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Selected Titles for December 2019
 
Welcome to the December newsletter! It was bound to happen, that our first snowstorm came a month early this year. But we think it sets the tone for the holiday season, and this newsletter.      
 
 Earlier this month, my college roommate visited me from Portland, Oregon. We visited my oldest daughter Stephanie in Manhattan and got a group of well-known preservationists together. In the picture, you'll see roommate Bob Amundson, preservation pioneer Clem Labine, Jeff Greene of Evergreen Architectural Arts, yours truly, and Ryan Walsh, who teaches preservation arts at the Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School in New York City. 
 
And the final picture is of my daughter's cat Lulu, who upstaged everyone. This picture brings us to our first holiday book, a Swiss publication highlighting how cats are integrated into modern urban life in Switzerland. We feel this will be the surprise hit of the holiday season! We wish you peace and good will for this season and 2020.  

This month's offering has some great new trade-related materials, plus some nice gift-worthy titles for your seasonal shopping.  
 
Happy browsing!               Steven
 
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Tab le of Contents
New Arrivals
Gift Books 
From the Old House Journal library 
Architecture and History 
Pattern Books 
Construction Methods & Materials
Metal and Hardware 
Brick and Stone
New Arrivals
 
1. 
Arcatecture - Swiss Cat Ladders
 
Schuster, Brigitte                       
[Ladders]. Schuster, Brigitte. Arcatecture - Swiss Cat Ladders. Basel, Bern, Switzerland: Christoph Merian Verlag, 2019. First edition. Octavo, pp. 320, more than 100 illustrations, mostly in color. Text in English and German. Color Pictorial Wraps. New.  
 
This is a book to bury yourself in, to look and learn. By using impressive photographs, Brigitte Schuster documents cat ladders in Bern. The book also features an essay on the function and richness of these fantastic devices. This lovingly designed book is aimed at people who are curious about ideas of culture and home, cat lovers and cat ladder designers. It shows simple wooden planks and scaffolding-like structures, spiral staircases and zigzag structures. It serves for finding inspiration for personal projects and reflects a world in which cats and people approach each other on their own paths. This special edition is limited to 1100 copies, available exclusively here! (19757)    $60.00               
 
 
2. 
Antique Blue Ridge Glass Salesman Box  
with 200 Leo Popper & Sons Samples
Leo Popper & Sons, New York                      
[Glass]. Leo Popper & Sons. Antique Blue Ridge Glass Salesman Box with 200 Leo Popper & Sons Samples. New York: Leo Popper & Sons, nd post 1925. Original edition. Wooden box is  7.75" long, 4.25" high, 6" deep, with just over 200 glass samples, all about 3" wide and 1-2" tall. Most have labels for Leo Popper & Sons in New York. Several samples are broken and repaired. Wooden box with hinged lid and working brass clasp, gilt lettering. Very good.  
 
The salesman's box was from the Blue Ridge Glass Corporation in Kingsport, Tennessee. The company was formed in 1925 by three glassmaking companies: French Saint Gobain, Belgian Saint-Roch, and American Corning Glass Works of New York. Leo Popper & Sons made glass buttons and ornaments from both black and colored glass, and for the first half of the 20th century, stained glass and mosaics were their main business. The sample boxes we've seen have less than 100 samples, which makes this collection unusually rich and nuanced. These are the first Popper Company samples that we've ever encountered. (19733)    $350.00              
 
 
3. 
House Painting and Decorating, October 1886-September 1887, Bound Volume
Kelly, A. Ashmun (Editor)                         
[Paint]. Kelly, A. Ashmun (Editor). House Painting and Decorating, October 1886-September 1887, Bound Volume A Journal Devoted to the House Painter and Home Decorator. Philadelphia, PA: House Painting and Decorating Publishing Co., 1887. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 406, xlv, indexed, each issue illustrated with b/w engravings and a beautifully colored chromolithographic print. Half-Leather with Marbled Boards. Very good; pages facing the color prints have some browning.  
 
