Selected Titles for January 2021
2021 is turning out to be an example of the Chinese proverb (curse, actually): "May you live in interesting times."

After a very nice end-of-year holiday, highlighted by the most appropriate Advent calendar ever: it came from Scotland, and featured a daily offering of gin! As Stephanie commented, "We finally found a gift that Dad will use!" The ice cubes in the second image, as they say, "are for scale!"

Christmas was, as in many cases this holiday, rather surreal: I was lucky enough to have my daughters able to come by for a few socially-distant hours. My designer daughter Kim asked me to find her something by her favorite designer, recently deceased Milton Glaser of "I love New York" fame. I found at an auction house in Philadelphia an original signed colored pencil drawing "The Cat Under a Hat," a piece commissioned by a New Yorker as a pendant to Dr. Seuss's "The Cat in the Hat." As a designer who has three (!) cats, Kim loved it.
And then the "interesting" part: my basement started flooding! Turns out, I had an outside water main with a pinhole leak. I had to empty out my wet-vac everyhalf hour the entire weekend before the town came on Monday at 8:05 am to shut off my water. A week later, I have a dug up front yard, and a new 3/4" copper water main.

My bookshop megerie gives me great joy. My bunny rabbit Clemmy is now a pair of bunnies, fed daily, and Hank, my bookstore cat, is becoming indispensible. I'm thinking about promoting him to VP of shipping and receiving!

I hope you will find this New Year offering of interest. It's a bit longer than usual, with some good titles. I picked up a nice collection of Californiana, and unearthed a good selection from the Old House Journal reference library.

Once again, stay safe out there, and happy browsing!

Steve
New Arrivals
1.
How the City Hall Park Would Look Today
if the Post Office Bridge Station and Court House Were Removed
New York Sun, New York, NY
[New York]. New York Sun. How the City Hall Park Would Look Today if the Post Office Bridge Station and Court House Were Removed. New York: New York Sun, nd c. 1915. First edition. 12" x 13.25", color lithograph of City Hall Park from above; has been folded in the past. Lithograph Print. Very Good.

City Hall Park is a public park surrounding New York City Hall in the Civic Center of Manhattan. It was the town commons of the nascent city of New York. The Second Empire style building that housed the post office and courthouse was built between 1869 and 1880, and was not well received. The cramped trapezoidal site required the post office's loading docks to be on the side facing City Hall and the park, and by 1912, the building was declared unsatisfactory for the Postal Service and the Federal Courts by the New York Times. This lithograph suggested what the park could look like if the building were razed, but the conversation about the site continued for several more decades until it was demolished in 1939. This lovely print deserves to be framed and enjoyed. (20203)   $60.00
2.
Petits Edifices Historiques [Small Historical Buildings] (3 volumes)
Raguenet, Antonin
[International]. Raguenet, Antonin. Petits Edifices Historiques [Small Historical Buildings] (3 volumes). Paris: Librairies-Imprimeries Reunies Ancienne Maison Morel, nd c. 1892-1907. First edition. Folio, unpag., contains hundreds of beautiful b/w engraved drawings of architecture and architectural details. Text in French. Half-Leather Cloth over Boards with Marbled Endpapers. Good; some backstrip and water damage to covers.

These three volumes cover Classic and Renaissance, Romanesque, and Gothic styles. The author was an architect whose vast project of architectural drawing was unique. A monumental amount of architectural details; the three volumes encompass close to 1000 pages of plates depicting architecture and architectural details in context. (20247)   $750.00
3.
Architectural Details (Ornamental and Structural) of the
Renaissance Period in England
Helburn, William
[International]. Helburn, William. Architectural Details (Ornamental and Structural) of the Renaissance Period in England. New York: William Helburn, nd c. 1895. First edition. Folio (13" x 17"), 52 b/w photolithographic plates. A previous owner signed the inside of the front cover in pencil, and the owner's address has been obliterated with Wite-Out. Portfolio with Marbled Boards and Cloth Backstrip, loose plates. Good; some chipping to plate pages, moderate edgewear to covers, 5" split in backstrip.

Handsome plates of architectural specification drawings, showing close-ups of ornaments and structural details. Rare; we haven't see this one before. (20218)   $110.00
4.
Decoration de Bois et Marbres [Wood and Marble Decoration]
Desaint, A.
[Stone]. Desaint, A. Decoration de Bois et Marbres [Wood and Marble Decoration] Explanatory text by C. Ducroizet. France: H. Vial, 1986. First edition. Folio, pp. 20 plus 24 full color plates of wood and marble details. Text in French. Portfolio with text and loose plates, cloth ties. Very Good; stain on front cover.

We are proud to offer this beautiful portfolio for the first time. The images are lush and detailed, and there is text that explains each of them in detail. A faithful reprint of a 1936 edition. (20212)   $195.00
5.
Woodward's National Architect
Woodward, George E.
[Pattern Book]. Woodward, George E. Woodward's National Architect; containing 1000 original designs, plans and details, to working scale, for the practical construction of dwelling houses for the country, suburb, and village with full and complete sets of specifications and an estimate of the cost of each design. New York: G. E. Woodward, 1869. First edition. Quarto, pp. x, 15, 48, plus 100 pp of plates, Hitchcock #1436. A sepia-toned snapshot of a beautiful home is pasted down inside the front cover; a previous owner inscribed his name and address in beautiful handwriting on front endpaper. Cloth over Boards, gilt lettering. Very Good.

A wonderful visual resource for architects, designers, and restorers; includes detailed drawings and plans in scale. "One of the scarcer Woodward items, it contains designs in the full blown Stick Style for cottages, houses, an ice house, boat and bath house, schoolhouse, stable, French villa, church, etc." (Charles Wood) (20246)   $200.00
6.
The Minor Ecclesiastical, Domestic and
Garden Architecture of Southern Spain
Whittlesey, Austin
[International]. Whittlesey, Austin. The Minor Ecclesiastical, Domestic and Garden Architecture of Southern Spain. New York: Architectural Book Publishing, 1917. First edition. Quarto. pp xi, 107 b/w photographic plates. Mild ex-library. Cloth over Boards. Very Good.

The author spent three months sketching, measuring and photographing architecture in Spain during the first World War, in defiance of mines and submarines and "nervously suspicious officials." Possessing admirable photographic equipment, an inquiring mind, and the traditional artistic temperament, the author photographed and sketched everything that appealed to him, and these large format photographs are the result. A rare view into Spain during WWI. (20224)   $110.00
Architecture and History
7.
Bellefontaine: A Historical Narrative
Owens, Carole
[Architectural Monograph]. Owens, Carole. Bellefontaine: A Historical Narrative. Tucson, AZ: Canyon Ranch Enterprises, 1989. First edition. Oblong quarto, pp. 61, illustrated with b/w photographs. Original Wraps. As New.

A monograph on the resorts of Lenox, Massachusetts, and especially Bellefontaine. Covers the Gilded Age, the Berkshire Cottages, and the history that turned Lenox into a Gilded Age resort. Beautifully illustrated with many archival vintage photographs. (20245)   $25.00
8.
Eileen Gray: Architect/Designer
Adam, Peter
[Architectural Monograph]. Adam, Peter. Eileen Gray: Architect/Designer. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1987. First edition. Quatro, pp 400, indexed, illustrated with 335 b/w photographs, including 35 plates in full color. Cloth over Boards. As New in Fine DJ.

