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elephant_brooch_11As a designer for Tiffany, Jean Schlumberger captured the attention of celebrities and fashion icons worldwide. Schlumberger was born in Mulhouse, France. He began his career creating buttons for Elsa Schiaparelli in the 1930s. Schiaparelli later commissioned him to design costume jewelry for her firm. In 1956, the president of Tiffany & Co., Walter Hoving, asked Schlumberger to begin designing for the firm. He had his own workshop at the company until his retirement. Schlumberger’s designs at Tiffany & Co. were remarkable for their whimsical interpretations of natural forms. He quickly built an impressive client base that included John F. Kennedy, the Duchess of Windsor, Babe Paley, Greta Garbo, Rachel Lambert Mellon, C.Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, Françoise de la Renta, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, Lyn Revson, Gloria Vanderbilt, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn & Jacqueline Kennedy. Schlumberger remains one of only four jewelers that Tiffany & Co. has allowed to sign their work.

Description: 2 hard bound volumes in publishers cloth slipcase. Black silk covered boards with decorative gilt titles. Pasted down illustration on the front panel of each volume. A lavish two volume set on the artistry of Jean Schlumberger which was edited by Franco Maria Ricci. #101 in a limited edition HAND SIGNED & NUMBERED BY SCHLUMBERGER. Text in French. Beautiful blue paper stock with numerous tipped in plates. Minor wear to slipcase, otherwise fine. RARE!.

Bookseller Inventory # 19997



Bijoux de Jean Schlumberger et Objets de Jean Schlumberger
Vreeland, Diana  &  d’Ormesson, Jean

Publisher: Franco Maria Ricci
Publication Date: 1976
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, As Issued
Edition: First Edition


coward460noelcoward2Description: Hard bound in publishers slipcase, no dust jacket, as issued. Stated first edition. Limited edition #138 of 301 printed copies HAND SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY NOEL COWARD in blue ink on limitation page. Cream cloth with pasted down spine label title on back-strip. Wear to publishers red paper slipcase. Some minor wear and staining to boards, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight. Present Indicative is the first part of the autobiography of one of the most celebrated characters in British theatrical history. Each line is punctuated with his trademark effervescent wit, making this book a comic tour de force in its own right, as well as a “must read” for anyone with an interest in the world of theater.

Bookseller Inventory # 22972

Present Indicative
Coward, Noel

Publisher: Doubleday, Doran and Co.
Publication Date: 1937
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First U. S. Edition

Deskey2Deskey3Donald Deskey studied architecture at the University of California, but did not follow that profession, becoming instead an artist and a pioneer in the field of Industrial design. In Paris he attended the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, which influenced his approach to design. He established a design consulting firm in New York City, and later the firm of Deskey-Vollmer which specialized in furniture and textile design. His designs in this era progressed from Art Deco to Streamline Moderne.  In the 1930s, he won the competition to design the interiors for Radio City Music Hall. In the 1940s he started the graphic design firm Donald Deskey Associates and made some of the most recognizable icons of the day. He designed the Crest toothpaste packaging, as well as the Tide bullseye. His company is still in operation in Cincinnati. A collection of his work is held by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. 214 pages. One plate cut out (page 179/180) Some wear to dust jacket, and previous owners bookplate to endpage, otherwise very good. A RARE monograph.

Bookseller Inventory # 20792



Donald Deskey Decorative Designs and Interiors
Hanks, David A.

Publisher: E P Dutton, New York, New York, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1987
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

François-Edmond Pâris (1806 – 1893) was one of the most fascinating characters in French maritime history. As a young man he was involved in the last of the grand French scientific expeditions, and helped collect and classify the curiosities of the newly explored lands in Asia and the Pacific. He circumnavigated the globe three times with renowned French captains. As a surveyor and draftsman, he helped with the overwhelming success of these explorations. This opened for him a new opportunity, the honor to command one of the first steamships in the French fleet. A brilliant naval engineer, he greatly helped modernize the French navy of the 1800’s. Most of his books became classics not only in France but abroad. He is notable for his role in organising the Musée national de la Marine (National Navy Museum) in Paris. In 1871 he was appointed curator of the Navy at the Louvre, where Admiral Paris spent the last twenty-two years of his life enriching the collections, and formulating this unique set.

Description: 3 volumes ( Volume 1, 2 & 5) Hard bound in publishers green cloth with blind stamped boards and gilt titles. Large Elephant folios – 22.5 ” x 19″. Massive at over 13 Lbs. each. Each volume holds 60 full page, single sided plates. Originally published 1882-1908. First reprinted in 1910. Volume #5 is a 1892 first printing. Volumes 1 & 2 from the 1910 reprinted series. All volumes show some wear with minor chipping to spine edges and corners. Binding weak, but holding well. Profusely illustrated with striking full page plates of marine architectural renderings. RARE!


Souvenirs de marine Collection de plans ou dessins de navires et de bateaux anciens ou modernes existants ou disparus avec les éléments numériques nécessaores à leur construction
Pâris, François-Edmond

Publisher: Gauthier – Villars Et Fils, Paris
Publication Date: 1892, 1910, 1910
Binding: Hardcover, 3 volumes of 6
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Edition: #5 – 1st edition, #1 & #2  – 1910 reprints

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