's Art Education - Interactive) PAINE, Roberta M.
    HOW TO LOOK AT PAINTINGS. A Guide For Children.

    New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1959. A simple but clever aid for children learning about art. Eight full color reproduction plates of well known paintings selected for their demonstration of line, color, shape and arrangement are enclosed in a flap at the back of the pamphlet. Young readers are instructed to paste the corresponding plate in the appropriate blank page opposite the description and simple analysis of the painting.

    Original glossy paper covers printed in black and white. Fine.
    ID#: 16652
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  • "Apprendre à voir juste: tout est là."
    CARNET DU JEUNE DESSINATEUR. by (Children's Art Education) Bellanger, Camille.
    (Children's Art Education) Bellanger, Camille.
    CARNET DU JEUNE DESSINATEUR.

    Paris: Librairie Ch. Delagrave 1893. First and only edition; rare. A very well preserved series of drawing exercises lithographed by the artist Bellanger for the use of children. Bellanger stresses that these exercises should serve only as a guide and not as models to be followed rigidly. The plates illustrate a wide range of objects, from instruments to be used; to line studies; leaf patterns; geometrical patterns; simple perspective with utilitarian objects; shadowing with use of crayons; basic ornaments; household objects; fruits, animals; and objects of increasing complexity. Each plate bears titles in French and in Spanish; the introductory sheet is similarly in French and Spanish. Bellanger studied under Alexandre Cabanel and William Bouguereau at the École de Beaux Arts in Paris. A regular exhibitor at the Paris Salon, he also taught drawing at the École Spéciale Militaire de St. Cyr in Brittany . In Brittany, he was influenced by the numerous landscape painters and modernists coming to paint there. After the production of this work, he published a comprehensive art instruction book in 1898 entititled LE PEINTRE: TRAITÉ USUEL DE PEINDRE À L'USAGE DE TOUT LE MONDE. (see Whitmore, Janet: www. rehs.com/Camille_ Felix_ Bellanger_Bio.) Of this CARNET, we find only an incomplete copy located at Lyon in OCLC. Loose in original portfolio ( 20.4 x 16 cm), as issued, 1 leaf of introductory text, printed on both sides + 50 lithographed plates , each 20 x 15.4 cm.

    In very good condition. Original red pochette or portfolio, in coated stock imitating red leather, with large illustrated printed paper title label on upper cover, label a bit scuffed or worn at edges, but illustration and printed title are very good. Lithographed plates in fine condition.
    ID#: 16625
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  • With cover design by (Marcel) Jacno
    GRAVURES D'ENFANTS by (Children's Art Education) BLANCHARD, Gérard.
    (Children's Art Education) BLANCHARD, Gérard.
    GRAVURES D'ENFANTS De L'Ecole Active De St -Cloud.

    Saint-Étienne (Les Cahiers de l'Ateliers, 1955). No. 97 of 150 numbered copies for "les Amis de l'Atelier" and the subscribers. A black and white linocut is also laid in. Profusely illustrated with engravings by the students at L'École Active de Saint-CLoud (Seine et Oise) in wood, lino, etc., these cahiers (this the 13th) also explore the "value" of text and image by thoughtful "mise en page" and choice of typography. The text includes contributions on educational and art theory and psychology from Gérard Blanchard, engraver and professor at the school; Anne-Marie Blaizot, psychologist, Charles Rambaud, poète; Angélaé Médici, director of the school; and the artist Marcel Jacno who designed the front cover of the booklet with a linocut. It is the psychologist Blaizot who makes the observation that the child artist naturally performs that function that society demands of the mature artist - the expression of his/her dialogue with the world. We locate at least 8 copies in the U.S on OCLC. 8vo (24 x 18.7 cm); pochoir-printed colour frontispiece + 90 unnumbered pp + (iv) pp. notes printed on grey stock + linocut laid in, 23 x 18 cm, with impression measuring 17 x 12 cm.

