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New Biographical Dictionary of Western Photographers
All biographical entries tell when and where photographers were active.
Many also include birth and death dates, career data, and subject
In addition to biographical entries, an illustrated chapter explains how to
identify and categorize information on photographs such as manuscript
notes, stamps, logos, and imprints. A photograph dating guide,
photographer index, comprehensive bibliography, and small glossary round
out this researcher's bonanza. Biographies of Western Photographers is
essential for anyone buying, selling, or collecting early American and
Canadian western photographs. I highly recommend it. Biographies of Western Photographers
by Carl Mautz, Carl Mautz
Publishing, Nevada City, CA, 1997, hardbound, dustjacket, 601 pages, 9 by
11 1/4 inches, $85. Available from Carl Mautz Publishing, 228 Commercial
St., # 522, Nevada City, CA 95959 or call 1-916-478-1610.
Carl Mautz has been publishing photography reference books for over ten
years and his latest achievement, Biographies of Western
, is definitely his best. This comprehensive dictionary
covers 15,000 photographers who were active during the 19th and early 20th
centuries in 27 states and provinces of the American and Canadian West.
Photographers who worked in specific locations are listed alphabetically by
state or province. Itinerants are listed in a separate section called
The ADEC/Art Price Annual
is the best and most comprehensive auction
record compendium published in Europe and one of the best available
anywhere. The 1997 Edition contains nearly 140,000 new auction records of
art by 40,000 artists that has sold at over 700 auction houses in over 40
countries worldwide in the sixteen-month period ending January, 1997.Although ADEC includes numerous sales of American art sold at American
auctions and is perfectly acceptable for researching American art prices,
its real strength lies in its coverage of European art sold at European
auctions. It contains results from smaller regional firms, especially in
France, that other compendiums do not. Art tends to fetch the highest and
most representative prices in the regions where it was created or where the
artists lived, so for accurate assessments of market strength, relevant
regional sales should always be checked.The good news is that ADEC 1997 sells for only $99 and that's a major deal.
If you occasionally come across European works of art, make sure you have
access to ADEC.ADEC/Art Price Annual 1997 edited by Emilio Sironi, Erhmann, St.
Romain au Mt. D'Or, France, 1997, hardbound, 2352 pages, 8 3/4 by 11 3/4
inches, $99. Available from Dealer's Choice Books, Inc., PO Box 710, Land
O'Lakes, FL, 34639 or call 1-800-ART-AMER.
is the undisputed king of artist signature
directories. He's authored ones on American artists, European artists,
illustrators, and indecipherable problem signatures and now adds one on old
masters. Old Masters: Signatures and Monograms, 1400-born 1800
covers 1700 artists and contains 2700 signature examples. Castagno's
signature directories are the best available and this one no exception.
When researching or verifying old master or any other signatures, check his
books first. Old Masters: Signatures and Monograms, 1400-born 1800
Castagno, Scarecrow Press, Inc., Lanham, MD, hardbound, 380 pages, 8 3/4 by
11 1/4 inches, $110. Available from Scarecrow Press, 4720 Boston Way,
Lanham, MD 20706 or call 1-800-462-6420.
Artist colonies have played a major role in influencing the course of
American art history. Many of America's most important artists have been
affiliated with them either briefly or over extended periods of time.
Researching such colonies is now easier than ever with the publication of American Art Colonies, 1850-1930
by Steve Shipp. The book covers
sixteen of America's most important colonies such as those at Laguna Beach,
CA, Gloucester-Rockport, MA, and Santa Fe, NM.
Each chapter summarizes the history of one colony and concludes with
biographies of that colony's most famous artists. A good bibliography and
index round out the book. American Art Colonies, 1850-1930
by Steve Shipp, Greenwood Press,
Westport, CT, 1996, hardbound, 159 pages, 6 1/4 by 9 1/2 inches, $69.50.
Available from Greenwood Publishing Group, 88 Post Road West, Box 5007,
Westport, CT 06881. Credit card orders call 1-800-225-5800.
I buy and sell rare and collectible art books for a living. I've
criss-crossed the country repeatedly in search of exceptional tomes for my
clients. This qualifies me to put on my bookdealer's hat for a moment and
review a great new directory of American used and rare booksellers. Antiquarian, Specialty, and Used Book Sellers, Second Edition,
, edited by James and Karen Ethridge, provides extensive
information on 5,261 American dealers. Entries are arranged geographically
by state and city. Three additional indexes provide quick access to
subject specialties, personnel names, and store names. The subject
specialty index is especially good because it saves me the time of having
to read all 5,261 entries to see who specializes in art books.Antiquarian, Specialty and Used Book Sellers is comprehensive, well
organized, easy to use, and provides more than enough information to get
even the best bookhunters started in whatever corner of the country they
may find themselves. I tried it; I like it. Antiquarian, Specialty, and Used Book Sellers, Second Edition,
, edited by James and Karen Ethridge, Omnigraphics, Inc.,
Detroit, 1997, soft bound, 861 pages, 6 by 9 inches, $85. Available from
Omnigraphics, Inc., Penobscot Building, Detroit, MI 48226 or call