Steven Schuyler Bookseller
Selected Titles for January 2020
Welcome to the January newsletter! Daughter Kimberly got us tickets to the "Gahden" to see the Celtics on December 27th, in the third row! She started college on a basketball scholarship, and has remained a Celtics fan, even though she now lives and works in Portland, Maine. And the Celtics won!
In late December, I attended the opening of an exhibition of oil paintings of my friend, Jeff Weaver, at the Center for the Arts at Endicott College, in Beverly, Massachusetts. Here I am at the opening with Jeff (center) and Don Gorvett, both Gloucester artists. The exhibition runs through March 2nd. Link: endicott.edu/centerforthearts
This month's offering feature a large amount of mid-century architecture titles, many published by Reinhold, who championed most aspects of 1950s design.
Happy browsing! Steven
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From the Old House Journal library
Architecture and History
Construction Methods & Materials
Brick and Stone
Titles on Sale
Hints on Tints and How to Mix Them
Excerpt from the text: "The following characteristic of warm tints is of especial note: With increasing light, the luminosity of the warmer tints grows more rapid than that of the colder tones. In the brightest and strongest sunlight, all tints assume a whitish appearance, without losing their character of warmth or cold. By decreasing light, the warm tints lose their luminosity more rapidly than the cold tones; by continued decreasing of the light, the luminosity of bright red will at a certain stage equal that of a cold violet, and from this down will appear darker than the latter." An exceptionally scarce paint trade piece. (19802) $375.00
Das Bauformenbuch [The Design Book]
[Architecture]. Brausewetter, A. Das Bauformenbuch [The Design Book] Die Bauformen Des Burgerlichen Wohnhauses [The Types of Bougeois Residential Building]. Leipzig: F. A. Seeman, 1895. First edition. Folio, portfolio format, index plus 50 full sized b/w plates. German. Laid in is a 22" x 34" architectural drawing dated 1929. Original half-linen wings portfolio; one wing torn . Very good; light foxing.
Arthur Brausewetter was an architect and professor at the k. k. Staatsgewerbesch ule in Brunn. This is the plate volume covering
doors and windows from the multivolume set. Each is an architectural scale drawing with fine detailing of these spectacular features. Very rare in this first edition. (19773) $200.00
Neue Architektur [New Architecture]
[Architecture]. Wolfrum, Friedrich. Neue Architektur [New Architecture] eine auswahl der beachtenswertesten neubauten moderner richtung aus Deutschland und Osterreich [a selection of the most noteworthy new buildings of modern direction from Germany and Austria], first series. Leipzig: Friedrich Wolfrum & Co., nd c. 1900. First edition. Folio, portfolio format, originally 64 full page b/w photographic plates, but plate 4 is missing. Text in German. Decorated Boards. Very good; light foxing.
Beautiful buildings by noted architects such as Karl Fischl, Arthur Wienkoop, Joseph Hoffman, Friedrich von Dietz, Richard Riemerschmied, Martin Dulfer, and many more. Some are exterior photographs, some are interior. Exceedingly rare; there are no others available for sale at this time. (19774) $300.00
Neubauten in Wien * Prag * Budapest
[New Buildings in Vienna * Prague * Budapest]
[Architecture]. Schroll, Anton. Neubauten in Wien * Prag * Budapest * [New Buildings in Vienna * Prague * Budapest] facaden details haustore vestibule [facades details of vestibule homes]. Leipzig: Anton Schroll & Co., 1904. First edition. Folio, portfolio format, 65 full page b/w photographic plates. Text in German. Cover illustration by M. Kammerer. Decorated Boards. Very good; light foxing.
Beautiful building exteriors by noted architects such as Alois Dlabac, Gebruder Drexler, Vaclav Havel, Karel Horak, Sebastian Hubatsch, and many more. This is the only copy available worldwide at this time. (19775) $300.00
The Cost of a Schoolhouse
Educational Facilities Laboratories, New York, NY
[Architecture]. Educational Facilities Laboratories. The Cost of a Schoolhouse. New York: Educational Facilities Laboratories, 1960. Second Printing. Quarto, pp. 144, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. Original Wraps. Very good.
This book examines schoolhouse buildings around the world, and helps those involved in a school building project make wise decisions about construction of a school building, even though they might have little building experience. Decisions about construction affect maintenance costs later, so this book is a helpful guide in thinking out the whole project. (19823) $30.00
The House and The Art of Its Design
[Design]. Kennedy, Robert Woods. The House and The Art of Its Design. New York: Reinhold Publishing Corp., 1959. Third Printing. Octavo, pp. 550, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. A previous owner's signature on the front endpaper has been blacked out with marker. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.
The house is the most difficult of all design problems, for within our outside its walls it must perform many of the functions of a restaurant, laundry, hotel, playground, nursery, school room, tailor shop, office, garage, theatre, studio, laboratory, and more. The author points out all of the inter-relationships among areas and zones of the house, lists and charts all of the space requirements and covers the subject thoroughly. This is a fascinating book for the prospective home owner, the architect, or anyone who knows what comfort is and who really understands and values beauty. (19821) $35.00
Norwegian Wood: The Thoughtful Architecture of Wenche Selmer
[Architects]. Tostrup, Elisabeth. Norwegian Wood: The Thoughtful Architecture of Wenche Selmer. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002. First edition. Quarto, pp. 208, illustrated with b/w drawings, and b/w and color photographs. Decorated Boards. As New.
