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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122157023984 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! “The Ralph Harari Collection of Finger Rings” by John Boardman. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with dustjacket. Publisher: Thames & Hudson (1977). Pages: 149. Size: 10 x 7¼ x 1¼ inches; 1¾ pounds. CONDITION: NEW. Hardcover with corner clipped dustjacket. Thames & Hudson (1977) 149 pages. Unblemished except for very mild edge and corner shelfwear to dustjacket. No tears or chips to dustjacket of course, just very mild shelfwear. Inside flap of the dustjacket is also "corner clipped", meaning one corner of the inside dustjacket flap is clipped off (this is done so as to remove the publisher's price, as if it were going to be given as a gift). Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unread, though of course it is likely that the book was leafed through a few times while in the bookstore. Though the pages are absolutely pristine and the book has clearly never been "read", it seems likely (given the fact the book is 40 years old) that a few bookstore browsing "lookie-loo's" must have flipped through the book while it was on the bookstore shelf. Notwithstanding that likelihood, the condition of the book is entirely consistent with a new book from an open-shelf bookstore environment such as Barnes & Noble or B. Dalton, wherein patrons are permitted to browse open stock and so otherwise "new" books might bear faint traces of shelfwear and or browsing wear. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 14 days! #7647a. PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES BELOW FOR DETAILED REVIEWS AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Finger rings call upon the arts of the goldsmith. Engraver, and jeweler. They are objects which, from antiquity6, have been regarded as so highly personal that they can carry and confer personal authority, either in themselves of by use as signets; they can be credited with magical or amuletic properties; and as purely decorative jewelry they have been given, exchanged and worn, by men and women, to the present day. The tradition is a continuous one – from the Egyptian ring with its hieroglyphic inscription, the Etruscan scarab on its swivel ring, the Classical Greek gold signet, and Roman ring with engraved stone, to the heraldic rings of Byzantium and of Renaissance and modern Europe; from the rings conferred and worn by Popes and Cardinals to the English posy ring or lover’s gift. The collection presented here demonstrates all these uses with prime examples. Ralph Harari, soldier and diplomat, died in 1969. To a notable and exciting career in public service he added an interest in art and collecting which he indulged with singular perception and taste. He acquired important collections of Japanese drawings and paintings; of Beardsley drawings; and also of finger rings. These, drawn part;ly from private purchase and partly from the sales of older collections, include examples from such important cabinets as the Marlborough, Southesk, Guilhou, Pichon and Tysziewicz. As a result, the strength of the collection lies in its Greek gold rings, European heraldic rings, and Renaissance decorative rings, but the range and quality of the pieces demonstrate the arts of the jeweler and engraver in many different periods and lands, from the ancient Egyptian to the neo-Classical, from the European to Islamic. The collection is augmented by examples of engraved gems, many of which were made for setting in rings. The descriptive catalogue, with discussion and enlarged photographs of every item, has been prepared by John Boardman, author of several books on ancient gem engraving, and Diana Scarisbrick, herself a collector. With 382 illustrations, 10 in color. REVIEW: REVIEW: TABLE OF CONTENTS: Preface. Catalogue. Abbreviations. Greek Intaglios. Greek Rings. Etruscan Scarabs and Rings. Hellenistic, Italic, and Roman Rings. Hennenistic, Italic, and Roman Intaglios and Cameos. Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian. Sassanian Intaglios. Byzantine and Merovingian Rings and Gems. Signet Rings with Heraldic and Personal Devices. . Signet Rings with Ancient and Later Intaglios. Rings Set with Gems and Intaglios. Medieval and Later Engraved Gems. Religious and Other Subjects. Commeso Pendant. Oriental Rings and Engraved Gems. The Plates. Index and Principal Inscriptions. REVIEW: Sir John Boardman, FBA, is Emeritus Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art in the University of Oxford. His many books include “The History of Greek Vases” (2006) “The Oxford History of Classical Art” (1997), “The Oxford History of the Classical World” (1986) and “The World of Ancient Art” (2006). REVIEW: Diana Scarisbrick is a noted jewelry historian and author of a number of books, including "Finger Rings: Ancient to Modern" (2006) and "Rings: Miniature Monuments to Love, Power and Devotion" (2014). Claudia Wagner, a senior researcher at Oxford University’s Beazley Archive, wrote "The Marlborough Gems" (2009) with Sir John Boardman, the third co-author of this book. Boardman is Emeritus Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art at the University of Oxford. He also authored "Greek Gems and Finger Rings" (2001), "The World of Ancient Art" (2006), and "Greek Art" (2012) among other titles. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Although the present catalogue is issued in the same format as Boardman's earlier works on the “lonides Collection” (1968) and “On Intaglios and Rings from a Private Collection” (1975) , it differs from these in its arrangement. Here there is no introductory text but the catalogue entries are longer and written in a more relaxed and discursive style. Furthermore the wide range of material assembled by the late Ralph Harari has resulted in the wise decision to include here later gems and rings. For most readers Boardman’s descriptions of the ancient gems and finger rings will be of primary interest. Some of the pieces have been discussed by him before, although few were previously adequately illustrated. Moreover he has not hesitated to reverse his earlier judgments where necessary. Thus a fifth century scaraboid showing a rolling horse is transferred from the common to the fine style and incidentally is nice juxtaposed with a fine style scarab which depicts a plump sow. There are some good fifth and fourth century rings with engraved bezels. An Artemis riding upon a stag is especially striking; another device shows Hermes fastening wings (not winged sandals as Boardman once thought to his feet. Many of the most important items date from the Hellenistic age. An unfinished chalcedony tabloid which once belonged to Adolf Furtwangler is illustrated adequately for the first time. All the stages of intaglio cutting are represented from the preliminary sketching with a diamond point to the blocking out and modeling of the figural design. A first century intaglio showing Eros with an enormous cornucopia is a real masterpiece and Boardman rightly in the opinion of this reviewer, sees no reason why this should not have been cut by Aufos. The signature AYAOY was thought to be modern by Furtwangler but Boardman thinks the signature might simply be unfinished. In any case Eros here js very similar to one, bound beside a trophy, on an amethyst in the British Museum where the signature is not in doubt. A winged figure standing on a globe seems to be the moon goddess syncretized with Nike; Boardman might have mentioned the appearance of a frontal Victoria standing on a globe on coins struck soon after the Battle of Actium, at which time indeed our intaglio may have been cut. The reviewer is less inclined to see the sphinx as an allusion to Roman history; most commentators believe that the seated sphinx on eastern cistophori and aurei of Augustus reflects the device on his seal ring. Later in date, probably Julio-Claudian although still late Hellenistic in style, is the jasper showing a bust of Nike holding a stylus or graver with which to record the news of a victory; she plucks at her chiton, a gesture which as Boardman comments properly belongs to Nemesis. So does the gem refer to the Roman armies avenging a past defeat? The owner of the intaglio was, however, a Greek by the name of Polydeukes. It would be a mistake for even the most dedicated classicist to ignore Diana Scarisbrick's contribution which makes up the second half of the volume. Her entries, of equal quality to Boardman’s and perhaps even more engagingly written, highlight the continuity of the jeweler's art from late antiquity until modern times. Robert Wilkins' photographs are as magnificent as ever, and they provide a model of how small objects should be illustrated. It says much for Harari 's taste and acumen that this book is, in many respects, the best introduction available to the development of gems and rings. It is sad that the collection has now been sold and will never again be available for study in its entirety. We should be grateful to Boardman and Scarisbrick for making and publishing such a full record and hope that the publisher's very high price will not deter serious student from adding it to their shelves. [Martin Henig, Oxford Institute of Archaeology]. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Fabulous documentary of hundreds of ancient finger rings. A must for serious enthusiasts or students of ancient rings. Wonderfully photographed, descriptions are meticulous and thorough. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site) and free insurance coverage. A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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