An interesting assortment of articles focused on house painting and decorating at the height of Victorian styling, plus editorials, letters to the editor, recent patents, laboratory testing of new products, current news, clippings from readers and more. Some topics include the art of paint making, New York styles of painting and decorating, destruction of painted surfaces, painting on ironwork, the painter's health as affected by his occupation (lead poisoning), decorating a club room, decorative gilding, fresco, spirit fresco, encaustic and water-glass painting, and much more. The 45-page index is thorough and helpful. A comprehensive resource for those interested in 1880s painting and decorating. (19767)    $425.00
 
 
4. 
Boy Bird House Architecture
Baxter, Leon H.                        
[Americana]. Baxter, Leon H. Boy Bird House Architecture. Milwaukee, WI: Bruce Publishing Co., 1920. First edition. Oblong small quarto, pp. 62, indexed, illustrated w/ b/w photographs and drawings. Cloth over Boards. Very Good, some soiling to front cover.  
 
The author was a teacher in the manual training department in the local schools of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Through his instruction, the students built bird houses and nesting boxes. This book explains some of his most popular designs for birds that nest in Vermont, including bluebirds, robins, wrens, woodpeckers, and more. (19764)    $35.00
 
 
5. 
Cast Iron Antique Bookend Set
Unknown Maker                       
[Interiors]. Anonymous. Cast Iron Antique Bookend Set. nd c. 1920s. 5.5" wide x 5" tall x 1.5" deep. No maker mark or number. Cast Iron with bronze finish. Very Good with patina.  
 
A nice set of Neo-Classical style bookends with Greek four-column Parthenon temple look to them, with a floral urn. No damage, with nice patina to the surface. A practical gift for the antiquarian book lover on your shopping list. (19762)    $45.00                
 
 

Gift Books
6. 
The Old-house Journal Compendium (Signed by Clem Labine) 
Labine, Clem and Carolyn Flaherty (Editors)          
[Restoration]. Labine, Clem and Carolyn Flaherty (Editors). The Old-house Journal Compendium. Woodstock, NY: Overlook Hardcover, 1980. Later printing. Quarto, pp. 390, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.  
 
A nice copy of an uncommon compendium from a pioneering publication in the preservation movement.  Features previously published articles from "Old House Journal," covering hands-on solutions to most problem areas in home ownership.  Wonderfully illustrated. (19770)    $35.00
 
 
7.  
Playing Soldier:  
The Books and Toys that Prepared Children for War, 1871-1918     
Signed by the Author   
Cheek, Richard                
[Books about Books]. Cheek, Richard. Playing Soldier: The Books and Toys that Prepared Children for War, 1871-1918. New York: Grolier Club, 2018. First edition. Quarto, pp. 471, indexed, illustrated with over 1,200 color photographs.  Cloth over Boards. New in new dust  jacket. Signed by the author on the title page. 
 
This book was published to accompany the exhibition "Playing Soldier" that was on display at the Grolier Club in New York City in the fall of 2018. If you enjoyed Cheek's 2013 book "Selling the Dwelling," you're going to want to explore this one too. Cheek's obvious bibliomania and interest in the graphic arts of World War I and II led him to military children's books, magazines, posters, postcards, trade cards, and other forms of printed ephemera that connected youth to military life or wartime circumstances.  A unique cultural, historic overview of Europe and the United States leading up to WWI. A visual feast and engrossing reading. (19305)    $50.00    
 
 
8. 
Selling the Dwelling:  
The Books that Build America's Houses, 1775-2000
Signed by the Author     
Cheek, Richard                
[Books About Books]. Cheek, Richard. Selling the Dwelling: The Books that Build America's Houses, 1775-2000. New York: Grolier Club, 2013. First edition, Limited. Quarto, pp. 288. Illustrated with 749 color illustrations. Limited edition of 1,500 copies. Cloth over Boards. New in new dustjacket. Signed by the author on the title page. 
 
A beautifully produced, visually spectacular catalog for the exhibit of the same name, showing at New York's Grolier Club through February of 2014. Written by exhibit curator and architectural photographer Richard Cheek, this book documents the development and influence of the house design book, from early American builders' manuals through the rise of popular pattern books and catalogs for kit homes and house designs. "In this illustrated survey - the first of its kind to showcase the enormous variety and graphic appeal of these materials - Richard Cheek highlights the more visually arresting and socially compelling examples, focusing on books that reveal the character of our country as much as they do the style of our houses." Filled with over 600 examples, this thoroughly researched volume is a significant contribution to the study of American domestic architecture and the influence of published architectural designs on America's homes. (19170)    $60.00    
 
 
9. 
The American Billboard: 100 Years      
Fraser, James                
[Advertising]. Fraser, James. The American Billboard: 100 Years. New York: Abrams, 1991. First edition. Oblong Octavo, pp. 192. Richly illustrated with color and b/w photos and reproductions. Cloth over Boards. New in new dustjacket.  
 