Self-taught as an architect, Eileen Gray stood her ground in a world dominated by men: she built two houses that made architectural history. Her use of industrial materials in these houses, her concept of making furniture adaptable for dual purposes, her extensive application of built-ins won her notice at the imporant expositions and in the leading architectural journals of the 1920s. The author traces the evolution of her theories in drawings and important articles, translating and reproducing much work never published before or largely inaccessible. He also provides a catalog of all her known furniture - a necessity for collectors and lovers of Art Deco at its finest. There was a major retrospective on her life and work at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in NYC this year, and the show moves to Centre Pompidou in Ireland next. For a major reassessment of her work, see the September 24, 2020 issue of New York Review of Books. (20238)   $50.00
9.
Victorian Architecture: An Age Revisited
Ferriday, Peter [Editor]
[Architectural History]. Ferriday, Peter [Editor]. Victorian Architecture An Age Revisited. Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1964. First edition. Introduction by John Betjeman. Small quarto, pp. 305, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Signed by a previous owner in ink on the front endpaper in 1970. Original Black Cloth. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

"We are just now far enough away from the Victorian Age to appreciate its merits as well as its faults," writes John Betjeman in his introduction. "Some of our finest architecture was built by the Victorians, and we must rid ourselves of prejudices about date and style in order to sift the good Victorian architecture from the bad jerry-building of those days." These essays are a very informative and entertaining move in that direction. Some are concerned with general aspects of Victorian architecture, others are about individual architects of note. Here is a book which explores and analyzes Victorian achievement, finding much that is relevant to the problems and functions of architecture today. (20220)   $25.00
10.
Design in Civil Architecture
Richardson, Sir Albert E. and Hector O. Corfiato
[Building Specifications]. Richardson, Sir Albert E. and Hector O. Corfiato. Design in Civil Architecture Vol. 1 Elevational Treatments. New York: Philosophical Library, 1956. First edition. Quarto, pp. 216. Index, thoroughly illustrated with b/w elevations. Text in English, French, and Russian. Boards. Very Good.

A collection of line drawings of elevations of public buildings throughout the world, from the Strozzi Palace to the Police Building in Copenhagen, the Grand Palace at the 1935 Brussels Exhibition, and a barracks in Italy. A valuable study on the subject. (12280)   $40.00
11.
America's Favorite Homes
Schweitzer, Robert A.; Davis, Michael W.A.
[Architectural History]. Schweitzer, Robert A.; Davis, Michael W.A. America's Favorite Homes Mail-Order Catalogues as a Guide to Popular Early 20th-Century Houses. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1990. First edition. Oblong quarto; pp. 261. Richly illustrated. Index, notes, glossary and various appendices (kit house publications, etc.). Signed by a previous owner inside front cover. Original Pictorial Wraps. Very Good.

A wonderful treatment on a fascinating chapter of American architectural and building history covering the companies which catalogs and analysis of the styles of mail order homes. A relatively scarce treatment, in hardcover or paper copies. (20201)   $35.00
12.
Specifications for a Hospital
York and Sawyer, Architects, and Wilfred Beach, notes and commentary
[Building as Envelope]. York and Sawyer, Architects, and Wilfred Beach, notes and commentary. Specifications for a Hospital. New York: Pencil Points, 1927. First edition. Large Octavo, pp. 488, indexed, illustrated w/ b/w photographs and plans. Cloth over Boards. Very Good, mild ex-library.

Scarce book from Pencil Points in nice shape with much trade-related material, including chapters on masonry, roofing, tile, glass, hardware, heating, wiring, as well as chapters related to this type of building, including elevators, refrigerators, lockers, laundry, and more. (7260)   $60.00
13.
Better Buildings for the Aged
Weiss, Joseph Douglas
[Urban Studies]. Weiss, Joseph Douglas. Better Buildings for the Aged. New York: Hopkinson and Blake Publishers, 1969. First edition. Quarto, pp. 286, illustrated with b/w photos & plans, bibliography. Signed by David Parry on the front cover dust jacket in ink. Original Orange Cloth. Very Good in Good DJ.

A comprehensive look at many examples of residential housing, combined residence and nursing facilities, foreign residential and nursing care facilities, and nursing homes. A book which was way ahead of its time. Scarce. From the professional library of Dr. David Parry, British educated architect who came to the United States to work for/with Buckminster Fuller. He finished MA and PhD degrees at the Harvard School of Design, before working in New York and Mass. in Urban Planning. (2123)   $40.00
14.
The Ideal Catalogue House:
Mail-Order Architecture and Consumer Culture, 1914-1930
Joselow, Evie T.
[Architectural History]. Joselow, Evie T. The Ideal Catalogue House: Mail-Order Architecture and Consumer Culture, 1914-1930 a dissertation submitted to the Graduate Faculty in Art History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, The City University of New York. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Dissertation Services, 1998. First edition. Octavo, pp. 648, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. Paperback Original. Very Good.

This dissertation explores the mail-order house and its relation to aspects of consumer culture, establishing a context for understanding its popular appeal and its notable presence in the competitive housing market between 1918 and 1930. Fueled by a demand for housing, and widely promoted during a period of economic prosperity which ushered in an interest in consumerism associated with home ownership, the mail-order house, assembled from pre-cut lumber and sold by mail-order suppliers, represented an affordable and appealing means for consumers to acquire the aesthetic and material elements associated with the ideal house and home. Evie Joselow has spent her entire career working in various capacities in the art world. As chief of research at the Commission for Art Recovery, she took a leading role in the restitution and recovery of art looted by the Nazis, successfully locating more than 90 works of art. (20193)   $25.00
15.
Architectural Sculpture in New York City
Jacoby, Stephen M.
[New York]. Jacoby, Stephen M. Architectural Sculpture in New York City. New York: Dover Publications, Inc, 1975. First edition. Small quarto, pp. unpaginated. Introduction by Clay Lancaster, plus 159 b/w photographs. Paperback Original. Very Good.

In New York City, many of the finest and most interesting examples of sculpture are to be found not in museums, not in private collections, but on the streets themselves. In this album, the camera has separated reliefs, statues, and sculptures from their architectural context and has presented them as an independent visual art form. The photographs show pieces from the late 1870s to the 1960s. This beautiful volume serves as one of the few tributes to a remarkable art form, and as one of the only records of an era. (20191)   $35.00
International
16.
Persian Architecture:The Triumph of Form and Color
Pope, Arthur Upham
[International]. Pope, Arthur Upham. Persian Architecture:The Triumph of Form and Color. New York: George Braziller, 1965. First edition. Quarto, pp. 288, indexed, with 404 illustrations, 33 of them in full color, "The first work to present the riches of all Persian architecture in a single volume" (from DJ) Original Cloth. Very Good in Very Good (Price-Clipped) DJ.

Ex-library Franziska Porges Hosken (1919 - 2006), with her ownership stamp (Viennese born, Smith College and Harvard School of Design educated - one of the first women to do an advanced degree with Gropius at GSD - she wrote a number of important works on architecture and urban history. (5454)   $35.00
17.
Cottage Homes of England
Allingham, Helen and Stewart Dick
[International]. Allingham, Helen and Stewart Dick. Cottage Homes of England. New York: British Heritage Press, 1984. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 287, indexed, with 65 full-color illustrations of Allingham's art. Hardcover. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.

These cottages, set in unpolluted country and unshaken by motor traffic, are the cottages we should all like to own (with plumbing and electricity added!). Allingham painted them in peaceful Edwardian days, in spring and summer, under cloudless skies. Stewart Dick's perceptive description of this vanishing world brings to life again the villages and countryside of which the people and their homes were such a part. Through these homes, the current of English life has flowed. (16565)   $30.00
18.
Il Ferro Nell'arte Italiana [Iron in Italian Art]
Ferrari, Giulio
[International]. Ferrari, Giulio. Il Ferro Nell'arte Italiana [Iron in Italian Art] 150 plates partially unpublished reproductions of 338 subjects from the Middle Ages of the Renaissance, the Baroque and Neo-Classical periods, collected and ordered with explanatory context. Milan, Italy: Ulrico Hoepli, nd (circa 1910). Second edition. Quarto, pp. 325, illustrated with b/w photographs. Text in Italian. Cloth over Boards, teal green. Good; split hinges.

An uncommon early edition of this volume showing iron architectural ornamentation from the Middle Ages through the Neo-classical periods. (20236)   $85.00
19.
Na-Oorlogogse Kleine Landhuizen in Nederland
[Post-War Log Small Country Houses in the Netherlands]
Vriend, J.J.
[International]. Vriend, J.J. Na-Oorlogogse Kleine Landhuizen in Nederland [Post-War Log Small Country Houses in the Netherlands]. Amsterdam & Antwerp: N.V. Uitgevers-Maatschappij "Kosmos", 1954. First edition. Octavo, pp. unpaginated (ca. 60), illustrated in b/w. Original Green Cloth with gilt title on cover. Very Good in Chipped and Torn DJ.

