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AT3A. (Durer, A), Thausing, M, Albert Durer: His Life and Work, 1st English edition, John Murray 1882, complete in 2 volumes, rebound in matching quarter charcoal roan over blue cloth boards, 16 + 376pp, with illustrations in the text + a frontispiece and 6 plates, 8 + 347pp including index, with illustrations in the text + a frontispiece and 13 plates (one folding), title pages decorated in red, translated from the German and edited by F.A. Eaton. Arguably one of the best and most comprehensive biographical studies of Durer’s life and work, with a splendid set of illustrations from engraved initial letters to the familiar esoteric and religious themed scenes. Ex lib, minimal trace, gilt file numbers to spines, book plates to front paste-downs, and small stamps to verso of title pages, a few minor marks to covers, minor spotting to prelims otherwise internally clean and tight. Margin to one plate in volume one rather ragged and soiled with a few small tears, one of which slightly affects the image but without loss, smallish chip to margin of one leaf in volume two with loss of a couple of letters either side, a shame as these are otherwise a near very good, but consequently cheap set of the scarce first English issue £25

AT4B. Jameson, Mrs, Sacred and Legendary Art, 1848, New edition, Longmans 1900, complete in 2 volumes, 8vo, green cloth over bevel edged boards, gilt titles to spines, gilt rules and images to upper covers, top edges gilt, title pages rubricated, (20 + 16) + 818pp including index, with many engravings in the text + 19 sepia toned engraved plates with tissue guards . A study of the legends portrayed within Christian art, the first volume covering angels, the four evangelists and the twelve apostles, doctors of the church and saints; the second covering patron saints, hermit saints, warrior saints, martyrs, and early bishops. Ex lib, file numbers and small labels to spines, small ink stamps to title pages, verso of plates and a few margins. Spines very slightly darkened, corners slightly rubbed, tissue guards browning as usual, some very occasional minor foxing or marks to a few margins, text clean and tight, overall still a good + solid set £12

AT5A. Lothrop, S.K, Treasures of Ancient America, 1 st edition, Skira 1964, Square folio, red cloth, 14 + 230pp including index, with 144 illustrations (of 145), 84 (of 85) in full colour, a few as line drawings in text, but most as large tipped in plates, with a full page map. The arts of the pre-Columbian civilizations of America from Mexico to Peru. Covers Aztecs, Maya, Chavin, Nazca, Toltec, etc, with a particular focus on religious and magical art. With the ownership signature of Austin Osman Spare aficionado Gavin W Semple to the front paste down. Minor stain to top of front end papers. Sadly lacking one tipped in coloured plate, otherwise a very good, clean and tight copy in good - (edge worn, marked, two sizable chips to top of front panel, though not affecting text or image, worn at ends of folds, a couple of closed, repaired tears to front panel) d/w £8

AT7. Romilly Allen, F, Celtic Art in Pagan and Christian Times, 1st edition, Methuen 1904, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine and gilt series title (The Antiquary’s Books) to front board, 18 + 315pp including index + 4pp advertisements and 40pp publisher’s catalogue,  with many illustrations in the text + 46 plates. A comprehensive study from the origins of the pagan Celts through to early Christianity, via the Bronze and Iron Ages. A few minor marks to cloth, spine slightly faded with upper portion slightly rubbed, ownership inscriptions to front end paper, minor spots to end papers and a few margins, text clean and tight, a good + overall copy £12

AT9B. Stromback, D, The Epiphany in Runic Art: The Dyana and Sika Stones, 1st ed.University College London 1970, tall 8vo, stitched card wraps, 19pp + 5 plates. The Dorothy Coke memorial lecture for 1969, shows the correalations between the carvings on the Dyana and Sika stones, and the Epiphany story. Wraps slightly soiled and rubbed, v.good - £8

AT13. Wright, T, A History of Caricature and the Grotesque in Art, 1st edition, Virtue & Co. no date (1865), small 4to, brown cloth over bevel edged boards with gilt titles to spine and gilt figure of dancing Krishna to spine and front board, all edges stained red, title page rubricated, 14 + 494pp, with engraved head pieces and many illustrations in the text from various sources drawn and engraved by F.W Fairholt. An entertaining study, ranging from the origins of caricature and the grotesque in ancient times through to the time of writing, and Including much relating to the esoteric such as the idea of mythical monsters and anthropomorphic god-forms, pagan church carvings, and medieval depictions of demons. Spine very slightly faded, corners, spine ends and lower joint slightly worn, upper corner of rear board spotted, edges rubbed,  small blind impressed private library stamps to front end paper, some very occasional light foxing, one gathering springing, but overall still a good and reasonably solid copy £15