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Line, Shade and Shadow

The Fabrication and Preservation of Architectural Drawings

Lois Olcott Price

As documents of the built environment, as source material for architectural historians and preservation architects, and as stunning works of art, architectural drawings serve a wide and diverse audience.
This book explores the materials and techniques used in their fabrication while illustrating their evolution from the eighteenth through the twentieth century. In addition to documenting the drafting process, this exploration also contributes to an understanding of the development of architectural design, the architectural profession, and the manufacturers that served its drafting and reprographic needs.
Because architectural drawings survive in great numbers and in large, often unstable formats, preservation and access issues present major challenges for institutions that hold research collections. This book provides a comprehensive look at both the problems and the solutions. It is beautifully illustrated with examples from major collections and includes extensive source citations.
The first three chapters discuss: the development of drafting-specific drawing, detail, and tracing papers and cloths; the changing media and techniques used in drafting, rendering, and mounting working, detail, and presentation drawings; the use of drawing instruments and correction and copying methods; and the introduction, development, and identification of blueprints and other photo-reproduction processes, including the history, chemistry, and working procedure for each process. The fourth and final chapter includes: an introduction to preservation, collection management, storage, and exhibition specifically for architectural drawings and photo-reproductions; and descriptions of specific conservation treatments with an assessment of their appropriateness for different deterioration issues and types of drawings.

The University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation has awarded the 2011 Historic Preservation Book Prize to Line, Shade and Shadow: The Fabrication and Preservation of Architectural Drawings by Lois Olcott Price.


Paula van Gestel-Van het Schip, Joop Kaashoek, Jaap Molenaar, Rob J. Poelijoe, Henk Schipper and Hans van der Zwan

The decision to embark on researching maps in books has resulted in a publication, presenting an unique combination of maps, plans and views. It concerns those, tucked away in historical and geographical works on Russia and Poland, prior to 1800 and published in the Netherlands. Both maps and books are elaborately described, analysed and indexed; much attention has been lavished on their authors, engravers and publishers to boot. The cartographic subdivision of the maps according to their regions brings to light the specific interrelation between the various works by differing authors.
The comprehensive introduction describes the history of Russia and Poland from various points of view for specific subjects and comes richly illustrated with over 100 images. The cartobibliography contains illustrations for each of the over 700 maps described and the bibliography features a large number of title pages and portraits in addition. This unusual combination of research objectives should appeal to map and book historians and collectors alike. A large folding view of the city of Moscow by Cornelis de Bruijn (1711) has been added in facsimile at the back of this publication. Summaries in Russian and Polish complete this publication.
In English with Polish and Russian summary.
Maps in Books of Russia and Poland is part 13 of the Utrecht Studies on the History of Cartography (Explokart).

Loek van Aalst and Annigje Hofstede

Here is a book, which for the very first time, gives a thorough synopsis of the Dutch art of furniture making in the late 16th and 17th century. The enormous prosperity in this Dutch golden age naturally had its reflection on for instance the worldwide known art of painting. Also in other art forms, such as architecture, fashion and in particular furniture making there was a wealthy production of beautifully designed and luxuriously executed pieces, which had a style all their own.
Besides a description of the historical, economical and social aspects of the Netherlands in the 17th century, the authors give in this detailed book, an elaborate introduction on the history, construction of furniture and the differences and similarities in the art of furniture making for each province of the Netherlands. In addition to this the specific aspects of each type of furniture from a specific region or area of the Netherlands is described. For each area a meticulous overview is created for each specific type of regional furniture and its appearance. This does not just entail cabinets, but also tables, chests, chairs and the like.
This shows how, in a relatively small country such as the Netherlands, a very rich and varied supply of furniture was created. Furniture of such a quality and aesthetic beauty that some are still used today, and others which are often the price possession of museums, at home and abroad.
Each chapter contains an extensive introduction about a specific type of furniture. This is followed by a catalogue part in which the authors give numerous examples of that specific type of furniture. Together with many illustrations the pieces are described and placed in chronological order. Never before were the hundreds of pieces in this book described and published.
With this publication a thorough reference book has been created with a great deal of useful information about the history of the Dutch art of furniture making in the 17th century. Apart from the enormous amount of knowledge presented in this book, it showcases the love both authors have for their profession.
Apart from the above mentioned contents, the book is complemented with chapters about the art of furniture making in the Netherlands in the 16th century and with chapters about furniture making as a craft, kinds of wood (in particular oak), and furniture construction and techniques.
In Dutch.

Ortelius Atlas Maps

An Illustrated Guide. Second Revised Edition

M. van den Broecke

This renowned book has been out of print for a couple of years, but a second, corrected, revised and grangerized edition is now available. This very practical and informative manual gives an extensive overview and a description of all the maps that appeared in the famous first atlas by Abraham Ortelius, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of 1570 and all later editions. The book gives illustrated information on every map of the various editions that have appeared of the Ortelius Atlas and provides valuable information on the dating, number of copies printed, editions and the origin of the maps. Titles pages and portraits of Ortelius are also extensively described.

Agnes M.L. Kerssemakers

Collected and described by Agnes M. L. Kerssemakers.
In this extensive catalogue the author describes some 9,000 printed books, pamphlets, papers, periodicals, almanacks, broadsides, posters, prints, caricatures, photographs, manuscripts and memorabilia which were collected by her over the course of many years.
This is a collection of mainly ad hoc propaganda and enlightenment, but also entertainment like songs and literature, including editions of almost the entire Malik-Verlag. Complemented with pictorial surveys of social bodies or activities, as well as the great works of the social Fathers, like Babeuf, Morelly, Rousseau, Moses Hess, Flora Tristan, Marx and Lenin. The catalogue has been enriched with 161 full colour illustrations.


Edited by Koert van der Horst

In 2011 we have completed one of our most prestigious projects; the publication of the facsimile of the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem bound in eight volumes. To celebrate this occasion we have published an accompanying publication with background information on the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem and the production of the facsimile.
In this book, various experts on the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem describe the many aspects of this unique compilation atlas from the 17th century. The book contains contributions by Roelof van Gelder on the Atlas of Laurens van de Hem and his library, a detailed description of the life and works of the collector and the making of his Atlas; Truusje Goedings on the coloration of the Atlas; Erlend de Groot on the art historical aspects of a series of drawings from the Atlas; Peter van der Krogt on the Atlas Maior by Blaeu, which served as the point of departure for the Atlas; Benjamin Schmidt on the printed maps from the Atlas, and Dick Gaasbeek on the making of the facsimile of the Atlas, including a detailed description of the photography, the printing and the binding. Together with an introduction by Günter Schilder, this book further contains a catalogue with the numbers and titles of, and brief information on all the maps and images present in the 8 volumes of the facsimile.
Extend your series of the catalogue of the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem of the Austrian Library. Illustrated and annotated catalogue, now with an additional 8th volume about the history of the history of the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem and the challenges of making the facsimile.

See also:

The History of the Library in Western Civilization, Volume IV

From Cassiodorus to Furnival: Classical and Christian Letters, Schools and Libraries in the Monasteries and Universities, Western Book Centres


Konstantinos Sp. Staikos

This work is the fourth part in an important, five-volume series addressing the unique role libraries have played in building and preserving Western culture. Mr. Staikos has become one of our foremost scholars on library history, writing such books as this as well as works like "The Great Libraries," a classic in its field.
This fourth volume discusses the publishing procedure for secular and religious writings of late antiquity and the factors that led to the impoverishment of the monumental libraries in Rome. New centers of learning grew up in the monasteries, where great libraries containing educational and instructive books and representative works of Christian literature came into being. Monastic libraries were founded throughout Europe, including the regions with Celtic and Anglo-Saxon populations: those at Monte Cassino, Bobbio, St. Gallen, Fulda, Cluny and elsewhere are dealt with extensively. Mention is also made of the libraries founded in universities and of the new philosophy of forming school libraries, as in Bologna and Paris.


Frans Laurentius

In Dutch with English summary.
Met een beschrijving van het leven, bedrijf en voorraad van de Nederlandse prent- en kunstverkoper Clement de Jonghe, levert de bekende prentenhandelaar en expert op het gebied van de etsen van Rembrandt, Frans Laurentius uit Middelburg, een belangrijke bijdrage aan de inventarisatie en het bedrijf van een uitgever van prenten in de tijd van Rembrandt, de uitgever Clement de Jonghe. Het is bekend dat deze laatste in het bezit was van een groep door Rembrandt geëtste koperplaten. Ondanks zijn relatieve bekendheid binnen dit gebied is Clement de Jonghe in de literatuur nooit echt uitgebreid behandeld.

Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici. New Edition. Vol. IV (3 Vols.)

The Town Atlases, Braun & Hogenberg, Janssonius, Blaeu, De Wit/Mortier and Others


Peter C.J. van der Krogt

Descriptive and illustrated bibliography of all town atlases by Braun & Hogenberg, Blaeu, Janssonius, De Wit and other Dutch publishers.
Three volumes.

Thomas Mattheij

In Dutch with English summary.
Een gedegen beschrijving van het burgerlijk drama in Nederland, een nieuw dramagenre dat zich hier ontwikkelde vanaf de vroege 18e eeuw uit en naast het reeds bestaande classicistische blij- en treurspel. Mattheij beschrijft de introductie van het burgerlijk drama in de Amsterdamse Schouwburg met alle daarbij horende facetten als interne organisatie van de schouwburg, productie, samenstelling van het repertoire en receptie door het publiek. Daarnaast deed hij onderzoek naar de heersende denkbeelden over het burgerlijk drama die de uitvoeringspraktijk in de periode 1738-1788 begeleidden. Resultaat is een gedegen en complete studie en een prachtig naslagwerk voor een ieder die hier meer over wil weten.