Selected Titles for July/August 2020
For the first time in years, we missed a month, so this newsletter will be our July/August offering.

I spent most of July re-organizing my 16' x 16' annex, which serves as my shipping and receiving area. The project turned out to be time-consuming but rewarding.

And my garden is in great shape. You can ask our resident bunny, little Clemmie, who turns up frequently. All of this reminds me of a great quote from our friend Cicero: "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." I agree!

This two-month offering has a few surprises: all five of the new arrivals are titles we've never offered before. "Memorial Art," the trade piece "Through the Ages," the competition for the Columbus lighthouse, and the Woolworth Building title are all rather sensational arrivals. I think you'll find them interesting additions.

We've added a nice lot of books on the English house, as well as some informative titles on house infrastructure and design.

We hope you are staying safe and able to enjoy what is left of our summer.

Happy browsing!
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New Arrivals
Through the Ages: A Monthly Magazine Devoted to the Uses of Marble
National Association of Marble Dealers, Baltimore, MD
[Stone]. National Association of Marble Dealers. Through the Ages. A Monthly Magazine devoted to the uses of Marble. Vol. 1, No 1 through Vol. 2, No. 12, in two volumes. Baltimore, MD: National Association of Marble Dealers, 1923-25. First edition. Quarto, pp. ca 750 (24 issues at 32 pages per issue). Original publisher's Cloth. Very good, with some wear to tops of spine. 

The first two years of one of the most respected and scarcest stone trade publications. The articles cover most aspects of the trade, from conservation ("The weathering of Marble," "Handbook of Marble,"), quarrying ("Old and New in Quarrying," "Developing a Quarry,") domestic and international contemporary uses ( "The Woolworth Building," "The House and the Senate," applications ("Doorways," "Storefronts," "Marble for Decorative Purposes,") historic uses of Marble. Each issue has a lengthy listing of all the manufacturers and quarries in the world. My favorite piece is the article on the Smith Tower in Seattle ("Seattle's Tallest Building."): My mother worked in the Smith Tower during WWII and was proud of it! (20001)        $300.00

Memorial Art (series from Granite Marble and Bronze magazine)
Elliott, Huger
[Decorative Arts]. Elliott, Huger. Memorial Art (Book version of a series of monthly articles published in the monthly trade periodical "Granite Marble & Bronze"). Cambridge, MA: Granite Marble & Bronze, 1923. Second edition. Quarto (8.5" x 11"), pp. 172. Illustrated with 24 f.p. plates. Appendix of references and sources, indexed. Linen over boards. Very Good. 

An exceedingly rare title: currently the only copy available on the internet. From the forward, a bit of journalistic candor: "In preparing these articles for publication in book form the writer finds himself somewhat troubled by the realization that in those articles - written from month to month with the desire to impress upon the practical man the necessity of serious study of basic principles - he was often dogmatic, overinsistent and, shall we say, flamboyant" This book re-form of the author's many articles is, nonetheless, well organized for the historian of memorial art (what the author calls " all the forms which may be erected as receptacles for or memorials to the dead")  With chapters focused on all aspects of cemetery memorials (moulding, columns, ornament, lettering, headstones, the cross, the tomb, the use of color, and the cemetery) the book is a comprehensive study of an underappreciated cultural phenomenon. Well illustrated. (20000)      $200.00

Program and Rules of the Second Competition for the Selection of an Architect for the Monumental Lighthouse ... Christopher Columbus
Kelsey, Albert, FAIA (Technical Adviser)
[Architectural History]. Kelsey, Albert, FAIA (Technical Adviser). Program and Rules of the Second Competition for the Selection of an Architect for THE MONUMENTAL LIGHTHOUSE which the Nations of the World will Erect in the Dominican Republic to the Memory of CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS. Together with the Report of the international Jury, the Premiated and many other designs submitted in the first Contest.( n.p.): Pan American Union, 1930. First edition. Folio (9.5" x 14"), pp 187, many BW and color plates, 2 fold-outs.   Publisher's original blue cloth, with original gilt device on front cover. A very good copy. 