An early document to post war modernism. Very scarce title. (1925)   $40.00
20.
Old Cottages, Farm Houses, and Other Half-Timber Buildings in Shropshire, Herefordshire, and Cheshire
Parkinson, James & Ould, E.A.
[England]. Parkinson, James & Ould, E.A. Old Cottages, Farm Houses, and Other Half-Timber Buildings in Shropshire, Herefordshire, and Cheshire. London: B.T. Batsford, 1905. First edition. Octavo, pp. vi, 39 plus 100 b/w photographic plates, reproduced in collotype and indexed. A previous owner signed the front endpaper in ink. Publisher's cloth, stamped . Very Good.

In studying timber architecture of these three counties, the most ordinary observer cannot fail to be struck by the difference in general effect in the Southern and Western counties. Partly it may be due to differences of climate and surroundings, being that there is more rain in the locations studied in this book. The sculpture and carving were not usually the work of trained artists, but the simple ornament of the village carpenter. Chimneys are generally of stone, and less elaborate and architectural than those in the South. This book pairs descriptive notes with the plates for full understanding and appreciation. A scarce title, beautifully illustrated. (20215)   $90.00
21.
The Smaller English House 1500-1939
Turnor, Reginald
[English]. Turnor, Reginald. The Smaller English House 1500-1939. London: B.T. Batsford, Ltd., 1952. First edition. Small Quarto, pp. 216. Indexed, illustrated with190 b/w photos, drawings, and plans. Color frontis. Blue Cloth over Boards. Very Good, no DJ; Minor shelfwear, corners lightly bumped/rubbed, boards lightly smudged, interiors clean and tight.

An overview of English domestic architecture, its history and development from pre-Tudor times through the mid-20th century. Thoroughly illustrated. (15466)   $35.00
California
22.
San Francisco and Thereabout
Keeler, Charles
[California]. Keeler, Charles. San Francisco and Thereabout. San Francisco, CA: The California Promotion Committee, 1902. Fifth thousand. Octavo, pp. 97, illustrated with b/w photographs. Gift inscription on front endpaper. Previous owner's stamp inside front cover. Decorated Cloth over Boards. Very Good.

This book gives us a brief history of San Francisco's romantic past and a just description of its life in 1902, just a few years before the 1906 earthquake that would radically change the environment. An important work for those interested in Victorian San Francisco. (20184)   $40.00
23.
Anatomy of the San Francisco Cable Car
Parker, Frank
[California]. Parker, Frank. Anatomy of the San Francisco Cable Car. Stanford, CA: James Ladd Delkin, 1946. Fifth thousand. Octavo, pp. 63 plus 15 b/w photographic plates, also illustrated with 33 b/w drawings with spot color. Paperback Original. Very Good.

One of the noteworthy features of San Francisco has been its system of little cable cars. These quaint vehicles, going back and forth amid much clanging of bells, have never failed to fascinate all observers. It is of sufficient interest that the cable cars have always remained small and unchanged, that no hill has ever been too steep for them nor any load too heavy. But of greater interest yet has been the cable cars' mysterious means of propulsion. This book was compiled to explain how the San Francisco cable car works. The great fire of 1906 wiped out most of the cable car records, so the information here was gleaned from conversations with old-timers, and countless hours in car barns and repair pits. Interesting reading for all those interested in transportation technology. (20185)   $35.00
24.
Architecture California
Volume 13 Number 2 August 1991
Mann, Lian Hurst (Editor)
[California]. Mann, Lian Hurst (Editor). Architecture California Volume 13 Number 2 August 1991. Sacramento, CA: California Council, American Institute of Architects, 1991. First edition. Octavo, pp. 64, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. Paperback Original. Very Good.

This issue focuses on growth in California. Growth in California is predominantly a problem of urbanization, and strategies for its management require innovation in the design of the urban environment. The authors of the papers included in this work discuss density, growth management, freeways, the qualities of growth, design review, city health, and more. Interesting reading for those who seek design strategies for architectural development. (20183)   $30.00
25.
Exterior Decorations: Hollywood's Inside-out Houses
Chase, John
[California]. Chase, John. Exterior Decorations: Hollywood's Inside-out Houses. Los Angeles, CA: Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc., 1982. First edition. Quarto, pp. 125, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Paperback Original. Very Good.

The author plunges into the uncharted waters of popular taste in contemporary domestic architecture, focusing on the do-it-yourself remodeled houses clustered on the fringe of Beverly Hills. These former stucco bungalows have been transformed by their owners, many of them in the design professions, into distinctive visual statements reflecting their aspirations and lifestyles. Accompanying the text are 169 illustrations, including a number of "before" and "after" photos. (20189)   $40.00
26.
Bay Area Houses
Woodbridge, Sally [Editor]
[California]. Woodbridge, Sally [Editor]. Bay Area Houses. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. First edition. Quarto, pp. 329, indexed, illustrated with b/w photos by Morley Baer, Roger Sturtevant, and others, architectural drawings by Randolph Meadors and Floyd Campbell, introduction by David Gebhard. Some pencil inscriptions in the text. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Good Dust Jacket.

San Francisco is rightfully proud both of its natural and constructed environments. A unique contribution to American architectural history, this book concentrates on a local tradition of houses that are unpretentious yet imaginative; friendly, relaxed buildings that often merge indoor living spaces with the outdoors and take advantage of the exceptional views. The many fine drawings are a special feature of the book. The informed and articulate text and magnificent illustrations form a definitive and engrossing history of the Bay Area tradition. (20209)   $40.00
27.
The Buildings of Berkeley
Bernhardi, Robert
[California]. Bernhardi, Robert. The Buildings of Berkeley. Oakland, CA: Forest Hill Press, 1971. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 116, indexed, illustrated with 87 b/w photographs taken by the author, and 11 older photographs from historical collections.

Paperback Original. Very Good.
This is the first book to be singly concerned with the early architecture of Berkeley. Included are brief biographies of the architects who designed the buildings, and information on the inhabitants who occupied them. The book spans the period from 1841, when Jose Domingo Peralta built his adobe on the banks of the Codornices Creek, to 1910, the year Bernard Maybeck's magnificent, expressionist First Church of Christ, Scientist was built. Campus structures, churches, hotels and residences are included. (20188)   $40.00
28.
The Valley of Santa Clara: Historic Buildings, 1792-1920
Butler, Phyllis Filiberti
[California]. Butler, Phyllis Filiberti. The Valley of Santa Clara: Historic Buildings, 1792-1920. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1975. First edition. Octavo, pp. 192, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. Paperback Original. Very Good.

The architecture of the Santa Clara Valley, as put so magnificently on record in this charming book, virtually recapitulates the entire architectural history of greater California. The author has given us stories - superb stories - to go with architecture; for it is not styles and trends which account for building, it is the hopes and dreams and passions of men and women. There is a delightful balance of historical, personal and architectural background in the book that will please both old-timers and newcomers. (20182)   $30.00
29.
Charming Homes
Diamond Match Co., Chico, CA
[Pattern Book]. Diamond Match Co., Chico, CA. Charming Homes. Los Angeles, CA: Cleveland Publications, nd c. 1950. Original edition. Small quarto, pp 32, illustrated with sepia-toned photographs and floor plans. Pictorial Wraps. Very Good.

A collection of small homes of varied type and size, which could be built at a low cost. A nice selection of post-war California homes. Scarce; no other copies available on the web. (20202)   $100.00
30.
To California and Back
Higgins, C. A.
[Americana]. Higgins, C. A. To California and Back. Chicago, IL: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Company, 1897. First published 1893. Small octavo, pp. 176, illustrated with b/w drawings. Paperback Original. Very Good; spine repaired, small tear in front cover.

