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Illustrators and other artists in books, magazines and DVDs from before the 1950s.

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  1. JOSEF HALFER AND THE REVIVAL OF THE ART OF MARBLING PAPER

    Regular Price: $75.00

    Sale Price $39.95

    Josef Halfer practiced and taught marbling at a time when paper marbling was in decline and being replaced by mechanically-produced substitutes. The techniques that Halfer pioneered enabled marblers to take the craft to new artistic levels, allowing more detailed patterns to be achieved than ever before, and resulting in the most delicate, intricate and beautiful forms that the medium is capable of producing. Wolfe hand-printed 17 fine works based on Halfer designs, each one hand-tipped-in here. Plus Halfer's own essays, newly translated. A small but very fine little book. Learn More
  2. MARBLED PAPER It's History, Techniques, and Patterns
    $95.00

    Richard J. Wolfe (1928-2017) was a rare book librarian, practicing marbler, and collector of marbled papers and books about marbling. This book is the result of more than twenty-five years of research and practical experience. Wolfe tracked down and sorted out historical records of marbling from their original sources, to write eloquently on technical and stylistic questions. This meticulously examines the rise and fall of the craft, its history, techniques, and patterns in such a way as to put all aspects of this fascinating craft in proper perspective. Profusely illustrated, oversized. Learn More
  3. ELDRITCH BLOOM The Art of Der Orchideengarten Volume 3
    $29.00

    Artwork from issues #13-18 of the twice-monthly magazine Der Orchideengarten. This bizarre German fantasy magazine is acknowledged as a predecessor of Weird Tales, collecting outré stories and art. Includes work by Heinrich Kley, Beardsley, Tony Johannot, and a host of names entirely unknown to us. While the literary content is historically significant, many of the stories have been reprinted, so the focus here is on what has gone undocumented: the incredible artworks that illustrated these stories--ranging from peculiar medieval etchings to occult woodblocks to expressionist visions -- all balancing the romantic and the gothic with hyper-elegant sophistication. Learn More
  4. DIABOLICAL FANTASIA The Art of Der Orchideengarten Volume 1
    $29.00

    This collects the entirety of the magnificent and macabre illustrations in issues #1-6 of Der Orchideengartenbmagazine from the year 1919. This bizarre German fantasy magazine is acknowledged as a predecessor of Weird Tales, collecting outré stories and art. Published after the First World War when German art was at its height of decadence and debauchery, the magazine included a wide selection of new and reprinted stories by both German-language and foreign writers ranging from suspense and terror to crime and the eerily-erotic. Learn More
  5. SINISTER HARVEST The Art of Der Orchideengarten Volume 2
    $29.00

    This collects the entirety of the magnificent and macabre illustrations in issues #7-12 of the twice-monthly magazine Der Orchideengarten, from the year 1919. This bizarre German fantasy magazine is acknowledged as a predecessor of Weird Tales, collecting outré stories and art. Published after the First World War when German art was at its height of decadence and debauchery, the magazine included a wide selection of new and reprinted stories by both German-language and foreign writers ranging from suspense and terror to crime and the eerily-erotic. Learn More
  6. INFERNAL CREATURES A Collection of Rare Occult Artworks 1880-1970
    $35.00

    Sultry witches, handsome devils, and all manner of sinister, mystical creatures! Over seventy extremely rare occult posters from the Century Guild museum archive in a handsome clothbound hardcover. Rare visions conjured by the hands of Gustav Klimt, Carlos Schwabe, Josef Fenneker, and more are shown in full-color images, alongside commentary from historian and museum director Thomas Negovan. Each image was professionally photographed, meticulously color corrected, and printed for you to enjoy at the highest resolution possible. Some nudity. Learn More
  7. FADEAWAY The Remarkable Imagery of Coles Phillips

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    Coles Phillips (1880–1927) was among the most in-demand illustrators in his field during the 1910s and 20s. A dynamic and highly skilled watercolor artist and draftsman, Phillips created dozens of covers for mainstream American magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Life, and The Saturday Evening Post. This original compilation features more than 80 color plates selected from two of Phillips' early collections, A Gallery of Girls and A Young Man's Fancy, in addition to images from other sources. In 1908 he created his famous "Fade Away Girl," for which he is still most remembered. Learn More
  8. DINOMANIA The Lost Art of Winsor McCay

    Regular Price: $95.00

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    An impressive, king-sized book that was rather expensive originally, but now a true bargain. Merkl explores the influences McCay brought to this genre--including McCay's own Gertie the Dinosaur animated shorts-- the animation in 1933's King Kong, tracing our love of dinosaurs and monster movies down through the decades. Wonderful reproduction, dozens of previously unseen "lost" full color McCay pages from 1937, plus wonderful "Dino" strips direct from proofs. Breathtakingly designed, each page is overflowing with amazing imagery--most rarely seen or never seen before. Very, very cool. Learn More
  9. THE MAGIC BOOK
    $40.00

    An amazing 850 rarely seen vintage posters, photographs, handbills, and engravings. This traces the history of magic as a performing art. Combining sensational images with incisive text, the book explores the evolution of the magician's craft, from medieval street performers to the brilliant stage magicians who gave rise to cinematic special effects--from the 19th century's Golden Age of Magic to groundbreaking daredevils like Houdini and the early 20th century's vaudevillians. New format & price, previously published at $200.00. Learn More
  10. FRANK E. SCHOONOVER Catalogue Raisonne
    $195.00

    This two-volume, slip-cased Catalogue Raisonné encompasses Schoonover's entire career, from his earliest sketches to his last easel paintings. Included are over 3000 images, many in full color, and a detailed biography. A student of Howard Pyle, Frank E. Schoonover (1877-1972) is recognized as one of the foremost illustrators of his time. His prolific contribution to American illustration spanned more than 40 years. This will stand as the pre-eminent record of Schoonover, his life, and his work. While many of the illustrations must be kept small, there are a good, satisfying number of works reproduced full page size, from the original paintings. Learn More

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