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Selected Titles for April 2020
Welcome to our April newsletter, which is our attempt at stability and continuity in this "New World Order." I asked a number of customers if they thought putting out a newsletter was still OK, amidst all the current challenges, and they all suggested we stick with it. At the risk of sounding self-serving, I relay one architect's response: "Getting your book list is a monthly bright spot in my email inbox!" 
Recent development in the Schuyler clan: older daughter Stephanie just turned 30! One of my favorite shots is of her with me and her Gramma Bea (Schuyler) of Bainbridge Island, WA (RIP) from yesteryear. She and husband C.J. visited our friend and fellow preservationist Bob Zoni, pictured here, pre-social distancing(!), at a job site in front of a house museum in Hamden, CT. Bob and I were on the board of Preservation Trades Network together years ago, and he is doing structural work (epoxy and all) to this post and beam museum.  
Our third photo is from Rebecca Price, the architectural librarian at the University of Michigan. They have been purchasing some visually interesting pieces from our recent newsletters (samples of linoleum, architectural glass, marble, etc.), which will be on display through September. Now they need their students back ...
And on that note, for those of us who are hunkered down and have a little extra time for browsing, I hope you enjoy this current - remotely produced - effort! And stay safe out there ... 
Happy browsing!               Steven
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Tab le of Contents
New Arrivals
Architecture and History 
Pattern Books 
Construction Methods & Materials
Trade Catalogs  
Brick and Stone
Titles on Sale
New Arrivals
Art Foliage for Sculpture and Decoration
Colling, James K.                       
[Ornamentation]. Colling, James K. Art Foliage for Sculpture and Decoration With an Analysis of Geometric Form, and Studies from Nature, of Buds, Leaves, Flowers, and Fruit. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1873. First American edition from the latest English edition. Quarto, pp. v, 136. Illustrated with 139 in-text b/w figures and 72 full-page plates. Gift inscription dated 1875 in pencil on front endpaper. A previous owner signed the title page in pencil. Cloth over Boards, gilt lettering. Good; backstrip is partially detached, cover badly sunned and edgeworn; text block in very good condition; one tissue guard has closed cut.  
A noted collection of examples of foliated decoration and ornaments in architecture in the late 19th century, here in the first American edition.  Elements include decorated columns, colonnades, stone panels, ironwork, and other architectural ornamentation. An excellent visual source for anyone dealing with natural forms as they pertain to architecture and design! (19933)    $175.00                 
The New Servant: Electricity in the Home   
Whitton, Mary Ormsbee  
[Interiors]. Whitton, Mary Ormsbee. The New Servant: Electricity in the Home. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1927. First edition. Octavo, pp. 326, illustrated with b/w drawings. Decorated Cloth over Boards. Very good.  
This book documented the new electric household machinery that was issued in the first few decades of the 20th century, and discussed how American women could reorganize their entire system of housework, either on a servantless basis, or adapted so that the domestic employee would find the work more attractive. Chapters include wiring the home, selecting machines, cost and care of machines, home illumination, and some intriguing chapters such as "an hour a week" wash day, and when to cook by current. Certain to be entertaining reading! Very scarce. (19705)    $40.00
Beauty Salons and Barber Shops
Harumichi, Kitao                         
[Architectural History]. Harumichi, Kitao. Beauty Salons and Barber Shops. Tokyo: Architecture New Performance Library, 1955. First edition. Small octavo, pp. 103, illustrated with b/w photographs. Text in Japanese. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket.  
This book was one in a series of 30 titles on architecture and design. This volume focused on beauty salons and barber shops, and mid-century modern design seemed to be as popular in Japan as it was in the United States. If you have the Google Translate app on your phone, you can point the camera at the page and see a translation superimposed on the page's image. The photographs are delightful! You won't be disappointed with this unusual and scarce title. (19927)    $100.00                
American Airport Designs
Black, Archibald; forward to reprinted edition by Dominick A. Pisano
[Architectural History]. Black, Archibald; forward to reprinted edition by Dominick A. Pisano. American Airport Designs. Washington, D.C.: The American Institute of Architects Press, 1930/1990. Reprint. Quarto, pp. 96, illustrated with b/w architectural drawings. Original Wraps. Very Good.  
In 1928 there were about 800 airports in existence in the United States, but most were no more than flying fields. To crystallize public attention on the need for well-designed and properly planned airports, the Lehigh Portland Cement Company sponsored a national competition with a jury that included architects, engineers, city planners, and aeronautics experts. The 1930 edition of American Airport Designs was issued to publicize the competition. This reprint reproduces the original work, including outstanding presentation drawings for 44 prize-winning and other designs. The entries are unique, combining the futurism of Art Deco with the formality of Beaux-Arts plans, and conveying the imaginative powers of early aviation. All are fascinating in their assumptions about design and planning for a mode of travel that Americans had only begun to experience. (19928)    $40.00                 
Nicholson's New Carpenter's Guide
Nicholson, Peter                        
[Carpentry]. Nicholson, Peter. An Improved and Enlarged Edition of Nicholson's New Carpenter's Guide: Being A Compete Book of Lines for Carpenters, Joiners, and Workmen in General, on Methods Entirely New, Founded on Geometrical Principles; Explained, in Theory and Practice, by Numerous Engravings, Wherein the Utility of Every Line is Fully Exemplified. London: Jones & Co., 1825. Revised. Small quarto, pp. xii, 121, with 88 plates, plus 4 pages and 4 plates devoted to the orders of architecture.  Full Leather, marbled endpapers. Very good; light foxing throughout main text; heavier foxing in orders of architecture section.  
Peter Nicholson (1765-1844) was a Scottish architect, mathematician and engineer. Largely self-taught, he was apprenticed to a cabinet maker, but abandoned his trade in favor of teaching and writing. This was Nicholson's first book, illustrated with plates he engraved himself. It was notable for containing an original method for the construction of groins and niches of complex, double curved forms. A beautiful copy of a book nearly 200 years old! (19926)    $250.00
The Modern Plasterer (complete in 2 volumes)        
Verrall, W.              
[Building Materials]. Verrall, W. The Modern Plasterer (complete in 2 volumes): A Practical Work on Plastering, Decorative Plasterwork, Rough-Casting, Cement-Washes, Plastic Floors, Artificial Marbles, etc. London: Caxton, n.d. (1920s). First edition. Quarto, pp. 224, 232.  Richly illustrated in color and b/w. Index.  The original edition, not a reprint, and in unusually nice condition for such large volumes that are often frequently referenced in the field. Embossed cloth over boards; gilt lettering. Good; soiled covers, loose frontispiece.  
A monumental set on an important building trade!  Very comprehensive, written at a time when "the old trade skills" were much more common.  A wonderful two volume treatment on the subject. (19813)    $195.00

Architecture and History
Fortune Magazine, January 1966
Linen, James A. (President)                                 
[Architecture]. Linen, James A. (President). Fortune Magazine, January 1966. New York: Time, Inc., 1966. First edition. Folio, pp. 240, illustrated with b/w and color photographs.  Original Wraps. Near Fine in Wraps.  
This is an absolutely beautiful magazine in very remarkable condition. On page 151, there's an article by Walter McQuade entitled "The Architects: A Chance for Greatness."  "Suddenly the nation wants an architecture to match the glory of its machines. Cash and the desire to create are plentiful, but is this tiny, groping profession up to the challenge?" The next six pages contain a gallery of some of the leading American architects of the day. The other cover stories are also interesting topics: the new trend of syndicating race horses to make money at the track rather than gambling, and the battle for the emerging market in color television sets. Period advertisements give us a good window on marketing and trends of the mid-1960s. A lot of education and entertainment in this issue. (19930)    $30.00

Pattern Books
The Key to Your New Home
Storrs, Lewis Jr. (editor)                                
[Pattern Book]. Storrs, Lewis Jr. (editor). The Key to Your New Home A Primer of Liveable and Practical Houses. New York: Stackpole Sons, 1938. First edition. Quarto. pp 128. indexed. illustrated with b/w photographs and plans. Original Cloth. Good; cover stained and edgeworn, and front hinge is weak, but the text block is very good.  
Practical and pleasing homes. Black & white photographs. Sections on exteriors, interiors, floor plans. A sourcebook of ideas for houses, interiors, and gardens, with architects' house plans, all of which appear to be California homes. A great 1938 period piece. (2876)    $50.00

Construction Materials & Methods
American Cements   
Cummings, Uriah                 
[Concrete & Cement]. Cummings, Uriah. American Cements. LaVergne, TN: General Books, 2020. Reprint. Small quarto, pp. 148. Cloth over Boards. As New.  
This edition is a reprint of the first edition, published by Rogers & Manson of Boston in 1898. Topics include chemistry of cement, method of calculating chemical combinations, various methods of testing, manufacture of rock cement in the United States, crushing and milling machinery, uses of cement, and more. Far less expensive than the scarce original printing! (19939)    $65.00
Samuel Yellin, Metalworker  
Andrews, Jack                 
[Metal]. Andrews, Jack. Samuel Yellin, Metalworker. Philadelphia, PA: Samuel Yellin Foundation, 1982. Reissue. Quarto, pp. 16, illustrated with b/w photographs. Glossy Pictorial Wraps. Very Good.  
Based on Andrews' earlier article on Yellin's work and career, this monograph covers a far more substantial amount of Yellin's fine metalwork and takes an in-depth look at his contributions to the art and craft of fine art blacksmithing and wrought iron work. Many examples of his intricate metalwork are reproduced in this article. (19938)    $75.00
Slating and Tiling 
Black, John (ed.)                 
[Slate]. Black, John (ed.). Slating and Tiling - The Illustrated Carpenter & Builder Series of Technical Manuals No. 3. London: John Dicks, nd c. 1900. Original edition. 12mo, pp. 93. Illustrated with b/w drawings. Original Wraps. Very good; cover stained and soiled.  
Rare title in this British building trades technical series; we haven't had this one before. Chapters on history of slating and tiling, materials and tools, roof preparation, tiling, slates and slating, copper and lead, zinc roofs, concrete roofs, comparison of roofing materials, and more. A good reference for those interested in historic roofing techniques. (19937)    $80.00
Artificial Stone, &c.  
Black, John (ed.)                 
[Stone]. Black, John (ed.). Artificial Stone, &c. - The Illustrated Carpenter & Builder Series of Technical Manuals No. 13. London: John Dicks, nd c. 1900. Original edition. 12mo, pp. 92. Illustrated with b/w photographs, ads for other publications bound in. Original Wraps. Good; front hinge split, cover soiled.  
Scarce title in this British building trades technical series, on the subject of artificial stone: terra cotta, scagliola and enameled slate, hollow stone building blocks, mosaic, concrete, and more. An interesting and practical manual. (19936)    $80.00
Repointing Stone and Brick Walls
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, London                
[Brick]. Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Repointing Stone and Brick Walls Technical Pamphlet 5. London: Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, 2002. Reprint. Quarto, pp. 17, illustrated with b/w photographs. Staplebound Wraps. As New.  
This pamphlet describes and illustrates the repointing of old stone and brick walling, a common remedial task that is often undertaken unnecessarily, or executed badly. The use of strong cement mortars and of unsuitable joint finishes - particularly the unthinking application of a weather-struck finish in situations where it is not appropriate - are common causes of damage, and all too often repointing is carried out by people with insufficient knowledge or poor technique. Bad repointing can disfigure an old building and, more importantly, harm historic fabric. When the correct materials and techniques are used, however, repointing will look attractive, perform satisfactorily and extend the life of the stones or bricks for many years. Chapters on history, weathering and failure, repointing, preparation of joints, mortar mixes and mixing, application of mortar, references, other advice, and glossary. (19929)    $30.00
Stucco Interior Plastering - Graffito
Universal Atlas Cement Company, Chicago, IL                
[Plaster]. Universal Atlas Cement Company. Stucco Interior Plastering - Graffito A. I. A. File No. 21-D-1. Chicago, IL: Universal Atlas Cement Company, 1926. Reprint. Quarto, pp 136, illustrated with b/w photographs. Staplebound Wraps. As New.  
