Robert Woods Bliss Collection: Pre-Columbian Art: Lothrop, S. K.; W. F. Foshag; Joy Mahler (Text ... Robert Woods Bliss Collection: Pre-Columbian Art: Lothrop, S. K.; W. F. Foshag; Joy Mahler (Text ...

Robert Woods Bliss Collection: Pre-Columbian Art

Lothrop, S. K.; W. F. Foshag; Joy Mahler (Text and critical analyses by)

Published by Phaidon Publishers Inc, New York, 1957
Condition: g+ Hardcover
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Folio. 65, [3]pp (text). I-CLXIIpp (plates), [231]-285pp (text). Original glassine over gilt-stamped cloth, with gold lettering on spine and front cover. Book housed in its original photo-illustrated paper covered slipcase. Tipped-in color frontispiece. Title page in burgundy and black lettering. Splendid volume depicting in 162 color plates the Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art which comprises objects from the ancient cultures of Mesoamerica, the Intermediate Area, and the Andes. Among its most important holdings are a variety of sculptures in stone, from elegant carvings of Aztec deities and animals, to several large relief panels bearing the likeness of Maya kings. Other stonework includes finely sculpted anthropomorphic figurines and polished jade renderings of ritual objects from the Olmec, Veracruz, and Teotihuacan cultures. Assorted stone and ceramic vessels are decorated with painted and carved imagery, elite portraits, and elaborate courtly scenes, providing insights into the artistic endeavors and political and ceremonial pursuits of the Mesoamerican elite. Also in the collection are molded and painted ceramics of the Nasca, Moche, and Wari cultures, many of them bearing stylized representations of humans, animals, or supernatural beings. Gold and silver objects from the Chavín, Lambayeque, Chimú, and Inka cultures offer evidence of the expertise achieved by Andean metalsmiths, while over forty textiles and works in feathers testify to the importance of fiber arts in this region. A variety of personal objects in gold, shell, and semi-precious stone were part of the panoply of the elite, and attest to differences in taste, technology, and ideology across the Pre-Columbian world. Slipcase heavily rubbed along edges. Glassine chipped at lower margin of front cover and spine. Slipcase and glassine in overall fair, binding and interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 37669

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Title: Robert Woods Bliss Collection: Pre-Columbian...

Publisher: Phaidon Publishers Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1957

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:g+

Edition: First edition.

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Since 1985 we offer individual books for sale from our inventory of 150,000 rare, out-of-print and antiquarian volumes on many topics, with an emphasis on Judaica, Hebraica, Bibles and rabbinics, the fine and decorative arts, architecture, photography, textile and wallpaper sample books, Bauhaus and the avant garde, expressionist dance, Olympic Games and sport, the ancient near-east and archeology, erotica, illustrated and foreign-language books, especially German, Yiddish, Polish and Hebrew, as well as books from the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich, plus Russian constructivist materials. We create book collections, both large and small, for individuals, decorators, archives and libraries¿currently available: a 10,000-volume research collection on Judaica in the German language. In addition, we maintain a beguiling selection of original works of art and photography. Eric Chaim Kline provides appraisal services for estate, insurance and tax purposes, often helping to match book donors with libraries and museums. We purchase books of merit and entire collections; we also take books on consignment with favorable terms. We are a rental source for movie and tv production, occasionally providing the prop on which the plot turns. Traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe, Eric Chaim Kline has been buying and selling old and rare books since the 1980¿s, when in graduate school at Brandeis University. Proprietor of bookshops in several Los Angeles locations since 1985, he hosts visitors by appointment in our lively bookstore and ships books to collectors, libraries and museums worldwide. Kline occasionally lectures on topics in book collecting and Jewish studies. He sponsors the annual Bibliography Award granted by the Association of Jewish Libraries and serves on the national board of the Antiquarian Booksellers¿ Association of America. We welcome your inquiries.

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