A thorough history of the American billboard as a genre of advertising and a reflection of the history of American graphic design. While today's roadsides are dotted with gigantic video screens and clever rotating graphics, the heritage of these vintage advertisements remains with us. A visually rich and entertaining book documenting the first century of roadside advertisements. (19744)    $40.00 
 
 
10. 
The Magic of Scagliola (Limited edition publication)        
Hayles, David                  
[Plastering]. Hayles, David. The Magic of Scagliola (Limited edition publication). Oxford, NY: David Hayles, 2015. First edition, limited to 100 copies. Quarto, pp 326. Color photographs on every page. Color Pictorial Boards. New.  
 
Scagliola, a plastering technique used to create the look of marble is the life work of author and expert preservationist David Hayles. He recently won the prestigious Askins Award from the Preservations Trades Network. This beautiful volume contains techniques and "recipes" developed over the centuries from the Benedictine monks to public buildings in America. Stunning photographs on each page. (17306)    $90.00  
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. 
Quilts in a Material World:  
Selections from the Winterthur Collection       
Eaton, Linda                 
[Americana]. Eaton, Linda. Quilts in a Material World: Selections from the Winterthur Collection. New York: Abrams, 2007. First edition. Quarto, pp. 207. Indexed, illustrated with color photos. Boards. As New in Very Good DJ.  
 
A companion publication to the exhibit of the same name at the famed Winterthur Museum, this book beautifully showcases the art of early American quilts in the Winterthur collection. An excellent book for anyone interested in American folk art, textiles, and women's history. (14857)    $20.00  
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. 
Art for All:  The Colour Woodcut in Vienna around 1900     
Natter Hollein, Max Schröder, Klaus Albrecht (Editors)               
[Art]. Natter Hollein, Max Schröder, Klaus Albrecht (Editors). Art for All:  The Colour Woodcut in Vienna around 1900. New York: Taschen, 2016. First edition. Folio, pp 416. Gorgeous color images on almost every page. Text in English, French, and German.  Hardback w/embossed paper covers and Dust Jacket. New in New DJ.  
 
Together with a traveling exhibition through the Germany and Austria, this volume shows  Viennese woodblocks from the turn of the century, and their influence. Through publications and pages from Ver Sacrum, the magazine of the Vienna Secession (movement), it shows works with traces of japonisme as well as German Expressionist movements. Figure studies, landscapes and patterns from more than 40 artists, with their biographies, are included. A stunning book, sumptuously produced. (17823)    $50.00   
 
 
 
13. 
Three Young Rats and Other Rhymes    
Sweeney, James J. (ed.); illustrated by Alexander Calder              
[Art]. Sweeney, James J. (ed.). Three Young Rats and Other Rhymes. New York: Curt Valentin, 1944. First edition. Quarto, pp. 130, indexed, illustrated with 85 b/w line drawings by Alexander Calder, executed in the spring of 1944. This book was printed by S. A. Jacobs at The Golden Eagle Press, Mt. Vernon, in Granjon type, on Arnold Unbleached paper, in an edition of 700 copies; this copy is unnumbered. Decorated Boards with cloth spine. Good; cover soiled, pages are foxed, spine starting to split.
Best known as the creator of the mobile, Alexander Calder turned his extraordinary talents in a variety of directions. Nowhere is his exuberant imagination more apparent than in this captivating collection of line drawings. Rhymes from Mother Goose and other classic sources provide the inspiration for Calder's eighty-five distinctive illustrations.
 