    ID#: 16628
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  • DRAWING IN PUBLIC EDUCATION: by (Children’s Art Education) CLARK(E), John S(pencer).
    (Children’s Art Education) CLARK(E), John S(pencer).
    DRAWING IN PUBLIC EDUCATION: The Features of the Study Which Should Be Taught In Primary, Grammar, and High Schools. An Address...

    An address delivered before the University Convocation of the State of New York, at Albany, July 9, 1879. Prang published this address n the same year that their TEACHER’S MANUAL FOR PRANG’S SHORTER COURSE IN FORM STUDY AND DRAWING, co-authored by Clarke,appeared. Just a few short years ago, Prang had captured the art instruction market by becoming the publisher for Walter Smith’s revolutionary textbooks. Their influence can be seen in the plates accompanying Clarke’s address. Clarke stresses that drawing now occupies a place beside reading, writing, and arithmetic in public education and proceeds to outline and illustrate the basic steps and principles to be considered at each educational level. Some small but attractive chromolithographed illustrations enhance the text. We have not located a copy of this address in OCLC, but a work by John Clarke with a different title relating to art education shows up in a collection of bound pamphlets at Stanford. Original printed paper covers, thin backing seems to have been reinforced with a bit of glue, some minor scuffing and soiling, a fold to lower cover; penned name and date on upper cover. 8vo (21.5 x 14.5 cm.); 16 pp. + 7 plates with some colour printing.

    Original printed paper covers, thin backing seems to have been reinforced with a bit of glue, some minor scuffing and soiling, a fold to lower cover; pe
    ID#: 16650
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  • BRADLEY'S GRADED COLOR PORTFOLIO by (Children's Art Education) DAWSON, Kathryn Grace.
    (Children's Art Education) DAWSON, Kathryn Grace.
    BRADLEY'S GRADED COLOR PORTFOLIO Outline of Work for 1st, 2d and 3d Grades.

    Springfield Milton Bradley Company (1908). "In the 1880s, Bradley began to develop the color materials that would lead SCHOOL ARTS MAGAZINE to dub him the 'god-father of color instruction.'" (Blaszczyk, THE COLOR REVOLUTION p. 48). By the early years of the 20th century, Bradley was busy supplying tools for art and color instruction such as this BRADLEY'S COLOR PORTFOLIO written by Kathryn Dawson. (It is pictured in THE COLOR REVOLUTION, pp. 48-49.) Dawson's choice of crayon exercises rather than watercolours for younger children demonstrates a sincere attention to childhood artistic development: "The child in these grades has a wider and surer sweep with the crayon than with the brush, and therefore gains more freedom and has more control over the little hand." The coloured scenes in the plates offered for copying and the instructions in the little text thus emphasize strokes - sideward, outward, etc.- which Dawson asserts will later be used on form. This item seems to be rare: In OCLC we find only one copy of the portfolio for the 7th and 8th grades in the US, but we do not find this one for these earlier grades. + Stapled pamphlet, 17.2 x 11.2 cm; 16 pp., including title page; 12 colour plates numbered I through XII (of which 5 measure 23 x 15.3 cm and 7 measure 12 x 15) plate XI is cut in half to display different images; + 6 unnumbered plates measuring 12 x 15 cm. with original printed colour envelope portfolio soiled, chipped and torn.

    All in excellent condition but for the portfolio envelope which has closed tears, soiling and lacks the closure flap.
    ID#: 16623
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  • A BOOK OF ANIMALS. by (Children's Art Education) SMALLBERRY GREEN SECONDARY MODERN SCHOOL (ELLIS, W.)
    (Children's Art Education) SMALLBERRY GREEN SECONDARY MODERN SCHOOL (ELLIS, W.)
    A BOOK OF ANIMALS.

