Ad Ilissvm
Ad Ilissvm is an imprint of Paul Holberton Publishing founded to publish monographs, conference papers and highly specialised studies. Ad Ilissvm ('by the Ilissus') takes its name from the river near the ancient Athenian village of Academe, where Socrates (according to Plato's Phaedrus) once bathed his feet.
The McCarthy Collection Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781915401052
Pub Date: 04 Apr 2024
Imprint: Ad Ilissvm
Series: The McCarthy Collection
Description:
This substantial catalogue explores a remarkable collection of medieval European sculpture. Richly detailed with plentiful illustrations and original research, it is a notable contribution to medieval scholarship.The McCarthy collection comprises more than 150 specimens of medieval European sculpture, produced over a period of nearly 600 years.

The Wider Goldsmiths' Trade in Elizabethan London

Format: Hardback
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781915401076
Pub Date: 22 Mar 2024
Imprint: Ad Ilissvm
Illustrations: 280
Description:
The Wider Goldsmiths’ Trade in Elizabethan and Stuart London is the first book to study all aspects of the Goldsmiths’ trade. It challenges the assumption that the manufacture of silver plate and gold jewellery was the company’s only activity during the seventeenth century. It considers allied trades such as refining, wiredrawing, and the making of small-swords and watches, as well as the development of the modern banking system.
The Art of the Ring Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781915401069
Pub Date: 15 Feb 2024
Imprint: Ad Ilissvm
Illustrations: 250
Description:
The distinguished private collection, known as the Griffin Collection, comprises in its entirety examples of every category of ring – signet, devotional, memorial, decorative – dating from antiquity to modern times. This catalogue focuses on about one hundred special rings, chosen as highlights of this extensive collection with the aim to offer the reader a real history of the art of the ring across the ages.Covering as they do so many facets of civilization, rings tell us more about the hopes, aspirations, taste and sentiments of our ancestors than any other jewels surviving from the past.
Venetian Disegno Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781915401007
Pub Date: 08 Feb 2024
Imprint: Ad Ilissvm
Description:
Venetian Disegno: New Frontiers circa 1420 to 1620 offers a fresh perspective on the art of Venice and the Veneto. The volume brings together the contributions of scholars and curators specialist on a wide variety of artists and art forms including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and architecture.Venetian Disegno: New Frontiers circa 1420 to 1620 takes disegno as its central theme, that in its plurality of meaning allows for a consideration of the conceptual role of design and the act of drawing.
Listening to What you See Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 326
ISBN: 9781915401083
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2024
Imprint: Ad Ilissvm
Illustrations: 210
Description:
This volume brings together over 25 scholarly essays, reviews and shorter contributions by Peter Hecht, preceded by an introduction on what he thinks his life in art history has taught him. The title indicates what his collected papers have in common: together they represent an attitude of listening to what you see. Hecht is very suspicious of applying a method and believes that looking at an image until it speaks is essential to understanding it.
Four Centuries of Blue and White Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781915401090
Pub Date: 15 Oct 2023
Imprint: Ad Ilissvm
Illustrations: 500
Description:
This beautifully illustrated and scholarly book presents the Frelinghuysen collection of Chinese and Japanese export porcelain. It is the first major publication to consider Chinese and Japanese blue and white together. This extraordinary collection, assembled carefully over fifty years, features an exceptionally wide array of Asian blue and white porcelain – that most ubiquitous and influential of all ceramics.
Brittle Beauty Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 560
ISBN: 9781912168293
Pub Date: 05 Jul 2023
Imprint: Ad Ilissvm
Illustrations: Approx 600 illus.
Description:
Brittle Beauty presents a superlative private collection of European porcelain – radical, rare and in many cases unique pieces assembled over thirty years. Lavishly illustrated and insightfully researched, the book showcases eighty vessels and sculptures, and includes accounts of their patrons and former owners, many as eccentric as the works themselves. One striking attribute of porcelain is its reflective glaze.
Titian: Sources and Documents Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 3000
ISBN: 9781912168231
Pub Date: 28 Feb 2023
Imprint: Ad Ilissvm
Illustrations: 5
Description:
Published by Ad Ilissvm in association with the Burlington Magazine.Hugely ambitious, Titian: Sources and Documents includes all known documents about Titian and his work dating from his lifetime, and all known references to him in contemporary publications. The relevant section of each text is transcribed in full, preceded by a short summary in English, with extensive annotation and, where necessary, a commentary.
900 Years of St Bartholomew's Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781915401038
Pub Date: 01 Nov 2022
Imprint: Ad Ilissvm
Description:
This important book presents a comprehensive history of St Bartholomew the Great, the oldest parish church in London. In 2023, the Priory Church and Hospital will celebrate the 900th anniversary of their foundation.At the heart of the Smithfield area, with its hospital, pubs, restaurants and market, is a church built when Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, was King of England.
Burmese Silver from the Colonial Period Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781912168279
Pub Date: 15 Jul 2022
Imprint: Ad Ilissvm
Description:
This stunning catalogue presents an exceptional collection of rare Burmese silver. Accompanied by detailed photographs and explanatory texts, this ground-breaking book proposes a new way of looking at Burmese silver. Names, dates, places, and stories – identifying the who, when, where, and what of Burmese silver has been the focus of publications on the topic.
A History of Arcadia in Art and Literature: Volume I Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 500
ISBN: 9781912168255
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Ad Ilissvm
Illustrations: 150
Description:
Long anticipated and hugely welcome, Paul Holberton's A History of Arcadia is a close and thorough examination of a great number of original texts of classical and early and later modern pastoral poetry, literature and drama in ancient Greek, Latin, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German and English, and of a wide range of visual imagery, ending just before 1800. The book analyses the development of pastoral as a means of representing human happiness on this earth in the requited wooing of girl and boy, to whose feelings early modern pastoral gives voice. This tremendous book is an iconographic study of Renaissance and Baroque pastoral and related subject matter, with an important chapter on the 18th century, both in the visual arts, where pastoral is very poorly understood, and in words and performance, about which many false preconceptions prevail.
A History of Arcadia in Art and Literature: Volume II Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 500
ISBN: 9781912168262
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Ad Ilissvm
Illustrations: 150
Description:
Long anticipated and hugely welcome, Paul Holberton's A History of Arcadia is a close and thorough examination of a great number of original texts of classical and early and later modern pastoral poetry, literature and drama in ancient Greek, Latin, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German and English, and of a wide range of visual imagery, ending just before 1800. The book analyses the development of pastoral as a means of representing human happiness on this earth in the requited wooing of girl and boy, to whose feelings early modern pastoral gives voice. This tremendous book is an iconographic study of Renaissance and Baroque pastoral and related subject matter, with an important chapter on the 18th century, both in the visual arts, where pastoral is very poorly understood, and in words and performance, about which many false preconceptions prevail.
Leaping the Dragon Gate Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 544
ISBN: 9781912168163
Pub Date: 30 Nov 2021
Imprint: Ad Ilissvm
Illustrations: 600
Description:
This book celebrates the most important collection of 17th-century Chinese porcelain in the world, assembled by the distinguished British diplomat Sir Michael Butler. His passion for porcelain is clearly reflected in the over eight hundred pieces he collected and lived with at his home and private museum in Dorset. The pots (as Sir Michael called them), many of extreme rarity or exquisite quality, give testimony to the incredible depth of knowledge he acquired over five decades and his outstanding contribution to research and education in this previously neglected field of study.
I like my choyse: Posy Rings from The Griffin Collection Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781912168217
Pub Date: 15 Jul 2021
Imprint: Ad Ilissvm
Illustrations: 350
Description:
The distinguished private collection, known as the Griffin Collection, comprises in its entirety examples of every category of ring – signet, devotional, memorial, decorative – dating from antiquity to modern times. This catalogue, focusing on about 150 rings in the collection, is concerned with perhaps the most personal rings of all, those associated with love and marriage. Some can be recognised by the figure of Cupid armed with his quiver of golden arrows, others by the symbols of heart and clasped hands.
The Reredos of All Souls College Oxford Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781912168224
Pub Date: 03 May 2021
Imprint: Ad Ilissvm
Illustrations: 100
Description:
Pevsner calls it ‘marvellous’. Yet the reredos of the fifteenth-century chapel of All Souls College, Oxford, with its combination of medieval niches and statuary by George Gilbert Scott, has remained one of the unsung glories of both medieval perpendicular architecture and Victorian restoration. Informed by recent scientifi c investigation of its stonework and its surviving medieval polychromy, this volume traces for the fi rst time the entire history of the reredos in its architectural and religious context – from the phases of its medieval and early Tudor construction, through its covering up with a succession of baroque and neoclassical decorative schemes, to its uncovering andrestoration in the 1870s.
The McCarthy Collection: French Miniatures Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781912168187
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2021
Imprint: Ad Ilissvm
Description:
This substantial catalogue is the final of a three-volume set exploring a remarkable collection of leaves and miniatures from medieval manuscripts. Richly detailed with plentiful illustrations, this notable contribution to medieval scholarship describes French material from c. 1100 to the 15th century, with particular strength in the 13th and 14th centuries.