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Seller: ancientgifts (4,530) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382162425988 Ancestral Jewels: Treasures of Britain's Aristocracy" by Diana Scarisbrick. 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: Andre Deutsch (1989). Pages: 240. Size: 11½ x 9¼ x 1 inches; 3 pounds.. Shows and describes the jewelry of the British aristocracy, explains the history behind many of the pieces, and looks at the styles popular during each period from the Tudors to the Edwardians CONDITION: VERY GOOD. VERY LARGE, pictorial hardcover with dustjacket. Andre Deutsch (1989) 240 pages. Andre Deutsch (1989) 240 pages. Based on appearances I would guess the book was read once. The pages really show no evidence of having been read beyond page 25. Dustjacket evidence modest edge and corner shelfwear, including two neatly mended closed edge tears; one 1/2 inch at the back side of the spine head, and one 1/4 inch at the back side of the spine heel (but no large tears, chips, etc.). Dustjacket shows some rubbing (it's a black high-gloss dustjacket and so will show rubbing even from merely being shelved between other books). Cover corners evidence very mild bumping. Large, heavy oversized books like this are often awkward to handle, and so are often bumped against shelf edges when being shelved. The are very mild bumps however, the pages beneath do not show any echoing of the bumps, they are merely superficial. Pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, remain well bound, and evidence only very mild reading wear. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #7644b.#7644c. 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: The jewelry that belongs to our greatest families is as much a part of Britain’s heritage as their houses, estates, and other works of art. The desire to preserve these precious stones is inherent to the aristocracy and we can understand why, for hereditary jewels are testaments to private affection and public esteem. They mirror the achievements, adventures, loves and griefs of the individuals who have successively worn them. Their jewels, like their characters, are women into the narrative of history. Diana Scarisbrick’s evocative test is illustrated with superb photographs. She tells of Sir Francis Drake’s glorious ruby and opal hat jewel awarded him by his Queen after his circumnavigation of the globe; the priceless pear pearl worn by Charles I to his execution, and entrusted to his daughter Princess Mary; the diamond plume of triumph given Nelson by a grateful Sultan in recognition of his victory on the Nile. Side-by-side with the momentous jewels are those which are famous simply because they are the finest; bought and bequeathed by the aristocracy as badges of wealth, rank and fashion, mementoes of royalty, family and friends. The owners’ names form a roll-call of the greatest families: Atholl, Buccleuch, Carlisle, Devonshire, Londonderry, Norfolk, Portland, Salisbury, Spencer. Their jewels were fabulous beyond our dreams, and perhaps even our understanding, for what could be further from today’s reality than a countess so famous for her looks and her jewels that even her peers stood on benches to glimpse her as she went by? Or a marchioness who so bewitched the Emperor of Russia that he gave her a second fortune in matchless gems? Yet such things did happen, and such heirlooms, despite loss, theft, the whims of fashion and the waning fortunes of their owners, have survived, a tribute to the tenacity of successive generations who have held fast for us these links with our history. REVIEW: Ancestral Jewels were very much a part of British heritage. Extravagance was shown in their mansions and its contents, their portraiture with the extravagant clothing and accouterments, and the jewelry of the time. Jewels, as well as other belongings, were bequeathed to descendants of families, later to become heirlooms. Of all ancestral jewels, those of Royal provenance were the most prized. Families held onto that tradition so well that today we have many examples that bind us to the past. REVIEW: Diana Scarisbrick is a freelance writer, lecturer, and prominent member of the Society of Jewelry Historians, specializing in the history of jewelry and engraved gems. She has catalogued the collections of the Dukes of Wellington and Devonshire, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland. She regularly contributes to “Country Life”, “Apollo”, and “Burlington” magazines and is completing a history of British jewelry, 1066-1837. She lives in London. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: With her recognition of ancestral jewels as "emblems of family pride, visible links in the chain of history . . . encompassing the heights of human artistry and the breadth of human feeling," freelance writer Scarisbrick embarks on a survey of the gems of England from the Tudors to the Edwardians, with detours into the history of certain individual pieces. These are jewels with pedigrees--and through them, aspects of their eras come to life. Via words and illustrations of queens and other nobility bedecked in their prized possessions, the elegant baubles and bangles are recreated in glossy splendor: the workmanship of Renaissance goldsmiths and less flashy Stuart ornaments; the diadems, tiaras and diamond dog collars of more modern days; "love rings" with French inscriptions and memorial rings containing locks of hair; parures of dazzling opulence. Retained whenever possible by their original owners, these glittering fragments of the past have survived time, taxes and the Blitz. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Diana Scarisbrick's "Ancestral Jewels: Treasures of Britain's Aristocracy" is a superb overview of the jewels and jewelry which helped to set the British nobility apart--for better or for worse. Scarisbrick doesn't limit herself to the typical earrings, necklaces, tiaras, and so on--there are bejeweled ceremonial swords, stomachers, chatelaines, cups and boxes, and more. One of Scarisbrick's real accomplishments is to juxtapose photographs of jewelry alone with a photograph of the jewelry being worn in an oil portrait, or showing a piece being worn first as a head ornament and then later as a necklace (a common practice with tiaras, which could often be broken down into smaller parts and used as earrings, brooches, and so on). The jewels are fantastic, as is the photography. Although I would have preferred that more of the photographs were in color, that's a small quibble when even the black-and-white pictures are so crisp and filled with telling detail. Beyond this, Scarisbrick is to be commended for providing a concise, accurate, and broad overview of British jewelry history. The book is eminently readable, and the pictures are fascinating. One of the most fascinating parts of the book is the appendix, tellingly entitled "Where Are They Now? Dispersal, Transformation, and Theft." Here Scarisbrick delves into the sometimes shady, sometimes ignoble histories and reputations of dozens of gem-encrusted objects. She quotes here from Anthony Trollope's peerless novel "The Eustace Diamonds" when she writes: " . . . family treasures were preserved 'not so much for the protection of property but for the more picturesque idea of maintaining chivalric associations. Heirlooms have become so, not that future owners of them may be assured of so much wealth whatever the value of the things so settled may be--but that the son or grandson may enjoy the satisfaction of saying my father or grandfather or ancestor sat in that chair or looked as he now looks in that picture or was graced by wearing on his breast that very ornament which you see lying beneath the glass.' " Scarisbrick understands, as did Trollope, how the aristocracy works and how it clings to the thought of itself as being somehow better than the rest of the world. Scarisbrick's accomplishment here is to show us a history of a rarefied group of people through the splendid adornments chosen by its very privileged members. REVIEW: This is an older book, from 1990, so most of the photos are in black and white. However, since most of the photos are old, they were in black and white anyway. There are some jewels and some paintings shown in color photos, too. It's nice that I haven't seen these jewels reproduced anywhere else (except for a few in “Royal Jewels”, this book's sequel). It's nice that the backs of some pieces are shown, which are as lovely as the fronts and sometimes include inscriptions. There are paintings and photos of people wearing the jewels. The text and the jewels are on the same page or close to it. There's also a "Where are they now?" chapter, which is interesting, but again, only covers up to the 1980's. I found this book to be much superior to its sequel, "Royal Jewels." REVIEW: I have read and reread this book several times a year for the past 6 years. It is astounding how such lovely and ancient things can still be extant. The provenance and stories behind a lot of the jewelry is not found in a lot of history books. I could just look at this book by the hour! REVIEW: This book gives a good opportunity to know the jewels of English aristocracy with a lot of pictures and comments; it gives the possibility to follow the story and the transformation lived by the aristocracy. REVIEW: A friend loaned my her copy and I had to get my own. A must for any jewelry and or history fan. Lots of substance to this book. 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." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Condition: Very good. See detailed condition description below., Provenance: Renaissance + Victorian England, Material: Paper

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