Everything you need to know about stucco, issued by the Atlas Portland Cement Company in 1926, but offered in reprint for a more affordable price. Contents include general notes on design; proportions, mixing, and applying stucco; stucco on masonry walls; back-plastered stucco; stucco on metal lath over sheathing; remodeling with stucco; table of quantities of mortar; coloring and texture; interior plastering; graffito; and specifications for stucco. An important reference book. (19692)    $30.00

Trade Catalogs

Cleveland Window Glass & Door Company Catalog 161 
Cleveland Window Glass & Door Company, Cleveland, OH                
[Doors]. Cleveland Window Glass & Door Company. Cleveland Window Glass & Door Company Catalog 161 Autumn 1918. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Window Glass & Door Company, 1918. First edition. Oblong octavo, pp. 116, illustrated with b/w drawings, with 1918 letter on company letterhead laid in, concerning embargos, rationing, and availability during the Great War. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.  
All sorts of windows and doors: cottage windows, leaded bevel plate glass, leaded colored art glass, sash, medicine mirroed cabinet doors, pine cottage doors, fir front doors, sliding doors, veneered doors, French doors, and more. Also includes stair case woodwork of all types (treads, rail, newels, etc.), finish moldings, interior columns, front door sets, asphalt shingles, paint, ladders, tools, and more. In very nice condition for 100 years old! (19940)    $100.00  
Waterproofing and Dampproofing and Allied Products
The Master Builders Company                 
[Building]. The Master Builders Company. Waterproofing and Dampproofing and Allied Products A. I. A. Classification 7a and 7b. Cleveland, OH: The Master Builders Company, nd c. 1925. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 24, illustrated with b/w photographs.Thumb-tabbed pages for easy access to each section. A previous owner rubber-stamped his name and address on the cover. Original Wraps. Very Good.  
Specifications for waterproofing and dampproofing techniques. Each section describes the product, its merits and advantages, how it is used, quantities required, where it is used, how it is packaged, and a listing of buildings in the US that used the product that could serve as a reference for how well it worked. Scarce; we've never had a copy of this catalog before. (19935)    $65.00  
Stedman Reinforced Rubber Flooring
J. H. Stedman Naturalized Flooring, South Braintree, MA                 
[Flooring]. J. H. Stedman Naturalized Flooring. Stedman Reinforced Rubber Flooring A.I.A. File Number 23c. South Braintree, MA: J. H. Stedman Naturalized Flooring, July, 1925. Original edition. Small quarto, pp. 60, illustrated with b/w photographs and color sample chart. A previous owner inscribed the cover in ink. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.  
A very attractive catalog with interior photographs of rooms featuring Stedman flooring, which also makes it a good resource for 1920s interior design in general. Rooms pictured include hospitals, conference rooms, banks, school rooms, retail space, beauty parlors, hotels, offices, fraternal clubs, theatres, churches, residences, and more. The center of the catalog shows twelve color samples. (19932)    $40.00  
Electric Fixtures Catalog No. 63-E
Nerlich & Co., Toronto                
[Electrical]. Nerlich & Co. Electric Fixtures Catalog No. 63-E. Toronto: Nerlich & Co., 1927. Original edition. Folio, pp. 50, illustrated with b/w photographs. Order form and mailing envelope laid in. Original wraps with cloth spine. Very good.  
If early electrical appliances appeal to you, then this is a catalog you'll enjoy! All the best of 1920s design: floor lamps and table lamps with elaborate fringed shades; cut glass ceiling pendants; opal glass ceiling fixtures; Italian alabaster lamps; electric heating appliances; even miniature electric railroad cars and accessories! Beautifully illustrated and in unusually nice condition. A rare example of a Canadian trade catalog. (19925)    $100.00 
Bronze: The Imperishable Memorial
The Flour City Ornamental Iron Company, Minneapolis, MN               
[Metal]. The Flour City Ornamental Iron Company. Bronze: The Imperishable Memorial. Minneapolis, MN: The Flour City Ornamental Iron Company, 1924. First edition. Quarto, pp. 34, illustrated with b/w photographs. The original letter from the manager of the memorial department of Flour City Ornamental Iron Company is laid in.  Staplebound Wraps. Very good; some edgewear chipping on cover.  