    Isleworth, Mddx. Smallberry Green Secondary Modern School 1958. This is the third illustrated booklet of linocut art produced by the 4th Year A, B, and C boys at the Smallberry school. The two others were "Birds" and "Horses and Dogs". This one devoted to less domesticated animals contains large vibrant colour lino-block illustrations of giraffes, gorillas, elephants, lions, seals, and tigers along with smaller cuts, some in colour. Each animal is described with a small amount of letterpress. " The whole has been designed to give a decorative effect rather than a biological one." The illustrations, in proportion to their size, include decorative naturalistic backgrounds for each of the animals. Rather stunning and uncommon. Oblong stapled pamphlet (22 x 26.8 cm) 20 unnumbered pp. with 25 small lino- block illustrations and 12 larger lino- block illustrations, 22 of which are in single colour on a cream background.

    Original lino-block printed covers, with lino-block illustration on rear inner end-cover; very minor edgewear; internally fine but for a few marginal printer's ink smudges not affecting text or illustration. A very well preserved copy.
    ID#: 16621
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  • THE 'AUTO' / MONTHLY SUGGESTIONS ON INDIVIDUAL WORK APPLIED TO TOPICAL EVENTS. by (Children's Arts and Crafts) WELLOCK, M. J.
    (Children's Arts and Crafts) WELLOCK, M. J.
    THE 'AUTO' / MONTHLY SUGGESTIONS ON INDIVIDUAL WORK APPLIED TO TOPICAL EVENTS. Vol IV/ July to December, 1924

    ( London: Rudd & Co.) 1924. Mabel Jane Wellock, holder of a Higher Froebel certificate and a Montessori diploma, published A MODERN INFANT SCHOOL in 1932. Prior to that she wrote this monthly publication containing illustrations and drawing instructions for seasonal flowers and trees - children are encouraged to make stencils from the given designs. These designs could also be applied to pottery, embroidery, and multiple other everyday objects. Additionally, the themes of the month, such as Thanksgiving and Halloween, (with acknowledgement that this would also be appropriate for an English school) become the occasion for more creative work. Poster work is covered throughout with careful instruction in design and lettering. Ads for teaching materials ranging from colour grading cards to boxes of seeds and shells and "Kindercraft" number blocks appear on the preliminary and rear pages. We have found no trace of this Vol. IV of the 'Auto' MONTHLY SUGGESTIONS periodical or its other numbers in OCLC (in spite of the fact that reference to Vol.I and Vol. II appears on the title page here.) A project abandoned? An interesting one though, heavily illustrated and with well integrated instruction stressing informed fundamental approaches to craft and artwork. 8vo (20.2 x 16 cm); (ii) + (261)-(447) + 3 pp. profusely illustrated in black and white.

    Original cloth-backed paper over boards with title and illustrations printed in black on upper cover; very light edge wear to extremities; some light offsetting to endpapers, else fine.
    ID#: 16633
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  • En Plein Air
    A COLOURING CARD FOR CHILDREN by (Chromolithographed Advertising Card) (Au Bon Marché)
    (Chromolithographed Advertising Card) (Au Bon Marché)
    A COLOURING CARD FOR CHILDREN

    Paris: (Au Bon Marché) ca. 1900. This little oblong chromolithograhed card for children shows a scene of very young people at their easels painting a rustic scene centering on the figure of a young boy and dog. The scene is surrounded with a gilt Art Nouveau border. The oblong card opens up to a colour printed scene on the verso and the identical scene in outline designed for colouring in on the opposite recto. The rear cover or verso advertises the La Maison du Bon Marché located on the Left Bank in Paris. Such cards were offered to young children who came to the department store in the company of their parents. The card themes varied considerably, this one surely designed to encourage sales of art supplies to the young. Stiff card stock with one fold, 9 x 13 cm; coloured cover and inner page.

    Original printed card stock with chromolithographed illustration on upper cover; lithographed design, partially with colour, and text internally and on lower cover. Very good.
    ID#: 16653
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  • "A Rhythmic Arrangement of Text and Illustrations"
    СКАЭОЧНАЯ АЗБУКА. (SKAZOCHNAIA AZBUKA). (A FAIRY TALE ALPHABET).  by (Colour Alphabet) MAVRINA, Tatiana Alekseevna.
    (Colour Alphabet) MAVRINA, Tatiana Alekseevna.
    СКАЭОЧНАЯ АЗБУКА. (SKAZOCHNAIA AZBUKA). (A FAIRY TALE ALPHABET).

