BRITTON, John. APPENDIX TO BRITTON'S AUTO-BIOGRAPHY: CONTAINING BIOGRAPHICAL, ARCHAEOLOGICAL, AND CRITICAL ESSAYS.
London: 1850. 8vo. Publisher's cloth. Frontispiece, iv, 184, (8) pages, 2 plates. First, and only, edition.
Presentation Copy. A collection of essays including "On the Characteristics of Shakespeare," "Design for the Nelson Cenotaph," "On the Preservation of Ancient Public Buildings," and "London Topography." Our copy lacks the subscriber's list and index, never bound-in, but called for in the table of contents. Bookplate. Covers soiled.
BROWN, William. THE CARPENTER'S ASSISTANT.
Worcester, Massachusetts: Edward Livermore, and others, 1848. 4to. Modern half-calf, marbled boards.
spine. 140 pages, 54 plates. First edition. [Hitchcock, 214].
"A succinct account of Egyptian, Grecian and Roman Architecture; also, a description of the Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite orders; together with specifications, practical rules and tables for Carpenters, and a glossary of architectural terms." An unusual design book with plans for a Gothic, Grecian, and Italianate villa--all pre-balloon framing. "The peculiar advantages of this work are its simplicity, its singular adaptness to the wants of the carpenter, and its freedom from technicalities, which are so abundant in many treatises of this kind." Scarce. Hitchcock cites four sources but, surprisingly, OCLC only records one. Hitchcock records a frontispiece but no other copy we have found in library catalogues or commerce has one. Some light toning and scattered soiling. Very good.
MOORE, Charles. DANIEL H. BURNHAM, ARCHITECT, PLANNER OF CITIES. Two volumes.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1921. 4to. Cloth. xviii, (ii), 260 pages, (54) plates, (12) color plates; x, 238 pages, (40) plates, (6) color plates. First edition.
This is the first and best edition of the biography of the famous American architect. Burnham was Director of Works at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893 and a contemporary and associate of Theodore Thomas, Charles F. McKim, Saint-Gauden, Millet, and Olmsted. This scholarly work deals with both architectural and biographical aspects. Contains a chronological list of buildings designed by the firm of Burnham and Root. Very good.
BUTTERFIELD, W.- ECCLESIOLOGICAL SOCIETY).
London: John Van Voorst, (1847). 4to. Contemporary full-calf. (viii), 71 plates, each with accompanying text. First edition.
Model designs for church furnishings and various other ecclesiastical accessories including desks, pulpits, crosses, lighting fixtures, tomb stones, gates, pews, stalls, chests, fonts, aumbreys, etc. Many were taken from mediaeval examples, but most are from old designs adapted for modern churches to reflect the impact of the Oxford Movement on church architecture and liturgical practices. They are predominately by the Society's favorite architect and official adviser, William Butterfield. First series only (a second series followed). Rebacked.
David. FUN WITH ARCHITECTURE.
New York: Metropolitan Museum, 1992. 4to. Vertical decorated box with 80 page booklet, ink pad, and 35 stamps. First edition.
Children's game on architecture where they can combine numerous combinations of stamps with symbols and shapes creating various types of buildings and structures. Includes chart of the elements of architecture available in the set and instruction manual. Fine.
Charles D. LAKEY'S VILLAGE AND COUNTRY HOUSES, OR CHEAP HOMES FOR ALL CLASSES.
New York: American Builder Pub. Co., 1875. Folio. Publishers cloth. (iv) pages, 84 lithographic plates. First edition and only edition. [Hitchcock, 701].
A rare and uncommon book in trade. The designs, in plan, perspective and elevation are for houses in both masonry and wood, mostly in the Gothic revival style. They also include a few interior detail plates: some in strong Aesthetic Movement style. According to the preface: "The following designs have all been selected from the pages of the American Builder, but it is believed that subscribers to that publication will be glad to get them in book form, printed on fine paper. As the American Builder has been in existence since 1868, there was, of course, a great number of illustrations to select from. We have chosen those which we deemed most suitable for a popular book of practical designs." Mild wear at extremities, else very good.
AGAS, Ralph. CIVITAS LONDINUM. A SURVEY OF THE CITIES OF LONDON AND WESTMINSTER, THE BOROUGH OF SOUTHWARK AND PARTS ADJACENT, IN THE REIGN OF QUEEN ELIZABETH.
London: Adams and Francis, 1874. 4to. Purple cloth covered flap-case containing a large, folding linen-backed lithographed panorama (29 14 x 69 1/2 inches, when unfolded), plus a 30 page booklet in wrappers.
"Published in fac-simile from the original in the Guildhall Library with a biographical account of Ralph Agas and a critical and historical examination of the work and of the several so-called reproductions of it by Vertue and others by William Henry Overall, F.S.A." The facsimile is by Edward J. Francis of the original copy published in 1570. With pencil signature of John Lea Nevinson, textile historian on the front pastedown of the case and verso of the front free end leaf of the booklet. Spine of case lightly sunned, otherwise a good copy of a scarce and important work.