Originally published in 1944, this compilation of the artist's frank depictions of nudes adds a decidedly adult cast, as well as a new depth and resonance, to a host of familiar chants and verses. James Johnson Sweeney, who selected the verses, contributes an insightful Introduction. His scholarly study of the significance of the nursery rhyme tradition corresponds in wit and subtlety to the expressive brilliance of Calder's drawings. Includes mature content. (19743)    $150.00  
 
 
14. 
Columbia's Courtship   
Crane, Walter             
[Americana]. Crane, Walter. Columbia's Courtship: A Picture History of the United States in Twelve Emblematic Designs in Color with Accompanying Verses. Boston: L. Prang & Co., 1893. Early Edition. Quarto, pp. 12 full color lithographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good, some staining and wear to front board, title page and page X loose and formerly taped/glued in, otherwise very good.  
 
A marvelous example of the work of beloved English children's book illustrator Crane, published by noted Boston illustrator and publisher Louis Prang. A romantic and idealized overview of American history in verse, illustrated in a wonderful Pre-Raphaelite style. (14563)    $80.00  
 

15. 
Houses from Books: The Influence of Treatises, Pattern Books, and Catalogs in American Architecture, 1738-1950
Reiff, Daniel D.                                   
[Architectural History]. Reiff, Daniel D. Houses from Books: The Influence of Treatises, Pattern Books, and Catalogs in American Architecture, 1738-1950. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001. First edition. Quarto. xi, 412 pp. New copy. red cloth with new dustjacket.  734 Ill.  8 Appendices, notes, extensive bibliography and index.    Hardcover. New in new dustjacket.  
 
The life's work of noted architectural historian Professor Daniel Reiff, this study is both highly readable and very informative.  Extremely well illustrated and researched, a gold mine of information on the history of building/architecture.  Currently lists for $108.95 (3949)    $50.00
 
 
 
 
 
16. 
Artists and Their Cats  
Nastasi, Alison            
[Photography]. Nastasi, Alison. Artists and Their Cats. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2015. First edition. Small octavo, pp 112. b/w photographs throughout. Decorated FEP's. Decorated Boards, aqua. As New.  
 
This book covers artists and their love for cats. Picasso, Dali, Warhol, Georgia O'Keefe, John Lennon, and Frida Kahlo are included among 50 famous artists along with fascinating vignettes. (18039)    $15.00  
 
From the Old House Journal library
17. 
Color: The Secret of Beautiful Homes
Seal, Ethel Davis
[Interiors]. Seal, Ethel Davis. Color: The Secret of Beautiful Homes. New York: Orinoka Mills, 1928. First edition. Quarto, pp. 24, color illustrations of home interiors and textile patterns. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.  
 
Published by a textile dealer, this interior design book focuses on the curtain and furniture fabrics. The author takes us on a trip through the ideal house, color-scheming it with beauty, and adding a choice of rooms and a variety of methods for dispensing lovely fabrics "so that there will be found sufficient variety for all kinds of necessities and tastes." A beautiful window into the 1920s aesthetic of interior design. From the Old House Journal reference library. (19738)    $75.00
    
 
18. 
A House for My Mother: Architects Build for their Families
Dunlop, Beth
[Architecture]. Dunlop, Beth. A House for My Mother: Architects Build for their Families. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999. First edition. Octavo, pp 191. Beautifully illustrated with over 90 color and 60 black-and-white photographs and 50 line drawings. Color Pictorial Wraps. Near Fine in Wraps.  
 
This book features 25 houses designed in a 35-year period by currently practicing architects for their mothers, fathers, and close relatives. Included are the well-known works of recognized designers, and early works from promising young architects. Extensive interviews with the architects and their parents reveal the joys and difficulties of these most personal commissions. These houses reflect a variety of styles and building materials. Many are the first commissions by these architects and often they were completed on a shoestring budget. From the Old House Journal reference library. (19753)    $25.00  
 
 
19. 
A Picture History of the Brooklyn Bridge (Signed by the Author)
Shapiro, Mary J.
[New York]. Shapiro, Mary J. A Picture History of the Brooklyn Bridge (Signed by the Author) with 167 prints and photographs. New York: Dover Publications, 1983. First edition. Quarto, pp. 122, illustrated with b/w photographs. Signed by the author on front endpaper. Brooklyn Bridge Centennial Issue of City of New York's Comptroller's Report laid in (May 24, 1983 Vol 8 # 11, quarto, pp. 20). Color Pictorial Wraps. Very good.  
 