    Moskva ( Moscow) Goznak 1969. The large format edition of this brilliantly coloured Cyrillic alphabet by Mavrina. "Née à Nijni Novgorod, cette dessinatrice, illustrateur, et peintre russe est une figure emblématique du petit groupe des artistes préservés tout au long du siècle par les régimes successifs." (Lévèque et Plantureux, DICTIONNAIRE DES ILLUSTRATEURS DE LIVRES D'ENFANTS RUSSES, p. 175.) Within each letter of the alphabet, itself an explosion of colour in the folkloric style favoured by this Russian artist, there is a folk tale. The letters are printed large and free-form in gold, silver, blues, reds, greens, etc., and each letter is filled with extraordinary fairy tale characters representing a tale such as the fire-bird or the frog princess. Additional illustrations carry out the tale and accompany the letters. The designs almost burst from the page; in some cases, a dramatic a double-page design is offered. The backgrounds to the pages are printed in different colours lending mood and impact to the varied scenes. No doubt Mavrina's childhood years spent witnessing the decorative stage settings and performances of fairy tales organized for children by her mother had an influence on this book (see Lemmens and Lemmens, RUSSIAN ARTISTS AND THE CHILDREN'S BOOK 1890-1992 p. 371). Tatiana Mavrina was a painter, illustrator and author who began her career in Moscow during the early years of the "vkhutemas" revolutionary state art and technical studios . She went on to take part in the art group, Trinadsat, or The Thirteen. During WWII she travelled to the older Russian cities whose important architecture was being destroyed and began to sketch ruins and remains. " These drawings I understood as preparatory studies for my fairy tale illustrations." ( as quoted in Lemmens and Lemmens p. 373). While she experimented with different styles and influences during the years, the exuberance of folkloric forms and brilliant colour came to characterise her best work. " Her art culminated in Skazochnaia Azbuka in which there is a complete unity between verbal and pictorial elements on each of the pages." Lemmen and Lemmen p. 379) Cotsen No. 23187 for this large format with additional white protective jacket. Oblong 4to (23.5 x 30.5 cm); 40 unnumbered pp. profusely illustrated in colors; decorative endpapers.

    Original flexible orange covers printed in gilt; dust-jacket printed in gold with multi-colour pictorial designs and lettering, some very small nicks, rub marks, and tears just to the edges only of the dust jacket. A very good copy.
    ID#: 16649
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  • With Original Colour Cakes
    LES SIX COULEURS FONDAMENTALES DU COLORIS. by (Paint Samples) BOURGEOIS Ainé, manufacturer.
    (Paint Samples) BOURGEOIS Ainé, manufacturer.
    LES SIX COULEURS FONDAMENTALES DU COLORIS. Donnant Par Leur Mélange Les Tons Les Plus Usités.

