The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War

Patricia Phagan and Peter van Alfen (editors.)

ISBN: 978-0-89722-348-5AOD_book_cover-web
Hard cover, 356 pp. with Full color images
List price: US $100.00 (plus S and H)
ANS Member and Dealer discount price: US $70.00 (plus S and H)

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Timed to coincide with the centennial of US involvement in the
First World War, the exhibition, The Art of Devastation, opened
on January 27, 2017, at the Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar
College. Jointly curated by Patricia Phagan (Vassar) and Peter
van Alfen (ANS), this exhibition explored for the first time on
American soil the intertwined roles of posters and medals in
shaping public opinion of the war and in steering Americans
into it. This companion volume includes six chapters focusing on
Great War art and propaganda by experts in medallic and graphic
arts of the early 20th century, followed by a complete, full-color
catalog of the 130 medals and posters featured in the exhibit.

Front cover illustration: M. Nelli Company, Florence
One Heart for All the Cohort, ca. 1917. Struck bronze, minted in Florence
ANS 2014.14.34 American Numismatic Society,
AOD 9201.14512.5 Art of Devastation, an ANS online exhibition

Jacket design by Alan Roche

Medallic Art of the American Numismatic Society, 1865–2014

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(Studies in Medallic Art 2, 2015)

by Scott H. Miller

ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-335-5

1 vol, 181 pp, color and b/w figs
List price: $100 (plus S&H)
Member price: $70 (plus S&H)

During the past 150 years, the American Numismatic Society has been a leader in the publication of art medals in the United States. Generally employing the finest medalists available, the Society has set an example few can match. In addition, with the exception of the United States Mint, no U.S. entity can boast so long and distinguished a contribution in this area. Founded in 1858, the American Numismatic and Archaeological Society, as it was known from 1864–1907, believed the issuance of medals to be a part of its mission from the earliest years of its existence.

Author Scott H. Miller includes 60 medals issued by the ANS between 1865 and 2014 along with two COAC medals and the 1910 Actors’ Fund Medal, all accompanied by color photographs. Many entries are supplemented by artist’s sketches and archival photographs as well as the stories behind each issue. Four appendixes include recipients of some of these medals as well as the list of dies, hubs, galvanos, and casts of ANS medals in the ANS’s own collection.

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Contents:

Part I — American Numismatic Society Medals
1. Lincoln Memorial Medal (1866)
2. Lincoln Memorial Medal, Second Dies (1867)
3. First Membership Medal, Rejected Reverse Die (1876)
4. First Membership Medal (1876)
5. Cleopatra’s Needle Medal (1881)
6. George Washington (Evacuation Day) Medal (1883)
7. Charles Edward Anthon Medal (1884)
8. Daniel Parish Medal (1890)
9. Columbus Quatercentenary Medal (1893)
10. William Augustus Muhlenberg Medal (1896)
11. Grant Monument Medal (1897)
12. National Conference of Charities and Correction Medal (1898)
13. Greater New York (Charter Day) Medal (1898)
14. Prince Henry Of Prussia Medal (1902)
15. Amerigo Vespucci Medal (1903)
16. John Paul Jones Medal (1906)
17. Sir Francis Drake Medal (1907)
18. Archer Milton Huntington Medal (1908)
19. Fiftieth Anniversary Medal (1908)
20. Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medal (1908)
21. Centennial of the Catholic Diocese of New York Medal (1908)
22. Grover Cleveland Memorial Medal (1908)
23. Hudson-Fulton Medal (1909)
24. Abraham Lincoln Centennial Medal (1909)
25. New Theatre of New York Medal (1909)
26. Second Membership Medal, Error Reverse (1910)
27. Second Membership Medal (1910)
28. International Medallic Exhibition Medal (1910)
29. Ernest Babelon Medal (1910)
30. J. Pierpont Morgan Memorial Medal (1913)
31. Declaration of War Medal, Uniface (1917)
32. Declaration of War Medal, Two-Sided (1917)
33. St. Bartholomew’s Church Medal (1917)
34. French and British War Commissions Medal (1917)
35. Catskill Aqueduct Medal (1917)
36. Independence Day Medal (1918)
37. King and Queen of the Belgians Medal (1918)
38. J. Sanford Saltus Award Medal (1919)
39. Joan of Arc Medal (1919)
40. Treaty of Versailles Medal (1919)
41. Prince of Wales Medal (1919)
42. American Red Cross War Council Medal (1921)
43. Marshal Foch Medal (1921)
44. Joseph Hodges Choate Medal (1922)
45. Paul Revere Medal (1925)
46. Manhattan Tercentenary Medal (1926)
47. Washington Sesquicentennial Medal (1939)
48. ANS Centennial Medal (1958)
49. Louis C. West Medal (1960)
50. Sydney P. Noe Medal (1965)
51. New York State Bicentennial Medal (1976)
52. New York City Bicentennial Medal (1976)
53. Third Membership Medal (1978)
54. ANS 125th Anniversary Medal (1983)
55. Statue of Liberty Centennial Medal (1986)
56. ANS Endowment Medal (1988)
57. Columbus Quincentenary Medal (1992)
58. Donald Partrick / New Building Medal (2004)
59. Q. David Bowers Medal (2010)
60. Eric P. Newman 100th Birthday Medal (2012)
Part II — COAC 1997
62. COAC Medal I (1997)
63. COAC Medal II (1997)
Part III — Medals Not Issued by the American Numismatic Society
64. Actors’ Fund Medal (1910)
Appendix 1: Address by Henry Russell Drowne
Appendix 2: List of Huntington Medal Recipients
Appendix 3: List of Saltus Award Recipients
Appendix 4: List of Dies, Hubs, Galvanos, and Casts of ANS Medals in the Collection of the American Numismatic Society
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Ophthalmologia Optica et Visio in Nummis