An important copy of this significant international competition: it features the ownership stamp to the title page of the "Pan American Union Counselor's Office." Ostensibly, the publication features the second phase of the Worldwide Competition, it is, however, more important for providing illustrations of the ten finalists in the FIRST phase, as well as ten more with 'honorable mention' designs. Equally significant are the 86 additional designs presented and discussed by the technical consultant, American architect Albert Kelsey. A truly international smorgasbord of designs, from all European countries and the Americas, some of the most intriguing offerings were by the Russian constructivists Melnikov and Tarasov. This second competition was eventually won by Scottish architect Joseph Lea Gleave (1907-1965), (whose design is shown on p. 29) who, unfortunately did not live to see his finished structure: it was build in the 1980s and not dedicated until 1992, on the 500th anniversary of the Columbus 'discovery.' An important 1920s snapshot of architectural modernism, in very nice condition. (19979)       $375.00
The Woolworth Building
Schuyler, Montgomery
[Architectural History]. Schuyler, Montgomery. The Woolworth Building. New York: Privately Printed, 1913. Limited Edition (1000 copies). Tall Quarto (9" x 13"), pp [25], [10] leaves of plates. One signed original etching as the frontispiece.   Decorated Boards. Good in original embossed cover, wear to top of spine and extremities. 

Designed by iconic designer Bruce Rogers, this is a testament worthy of the building it celebrates! "Of this book one thousand copies have been printed and bound for Frank W. Woolworth, for private distribution, by the Munder-Thomsen Company." (from the Verso of the Half Title). A major piece of New York and architectural history, the Woolworth Building was an early American skyscraper and was the tallest building in the world (792') from 1913 to 1930. Designed by Cass Gilbert (the book is dedicated to him), the skyscraper became known as the "Cathedral of Commerce." The 60-story tower with its terra-cotta cladding and neo-Gothic ornament helped to transform the skyline of New York. ... Early in the project, [Frank W.] Woolworth was interested in building an office building that would surpass neighboring buildings. An extremely scarce and impressive document to American enterprise and urban planning. (19978)   $495.00

Lexicon of Ladies' Names, With Their Floral Emblems
Carter, Mrs. Sarah C.
[Victorian]. Carter, Mrs. Sarah C. Lexicon of Ladies' Names; With their Floral Emblems. Containing 162 Names, with their Significations; 141 flowers with symbolic language. A Gift Book for all Occasions. Boston: G. W Cotrell, 1860. Original edition. 12 mo (4.5" x 7"), pp. 149. Tissue-guarded engraving of the author as a young woman.  Highly decorated gilded cloth over boards. Very good condition, with embossed title on backstrip and floral bouquet on front cover. 

As nice an example of high Victoriana as we've ever come across! Each name (from Abigail to Zipporah) has its own page, with attributes (Signification, Emblem and Sentiment) and a short poem. A fascinating period-piece: no Tiffanys or Natalies in the bunch; just good old nineteenth century monikers you can "sink your teeth into." After "Tryphena" and (similar sounding...) "Tryphosa," we conclude the name listing with a flourish, and the name "Zilpah'" long one of my personal favorites! This is a book to cherish! (19986)     $125.00

The Language of Vision
Kepes, Gyorgy
[Design]. Kepes, Gyorgy. The Language of Vision. With introductory essays by S. Giedion and S.I Hayakawa. Chicago, IL: Paul Theobald, 1949. sixth printing. Quarto, pp. 228, voluminously illustrated. Original Cloth. Very Good in VG DJ. 

The first, and possibly the most influential of Professor Kepes' books. Hungarian born, Kepes migrated to the USA in 1937 and taught in the so-called "new Bauhaus school of Design" in Chicago, before eventually forming the Advanced Visual Studies program at MIT. During WWII he consulted with the US military in helping them to develop the "aesthetics of military camouflage!" This is the first of four influential books authored by Kepes, and is his most thought-provoking for architects and designers, getting at the very underpinnings of artistic expression. (19992)            $35.00
Pencil Points: Teague - Master of Design (September 1937)
Reid, Kenneth
[Design]. Reid, Kenneth. Pencil Points: Teague - Master of Design (September 1937). Stamford, CT: Reinhold Publishing, 1937. First edition. Quarto, pp. 540-569. Illustrated with b/w photos and drawings. Original Staplebound Wraps. Very Good; Corners bumped/creased, interiors clean and bright. 

An appreciation and overview of the career of pioneering modern industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague, a master of streamlined Art Deco design and a visionary in the field. Illustrated with 60 b/w images of Teague's work in housewares, industrial design, the Ford Expo building, and his firm's first commission to design Kodak's Brownie camera. Scarce. (15082)               $75.00

The Mechanical Bride: Folklore of the Industrial Man
McLuhan, Herbert Marshall
[Advertising]. McLuhan, Herbert Marshall. The Mechanical Bride. Folklore of the industrial Man. New York: Vanguard Press, 1951. First edition. Quarto, pp. vii, 157. Each of the 53 'chapters' is illustrated by a modern day visual. Original black linen binding, with bold white title. