AXEL-NILSSON, Christian. TYPE STUDIES.
Stockholm: Norstedts Tryckeri, 1983. Small folio. Cloth. 200 pages. First edition.
Being a history and catalogue, in English, of the Norstedt Collection of Matrices in the Typefoundry of the Royal Printing
in Sweden. With a list of types and an index. Some soiling to front cover, else very good.
(CERCLE DE LA LIBRAIRIE)
LE CERCLE DE LA LIBRAIRIE, DE L'IMPRIMERIE DE LA PAPETERIE DU COMMERCE DE LA MUSIQUE ET
Paris: Cercle de la Librairie, 1881. 8vo. Publisher's half-red morocco, stamped in gold on the front board by the Society, top edge gilt. (iv), 91, (2) pages, 6 folding plates
A general history of this interesting association of booksellers, printers and papermakers and stationers. Also of architectural interest as it gives a description and six fine plates of the Hotel du Cercle (designed by Chas. Garnier). The book also includes a list of members and the rules of the association. Hinges professionally repaired, else very good.
David (editor). GOGMAGOG, MORRIS
& THE GOGMAGOG PRESS.
Pinner: Private Libraries Association, 1991. 4to. Cloth. 184 pages. First edition.
Contains articles by Chambers, Alan Tucker, and Colin Franklin, as well as poems by Cox, and a bibliography of the Gogmagog Press. Illustrated. Fine.
(COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION. 1893) HARTLEY'S STUDIO. Photograph of Woman and Two Children, mounted in Decorative Frame of Buildings at the Columbian Exposition.
: Hartley's Studio, 1893. Tall 8vo. (9 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches), with photographic plate (6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches).
Rare souvenir from the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in
. Unidentified portrait of woman and two children mounted in the Columbian Exposition decorated frame. The two exhibition pavilion buildings illustrated on the frame are the
and possibly the
. Very good.
Erik. THE PALAZZO DA
Press, 1973. Folio. Cloth, dust jacket, slipcase. 78 pages, 90 plates, (6) color plates, 9 scale drawings. First edition.
Volume VIII in the Corpus Palladianum. A handsomely illustrated examination of Palladio's Palazzo da Porto Fest. Very good.
THE ARTIST'S BOOK; A
(N.P.: Red Hen Press), 2019. 4to. Marble papered wrappers. x, 73 pages.
Shirley Jones set up her own studio at Brecon in Wales Brecon and from 1975 to 2016 produced 28 Artist books in which her etchings and mezzotints complement her poems, prose-pieces and translation for the Old English and Old Welsh. Each of the books is a total concept with the choice of paper and typeface, the unity of text and image, and the harmony of the binding all as carefully considered as the visual and literary creativity involved, and each is a work of art unto itself.
The printing and the binding was done by Adrian Lack of Senecio Press and
binders, both very highly regarded in the
There were five proofs of the book before Shirley Jones and the printer were satisfied that the prints of varying sizes and the right quality matched the text perfectly. The book measures 11 by 9 inches with 73 pages and starts with a small section about the history of mezzotints and how they are made. Then it describes how Shirley went to art college and started making mezzotints. The major part of the book is a description of the making of the 28 books including the many snags encountered during the 40 years of making them. It includes 70 images of which 49 are reproductions of prints in the books and nine of the bindings. At the end of the book is a list of all 28 books and the 98 rare book libraries who have purchased them.
Shirley's work has received worldwide critical acclaim. We have sold many of her tomes at the Bookpress over the years, and this will be her final book. This marbled paper covered wrapper edition is limited to 400 copies. Fine as published.
HOMARD, Theophile. GRAND COLLABORATION.
Louisville: Contre Coup Press, 2005. Folio. Cloth spine, paste-paper boards. 29, (2) pages, 2 tipped-in plates. One of 27 copies.
A most handsome leaf book with a long essay by Timothy Hawley on the production of John James Audubon's The Birds of America and The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. The book was printed by Mr. Hawley at his private press. The bookbinding by Campbell-Logan Bindery features hand decorated paste paper by Carol Blinn at the Warwick Press. The leaves are from the first octavo editions of the Birds and Quadrupeds. These arguably are the most important American book productions of the nineteenth century. Fine.
NEVINS, Deborah, and Robert A.M. Stern. THE ARCHITECT'S EYE.
New York: Pantheon Books,(1978). Oblong small folio. Cloth. 173 pages. First edition.
Subtitled: "American Architectural Drawings from 1799-1978". With drawings by Jefferson, Wright, Sullivan, Saarinen, White, Benjamin, Venturi, and numerous others architects and significant American works. Fine.