This is the first book on the life and architecture of Wenche Selmer (1920-1998), one of the few women who gained prominence among European architects in the mid-20th century. Fourteen of her beautiful wooden cabins and houses are featured in detailed descriptions, plans, and a wealth of archival images and newly commissioned color photography. These are houses that, while thoughtfully designed and beautifully crafted, were meant first and foremost to be lived in, and it is this accommodation of high design and livability that is largely responsible for their universal appeal. (19817) $125.00
California Houses of Gordon Drake
Baylis, Douglas and Parry, Joan
[California]. Baylis, Douglas and Parry, Joan. California Houses of Gordon Drake. New York: Reinhold Publishing Corporation, 1956. First edition. Small quarto, pp 92, indexed, illustrated with more than 100 b/w photographs and 2 in full color. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; some small open tears on dust jacket.
Gordon Drake was a young designer who died suddenly and tragically in 1952 at the age of 34. The quantity of his work was slight. The quality of his work was great. Gordon Drake's work is distinguished by his use of indoor-outdoor continuity, modular construction, and architecturally-used light and by his sense of restraint. But most of all, his work is distinguished by his own imagination and honesty. A small house design won first prize in the Progressive Architecture competition in 1946. This book brings his name and art to the attention of all people sensitive to great architecture. (19814) $65.00
[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 in Very Good 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
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) $55.00
Baker, Geoffrey and Funaro, Bruno
[Architectural History]. Baker, Geoffrey and Funaro, Bruno. Parking. New York: Reinhold, 1958. First edition. Quarto, pp. 202, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. Library stamp on front end paper, and dust jacket flaps are taped inside front cover. Cloth over Boards. Very Good; no dust jacket.
This book offers a concise analysis about the parking problem, and a critical discussion of what others have done about it. Here are photos and plans of parking lots, ramp garages, parking decks, underground garages, and elevator garages. Examples are drawn from large cities and small towns They range from suburban shopping centers to downtown stores, from hotels to drive-in banks, from office buildings to fringe parking lots connected by bus to downtown. Special attention is directed to plans for redevelopment of existing cities. There are suggested zoning requirements for parking and freight dock space. To simplify the layout of parking space, there is a special ten-page section of easy-to-use diagrams and tables that show parking patterns and stall sizes for most advantageous use of a given site under various parking conditions. An essential handbook for architects, engineers and town planners, for merchants and bankers, for city officials, and for members of planning, zoning and parking commissions. (19818) $45.00
Baker, Geoffrey and Funaro, Bruno
[Architectural History]. Baker, Geoffrey and Funaro, Bruno. Shopping Centers Design and Operation. New York: Reinhold, 1951. First edition. Quarto, pp. 288, indexed, illustrated with 470 b/w drawings and photographs. Library stamp on front endpaper. Dust jacket slightly wrinkled. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket.
Sixty-three neighborhood, community, and regional shopping centers are minutely described and illustrated in this book. Parking had never before been analyzed so completely; the authors called upon every expert in the field for their views. This book contains information on siting, pedestrian circulation, freight handling, reflections on glass, lighting, signs, and every other problem, major or minor, involved in the design and operation of a successful center. A must for architects, engineers, designers, and city planners. Quite forward-looking for a 1951 study! (19816) $70.00
Burris-Meyer, Harold and Cole, Edward C.
[Architectural History]. Burris-Meyer, Harold and Cole, Edward C. Theatres & Auditoriums. New York: Reinhold, 1949. First edition. Quarto, pp. viii, 228, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; review copy.
This book provides a basic understanding and complete details about all kinds of productions; architecture, design, and specific problems are studied so that theatres and auditoriums may be more intelligently planned. This is the first book which undertakes to derive plan (size, shape, arrangement and equipment) from an analysis of function and employs critical and constructive comment. Detailed consideration is given to the production of the show, whether legitimate, operatic or movies, and to the demands of theatrical presentation in different situations. Particular attention is given to advanced trends in play production and to technological developments, especially in regard to lighting and sound control. The book contains many illustrative sketches selected to emphasize features seldom understood by a person unfamiliar with theatrical processes. (19803) $40.00
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) $50.00
Sourcebook of Modern Furniture
Habegger, Jerryll and Osman, Joseph H.
[Furniture]. Habegger, Jerryll and Osman, Joseph H. Sourcebook of Modern Furniture. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1997. Second edition. Quarto, pp. 576. Indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket.
A guide to the most influential furniture and lighting designs of the twentieth century, comprised of over 1200 illustrated entries, cataloguing the most distinctive and important creations of renowned designers and architects. Arranged by type of furniture or fixture, each illustration is accompanied by the essential details of the design: date, designer, model name or number, manufacturer, materials, and physical dimensions. From the Old House Journal reference library. (19794) $60.00
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