After WWI, there was intense interest in creating war memorials using bronze, because of its durability and beauty. This catalog highlights the organizations using bronze, the process of casting bronze, the design department, the artists at work, and features many examples of bronze markers that had been created for clients. There are also some examples of lighting, gates, and other architectural features that use bronze. Attractive and scarce; we have not had a copy of this catalog before. (19924)    $110.00
Brick and Stone
Tompkins-Kiel Marble Company Advertising Mechanical Pencil
Tompkins-Kiel Marble Company, New York, NY                                                                    
[Building Trades]. Tompkins-Kiel Marble Company . Tompkins-Kiel Marble Company Advertising Mechanical Pencil. Chicago, IL: Dur-O-Lite, nd, c. 1930. Original edition. Antique mechanical pencil with "Tompkins-Kiel Marble Supply Dept" engraved on the barrel of the pen. Mechanical pencil. Very Good; lead sleeve has some light pitting; the cap has a small chip and some cosmetic corrosion.  
A scarce advertising piece from this popular marble company. (19934)    $40.00
Limestones and Marbles
Burnham, Sarah Maria                                                                            
[Stone]. Burnham, Sarah Maria. Limestones and Marbles, Their History and Uses. With Forty-Eight Chromo-Lithographs. Boston, MA: S.E. Cassino and Co., 1883. First edition. Octavo, xvi + pp 392. #8150 of unspecified number of copies. Ex-library markings. One detached plate, with tears repaired with yellowing cellophane tape. Each plate has a library stamp on the reverse. Cloth over Boards, gilt lettering. Very Good, library binding.  
A beautifully written and illustrated volume on this subject, covering the classes of stones, the divisions of geological time, limestones in America, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere by region, antique marbles (in Italy) and more. Extremely uncommon. (19931)    $125.00
Titles on Sale

Designs for Living
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., Pittsburgh, PA                                  
[Paint]. Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. Designs for Living. Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., 1936. First printing. Octavo, pp. 38, many color photographs & drawings, includes ads for Pittsburgh products. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.  
This booklet was distributed by The Studio of Creative Design at Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. It covers all the usual problems of interior and exterior decorating, and suggests ideas for how to deal with them: a unique window treatment, the smart use of a mirror or two, a touch of vibrant color, and more. Many interior views reflect the design styles popular in the 1930s, and most have several renderings with different color choices so that the reader can get an idea of how color would change the appearance of the room. A very good reference for 1930s style. (19892)    $60.00
Small Homes of California
McClurg, Verner B. (Architect)                                 
[Pattern Book]. McClurg, Verner B. (Architect). Small Homes of California Volume 1. Hollywood, CA: Murray & Gee, Inc., 1945. Second printing. Quarto (8.5" x 11"), pp 44. B/w perspective renderings and floor plans on each page. Order blank laid in. Staplebound Wraps. Very good.  
McClurg was an architect for the Housing Authority of Los Angeles. These attractive, one-storey, single family homes are classic, popular mid-century designs. A great resource for those interested in 1940s California homes. (19893)    $100.00
Hope's Makers of Fine Windows 1818-1951, Publication No. 260
Henry Hope & Sons, Ltd., Smethwick, Birmingham, UK                              
[Windows]. Henry Hope & Sons, Ltd. Hope's Makers of Fine Windows 1818-1951, Publication No. 260 A catalogue of metal windows for drawing-office use, giving specifications, sections and useful information on design, fixing & glazing. Smethwick, Birmingham, UK: Henry Hope & Sons, Ltd., December 1951. First edition. Folio, pp. 152, indexed, illustrated with b/w photos and drawings, with some color. Decorated Boards. Very Good, no DJ as issued, small stains on cover's spine.  
