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John Baskerville - A complete set of Baskerville's classics, in matching Kalthoeber bindings, 1773
A glorious set of this great series of printed classics, a late eighteenth-century high point in printing and publishing and generally seen as Baskerville's greatest achievement alongside his famous Bible. The set consists of the first editions of each of Baskerville's classical authors (Virgil, Juvenal & Persius, Horace, Catullus, Terence, Sallust & Florus, and Lucretius). The superb bindings are unsigned, but the tools, materials, and style clearly indicate the work of Christian Kalthoeber, the famous German craftsman producing some of the finest bindings of the period in London during the 1780s and 1790s. The beauty of Baskerville's books lies not only in his celebrated and unmistakeable types, still honoured today in computer-produced fonts, but also in paper and ink, both manufactured under his supervision. This magnificent set is the result of the addition of these to Kalthoeber's distinctive and beautiful style of binding. 
Rhodochrosite on Manganite, N'Chwaning Mine, S. Africa
This Rhodochrosite has the "wheat sheaf" crystal form which is rare and specific to South African Rhodo's. Each crystal is bi-colored, cherry blossom pink in the center then terminating in luscious glassy bright red color, the tips of the crystals are gemmy, glassy and glow with an intensity that is only seen in Rhodochrosite. South African Rhodo's are and always have been one of the "Holy Grails" of mineral collecting.  


Amethyst & Smoky Quartz on clear Quartz & Prehnite
Brandberg West, Gobbobisberg Mtns., Namibia. There are about half a dozen Amethysts in the world that I feel are roughly equal and are all among the best of species, this is one of them. These crystals have a clarity, a brilliance and glow that transcends the species itself. It perfectly mixes the colors of Amethyst with Smoky and Clear. Inside each crystal are floating wisps of color, deep rich purple Amethyst dominates, blackish/brown Smoky is mixed in and finally water clear glassy Quartz.
Mary Igiu - People of the Sea, a classic early Inuit print, 1961
Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada. This spectacular image is the only print created by Mary Igiu (1925-1968). It was issued in an edition of 50 (this is impression number 22) as part of the third Cape Dorset Print Collection. We can only imagine what Igiu might have created if she had lived longer. This haunting image, with the profile of the sedna (sea spirit) breaking the frame of the composition, speaks of great creativity.


Impressive Large Nayarit Couple, 100 BC - 250 AD
Remarkable large ancestral figures, probably portray distinct personages in an ancient Nayarit society. Their wide flattened bodies, supported by thick sturdy feet in wide stance with solid short arms, covered overall in a pink-brown slip with cream painted detail. They are both adorned with headbands, two types of noserings, earrings with appliquéd loops and discs, choker of layered necklaces, and layers of armbands.
Chorrera Standing Female Figure, 1500 BC - 300 BC
Location of Origin: Ecuador
Medium/Materials: Terra Cotta
Dimensions: 15 x 6.75 x 3.75 inches


Portraiture Vessel, Moche Culture, 100 AD - 700 AD
Location of Origin: North Coast of Peru
Medium/Materials: Terra Cotta
Dimensions: 9.5 x 5.25 x 4.75 inches
Meiji Norimono Cricket Holder, circa 1850


Encrusted Fetish Figure with Red Magic Bundle


Chinese Picnic Box, Mid-Qing Dynasty, 18th C.
Heriz Runner, Azerbaijan Province, Persia circa 1900


Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Tyler, 1818, First Print


Serapi Carpet, Azerbaijan Province, Persia, 19th C.
Albert Einstein - Typed Letter Signed, 1934


Woman's Wooden Stilted Clogs with Engraved Silver Mounts, Qabqab, 19th C.


Thomas Jefferson Signed Act of Congress Authorizing Alexander Hamilton, 1790
Rare Antique Children's Chair, Sudan or Somalia, late 19th - early 20th C.


Goravan Heriz, Azerbaijan Province, Persia, circa 1900


Antique African Crucifix, Kongo Tribe, DR.Congo, 16th -19th C.
Ceremonial Wooden Four - Tined 'Cannibal' Fork, Fiji, early 19th C.


Lapis Group on Stand, crafted during the Qing Dynasty


Zinc Cooling Bottle, Silver & Gilt Mounts, 18th C.
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