(PARIS EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE. 1889)
, George H. SOUVENIR DE
L 'EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE, PARIS 1889.
Geneva, New York: (1889) Seven-folding packet in cover (3 x 4 1/2 inches, unfolded 4 1/2 x 18 inches).
Colorful souvenir provided by George H. Ford of New Haven, Connecticut who owned a Gorham silver and jewelry store. It includes six brightly colored chromolithographed views of buildings at the Paris 1889 Exposition. Pavilions include the "Pavillon du San Salvador," "An Arab House," "The Follies Parisiennes Theatre," and "The Pavilion of the Pastel." Very good.
SMIRKE, Sydney, and W.R.H. Essex. ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE ARCHITECTURAL
ORNAMENTATIONS AND EMBELLISHMENTS, AND PAINTED GLASS, OF THE TEMPLE CHURCH, LONDON.
London: John Weale, 1845. 4to. Later half green morocco, marbled boards. Frontispiece plate. (iv), 15, (1) pages, 30 plates which includes the frontispiece and 4 double-page, comprising 19 printed in chromolithography, 4 tinted lithographs and 7 uncolored lithographs or engraved plans.
The Temple Church had received a partial restoration by Sir Robert Smirke in 1825-1830, but a more comprehensive restoration was undertaken by Sydney Smirke (Sir Robert Smirke's brother) and Decimus Burton in 1841-1843. Unusual for the period, the opportunity was also taken to decorate the church's walls and ceilings with mural paintings, and the colored plates which illustrate these and the church's stained glass windows (designed by Thomas Willement) have turned out to be an unexpectedly useful record, as the interior of the church was destroyed in the London blitz in 1941. Sydney Smirke and the architectural draughtsman W.R.H. Essex here provide separate sections of explanatory text. Chromolithography plates by Day & Haghe. Small oval stamp of the Mercantile Library, New York, on the title and most plates, else very good.
(ST. LOUIS WORLD'S FAIR. 1904)
INSIDE INN, ST. LOUIS. HOW TO SECURE
ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE "INSIDE INN."
(St. Louis: Inside Inn), 1904. Tall 12mo. (6 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches). Printed wrappers. 14 pages.
Scarce item with only five copies recorded on OCLC. "The only hotel within the grounds of the World's Fair, St. Louis, U.S.A., 1904." A handy guide promoting the Inside Inn and its accommodations, prices and advantages for the visitor to the St. Louis World's Fair. It includes a plan of the fair grounds identifying each pavilion and site. The map on the inside back cover shows the relationship of the fair grounds to downtown St. Louis. The back wrapper gives a birds-eye view of the fair grounds. Printed in red and blue. Very good.
(TRADE CATALOGUE) DOUGLAS FIR PLYWOOD ASSOCIATION. PLYWOOD HOMES FOR LEISURE LIVING.
Tacoma, Washington: Douglas Fir Plywood Association, (circa 1960). 4to. Colored illustrated wrappers. 38 pages.
Scarce trade catalogue with only two copies recorded on OCLC - University of Washington and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. A colorful trade catalogue promoting the use of plywood in leisure house building for the booming middle class in America. Each of the 18 designs shows a color exterior rendering and often an interior with floor plan and description. Some of the intriguing captions of various models include, "Weekend Beach Cottage," "Double-Deck A-Frame Beach Cabin," "Budget Priced Dream House," "Charming Summer Tea House," and "Lakewood Leisure Lodge." Very good.
(TRADE CATALOGUE) GOODMAN, Charles M. 1955 "CUSTOM LINE" AND "PACEMAKER" HOUSES BY NATIONAL HOMES.
Lafayette, Indiana: National Homes Corp., 1955. Oblong 4to. Colored illustrated wrappers. 19 pages.
Scarce builder's trade catalogue with only one copy recorded on OCLC - Canadian Centre for Architecture. Pattern book with 32 basic floor plans by Charles M. Goodman AIA, grouped according to size, number of rooms, and price displaying a selection of variations available to the design. Each design showing exterior designs and choice of exterior finishes. Larger two-story houses with British-inspired names are also available as are garages, carports, porches, and storage units. Front wrapper has a fold-over panel with selection of exterior coverings - weatherboard, shakes, shingles, or vertically grooved plywood. Brightly colored pattern book. Very good.
(TRADE CATALOGUE) INTERNATIONAL MILL & TIMBER COMPANY. STERLING HOMES.
Bay City, Michigan: 1954. Oblong small 4to. colored decorative wrappers. 39 pages. First edition.
