New York: Random House, 1937. Thick folio (12 3/8 inches tall), original black textured cloth, gilt spine, top edge gilt, original dust jacket wrapper with mounted color illustrations, original cardboard slipcase with printed spine label. About Fine. Item #1367
"I WANT PEOPLE TO HEAR MY WINDOWS SINGING"
Limited edition of Charles Jay Connick's magnum opus—a lavishly illustrated celebration of Stained Glass. A "Special First Edition Limited to 300 Copies"—complete with the original dust wrapper and slipcase. A fine "introduction to glass alight."
In 1913, Connick established the prestigious Connick Studio in Boston where he presided over a workshop which, at its peak, employed dozens of skilled craftspeople. Connick is perhaps best known for designing and producing the famed rose windows of St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York as well notable windows in the Princeton University Chapel and the Heinz Memorial Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh (in Connick's hometown). Connick's "introduction to glass alight" is profusely illustrated with 100 plates (and many smaller illustrations in the text) providing an authoritative yet playful survey of the great glass windows on both sides of the Atlantic. The plates consist of 42 plates and 48 collotype plates, including a frontispiece (captioned: "The Blessed Virgin of the North Portal and the South Rose Window, Chartres").
The illustrations mix black-and-white with color plates—many after original tempera paintings by Connick—which were printed separately and tipped to thick black paper. With Connick's Dedication, "To Ralph Adams Cram who trusts, encourages, and defends adventurers in light today" and a brief Foreword by Charles Maginnis, F.A.I.A., recalling "the days when the opalescent school of glass held the high favor of America and the unqualified sanction of its architects." When he died in December 1945, an obituary reported that Dr. Connick was "considered the world's greatest contemporary craftsman in stained glass" (The New York Times, December 29, 1945). This definitive volume is supplemented with a bibliography ("Books from a Glassman's Library") and two appendices: Appendix One [Notes], Appendix Two [List of Principal Line Cuts]. With an Errata leaf tipped in at the Foreword. A magnificent production.