The Santa Fe route extended through Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, southeastern Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and California to the Pacific coast, with a return route by way of Nevada, Utah, and middle Colorado. This book presents some of the sights along the route, for those who were considering to travel with the railroad. McCutcheon's illustrations are beautifully detailed and add great charm to this wonderful travel book. (20186)   $40.00
31.
California
Murray, W. H
[California]. Murray, W. H. California. Omaha, NE: Union Pacific System, 1926. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 48, illustrated with b/w photographs and color maps. Paperback Original. Very Good.

This travel book promoted California as a land for outdoor activities such as swimming, boating, and polo. California was also lauded for its architecture, scenic beauty, and mild climate. The maps showed the path of the Union Pacific railway through the state, so that the reader could consider taking a rail vacation through California. A beautiful book. (20187)   $40.00
Old House Journal Reference Library
32.
Maritime New York in Nineteenth-Century Photographs
Johnson, Harry and Frederick S. Lightfoot
[New York]. Johnson, Harry and Frederick S. Lightfoot. Maritime New York in Nineteenth-Century Photographs. New York: Dover Publications, 1980. Original edition. Quarto, pp. xv, 159, illustrated with 210 b/w photographs. Wraps. Very Good.

No one living remembers New York harbor as it looked before the turn of the 20th century, when clipper ships, sloops, barks, schooners, steamboats, brigs, lighters and countless other vessels plied its still-clean waters. Gone are the days when South Street docks bristled with masts, horsecars and omnibuses trundled over cobbled streets, and dockside cargoes of coffee, tea, oils and spices added a rich fragrance to the tangy salt air of the waterfront. Fortunately, the advent of the stereograph in the 1850s prompted early photographers to record and preserve many fascinating views of New York maritime history that would otherwise have been lost. Over 200 of these classic seaport images - many never before published - are included in this volume. From the Old House Journal Reference Library. (20221)   $15.00
33.
New York in the Nineteenth Century
Grafton, John
[New York]. Grafton, John. New York in the Nineteenth Century 321 engravings from Harper's Weekly and other contemporary sources. New York: Dover Publications, 1977. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 256, illustrated with 321 b/w engravings. Wraps. Very Good.

This book captures the excitement, wealth and squalor of life in New York during the second half of the 19th century. Most of the engravings are taken from Harper's Weekly, others are from The Illustrated News, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, and other popular periodicals of the time. These illustrations give a varied and balanced picture of New York during a crucial and fascinating period in the city's history. From the Old House Journal Reference Library. (20226)   $20.00
34.
Two Cities: New York and Brooklyn the Year the Great Bridge Opened
Latimer, Margaret
[New York]. Latimer, Margaret. Two Cities: New York and Brooklyn the Year the Great Bridge Opened. New York: Brooklyn Educational & Cultural Alliance, 1983. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 118, illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings. Paperback Original. Very Good.

Much was written about the Great East River Bridge in 1883, the year it was completed. Little was written, however, about the two cities the Great Bridge joined. It was during the 1880s that America's final configuration was taking shape, and its urban fabric was emerging as a conspicuous quality of the nation's landscape. The bridge, which provided the first permanent link between the country's first and third largest cities, symbolized this process. This study offers a brief glimpse of New York and Brooklyn as they were in 1883, a slice at one moment in time, a fleeting impression of daily life, of culture, poverty, wealth, politics, and society. It is written as though 1883 has recently ended, without the benefit of one hundred years of hindsight. From the Old House Journal Reference Library. (20231)   $25.00
35.
Building the Empire State
Willis, Carol [Editor]
[New York]. Willis, Carol [Editor]. Building the Empire State a rediscovered 1930s notebook charts the construction of the Empire State Building. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1998. First edition. Quarto, pp. 190, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.

Only recently discovered in the files of the construction company, this 1930s notebook is reproduced here for the first time. It was a daily job diary recording the entire construction process: the demolition of the renowned Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the clearing of the site, erection of the steel frame, installation of the elevators and mechanical systems, and facade work, as well as an account of safety measures, materials and labor costs. Meticulously typed on graph paper and generously illustrated with construction photographs, this unique document combined a professional specificity of detail with a charming rhapsody to the firm's crowning achievement. Introducing the historical text are essays that place the Empire State Building in historical context and explain the engineering and construction techniques for a general audience. From the Old House Journal Reference Library. (20230)   $25.00
36.
Old Brooklyn in Early Photographs 1865-1929
Younger, William Lee
[New York]. Younger, William Lee. Old Brooklyn in Early Photographs 1865-1929 157 prints from the collection of the Long Island Historical Society. New York: Dover Publications, 1978. First edition. Octavo, pp. ix, 165, indexed, illustrated with 157 b/w plates. Oversized Paperback. Very Good.

The photographs in this book, many never reprinted before, recreate the ambiance of old Brooklyn as it appeared between 1865 and 1919 - a rich, vital and exciting place. Shipbuilding and commerce thrived along its waterfront; its ocean playground at Coney Island and its racetracks were world-famous; its reputation was built on the quality of its residential districts, and it prided itself as being the city of homes and churches. Arranged to retrace the area's growth from the original Dutch settlement of Breuckelen, these photos offer a rare and fascinating glimpse of Brooklyn's development in the 19th century. From the Old House Journal Reference Library. (20229)   $20.00
37.
The Heritage of Long Island
Cagney, W. Oakley
[New York]. Cagney, W. Oakley. The Heritage of Long Island. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1970. First edition. Quarto, pp.112, indexed, illustrated with 51 woodcuts. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Good Dust Jacket.

The marvelous woodcuts that illustrate this volume depict modest homes and luxurious mansions, tiny churches and immense cathedrals, one-room schoolhouses and rustic grist mills. Together they provide a capsule history of Long Island, recording graphically many of the Island's early activities: whaling, cattle ranching, sheep-herding, politicking, and farming. From the Old House Journal Reference Library. (20228)   $20.00
38.
Nantucket in the Nineteenth Century
Lancaster, Clay
[New England]. Lancaster, Clay. Nantucket in the Nineteenth Century 180 Photographs and Illustrations. New York: Dover Publications, 1979. First edition. Octavo, pp. xxix, 125, illustrated with 180 b/w plates. Some slight water damage to a corner of the last 25 pages of the book. Oversized Paperback. Very Good.

The Indians called their island "Nantucket" - Far-Away Land. The first white settlers and later Quakers came seeking isolation, both from England and mainland America. Nantucket quickly took on an peculiar individual character, and its architecture, art, local history and many surviving features still reflect a unique American settlement. These early photographs, stereographs, maps, paintings and drawings evoke the Nantucket island experience, and are arranged to provide a walking-tour guide through historic Nantucket as it exists today. From the Old House Journal Reference Library. (20227)   $20.00
39.
Hints on Household Taste in Furniture, Upholstery, and Other Details
Eastlake, Charles L.
[Furniture]. Eastlake, Charles L. Hints on Household Taste in Furniture, Upholstery, and Other Details. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1876. Fourth American, from the revised London, edition. Octavo. pp xxxiv, 300, indexed, illustrated with chromolithographs, engravings, wallpaper samples, etc. with intro by Charles C. Perkins. Original Red Cloth w/gilt title. Very good, cover edges rubbed and front hinge stressed.

Good copy of the original American edition with beautiful chromolithographs. The "Bible" for the arts and crafts movement. Mild ex-library. From the Old House Journal Reference Library (11716)   $90.00
40.
The English House: Architecture and Interiors
Griffiths, Sally and Simon McBride
[English]. Griffiths, Sally and Simon McBride. The English House: Architecture and Interiors. London: Scriptum Editions, 2004. First edition, as stated. Quarto, pp. 215. Illustrated with color photos. Cloth over Boards. Several pages loose, otherwise As New.

