Artisan Books & Bindery Newsletter


Opening my new shop in Belfast has given me the opportunity to reacquaint myself with the town's architecture.  I had forgotten the number of different styles one sees in the drive in or the walk to the post office. 

Or maybe, as an architecture geek, I'm just more aware.  The hardest thing for me, in a new area with great architecture, is to not drive off the road.

Stands to reason architecture would be one of my specialty areas.  The three items in today's note are recent acquisitions. 

They caught my eye, I hope they catch yours.

Also, don't forget to stop by Craig Olson Books, at 99 Main Street in Belfast, Maine, where we have a large selection of books on photography, art, architecture, and design among other things.

To purchase or view additional photos of these books, simply click on the appropriate image below. 

Remember, the holidays aren't that far off.  Wouldn't it be nice to get ahead of the game?


Wingler, Hans M.
The Bauhaus.
Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1969.
Hardcover. First Edition. Second Printing. xviii, 24 color plates, 653 pp. Folio. White cloth covers with black titling to spine and cover board. Clean and very crisp within. Black paper slipcase in Very Good condition with distinct Bauhaus titling that is the color reverse of the book's cover boards.

Important work on the history and influence of the Bahaus on modern art, architecture, textiles, and design.
Price: $300.00  
National Park Service.
Park Structures and Facilities.
Washington DC: Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1935.
Hardcover. First Edition. v, 246 pp. 4to. Green cloth boards with gold embossed design and titling to spine. Minor scuffing overall from shelf wear, previous owner's name in pencil and date "1940" on front pastedown and second free endpaper. Clean within.

The original title that began to set the design standards for what we now view as "Park Service Architecture." Everything from sign standards to amphitheater design, welcome centers, picnic tables, and rustic chandeliers. Includes hundreds of photographic examples as well as measured drawings. This edition was expanded to a three volume publication in 1938 entitled "Park and Recreational Structures." Volume draws on both National Park examples as well as state and regional park facilities. Produced in a limited edition of 2,250 copies, this being copy #1846.
Price: $300.00  
Morse, Edward S.
Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings.
Boston, MA: Ticknor and Company, 1886.
Hardcover. Second Edition. xxxiii, 372 pp. 4to. Blue decorated cloth publisher's binding with gold and red embossed designs reproduced from the interior. Wear and scuffing to jacket although titling and decorations still sharp. Cloth has split along front hinge as well as along interior gutter of pastedown but still tight to text block. Losses at head and foot of spine. Top edge of text block is gilded, other edges deckled. Custom mylar dust jacket now protects the cover. Previous owner's name, "Orestes Pierce" stamped neatly at upper right corner of title page. Clean within, numrous illustrations by the author supplement the text.

This is an important early work in the West on Japanese architecture, interiors, and gardens. Likely had an influence on architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and the Art Nouveau movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Price: $200.00  
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