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1 Maskell, Alfred Ivories (The Connoisseur's Library)
New York Putnam's 1905 First American Edition Cloth 
Very Good in the publisher's light green cloth. Both the spine and the front board are decoratively stamped in gilt; the front board is stamped, also, in blind. 443pps., with 88 tissue-guarded plates of works in ivory -- from prehistoric times to the nineteenth century. There is modest rubbing wear to the board-edges, with the head of the spine having two small nicks in the cloth. Internally, there is a split in the binding (with much of the webbing disclosed) between the third fep and the half-title page; the hinge is, nonetheless, sound with the webbing all intact. A strip of book-repair cloth has reattached the frontispiece: all other pages are tightly bound. All text and each of the plates are exceptionally clean and bright -- many pages are, in fact, unopened (uncut): it seems that the original owner was primarily concerned with the illustrations, many of which are quite striking. In all, a very nice copy of this intriguing title.

"...The use of ivory as a decorative material has been so universal in the history of civilisation, it is so intimately connected with almost every other substance employed in the production and adornment of beautiful objects, that a close and systematic consideration of its various applications would seem to involve the study of the whole world's art in all ages. Not only would this be the case with regard to that which is, in the strictest sense, sculpture in ivory, but we shall find that even the graphic arts cannot be excluded; for in the decoration of ivory, the subjects carved or engraved upon it, and the practical use to which many of the objects which will come under our notice were destined, will insensibly lead us to consider endless illustrations of the manners and customs of mankind from the earliest periods of which we possess any written account. Nay, more, we shall have to go back to a period in prehistoric ages when it may almost be said that the only records are graphic ones, carved or incised on this very material which is to occupy our attention..."

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