A remarkably beautiful Hope's window catalog, the largest and most comprehensive we've seen. Gorgeous, large illustrations and installation diagrams include casements, hardware and fittings, leaded glass, gearing, and specialty windows. The final 65 pages are b/w photos of public buildings and residences in the UK, Europe, Asia, South America, Canada, and the US where Hope's windows were installed.  A truly impressive catalog from a company known for its high quality marketing pieces. Quite scarce. (19864)    $150.00
Shops and Stores  
Ketchum, Morris Jr.                                                                        
[Architectural History]. Ketchum, Morris Jr. Shops and Stores. New York: Reinhold, 1957. Revised. Quarto, pp. 263, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. Ex-library; front endpaper has been torn out, and title page is library stamped. Cloth over Boards. Very Good with moderate edgewear and no dust jacket.  
The subject of store design has been developed from the inside out, the same way in which the architectural design of a store grows. This revised edition has been completely reset and redesigned, with new illustrations reflecting changes that took place in the field of store design since the first edition in 1948. Brand new in this edition is the chapter on color. A necessary working tool for the architect, engineer, designer, drafter, merchant, and builder. (19820)    $45.00
Apartment Houses 
Abel, Joseph H. and Severud, Frank N.                                                                        
[Architectural History]. Abel, Joseph H. and Severud, Frank N. Apartment Houses. New York: Reinhold, 1956. Second printing. Quarto, pp. vii, 279, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs.  Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.  
This book can help three people at once - the owner of the building, who wants to make a profit on the investment; the tenant, who wants a comfortable, attractive home at a reasonable price; and the architect, who wants to design a well-built, distinguished building. This book gives complete information, with the help of 650 illustrations, on overall and specific design problems, on structural systems, on heating, air conditioning, and elevator systems, and on landscaping. Each section has been written by an expert in the field, which adds up to a storehouse of the best information from the foremost experts of the time period in this highly complex field. A wonderful 1950s period piece! (19819)    $50.00
Baker, Geoffrey and Funaro, Bruno                                                                       
[Architectural History]. Baker, Geoffrey and Funaro, Bruno. Motels. New York: Reinhold, 1955/1960. Fourth printing. Quarto, pp. iv, 264, indexed, illustrated with over 600 b/w drawings and photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; ex-library stamp on title page.  
The motel business came of age with the publication of this book. The old roadside cabin was replaced by a newer building type - the well designed motel - and the beauty and efficient use of space which is possible was never more apparent than in this book. Hundreds of motels are shown in photos and plans, along with complete information on the design essentials of site, buildings, and furnishings. Motel operators will learn what management practices are most popular with the public. In addition, they will see photos and scaled drawings of signs to attract interest, access roads and entrances to invite the motorist in, parking lots and carports to increase convenience and ease of traffic movement, gardens and outlooks oriented away from the road and toward the view to give quiet and privacy, and restaurants, play areas, and swimming pools to supply added attraction. (19808)    $45.00
Masons and Builders Guides (4 volumes)
Audel, Theodore        
[Masonry]. Audel, Theodore. Masons and Builders Guides (4 volumes). New York: Theodore Audel, 1924/1949. Later printing. 12 mo (4 1/2 X 6 1/2), pp ca. 400 per volume, iIlustrated with b/w photographs and wood engravings. Contains several tables and data. Volume 1 is devoted to brickwork and bricklaying; volume 2 is devoted to brick foundations, arches, and tile setting; volume 3 covers concrete and stucco; volume 4 covers plastering, stone masonry, steel construction, and blue prints. Hardcover. Near Fine.  
The Audel guides are a practical series of educators on the various branches of modern building construction and are dedicated to the master builders and their associates. These guides are designed to give technical trade information in concise, accurate, plain language, and illustrate the methods of the foundation principles of the art. Each book in the series is fully illustrated and indexed for reference and study. A standard for every tradesman and apprentice in his day. (19116)    $50.00