Scarce builder's trade catalogue with only four copies recorded on OCLC. Sterling homes offered an economical home of high quality by doing all their milling off site, and shipping the precut framing to the construction site for assembly. Some people elected to assemble their houses themselves, and Sterling supplied directions for those who wanted to do that. This pattern book illustrates thirty Sterling homes, each with color exterior rendering, floor plans with specifications and description so that customers could select their ideal house. It's unusual to have a pattern book in color. Among the names given select design are The Greenfield, The Paramount, The Flamingo, etc. This is a nice snapshot of home design in the 1950s. With order forms loosely laid in. Very good.
STILLWELL, E.W., & CO.
T COAST BUNGALOWS.
: W.E. Stillwell & Co., n.d. (1914). Oblong 4to. Printed wrappers. (ii), 56, (plus 28a-d), (2) pages. First edition.
Subtitled "a book of fifty one-story inexpensive homes with plans easily adapted to meet all climatic requirements." The 51 Arts and Crafts bungalow designs each contain a photograph of exterior, floor plan with specifications and description. Costs for the various designs range from $600 to $2,200. Even though Stillwell's firm is based in
, the endorsements from satisfied customers come from as far as
. Very good.
KOCH & TE KOCK. MARKE HELBMONDTEPPICH.
TEPPICH-QUALITAT AFGAN. 1935; with MARKE HALBMONDTEPPICH. TEPP-QUALITAT MOHAIR-TUSSAH. 1935; with
(Oelsnitz i. Vogtland): 1935. Large folio portfolios. Five-fold with 27 color mounted carpet designs; Double-fold with 8 color mounted carpet designs; Small folio double-fold with 8 color mounted carpet designs with color mounted view of factory on front cover.
Three folding portfolio trade catalogues with various color mounted photograph samples displaying the various designs of their carpets. The three catalogues list all sorts of rugs produced: Teheran, Kairo, Uschak, Hamdur durchgewebt, Mohair-Angora, Korassan,
, Afgan, Kirman, Masched, Mohair-Emir, Mudjur, Mainz-Velour. The company is described as "alleinge Herstellerin die rest und alteste Oelsnitzer Asminster-Teppish-Fabrik" (the sole manufacturer and the first and oldest Oelsnitzer Axminster carpet factory).
(TRADE CATALOGUE-WOMAN ARCHITECT)
LIEURANCE, Iva G. FIRESIDE HOMES.
: Garlinghouse Co., (circa 1939). 4to. Decorated wrappers. 48 pages. Second edition.
Scarce trade catalogue. OCLC records four copies of this title, but none of the second edition. Garlinghouse Company produced numerous trade catalogues with hundreds of house designs, this one features house designs by Iva Lieurance an early successful woman architect. She began working for Garlinghouse as an architecal designer in 1907, and was responsible for producing hundreds of designs adapting the bungalow style for mid-western housewives. She also produced designs for Colonial homes, small bungalows, Sunshine homes, and finally by the early 1950s Split Level Ranch homes further adapting
to the Plains. With numerous photo illustrations, blueprint floor designs, large double-page plate of homes designs. With silver-gray, red covers and red lettering on tan wrappers. Very good.
(VAUX) ALEX, William. CALVERT VAUX, ARCHITECT & PLANNER.
: 1994. Folio. Cloth, dust jacket. xiv, 272 pages. First edition.
This is the first major biography of this important, though often overshadowed nineteenth century American architect, planner, and landscape designer. Vaux collaborated with Fredrick Law Olmstead on
, as well as the first comprehensive city-wide park, parkway and open space system in the
, designed in 1868 for
. On his own Vaux designed the first building for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the
of Natural History. This comprehensive narrative of his work is well-illustrated with photographs, plans, and drawings.
WOLF 2nd, Edwin. FROM GOTHIC WINDOWS TO PEACOCKS: AMERICAN EMBOSSED LEATHER BINDINGS, 1825-1855.
: Library Company of
, 1990. 4to. Cloth. 240 pages, with 226 in-text illustrations. First edition.
A comprehensive study of American embossed leather trade book bindings that were the vogue during the second quarter of the nineteenth century, with an historical review of the bindings and an illustrated catalogue of every known binding used prior to 1855. A fine work of scholarship, at publication price.
ZIMMERMANN, Richard. FLORAL FORMS IN DESIGN.
Leigh-on-Sea: F. Lewis, (1956.) 4to. Cloth, dust jacket. (6) pages, (26) plates. First edition.
Featuring twenty-six photographic plates in the "nature printing" tradition. Very good.