The author selected over 160 rare contemporary photos, prints and engravings that document each stage of construction. From the notebooks of the bridge's designer, to the fanfare of opening day, illustrations from public and private archives and 19th-century periodicals give a wonderful you-are-there flavor to the narrative. You witness each step of the mammoth project: building and sinking the caissons; erection of the great granite towers on each side of the river; spinning and wrapping the cables; laying the roadbed; construction fo the giant anchorages, and much more. The Comptroller's report laid in reprints a series of articles about the Brooklyn Bridge which appeared in previous issues. From the Old House Journal reference library. (19752)    $40.00 
 
 
Architecture and History
 
20. 
Belair at Bowie Maryland
Levitt and Sons, Bowie, MD                                 
[Maryland]. Levitt and Sons. Belair at Bowie Maryland. Bowie, MD: Levitt and Sons, 1961. First edition. Oblong octavo, pp. 14, illustrated with color photographs. Staplebound Wraps. Very good.  
 
Levitt and Sons had an exhibit of five model homes in between Baltimore and Washington DC, in a community they called Belair. This advertising booklet showed photos of the five houses, inside and out, with prices. You bought a lot in the community, and then Levitt would build your house from one of the five designs, and the community would eventually have a tennis club, swimming pool, and a refreshment bar. This booklet is a wonderful piece outlining the vision for this ambitious project, which was completed in 1978. Scarce! This is the first time we've been able to offer a copy for sale. (19746)    $50.00
 
 
21. 
Saltbox and Cape Cod Houses
Schuler, Stanley                                  
[Architectural History]. Schuler, Stanley. Saltbox and Cape Cod Houses. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2000. Second edition, revised and expanded. Quarto, pp 160.  Color photographs throughout. Color illustrated front and back free end papers. Cloth over Boards w/DJ. Very Good Dust Jacket.  
 
A comprehensive study on two wonderful American vernacular architectural styles. Features over 160 examples of the two architectural genres, covering them from period examples to traditionally inspired new construction.  We also carry Schuler's similar title on the "Cape Cod House" and Kauffmann's book "The American Farmhouse." About 12 houses were designed by the well known colonial architect, Royal Barry Wills. (16264)    $30.00
   
 
22. 
The Architecture of Charles Bulfinch
Kirker, Harold                                 
[Architectural History]. Kirker, Harold. The Architecture of Charles Bulfinch. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1969. First printing. Octavo.  pp. xxiii,  398.  174 illustrations.  Appendices. Indexed. Cloth over Boards. Very good in very good dust jacket.  
 
An uncommon study on Bullfinch's architecture.  Richly illustrated, drawing upon unpublished family papers.  With appendices on many minor commissions, as well as on his architectural library. From the library of noted architectural historian Dr. Daniel Reiff. (19755)    $32.00
   
 
 
 
23. 
Old-House Dictionary
Phillips, Steven J.                                 
[Reference]. Phillips, Steven J. Old-House Dictionary. Lakewood, CO: American Source Books, 1989. Third Printing. Small quarto, pp. 239, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings. Color Pictorial Wraps. Near Fine in Wraps.  
 
This is a concise and easily understandable architectural dictionary for professionals and amateurs alike. More than 450 illustrations, 1500 terms, 750 definitions, and 17 useful cross references guide you smoothly through the oftentimes confusing language of American domestic architecture. From the library of noted architectural historian Dr. Daniel Reiff. (19751)    $20.00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24. 
Philadelphia 1950 Challenge to the Changing City
Rice, Norman N. (Editor)                                
[Pennsylvania]. Rice, Norman N. (Editor). Philadelphia 1950 Challenge to the Changing City Yearbook of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 2009. First edition. Quarto, pp. 96, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs, with period advertising. Original Wraps. Very good.  
 
The Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects presents the Philadelphia story and, at the same time, shows throughout these pages representative works of local architects as submitted for their own exhibition. The publication was intended to mirror similar efforts being made by Philadelphia's civic organizations to bring their cooperative enterprises to public attention. (19745)    $35.00
 
 
25. 
History of the Brooklyn and Long Island Fair, February 22, 1864
United States Sanitary Commission, Brooklyn, NY                                 
[Fairs & Exhibitions]. United States Sanitary Commission. History of the Brooklyn and Long Island Fair, February 22, 1864. Brooklyn, NY: "The Union" Steam Presses, 1864. First edition. Octavo, pp. 189. Illustrated with 2 fold-out fair floorplans bound in. Green Embossed Decorated Boards with Gilt Lettering. Very Good.  
 