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(Ophthalmology, Optics and Vision in Numismatics)

(Hirschberg History of Ophthalmology Supplement 13, 2013)

OUT OF PRINT

by Jay M. Galst and Peter G. van Alfen

Hardcover, 574 pp. full color illustrations throughout
ISBN-13: 978 089722 323 2
List Price: US $285.00
Member Price: US $199.50

(Only available for purchase through the ANS.)

Published jointly by J.-P. Wayenborgh Verlag and the ANS, Ophthalmologia, Optica et Viso in Nummis catalogues roughly 1,700 objects in 14 chapters each of which focuses on a discrete topic, e.g., ophthalmologists, ophthalmological congresses, the blind (and their rehabilitation), optical instruments (including spectacles), and the eye as a symbol. Appearing as volume 13 in the supplemental series to Julius Hirschberg’s History of Ophthalmology, the book also serves to situate the objects within the larger historical context of the ophthalmological and optical disciplines.

Contents:

Ophthalmologists
Early Practitioners of Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologists Famous in other Fields
Scientists and other Physicians who Contributed to Ophthalmology
Ophthalmological Congresses and Societies
The Blind
The One-Eyed
Rehabilitation of the Blind and Eye Hospitals
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Coins, Tokens and Medals for the Blind (Braille Inscriptions)
Spectacles Depicted as an Optical Instrument and Depicted as Symbol
Opticians, Optometrists, the Optical Industry and other Optical Scientists (including countermarked coins and encased coins of opticians and spectacle merchants)
The Eye as a Symbol
Mythology and Religion Related to the Eyes and Ophthalmology
References
Artist Index

The Currency of Fame: Portrait Medals of the Renaissance (Out of Print)

The Currency of Fame: Portrait Medals of the Renaissance

edited by Stephen K. Scher

(Harry N. Abrams in association with the Frick Collection, 1994)

OUT OF PRINT

Softcover, 424 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0-8109-2572-4
ISBN-10: 0-8109-2572-9

This volume is a profusely illustrated catalogue of an exhibition jointly sponsored by the Frick Collection and the National Gallery of Art and displayed in New York and Washington, D.C., in 1994.

The Beaux-Arts Medal in America

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by Barbara A. Baxter (1987)

Softcover, 92 pp., illus.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-221-1
ISBN-10: 0-89722-221-0

Price: $5.98 (no Member discount)

This volume is a catalogue of an exhibition of medallic art at the American Numismatic Society, September 26, 1987, to April 16, 1988.

Contents:

The Renaissance Medal in France
Nineteenth-Century American Medals
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Master of Relief
Expositions and Celebration
The Flowering of Medallic Art
The U.S. Mint and Beaux-Arts
The Redesign of the Coinage, 1907–1921 (William L. Bischoff)
The Legacy of Paris and Saint-Gaudens
Europe Comes to America
World War I and beyond Baeux-Arts
The American Numismatic Society and the Beaux-Arts Medal (Alan M. Stahl)
Bibliography
Index by Artist
Index of Illustrated Medals

The Proud Republic: Dutch Medals of the Golden Age

The Proud Republic: Dutch Medals of the Golden Age

by Stephen K. Scher (The Frick Collection, 1997)

Softcover, 72 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-91-21-14177-9
ISBN-10: 91-21-14177-0
Price: $20.00

Accompanying an exhibition held at the Frick Collection in New York, this short volume presents a catalogue of Dutch medals produced during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. These portrait and commemorative metals depict a wide range of subjects that are described and illustrated, and the historical context of their production is considered. Includes short biographies of the artists.

The Medal in America Volume 2

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(Coinage of the Americas Conference Proceedings 13, 1999)

edited by Alan M. Stahl

Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-276-1
ISBN-10: 0-89722-276-8

Price: US$4.98 (no Member discount)

This volume is a record of the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) held in 1997.

Contents:

The Peace Medals of George III (John W. Adams)

A Reckoning of Moritz Furst’s American Medals (Chris Neuzil)

Classifying Masonic Medals (Paul Rich and Guillermo de los Reyes)

Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s World’s Columbian Exposition Commemorative Presentation Medal (Thayer Tolles)

A. A. Weinman, Classic Medalist (Barbara A. Baxter)

The Medallic Work of Emil Fuchs (Scott Miller)

Charles De Kay and the Circle of Friends of the Medallion (Susan Luftschein)

Paul Manship’s Medallic Mythology (Bob Mueller)

The Art of Die-Engraving (Virginia Janssen)

Hand Engraving and Die Sinking (Ron Landis)

The Coinage of The Americas Conference is an annual meeting that provides a forum for exchange of knowledge on a selected theme in the numismatics of the western hemisphere.

Perspectives on the Renaissance Medal

(Numismatic Studies 23, 2000; published in association with Garland)

by Stephen K. Scher

Hardcover, 240 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0-8153-2074-6
ISBN-10: 0-8153-2074-4
Non-Member Price: US$52.00
Member Price: US$24.98

(Only available for purchase through the ANS.)

Contents:

An introduction to the Renaissance portrait medal / Stephen K. Scher
Pisanello’s Paragoni / Raymond B. Waddington
Visual constructions of the art of war : images for Machiavelli’s Prince / Joanna Woods-Marsden
‘Un gran pelago’ : the Impresa and the medal reverse in fifteenth-century Italy / Kristen Lippincott
‘The modern Lysippus’ : a Roman quattrocentro medalist in context / Louis Alexander Waldman
Changing patterns of antiquarianism in the imagery of the Italian Renaissance medal / John Cunnally
Mint and medal in the Renaissance / Alan M. Stahl
Text and image / J. Graham Pollard
Giovanni Bernardi and the question of medal attribution in sixteenth-century Italy / Philip Attwood
A creative moment : thoughts on the genesis of the German portrait medal / Jeffrey Chipps Smith
Classical subjects on Erzgebirge medals / Hermann Maué
Correct and incorrect : the composition of medallic reverses in late-seventeenth-century France / Mark Jones


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A Simple Souvenir: Coins and Medals of the Olympic Games

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by Peter G. van Alfen (2004)

Hardcover, 160 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-293-8
ISBN-10: 0-89722-293-8
Price: US$4.98 (no Member discount)

In this richly illustrated catalogue of the ANS exhibit, “Full Circle: The Olympic Heritage in Coins and Medals,” the author examines the role that numismatic material relating to both the ancient and modern Games has played in social and political contexts. In addition to the introductory essay, the catalogue provides a brief overview of the history of the Games and discusses over 130 objects, including ancient Greek coins, vases, and sporting equipment, as well as modern medals, coins, and Olympic ephemera.

Contents:

The ancient Olympics
The Baron’s Games begin: Athens, 1896
Olympiad II: Paris, 1900
Olympiad III: St. Louis, 1904
The unofficial Olympics: Athens, 1906
Olympiad IV: London, 1908
Olympiad V: Stockholm, 1912
Olympiad VI: Berlin, 1916 (cancelled)
Olympiad VII: Antwerp, 1920
Olympiad VIII: Paris, 1924
Olympiad IX: Amsterdam, 1928
Olympiad X: Los Angeles, 1932
Olympiad XI: Berlin, 1936
Post-Second World War Olympic coins and medals
Bibliography

American Art Medals, 1909–1995

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(Studies in Medallic Art 1, 2011)

by David T. Alexander

hardcover, illus.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-317-1
List price: $150 (plus S&H)
Member price: $105 (plus S&H)

American Art Medals, 1909–1995 is the first comprehensive study of the two most important series of art medals produced in the United States: the medals of the Circle of Friends of the Medallion (1909–1915) and those of the Society of Medalists (1930–1995). Together, these two series offer an unmatched panorama of American medallic sculpture in the twentieth century.

Founded by the art writer Charles de Kay and the collector Robert Hewitt, Jr., the Circle of Friends of the Medallion issued only twelve medals in its brief existence. Occurring, however, at a time when the Beaux-Arts movement had brought medallic art to a higher prominence among sculptors than it has enjoyed before or since, the series is of great significance for the development of the American art medal.

The Society of Medalists, during its life of sixty-six years, produced a much more extensive series: 128 regular issues (one of which includes six separate pieces), as well as four special issues designed for the Society (and one other special issue of an already existing medal). This body of work showcases the development of diverse artistic styles among figurative sculptors of the twentieth century, from classicism to modernism. The 123 sculptors whose work was presented in this series include almost every major American medalist of the era as well as several notable artists from other countries.

In addition to cataloguing the issues of these two medallic art organizations, this book features an innovative effort to record the different colors and patinas in which the medals were issued. Especially for the Society of Medalists, whose long history meant that different production batches of a particular medal might have been made several decades apart, this hitherto neglected dimension in the study of art medals shows how changes in the surface finish can yield truly startling variations in the visual impact of a design.

Contents:

The Circle of Friends of the Medallion, 1908–1915
The Medals of the Circle of Friends
The End of the Circle of Friends, 1915
The Society of Medalists, 1928–1995
The Regular Issues of the Society of Medalists
Epilogue: The Passing of the Society of Medalists
Anniversary and Special Issues of the Society of Medalists
Derivative Issues of the Society of Medalists
References