An appreciation of the style and beauty of the English house, inside and out. This book features numerous examples of English style houses and interiors, and the results of expert restoration and reproduction. From the Old House Journal Reference Library. (14886)   $35.00
41.
Encyclopedia of Wood Joints
Graubner, Wolfram
[Wood]. Graubner, Wolfram. Encyclopedia of Wood Joints. Newtown, CT: Taunton Press, 1992. Second Printing. Quarto, pp. 151, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings. Paperback Original. Very Good; crease in back cover.

Here is the definitive survey of woodworking joints for builders and craftsmen. More than 450 variations on 66 basic joints are explained. You'll learn when and where to use each joint, while the sharp photos and drawings show you how to construct and fit the mating parts. If you are a woodworker, this complete reference guide belongs on your bookshelf. From the Old House Journal Reference Library. (20213)   $30.00
42.
American Architecture: An Illustrated Encyclopedia
Harris, Cyril M.
[Architecture]. Harris, Cyril M. American Architecture: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1998. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 370, illustrated with nearly 1,000 b/w line drawings. Cloth over Boards. As New in Fine DJ.

This volume covers everything to do with the built environment in the United States. Over 2,500 definitions describe construction materials and techniques, landscape elements, decorative terms, and practical devices, from pre-colonial times to the present, and from indigenous dwellings to deconstructivist structures. From the Old House Journal Reference Library. (20244)   $30.00
43.
Historic Architecture Sourcebook
Harris, Cyril M. [Editor]
[Architecture]. Harris, Cyril M. [Editor]. Historic Architecture Sourcebook. New York: McGraw-Hill Companies, 1977. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 581, illustrated with over 2000 b/w line drawings. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Good Dust Jacket.

This fascinating reference offers a unique tour through the entire history of architecture. It contains clear, concise definitions of over 5,000 terms encountered in historic architecture. Subjects are treated in extensive detail. Topics have been culled from virtually all periods and cultures and contain definitions of virtually every term ever likely to be encountered in the study of historic architecture. From the Old House Journal Reference Library. (20241)   $35.00
44.
Living Architecture: Japanese
Masuda, Tomoya
[International]. Masuda, Tomoya. Living Architecture: Japanese. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1970. First edition. Octavo, pp. 191, bibliography, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Good DJ.

This volume evokes the purity of Japanese architecture in 86 full pages of magnificent pictures. A general history of Japan leads into a section on the history of Japanese architecture. Structures and techniques are described, and a number of towns treated in detail. From the Old House Journal Reference Library. (20243)   $25.00
45.
Dutch Ovens Chronicled: Their Use in the United States
Ragsdale, John G.
[Americana]. Ragsdale, John G. Dutch Ovens Chronicled: Their Use in the United States. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 1991. First edition. Octavo, pp. 105, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Cloth over Boards. As New in Fine DJ.

This book offers a condensed history of the technological advancements that resulted in these versatile utensils. With over twenty photos, several recipes, references to earlier works, and observations and recommendations based on familiarity with these ovens, the author offers an authoritative, informative, and eminently readable guide for all age groups. From the Old House Journal Reference Library. (20242)   $25.00
46.
Woven Floor Covering Retail Sales Manual
Mohawk Carpet Mills, Amsterdam, NY
[Flooring]. Mohawk Carpet Mills. Woven Floor Covering Retail Sales Manual. Amsterdam, NY: Mohawk Carpet Mills, January 1948. Third Printing. Small quarto, pp. 176, illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings. Six pages in color on the topic of color harmony. Cloth over Boards. Very Good.

This manual was published primarily as a textbook for use in the Mohawk Educational Clinic, to serve as good reference material for retail sales clerks of all home furnishings departments. Mohawk was unique in that it made all domestic weaves of wool floor coverings, and spinned its own yarns. The manual explains the creative process from purchase to installation, with many photographs of the machinery and its operation. Another large section describes the motifs in carpet design (Greek, Roman, Persian, Chinese, etc), showing samples of the carpet designs and the furniture used with these carpets. From the Old House Journal Reference Library. (20197)   $25.00
Construction Methods and Materials
47.
Painting and Decorating Working Methods
Vanderwalker, F. N. [Editor]
[Paint]. Vanderwalker, F. N. [Editor]. Painting and Decorating Working Methods a text book for the apprentice and journeyman house painter and decorator, produced under the direction of the International Association of Master House Painters and Decorators of the United States and Canada. Washington, D.C.: Byron S. Adams, 1922. Second edition, revised and enlarged. Small quarto, pp. 294, illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings, plus a paint color chart. Cloth over Boards. Very Good.

The purpose of this text book is to help educate young men to be first-class journeymen house painters and decorators. Its scope is purposely limited, knowing that what a first-class journeyman should know and be able to do are absolutely necessary to success later on. No attempt is made to teach advanced painting subjects, to teach special branches such as sign painting or ornamental design, nor general business information needed by a contractor. All these things come logically after attaining the skills of a good journeyman. An interesting title, still relevant despite modern paint formulations and techniques. This is the first time we are offering this scarce title. (20225)   $40.00
48.
The Paper Hanger, Painter, Grainer, and Decorator's Assistant
in a custom made slipbox with marbled boards and leather backstrip
"A Decorator" (Savory, Charles H.)
[Paint]. "A Decorator" (Savory, Charles H.). The Paper Hanger, Painter, Grainer, and Decorator's Assistant containing full information as to the best methods practised in paper hanging, graining, glass embossing, panelling, marbling, stencilling, room decoration, sign writing, varnishing, distempering, gilding, staining: also, tables for paper hangers; with the principles of harmony, contrasst, and philosophy of colour; and recipes and information on the various branches of household decorative art. London: Kent & Co., 1879. (Fourth Edition). 12 mo (4 3/4 X 7 1/4), pp. 205, illustrated with nearly 100 wood engravings, plus several pages of advertising, in a custom made slipbox with marbled boards and leather backstrip. Illustrated Boards with leather backstrip. Very Good.

A very early and comprehensive trade publication. Deals with all aspects of household decorative arts applications, including graining, glass embossing, marbling, stencilling, varnishing, distempering, gilding staining, etc. Very scarce. (20223)   $150.00
49.
Custodis Chimneys
Alphons Custodis Chimney Construction Co., New York, NY
[Chimney]. Alphons Custodis Chimney Construction Co. Custodis Chimneys. New York: Alphons Custodis Chimney Construction Co., 1924. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 92, illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings. Staplebound Wraps. Good; water stains on cover.

This book was published to furnish engineers and architects with the data essential to their study of design and size for general chimney requirements. Views and designs are shown of chimneys illustrating most of the known requirements. Chapters on standard factory chimneys, chimneys subjected to acid gases, elements in determining proper size of a chimney for a specific installation, calculation of stresses in chimneys, foundations, and lightning rods. (20205)   $90.00
50.
Concrete Construction About the Home and on the Farm
Atlas Portland Cement Company, New York, NY
[Concrete & Cement]. Atlas Portland Cement Company. Concrete Construction About the Home and on the Farm. New York: Atlas Portland Cement Company, 1909. Revised. Octavo, pp. 168, illustrated with b/w photos & drawings. Staplebound Wraps with cloth back strip. Very Good.

This publication endeavors to point out, in language free of technical terms, some of the uses for which concrete is well adapted. Chapters on mixing and handling Atlas Portland cement, plus specifications for many farm uses, such as slop tanks, retaining walls, horse blocks, hog pens, cellar floors, tile drains, cesspools, cisterns, corn cribs, and many more. The back cover claims that Atlas Portland Cement was used in the construction of the Panama Canal. (20200)   $45.00
51.
Build a Home -- Save a Third: The Story of Collier's House
Cary, Harold
[Building as Envelope]. Cary, Harold. Build a Home -- Save a Third: The Story of Collier's House From Plans by Ernest Flagg Architect. New York: Reynolds Publishing Co., Inc., 1924. First edition. Small octavo, pp 117. b/w photograph on frontis page depicts Flagg type house design overlooking the Hudson River. B/w photographs, perspective drawings, and construction details throughout the text. Reduced blue print drawing of "Collier's House" with floor plans and architectural elevations, folded into book & tipped-in. Cloth over Boards, navy w/stamped gilt design. Very Good.