    Paris Bourgeois Ainé n.d. ca. 1910. Joseph Bourgeois Ainé opened a store selling artist's colours in Paris in the late 1860s. He later opened a factory at Montreuil sous Bois where he manufactured the first "non dangerous" colors. "Bourgeois s'interessera beaucoup à la democratisation de la pratique de la peinture et commercialisera les 1ères couleurs primaires destinées aux écoles." (www.lefranc-bourgeois.com/loisirs/produits-historique.html). This small (22 x 14.5 cm) coloured broadside printed on stiff card makes a special point of noting "Sans Danger par les enfants" In a colourful, of course, and attractive arrangement, the "Tons Purs" ( L. carminée; bleu de prusse; gomme gutte; noir; terre de Sienne; blue céleste) are printed in small rectangles spread out in an arc while below them the actual cakes of those colours are attached and displayed.. Below the colour cakes is an oval of 30 small printed colour rectangles entitled "Aperçu des tons que l'on obtient par le mélange convenable de ces couleurs fines." and, then, below that, instructions for mixing. It's a pleasing piece, for direct use or, perhaps, for advertising display in a supplier's shop, with a grommet at the top for hanging and, on the back, black and white illustrations and descriptions of various articles for the school - paint boxes, crayons, etc. ..... Bourgeois Ainé provided considerable competition to paint manufacturer, Lefranc & Cie, and, eventually, they merged in 1967. Stiff card printed on one side in colour and in black and white on verso, 22 x 14.5 cm; 6 original colour cake samples fastened to the card. (with) MORIN, C. LE MÉLANGE DES COULEURS/ La Lumière Et Les Ombres/ Les Valeurs-Les Reflets. Paris: Bourgeois Ainé, n.d. ca. 1910. A scarce pamphlet in which Charles Camille Morin gives practical advice to fellow artists. It is offered here because it includes a text illustration in reduced black and white of this exact broadside above. We find one copy of this at the Bibliothèque Nationale and another at the Getty bound in a sammelband entitled COULEURS compiled by A. Demaziere. Both items are scarce. Stiff card printed on one side in colour and in black and white on verso, 22 x 14.5 cm; 6 original color cake samples fastened to the card; also: stapled pamphlet (21 x 13.5 cm); 16 pp. with colour and black and white illustrations. A fine copy with a previous owner's rubber stamp on top margin of title page.

    In fine condition; the original color cakes, though darkened on the surface, are untouched with their embossed designs intact. Quite an amazing survival.
    ID#: 16642
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  • With Original Watercolour Samples
    COULEURS SUPERFINES POUR L'AQUARELLE. by (COLOUR) LEFRANC FRÈRES.
    (COLOUR) LEFRANC FRÈRES.
    COULEURS SUPERFINES POUR L'AQUARELLE.

    Paris: A. Lefranc, Succ. n.d. ca. 1870. A rare and handsome French trade poster with 156 hand-applied nineteenth century watercolour paint tint samples from the oldest French art paint manufacturer. Within decoratively printed borders are rows of printed rectangles, each filled by hand with different original watercolour tints and washes and with the printed name of each colour. Remarkably, the colours appear to be unfaded and, arrayed in this fashion, they present an extraordinary visual document of a commercially available colour range for artists of the late 19th century. The venerable firm of Lefranc Frères (later LeFranc, Bourgeois) traces its origins to the 18th century Parisian chemist and apothecary, Charles Leclef, who began producing pigments for his Left Bank neighbour, the still life painter Jean Simèon Chardin. Since then the firm (at one point known as "La clef d'argent") has always been at the vanguard of creating or supplying the needs of artist/painters. We have not located another copy of this unusual advertising broadside in OCLC, CCfr or elsewhere. Single sheet broadside, 59 x 44 cm.; printed border and text in brown ink; with 78 printed rectangles each measuring 2.2 x 5 cm. with coloured bands of original color in each block, along with hand written or printed identification for the original watercolour samples in each rectangle.

    Broadside on heavy paper printed and with hand-applied colour samples; dampstain and soiling in margins (darker on blank verso); 7 cm closed tear starting in left margin.
    ID#: 16644
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  • "Color is in us - not outside."
    A COLOR NOTATION by (Colour) MUNSELL, A.H.
    (Colour) MUNSELL, A.H.
    A COLOR NOTATION A Measured Color System, Based On The Three Qualities Hue, Value, and Chroma With Illustrative Models, Charts, And A Course Of Study Arranged For Teachers.