Archibald. ESSAY ON THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF GLASGOW; AND A HISTORY OF THE SEE.
Glasgow: James Brash & Co., and others, 1833. 4to. Publishers boards. Frontispiece, (ii), x, 179 pages, 1 folding map. First edition.
Scarce item with only eight copies recorded on OCLC in American libraries. "A history of the see, as connected with the erection of the existing church: with a survey of its present condition, and plan for its repair and restoration, together with the general improvement of the ancient portion of the city." With a folding map showing the proposed new route through the ancient city of Glasgow to the Cathedral. Rebacked.
Ernest, SKETCHES FOR COUNTRY RESIDENCES.
London: B.T. Batsford, (1882). Folio. Publishers blue cloth. Lithographic title leaf, index leaf, 16 lithographic plates. First edition.
"Designed to be constructed in the patent cement slab system by W. H. Lascelles." Newton served his apprenticeship in the architectural offices of Richard Norman Shaw from 1873 to 1876, remaining in his offices for three more years until 1880 before commencing his own successful and prolific practice. According to Hermann Muthesius in The English House, (1904) "He is one of the busiest architects in England and therefore represents the good principles of current thinking about the house perhaps its most accessible form." Newton's volume is a companion volume to a book published in 1878 by Richard Norman Shaw when Newton was still in Shaw's offices. It also has designs to be constructed in the Lascelles patent cement system and contains 28 plates -- thus explaining the numbering of the plates 29 to 44 in Newton's companion volume. Soiled at spine and edges of boards, but otherwise a very good copy of an extremely scarce book.
Peter. THE CARPENTER'S NEW GUIDE.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1860. 4to. Later quarter-morocco. Frontispiece, 107 pages, 80 numbered plates. Sixteenth edition. [Hitchcock, 839].
First published in 1792, this was Nicholson's first book. It was a standard text for over eighty years. Samuel Sloan redrew the plates for this edition. The frontispiece of an Italian villa was added here. There are also several plates on building staircases by William Johnston. Sporadic light foxing, else a nice copy.
(PAINT-SALESMAN'S COUNTER DISPLAY SAMPLE)
ACME WHITE LEAD AND COLOR WORKS. COMBINATION OF COLORS OF NEW ERA HIGH-GRADE PREPARED PAINTS.
Detroit: Acme White Lead and Color Works, (circa 1895). Oak wood display case (19 x 5 1/2 x 16 inches), w/ glass viewing window mounted in front containing a linen scroll with 22 color plates (each plate 14 1/2 x 12 inches) mounted and wound between two rollers each of which is controlled by an exterior nickel plated handle. Celluloid labels carefully mounted on all sides of the glass window with metal pins. First edition
An exceedingly rare example of a salesman's counter display, advertising exterior color schemes of paints and trims for Victorian Era homes. The houses illustrated in this ingenious piece are composed primarily of Queen Anne Victorians (Queen Anne Revival). Twenty-two paint schemes are presented in the piece, including two-tone Flesh tones & Gray upper & lower siding, with Dark Green trim and Red roof; French Gray siding with Bronze Green roof; Light Olive siding, and Forest Green lower two-tone siding with Victorian Red roof, and white trim, and many others. There appear to be six main exterior architectural designs which are repeated with assorted paint color designs. All of the paints are carefully labeled with tiny images of Acme White Lead & Color paint can, and product numbers. There is a record of this work issued as a standard trade catalogue by the company using the same plates mounted on linen bound in an oblong folio, and the only known copy is at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, but is incomplete having only fifteen of the twenty-two plates.
Acme White Lead and Color Works was incorporated in Detroit in December, 1884, by H. Kirke White, A.E.F. White, and W.L. Davies. The manufacturing plant and offices were located at the corner of Grand River Ave. & Fourth St. They originally specialized in the manufacture of dry colors, white leads, zincs, and putties, but quickly moved into manufacturing prepared paints. They maintained a traveling sales staff of thirteen experienced salesmen, and Acme was especially known for their New Era high-grade prepared paints which had quick drying properties. The plates were printed by Whitehead & Hoag, Newark, New Jersey. A couple of the larger labels have minor splits at the ends by the pins, some minor scuffing and rubbing to fore-edges of the case, minor wear under the lower handle where it had been rolled for years. A wonderful exhibition piece as well as a comprehensive record of the paint combinations available from the Detroit Paint Company.
ROSSITER, E.K., and F.A. Wright. MODERN HOUSE PAINTING.
New York: William T. Comstock, 1882. Oblong 4to. Publisher's cloth, later cloth covered slip case. 16, (12) pages, 20 chromolithographed plates complete, each with a leaf of text. First edition.
Roger Moss, in his pioneering book, Century of Color, refers to Rossiter frequently and reproduces five color plates from this magnificent book. While OCLC locates fourteen copies in American libraries, no copy has sold at auction in the past twenty-five years (the last in 1961). The book is also not in Hitchcock, who does record other books on house painting. The book records the bold combinations of reds, greens, oranges, yellows, browns, and blues, which comprise the Victorian pallet, "exhibiting the use of color in exterior and interior house painting, and embracing examples of simple and elaborate work in plain, graded, and parti-colors...the whole work offering valuable hints and suggestions on harmonious color treatment, suitable to every variety of building." Some minimal foxing but a very good copy nevertheless.