The author was a journalist who documented the use of Ernest Flagg’s building system for his own home. The volume includes detailed appendices and prices. (20198)   $35.00
52.
The Carpenters' Steel Square, and Its Uses
Hodgson, Fred T.
[Tools]. Hodgson, Fred T. The Carpenters' Steel Square, and Its Uses being a description of the square, and its uses in obtaining the lengths and bevels of all kinds of rafters, hips, groins, braces, brackets, purlins, collar beams and jack-rafters: also its application in obtaining the bevels and cuts for hoppers, spring mouldings, octagons, stairs, diminished stiles, etc., etc., etc. New York: Palliser, Palliser & Co., 1880/1883. Third edition, revised and greatly enlarged. 12 mo, pp. viii, 98. Illustrated with nearly 100 woodcuts. 4 pages of trade advertisements at the back. Cloth over Boards. Good; cover soiled and edgeworn, spine sunned, back hinge weak.

A very early and scarce Hodgson title, one which shows the full functionality of the carpenter's steel square. Chapters on bevels for hoppers, bisecting circles, cutting spring mouldings, laying out rafters, stairs and strings, irregular hop roofs, trusses, curved hip rafters, splayed Gothic heads, and much more. (20199)   $45.00
53.
Concretes, Cements, Mortars, Plasters & Stucco
Hodgson, Fred T.
[Concrete & Cement]. Hodgson, Fred T. Concretes, Cements, Mortars, Plasters & Stucco How To Use And How To Prepare Them. Chicago. IL: Frederick J. Drake & Co., 1916. Third edition. 12 mo. pp 525, plus index, a self-quiz; illustrated with b/w drawings. Cloth over Boards w/ embossed cover. Very Good.

A thorough, practical guide to using the above materials with a discussion of terms, tools, building methods and maintenance. Very useful for the builder and historic preservationist, a wealth of detailed information. (20192)   $75.00
54.
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)   $35.00
55.
Straub Cinder Building Blocks
National Cinder Concrete Products Association, Philadelphia, PA
[Concrete & Cement]. National Cinder Concrete Products Association. Straub Cinder Building Blocks. Philadelphia, PA: Nat'l Cinder Conc. Products Assoc., 1925. First edition. Large quarto, pp 208. 120 pages of b/w photographs on concrete masonry buildings, & finish charts, followed by underwriter's laboratories tests and other technical data. 6 pages of "blue prints" showing details. Decorated Boards w/cloth backstrip, brown & tipped-in title. Fair; serious water issues, loose front hinge.

An illustrated guide to this versatile building material, which Straub patented, due to its high fireproofing, sound insulation, and other characteristics. The first 120 pages are divided in to portfolio's of residences, schools & churches, institutions, hotels & theaters, banks, & apartment buildings. This is truly an historic publication, now found only in the Library of Congress and a few other libraries. (20240)   $75.00
56.
A Brief History of Lime, Cement, Concrete, and Reinforced Concrete
Draffin, Jasper O.
[Concrete & Cement]. Draffin, Jasper O. A Brief History of Line, Cement, Concrete, and Reinforced Concrete reprinted from the Journal of Western Society of Engineers, Vol. 48, March, 1943. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois , 1943. Reprint. Small quarto, pp. 47, illustrated with tables. Staplebound Wraps. Very good.

The author was professor of theoretical and applied mechanics at the University of Illinois, Urbana. Sections on the development of limes and cements, the physical and chemical properties of cement, the development of proportioning and placement of concrete, the development of reinforced concrete, and more. (20234)   $30.00
57.
The Repair of Wood Windows
Townsend, Andrew; Clarke Martyn
[Windows]. Townsend, Andrew; Clarke Martyn. The Repair of Wood Windows Technical Pamphlet 13. London: S.P.A.B., 1998. Reissue. Quarto, pp 24. b/w construction details and photographs throughout. Published by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, founded by William Morris in 1877. Staplebound Wraps. Very good.

A concise and thorough explanation of window repair methods with excellent construction drawings and explanations of how to treat decay, replace parts, etc. (20233)   $20.00
Pattern Books
58.
House Designs by the Architects' Small House Service Bureau
New England Division Inc.
Architects' Small House Service Bureau
[Pattern Book]. Architects' Small House Service Bureau. House Designs by the Architects' Small House Service Bureau New England Division Inc. Boston: Architects' Small House Service Bureau, 1928-30. Original edition. Quarto, unpaginated. Illustrated with b/w renderings and floorplans. Includes 26 house designs. "Bird & Son East Walpole, Mass." stamped on cover in gilt letters. Portfolio, Green Cloth over Boards (2 hole punched). Very Good.

An unusual collection of small house designs selected for New England home-builders, including an information sheet, plan book order form, and a brief history and description of the bureau. Rare and visually interesting. (13894)   $110.00
59.
The Books of a Thousand Homes, Vol. I: 500 Small House Plans
Smith, Henry Atterbury [Editor]
[Pattern Books]. Smith, Henry Atterbury [Editor]. The Books of a Thousand Homes, Vol. I: 500 Small House Plans Volume I containing 500 plans of Moderate Cost 3 to 8 Room Houses: Working Drawings & Specifications Available. New York: Home Owners Service Institute, 1923. Third edition. Quarto, pp. 323. Floor plans with b/w renderings or photographs, accompanied by descriptions, for 500 homes by various architects, plus articles on materials and equipment for home building. Preliminary 24 pages printed in blue & black; the cover illustration is in three tones. Pictorial Boards. Good; heavy corner wear and moderate staining to cover.

A very ambitious compendium of architectural styles from the twenties. Many examples of bungalows, stucco styles, etc., with floor plans, elevations and architectural renderings. Architects featured include John F Yewell, George W Repp, Claude Bragdon, William Carver, and many others. (20216)   $65.00
60.
Homes of Beauty and Convenience
Building Age and the Builders' Journal
[Pattern Book]. Building Age and the Builders' Journal. Homes of Beauty and Convenience Carefully selected designs whose beauty and livableness mark them as among the best work of nationally known architects. New York: Building Age and the Builders' Journal, 1923. Quarto, pp. 96, illustrated with b/w exterior and interior views, floor plans, and details, plus period advertising. Original Wraps. Very Good.

This book featured homes that were already built, naming the owners, city, and architect for each featured home. All homes had their exteriors photographed for the book, and some allowed several interior photographs as well. An attractive book that will make you want to hunt up these homes and see how they've changed since 1923! (20210)   $80.00
61.
Beautiful Homes of Moderate Cost
Building Age and National Builder
[Pattern Book]. Building Age and National Builder. Beautiful Homes of Moderate Cost A selection of modern, artistic, practical designs by well known architects, together with information on planning, financing, construction, decoration and furnishing. New York: Building Age and National Builder, 1926. First edition. Quarto, pp. 96. Illustrated with numerous b/w photos, drawings, paintings, and plans. Staplebound Wraps. Good; moderate backstrip damage, cover detached.

A very ambitious and comprehensive pattern book, featuring the design firms in each pattern and suggesting plumbing, landscaping , painting, etc. options. Last 15 pages of trade literature. (20196)   $80.00
62.
Homes of Permanency
The Structural Clay Tile Association, Chicago, IL
[Pattern Book]. The Structural Clay Tile Association. Homes of Permanency. Chicago, IL: The Structural Clay Tile Association, 1929. First edition. Oblong quarto, pp 64, illustrated with b/w photographs, drawings and floor plans. Previous owner signed the cover in ink. Brown Stock Wraps. Good; creases, tears and edge chipping to cover, cover detached.

Structural clay tile has lasting qualities, insulating advantages, and features of economy, both in building and maintenance. The designs shown in this book have been prepared by the Architect's Small House Service Bureau for clay tile construction. Multiple designs for 4-, 5-, and 6-room homes. (20195)   $95.00
63.
Bossert Houses
Louis Bossert & Sons, Brooklyn, NY
[Pattern Book]. Louis Bossert & Sons. Bossert Houses - A method of construction that assures a higher standard of materials and workmanship with economies that radically reduce building costs. Brooklyn, NY: Louis Bossert & Sons, Inc., 1917. First edition. Quarto, pp 64, illustrated with b/w photographs and floor plans. Some construction details, b/w photographs of building sites also. Brown Stock Wraps. Good; open tear to front cover, backstrip partially detached.