    Boston Geo. H. Ellis Co. 1907. Presentation copy from the author to the symbolist artist, designer, and book illustrator, Elihu Vedder, with a letter to Vedder from Munsell tipped in. Second, enlarged edition of Munsell's first book. In the brief letter dated August 20, 1908 from Belgium, Munsell apologizes for the improper placement of the plates in the text - fault of a binder in Bruges. Evidently Munsell had this specially bound and was unhappy with the result. This is the second edition of this work (first published in 1905), revised and enlarged with new illustrations. "The new illustrations in this edition are facsimiles of children's studies with measured colour, made under ordinary school-room conditions. Notes and appendices are introduced to meet the questions most frequently asked, stress being laid on the unbalanced nature of colors usually given to beginners, and the mischief done by teaching that red, yellow, and blue are primary hues." (-preface). The text was presented to the Society of Arts at MIT in 1905 and reproduces the comments at that occasion made by H.E. Clifford who notes its usefulness to young children. Munsell's systematic approach to colour and his interest in cultivating good taste through a "language " of color and its subtleties brought him into conflict with Bradley and Prang on the education front, but he found success in commercial realms, particularly with the large retail market of the of Filene's department store in Boston. See Blaszczyk, R.L. THE COLOR REVOLUTION pp. 45-70. Karpel E152 (1926 edition) 8vo (20.5 x 16 cm.); color frontispiece reproducing a pastel sketch of Munsell's color sphere + 113 + (1) pp. with text figures + 3 tipped in color plates.

    Bound in full leather with green silk moiré endpapers, inner front hinge slit along endpapers, but threads are firm; scattered and irregular very heavy browning to some pages. Penned presentation inscription to Vedder on front flyleaf and tipped- on signed letter in pen from Munsell to Vedder presenting him with the specially bound book and thanking him for his kindness to himself and, possibly, to his son, Enoch ( the name is not quite legible). Munsell's letter is written on stationery with the crossed-out imprint of the S. Venezia out of Marseille; hand-written return address of Heyst-sur-Mer, Belgium.
    ID#: 16646
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  • Colour Play/ Colour Power for Kindergarten
    HOLLANDSE BOERKENS EN BOERINNEKENS (DUTCH FARMERS AND FARMERS' WIVES). by (Children's Colour Game) ZUSTERS ANNONCIADEN VAN HULDENBERG NORMAALSCHOOL - WIJNEGEM (Annunciation Sisters of the Huldenberg Normal School).
    (Children's Colour Game) ZUSTERS ANNONCIADEN VAN HULDENBERG NORMAALSCHOOL - WIJNEGEM (Annunciation Sisters of the Huldenberg Normal School).
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    Antwerp J. Blokland n.d. , first half of the twentieth century. A stunning colour game, evidently the product of a teachers' school run by the Annunciation Sisters of Huldenberg in Belgium. The publisher, J. Blokland, specialized in educational resources for preparatory education. The games described in the instruction sheet depend upon the student's ability to quickly appreciate colour distinctions. There are twelve large cards or plates of Dutch peasant figures in costume that differ from each other only by the colour of the trousers, shoes, blouses, scarves, and hats. The impact of these varying colour arrangements on the same design is dramatic. Each one of the large cards is accompanied by ten smaller cards in the same colour arrangement. The games to be played by the children involve various ways of matching the correct colour scheme of the smaller cards with the larger ones. The way that the vibrant colour arrangements impact the impression formed of the same figure is really a striking illustration of contemporary artistic thought about colour. A marvellous exercise for children (or anyone) to experience the power of colour to shape and change an image, an impression of space, and of emotion. So far, we have not found any holdings for this among the usual library online catalogues. Box 13 x 25 x 3.5cm; folded printed instruction sheet; 12 large color printed cards, 22 x 11.5 cm; 120 numbered color printed cards, 11.5 x 8 cm.

    12 large and 120 smaller color printed cards in vibrant color in original box with printed and folded rules sheet. Paper covered box with original printed label is chipped and separated corners have some amateur tape repairs, but it is stable and otherwise clean. A very good set.
    ID#: 16640
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  • Invention Of The Term "Clair-Obscur"
    DIALOGUE SUR LE COLORIS. by (Colour) (PILES, Roger de)
    (Colour) (PILES, Roger de)
    DIALOGUE SUR LE COLORIS. (bound with:) FIGURES D'ACADEMIE, Pour aprendre à désiner. Gravées Par S.L.C.