A copy of the history and accounts of the 1864 Brooklyn and Long Island Sanitary Fair. These fairs were put on by the women of the U.S. Sanitary Commission (whose Executive Secretary was noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead), which was established in 1861 to provide services for soldiers, including setting up hospitals, hiring nurses, teaching troops how to cook food properly to avoid disease, and raising funds for supplies. The Commission, while headed by men, was primarily staffed by women. The Brooklyn and Long Island Sanitary Fair lasted for 2 weeks, and offered numerous exhibits, shows, auctions, a daily newspaper, parades, and other popular activities for the New York public. This is a fascinating volume documenting this popular and historic event. (14856)    $175.00
 
 
26. 
Paint in America: The Colors of Historic Buildings
Moss, Roger W. (ed.)                               
[Restoration]. Moss, Roger W., Editor. Paint in America: The Colors of Historic Buildings. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1994. First paperback edition. Small quarto, pp. 318, indexed, richly illustrated w/ color photographs and artworks. Color Pictorial Wraps. As New.  
 
The definitive volume on how paint has been used in the U.S. in the last 250 years. Eminent contributors cover the history of this medium in American buildings from the 17th century to the end of the 19th century. Contains a survey of practices and materials in England, cutting-edge techniques used by today's researchers in examining historic paints, fascinating case studies and an important chart of early American paint colors. Explains how to identify pigments and media, how to prepare surfaces for application and apply paint. Includes the chemical properties of paint with a table of paint components, plus a glossary and bibliography (19739)    $30.00
 
 
27. 
Pine Homes and Pine Interiors
Chandler, Joseph Everett (ed.)                                  
[Wood]. Chandler, Joseph Everett (ed.). Pine Homes and Pine Interiors. Boston, MA: Shevlin, Carpenter & Clarke, 1930. First edition. Quarto, pp 40, illustrated with b/w and spot color drawings. Three full page advertisements for Colonial State Company in Sharon, Massachusetts; Shevlin, Carpenter & Clarke Company in Minneapolis; and Marietta Paint & Color Company in Marietta, Ohio laid in. Original Wraps with string tie. Very good.  
 
Fully realized designs with illustrations and photographs documenting historic interiors. Colonial homes, Georgian style interiors, and 1930's styles are shown. Joseph Everett Chandler was among the first present-day architects to rediscover and use pine for interiors. He was known as an authority on the subject, and supervised the reconstruction of the model Colonial Village at Springfield, Massachusetts. (19737)    $45.00
   

Pattern Books
28. 
Homes of To-Day or Modern Examples of Moderate Cost Houses
Smith, Frank L. (architect)                                
[Pattern Book]. Smith, Frank L. Homes of To-Day or Modern Examples of Moderate Cost Houses Vol . II, No. 2. Boston: Published by the author, April 1889. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 144, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings of perspective home exteriors with their floor plans, plus period advertisements. Staplebound Wraps. Very good.  
 
Contains fourteen building designs of stunning Victorian buildings, including homes with 6-10 rooms and several society buildings. Beautifully illustrated. Scarce (19741)    $150.00
    
 
 
29. 
A Plan Book of California Homes
The Home Designer Magazine Book of House Plans, Oakland, CA                                  
[Pattern Book]. The Home Designer Magazine Book of House Plans. A Plan Book of California Homes. Oakland, CA: Dixon & Hillen, 1922. First edition. Oblong small quarto, pp. 72, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs, and floor plans. Staplebound Wraps. Very good; front cover partially detached.  
 
This booklet features homes of moderate cost, yet properly and artistically designed, planned for the average width city lot of forty feet. The plans called for all the latest features of the 1920s, such as fireplaces, buffets, bookcases, writing desks, breakfast nooks, coolers, cupboards, and more. A good resource for those interested in 1920s architecture in California. (19769)    $160.00
 
 
30. 
New Spanish Homes
L. F. Garlinghouse Company, Topeka, KS                                 
[Pattern Book]. L. F. Garlinghouse Company. New Spanish Homes. Topeka, KS: Roy Hilton Co., nd c. 1940. Original edition. Small quarto, pp 40. Illustrated with perspective b/w photographs, and architectural floor plans.  Original Wraps. Good; light water damage, rippled pages, and the red dye from the cover stained the pages it touched.  
 