SEELEY BROTHERS. MANUFACTURERS OF AVERILL PAINT, READY FOR USE.
New York: Seeley Brothers, 1886. Folio. Publishers blind-stamped cloth. Lithographic title leaf, (8) pages, 20 chromolithographic plates, each with descriptive text facing, (3) folios of advertisements, one with paint samples, which includes 2 chromolithographic plates with 1 incorporating 12 flat pastel paint samples. First edition. [McKinstry, 1456; Romaine, p. 260].
Rare paint trade catalogue with only one copy of the 1886 edition and two copies of the 1889 edition listed on OCLC. "In 1875, the architect Elisha Charles Hussey boarded a transcontinental train to survey the state of American architecture. The resulting book,
Home Building...from New York to San Francisco, (N.Y., 1876), contained 42 plates. A decade later Seeley Bros. Paint Co. recycled several of Hussey's designs as full-color lithographs. These plates are among the most informative to survive for details of late Victorian exterior decoration...Picking out in bright color was relatively rare in the third quarter of the nineteenth century...The Seeley Brothers Company seems consistently to have advocated gayer treatments than Sherwin-Williams, Devoe, or Lucas." (Roger Moss,
Century of Color. Exterior Decoration for American Buildings 1820-1920, page 49). Of considerable value as architectural documents, house paint catalogues such as this by Seeley are also among the most interesting American color plate books. The introductory text contains testimonials, advertisements, and comments of the manufacturers, and one folio leaf of forty glossy paint samples with folio descriptive text facing with four and a half chips missing - not uncommon with paint catalogues. Generally in very good condition.
PALLISER, PALLISER, & COMPANY. PALLISER'S MODEL HOMES.
New York: (circa 1880's.) 8vo. Publisher's cloth. 116, (2) pages. Fifteenth Thousand. [Hitchcock, 918].
First published in 1876, the designs include both the Stick Style and Queen Anne. In addition to the homes, there are rural out-buildings, a few commercial buildings and three churches. Plate V is the home of R.R. Henry of Tazewell, Virginia. The final two pages contain enameled paint samples, the final one chipped. Very good.
Thomas. FAMILIAR ARCHITECTURE; OR, ORIGINAL DESIGNS OF HOUSES, FOR GENTLEMEN AND TRADESMEN.
London: I. and J. Taylor, 1789. Folio. Quarter-calf, marbled boards. 30, (4) pages, 50 plates. Second edition. [Harris, 731; Schimmelman, Architectural Books in Early
An uncommon title with only eight copies recorded on OCLC in American libraries. First published in 1768, Rawlins plans concentrate on both rural and city housing. The patterns are for parsonages, summer retreats, banqueting-rooms, and churches, as well as middle class housing. Many of the designs are Palladian in nature. There is also a chapter on stone masonry, not surprisingly as Rawlins, who spent his life in Norwich, was more a successful mason and sculptor than an architect. Schimmelman locates copies in America before 1800. A four-page catalogue for J. Taylor's Architectural Library is bound-in. Sympathetically rebacked; light sporadic foxing; else very good.
Samuel. CITY AND SUBURBAN ARCHITECTURE.
Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1859. Folio. Publisher's cloth. 104 pages, 136 plates, including 62 tinted and 12 in full color. First edition. [Hitchcock, 1188].
This is one of the most attractive American color plate books on architect, and one of only a few books on American city houses. There is particular emphasis on Philadelphia row houses, as well as ornamental store fronts. The color plates are by L.N. Rosenthal. The book is quite scarce--not in Bennett or McGrath's works on American color printing. Contemporary manuscript note in ink of building materials with prices loosely laid-in. Binding rubbed at extremities; moderate foxing.
RADFORD'S ARTISTIC BUNGALOWS.
(Chicago: Radford Architectural Company, 1908). 8vo. Red printed cloth covers. 219, (5) pages. First edition.
An illustrated catalogue featuring two hundred and eight bungalow designs with prices for plans and estimated construction. Floor plans and elevations are provided for each design. Early owner's inscription on inside of front board; front blank leaf missing. Cloth cover minor stains and edge wear, else very good.
YOUNG, William. PICTURESQUE ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES AND PRACTICAL DESIGNS.
: E.& F.N. Spon, 1872. 4to. Publisher's quarter-morocco, boards. viii, 37, (1) pages, 50 plates, including 3 folding. First edition.
Designs for "gate houses, cottages, cottage hospitals, villas, vicarages, country residences, schools, village churches, etc. etc." With plans for forty homes and churches in Gothic, Tudor, and Elizabethan styles, all drawn by Young in free perspective sketches which he believed gave a better impression of the architecture than measured drawings. Elements of aesthetic design are seen throughout. Previous owners name in ink on front blank leaf, "John McLachlan, Architect/
2 Queen St.
Edn.," a noted
architect in the late nineteenth century. Nicely rebacked, else very good.