    Paris: Nicolas Langlois, 1673. Roger de Piles was an important French art critic and theorist. This first edition of his treatise on colouring opened the famous "debate of the colourists" which dominated French esthetic thought at the end of the seventeenth century. The argument which followed divided its participants into two camps with, on one side, an established classical school which held drawing and design to be the essential qualities of great art, while an opposing camp of "modernists", lead by de Piles, held colouring and the effects of light and shadow to be the most essential elements of pictorial art. Raphael and Poussin stood as the ultimate models for the partisans of design while Rubens and Titian were championed by the colourists. De Piles' DIALOGUE SUR LE COLORIS (Dialogue On Colouring) was seminal in defining the theoretical viewpoint of this latter, ultimately triumphant, group. He emphasised, in particular, the use of chiaroscuro and first introduced the term clair-obscur to identify this technique. The theories that de Piles first published here influenced art historical discussions long afterwards and find echoes in other later aesthetic arguments between classical and modern schools of art. As usual, his DIALOGUE SUR LE COLORIS is found here bound with another work, in this case the first edition of Sébastien Le Clerc's FIGURES D'ACADEMIE POUR APRENDRE À DÉSINER, also published by Langlois. Le Clerc's work offers a series of muscular male nude studies of mythological or classical figures. It is now reasonably rare, with OCLC locating 12 copies outside of France, of which only 3 are in North American libraries Berlin Catalogue 4619 for both items. 12mo (15 x 8 cm); (iv) + 80 pp.; engraved title + 31 engraved plates.

    Contemporary full calf with careful restorations at corners and head and heel of spine; faded gilt tooled compartments and gilt titling compartment to spine; interior clean and tight.
    ID#: 16317
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  • "Hand and Eye are trained to act in unison"
    "Model Farmyard." (packet title) by (Interactive- Cut-Out Cards) A.M. Davis & Co. Ltd./Quality Cards (publisher).
    (Interactive- Cut-Out Cards) A.M. Davis & Co. Ltd./Quality Cards (publisher).
    "Model Farmyard." (packet title) A delightful Occupation For Children Of All Ages Who Find Much Pleasure In Colouring And Cutting Out the 12 Large Cards....

    London: A.M. Davis n.d. ( ca. 1935). An interactive printed project for children offering cut-out images to be coloured ,formed, folded, and arranged to produce a farmstead scene. The scene, itself, is represented on the cover of the cards packet. The images to be coloured and made three dimensional include the farmhouse, its garden and hedges, barn, cornfield, hay cart, pond, and figures of animals and people. This complete set was No. 756 in a series for painting and constructing. Other series (some listed on the packet) were also offered by the Davis firm, famous for greeting cards, kindergarten outline painting and embroidery , etc. The firm was represented at the 1947 British Industrial History fair. Scarce. Twelve cards printed in black on rectos only with illustrations to be cut out and coloured, each 15.3 x 20.1 cm.; pink paper packet printed and illustrated on front and back, 16 x 21 cm.

    The twelve cards are in excellent condition; the printed and illustrated packet is in very good condition with only a few small tears at folds.
    ID#: 16648
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  • FLECHTSCHULE (cover title). by (Paper-braiding) WEISS, Hilda.
    (Paper-braiding) WEISS, Hilda.
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    n. p., N.P. ca. 1880. A handsome and skillfully made German leporello paper braiding album with 20 original pattern plates from the late 19th century. Often identified as a Biedermeier-style pastime activity for women, paper-braiding (with specifically made glossy paper slips) gained educational status as one of Froebel's gifts - No. 14. For children, it could be considered an exercise in "spatial reasoning"; adults would find mathematical challenges in working out the designs. (see Introduction: Froebel's Gifts. archive . bridgesmathart.org/2011bridges 2011). Both the cover and the interior offer attractive designs for display. Leporello album, 24.4 x 20.2 cm; with 20 leaves with 20 mounted plates.

    Original paper boards; old and slight damp (or glue?) staining, faint on upper cover, a bit more visible on lower cover; upper cover with braiding design bordering gilt title and author/creator's name; enclosing 20 stiff mounted cardboard sheets with constructed woven paper patterns, 2 patterns or variations of a pattern to one sheet on most examples, in brown and cream paper slips. Very good.
    ID#: 16647
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