An attractive plan book of Colonial style wood frame homes, stucco cottages, California style bungalows, and other small houses. (20194)   $125.00
64.
Village & Farm Cottages: A Victorian Stylebook of 1856
Cleaveland, Henry W. & Backus, William and Samuel D.
[Pattern Book]. Cleaveland, Henry W. & Backus, William and Samuel D. Village & Farm Cottages: A Victorian Stylebook of 1856. Watkins Glen, NY: American Life Foundation, 1982. Reprint. 12 mo, pp. 189, illustrated with b/w perspective drawings of home exteriors, and floor plans. A 19th- century American architectural work aimed toward imparting tasteful house designs to tradesmen and others of modest means. "A modest home, which he may call his own, is beyond the reach of no capable and industrious man." The handsome plates depict floor-plans and views of a wide variety of simple but well appointed homes. Includes chapters on interior decoration as well as quite extensive directions on improving landscape, including garden designs and lists of fruits and vegetables to grow. With a new introduction by David Schuyler. Wraps. Near Fine in Wraps.

Uncommon reprint of an exceptionally scarce and important 1856 title (Hitchcock 272), a sequel to the work of A.J. Downing. (20190)   $10.00
Trade Catalogs
65.
Official Price List, 1898
Illinois Roofing and Supply Co., Chicago, IL
[Metal]. Illinois Roofing and Supply Co. Official Price List. Chicago, IL: Illinois Roofing and Supply Co., 1898. First edition. Quarto, pp. 5 Folded pamphlet. Very Good; crease where folded in half.

This company sold artistic stamped steel ceilings, roofing tin, eave troughs, conductor pipe, sheet steel and iron, charcoal bright plates, coke plates, heater pipe tin, roofing and siding, paints, and cements. Scarce; this is the first time we've carried any catalog from this company. (20235)   $60.00
66.
Maquinaria Moderna [Modern Machinery for the
Manufacture of Modern Materials for Construction]
J. F. Villalta, Barcelona, Spain
[International]. J. F. Villalta. Maquinaria Moderna [Modern Machinery for the Manufacture of Modern Materials for Construction]. Barcelona, Spain: J. F. Villalta, nd c. 1906. First edition. Oblong octavo, pp. 25, illustrated with b/w photographs. Text in Spanish. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

An advertising brochure for this Spanish construction company, featuring building materials and decoration, hollow blocks of concrete, baluster columns, and more. Includes photographs of completed buildings and structures. Some of their products were used in construction in San Francisco that survived the 1906 earthquake. Attractive and scarce. (20232)   $110.00
67.
Gal-va-nite Roofing Advertisement
Keokuk Lumber Company, Keokuk, IA
[Roofing]. Keokuk Lumber Company. Gal-va-nite Roofing Advertisement. Keokuk, IA: Keokuk Lumber Company, nd c. 1910. First edition. 3.5" x 6" pamphlet, opens to 3.5" x 8" to reveal roofing sample; pp. 6 of advertising text. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

Gal-va-nite had a wool felt base, coated with asphalt waterproofing compound, and topped with a flaked mica weatherproof surface. Mica was the best insulator known, and it was impervious to heat or electricity. Since it wouldn't rust, rot, or corrode, and wouldn't need paint, it was considered the perfect protection. It was also considered an excellent sound deadener, and beating rainstorms and hail that made terrible noise on a tin, iron or wooden roof were hardly heard on an Gal-va-nite roof. This attractive advertising piece includes a sample, tucked under the man's leg on the front cover, so that the customer could appreciate its tough surface. Scarce. (20217)   $55.00
68.
Dealer's Price Guide No. 105
Whitmer-Jackson Company, Inc., Cleveland, OH
[Millwork]. Whitmer-Jackson Company, Inc. Dealer's Price Guide No. 105. Cleveland, OH: Whitmer-Jackson Company, Inc., January 23, 1928. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 80, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings. Color Pictorial Wraps. Very Good; foxing to rear cover.

Windows and sash, all sorts of doors (mirror, veneered, French, storm, combination storm and screen, front, pine, stock panel, Colonial, pine sash, and many more), side lights, breakfast nooks, cabinet ironing boards, medicine cabinets, spice cabinets, stairwork, interior trim and mouldings, porch work, and more. This is the first time we've been able to offer a catalog from this Cleveland company. (20214)   $90.00
69.
Curtis Interior Doors
Curtis Companies, Inc., Clinton, IA
[Interiors]. Curtis Companies, Inc. Curtis Interior Doors. Clinton, IA: Curtis Companies, Inc., 1927. First edition. Quarto, pp. 22. Illustrated with b/w images, full color cover. Color Pictorial Wraps. Very Good.

A wonderful early 20th century interior door catalog, beautifully illustrated as with all Curtis catalogs of this period. (20208)   $75.00
70.
Woodco Windows and Doors ... for the Beautiful point-of-view
Woodco Products, North Bergen, NJ
[Windows]. Woodco Products. Woodco Windows and Doors ... for the Beautiful point-of-view. North Bergen, NJ: Woodco Corporation, 1960. First edition. Quarto, pp 31, illustrated with sepia toned photographs and detail drawings. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

An extensive catalog of residential wood windows including awning, picture, casement, sliding, and doors. Well illustrated with construction drawings, window elevations and perspective renderings. (20207)   $45.00
71.
Pocket Calendar for 1905-1906
Radford, William A.
[Advertising]. Radford, William A. Pocket Calendar for 1905-1906. Chicago: William A. Radford, 1904. First edition. 3.25" x 5", with Radford home and house plans on the outside, and opens up to 3.25" x 10" reveal a calendar for nine months of 1905 and three months of 1906. Ephemera. Very Good.

Radford seems to have used this calendar as a promotional piece to other building trades; there is a section inside that could hold another advertising logo, and an interested party would contact National Advertising Company in Chicago to get more information. We haven't seen this one before, though, so it might just have been a mock-up by National Advertising to show Radford what was possible if he wanted to have more made. Very attractive. (20206)   $70.00
72.
Wemple's Celebrated Hand Made Window Shadings
Wemple's, New York, NY
[Window Treatments]. Wemple's. Wemple's Celebrated Hand Made Window Shadings Colors shown in this book always in stock. New York: Wemple's, nd c. 1910. First edition. 32mo (4.5" x 3"), 14 samples with explanatory text. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

Jay C. Wemple's Window Shades was located on 32nd Street between 1892 and 1917. This little sample book displayed their handmade oil opaque shading, which was also offered through Woolworth's stores. Scarce; no other copies on the web. (20204)   $80.00
Brick and Stone
73.
The Stone Restoration Handbook:
A Practical Guide to the Conservation Repair of Stone and Masonry
Daniels, Chris
[Stone]. Daniels, Chris. The Stone Restoration Handbook: A Practical Guide to the Conservation Repair of Stone and Masonry. Wiltshire, UK: The Crowood Press, 2015. First edition. Quarto, pp 224, indexed. Color photographs and illustrations on every page. Color Pictorial Wraps. As New.

A guide for architect, artisans, and home owners which teaches techniques for preserving and repairing historic stone and masonry structures. Beautifully illustrated - it depicts how to do surveying for conservation reports, select the appropriate stones, limes and mortars, do pointing, do repairs and cleaning, do casting, and scagliola. The author is an "Advanced Craft Stonemason" and Professionally Accredited Conservator-Restorer. (20239)   $75.00
74.
Root Cellars in America:
Their History, Design and Construction 1609-1920
Gage, Mary and James
[Architectural History]. Gage, James . Root Cellars in America: Their History, Design and Construction 1609-1920. Amesbury, MA: Powwow River Books, 2018. Third edition, greatly expanded. Octavo, pp. 232. Illustrated with b/w photos and drawings. Paperback. New.