One- and two-story homes with distinctive Spanish styling, including tile roofs, long balconies, stucco exteriors, and brick veneer. A very scarce catalog from the popular Garlinghouse brand; we've never seen a copy before. (19758)    $140.00
    
 
 
31. 
Distinctive Homes of West Coast Lumber
West Coast Lumbermen's Association, Portland, OR                                  
[Pattern Book]. West Coast Lumbermen's Association. Distinctive Homes of West Coast Lumber. Portland, OR: West Coast Lumbermen's Association, nd c. 1955. Original edition. Oblong quarto, pp 20. Illustrated with color photographs. Original Wraps. Very good.  
 
The homes in this booklet all use lumber in attractive ways: living room paneling, carport roofs, exposed ceilings in the home, kitchen cabinets, fencing, built-in bookshelves, and more. An excellent glimpse of midcentury design, and very rare. This is the first time we're offering this title for sale. (19759)    $45.00
 
 
32. 
Interesting Recipes from the West Coast
West Coast Lumbermen's Association, Portland, OR                                  
[Kitchens]. West Coast Lumbermen's Association. Interesting Recipes from the West Coast. Portland, OR: West Coast Lumbermen's Association, nd c. 1955. Original edition. Oblong small quarto, pp 14. Illustrated with color photographs. Original Wraps. Very good.  
 
A great companion piece to "Distinctive Homes of West Coast Lumber" (19759). It looks like they used some of the same interior rooms to photograph this booklet. Recipes include West Coast Clam Chowder, Herb-baked Salmon, Fried Rice, Barbecued Oregon Turkey, and many more.  An tasty glimpse of midcentury design and cuisine, and scarce. This is the first time we're offering this title for sale. (19768)    $35.00
 
 
33. 
Aladdin Readi-Cut Homes Catalogue No. 53
Aladdin Co., Bay City, MI                                  
[Pattern Book]. Aladdin Co. Aladdin Readi-Cut Homes Catalogue No. 53. Bay City, MI: Aladdin Co., 1955. Original edition. Small quarto, pp 32, illustrated with b/w and color photographs, floor plans and drawings. Three houses photographs have been neatly clipped and removed. Staplebound wraps. Good; three pages have been partially cut away.  
 
This is a lovely Aladdin home catalog with beautiful color perspective renderings. Included are ranch houses, 1950's small homes, and summer cottages. (19756)    $30.00
 
 
 
 
34. 
Building Age and National Builder December 1924
Peker, Charles G. (Editor in Chief)                                 
[Carpentry]. Peker, Charles G. (Editor in Chief). Building Age and National Builder December 1924. New York: Building Age Publishing, 1924. First edition. Octavo, pp. 248, lots of periods ads, illustrated with b/w photos, drawings, floor plans. Original Wraps. Good; covers detached but present.  
Their goal was beautiful homes at moderate cost. And these homes were quite unusual and lovely! The house of the month was located in Loma Portal, California, and was an English manor house with a recessed doorway framed in stone. The interior had a Gothic arch leading into the dining room, and the bedroom had a barrel ceiling. Each building featured in this issue had unusual, charming features like this home did, and makes for interesting reading. Scarce; we've never had this issue before. (19747)    $35.00
 
 
35. 
Dream Homes in Living Color
Kurfess Paints, Louisville, KY                                
[Paint]. Kurfess Paints. Dream Homes in Living Color. Louisville, KY: Kurfess Paints, nd ca 1961. Original edition. Oblong small quarto, folds out into a two-sided, 18"x21" paint chip chart with four exterior home designs and four interior room designs. Folding broadside. Very Good.  
 
Distributed by Lancaster Home Improvement Company in Lancaster, Ohio, this paint company showed several suggested floor plans and interior home designs to inspire the shopper into starting a home improvement project. A good resource for period colors of the 1960s. (19740)    $55.00
 

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