A field guide and survey of different types of root cellars, pits, trenches, root houses, and others that were used for centuries to preserve root crops and vegetables before the advent of affordable refrigeration for home use. Includes information about construction, design principles, and other details. An interesting work on a neglected aspect of domestic architecture. (20179)   $25.00
75.
A Handbook of Stone Structures in Northeastern United States
Gage, Mary and James
[Architectural History]. Gage, Mary and James. A Handbook of Stone Structures in Northeastern United States. Amesbury, MA: Powwow River Books, 2015. Expanded First edition, in 100 copies. Octavo, pp. 316. Illustrated with b/w photos and drawings. Glossy B/W Pictorial Cover. New.

A useful field guide to identifying Native American and agricultural stone structures one may encounter on hikes throughout the forest and conservation lands in New England. These include cairns, chambers, standing stones, walls, wells, Manitou stones and other structures. From this guide, one can identify, document, analyze and interpret the structures one sees. (20180)   $30.00
76.
A Guide to New England Stone Structures
Gage, Mary and James
[Architectural History]. Gage, Mary and James. A Guide to New England Stone Structures: Stone Cairns, Stone Walls, Standing Stones, Chambers, Foundations, Wells, Culverts, Quarries and Other Structures. Amesbury, MA: Powwow River Books, 2019. Second revised, in 250 copies. Octavo, pp. 36. Illustrated with b/w photos and drawings. Glossy B/W Pictorial Cover. New.

A useful field guide to identifying the stone structures one may encounter on hikes throughout the forest and conservation lands in New England. (20181)   $15.00
Titles on Sale
77.
Large Lot of Dutch Building Trade Advertisements and Catalogs
Various
[International]. Various. Large Lot of Dutch Building Trade Advertisements and Catalogs. Netherlands: Various, nd c. 1940-1980. First edition. More than 25 brochures, catalogs, magazines, and ephemera. Various. Very Good.

A wonderful grab-bag of advertising materials for Bosch, Coburn, Tweha, Versluis, Cordima, Kaether, Fiehl, Laufwerke, and many more. Furniture, flooring, skylights, doors, hardware, and others. Includes three issues of Interieur magazine from the 1960s. Many strong examples of mid-century modern styling. There is a lot of interesting browsing here! (20106)   $60.00
78.
Rural Architecture
Robinson, P. F. (Peter Frederick)
[Pattern Book]. Robinson, P. F. (Peter Frederick). Rural Architecture a series of designs for ornamental cottages. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1836. Fourth edition, greatly improved. Quarto, pp. iii, with 96 plates drawn on stone and explanatory text between. Quarter Leather. Very Good.

The author was vice president of the Institute of British Architects and author of books on ornamental villas, designs for farm buildings, village architecture, designs for lodges and park entrances, and more. This work went through 42 editions between 1823 and 2016 in English, an attestment to its well-loved classic Victorian design. Each design is shown in four plates, including a front elevation, side elevation, perspective view, and floor plan. Scarce in this edition; this is the first time we've had one for sale. (20104)   $175.00
79.
Daily Mail Book of Bungalow Plans
Daily Mail, London
[Pattern Book]. Daily Mail. Daily Mail Book of Bungalow Plans including Traditional and Contemporary Bungalow Designs of 1959 with a Review of Bungalows available on selected Estates. London: Wyman & Sons, 1959. First edition. Quarto, pp112, Well illustrated with b/w photographs and floor plans, plus some interior views. Decorated Stock Wraps. Very Good.

An extensive mid-century home plan catalog for English bungalows, including timber homes, steel-framed homes, and homes using attractive combinations of stone, brick and timber. The book also includes illustrated articles on furnishing and equipment for the homes. (18979)   $50.00
80.
Steel Ceilings: Catalog D
Canton Steel Ceiling Co., New York, NY
[Metal]. Canton Steel Ceiling Co. Steel Ceilings: Catalog D. New York: Canton Steel Ceiling Co., n.d. (ca. 1915). First edition. Oblong folio, pp. 144, illustrated with b/w photographs. A 2" square of the margin of page 33/34 has been torn out; does not affect any illustration. A few pencil notations. Decorated Original Wraps with cloth spine. Good; cover heavily soiled and edgeworn, title page has closed tear; text block very good.

A beautiful catalog, with many detailed photographs of steel ceiling designs, and some photographs of building interiors showing off their installed steel ceilings. (20129)   $130.00
81.
Victorian School-House Architecture
Eveleth, Samuel
[Building as Envelope]. Eveleth, Samuel. Victorian School-House Architecture A Facsimile of Samuel Eveleth's School-House Architecture, A Pattern Book of 1870. Watkins Glen, NY: American Life Foundation, 1978. Reprint - limited edition. Quarto, pp. unpaginated, Limited Edition of 1000 Copies. A facsimile of Samuel F. Eveleth's School-house Architecture (Hitchcock 430), a pattern book of 1870, with a new introduction by John Crosby Freeman. Original Wraps. As New.

Beautiful as-new reprint of an 1870 classic, one which does the original justice. (1537)   $10.00
82.
Concrete Houses and Small Garages
Lakeman, Albert
[Concrete & Cement]. Lakeman, Albert. Concrete Houses and Small Garages. London: Concrete Publications Ltd, 1949. Revised. Small quarto, pp vii, 150, indexed, illustrated with b/w specification drawings and photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Good Dust Jacket.

This was one of a series of books on reinforced concrete design and construction. The original edition had been titled "Concrete Cottages, Bungalows, and Garages," but the contents are substantially the same. A great deal of experience was added with respect to durability for the different types of concrete used in housing. (20057)   $60.00
83.
Women's World: The Art and Life of Mary Ellen Best 1809-1891
Davidson, Caroline
[Art]. Davidson, Caroline. Women's World: The Art and Life of Mary Ellen Best 1809-1891. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc, 1985. First American edition. Quarto, pp. 160, indexed, illustrated with more than 140 full-color pictures. Signed by a previous owner in ink inside the front cover. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.

For anyone interested in the way Europeans lived in the early nineteenth century, Mary Ellen Best is a fascinating and informative artist. Her watercolors provide a unique and intimate portrait of her native Yorkshire, as well as Wales, Germany, Holland, and Belgium in the 1830s and 1840s. Far from staying at home, she loved travel and new experiences. She had no inhibitions about rejecting the subject matter of early 19th century art and painting a vivid record of her life. Recaptures an era of elegance and simplicity that vanished even during the artist's lifetime. (20061)   $25.00
84.
Houses and Cottages of Britain
Brunskill, R. W.
[Great Britain]. Brunskill, R. W. Houses and Cottages of Britain Origins and Development of Traditional Buildings. London: Victor Gollancz, 1997. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 256, indexed, illustrated with b/w line drawings and photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.

This book looks inside the buildings and shows how and why they were originally planned and how they have evolved, often from very simple structures. It reveals in the process a great amount of fascinating information about the life-styles of the people for whom the houses were built, both in terms of their work and of their social lives. There are detailed chapters on materials and methods of construction and on rooms and their uses, all of which provide further insights into why structures as we see them now developed in the way they did from the original plan forms. (20062)   $25.00
85.
Rufus Porter Rediscovered
Lipman, Jean
[Americana]. Lipman, Jean. Rufus Porter Rediscovered. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., 1968. First edition. Quarto. pp 202. Indexed, richly illustrated in b/w and 22 color plates. Original Cloth. Very Good in Good Dust Jacket.

Long neglected in nineteenth history, Rufus Porter, the "Michaelangelo" of America, experienced a rebirth under the watchful eye of Jean Lipman. From his many inventions, his creation of "Scientific American", or his many folk art murals (here catalogued and illustrated), his life shows the range of creativity of a modest genius. Lipman's book, even the reprint edition, is exceedingly hard to find today, here in a very nice example of the dust-jacketed hardcover edition. (19872)   $35.00
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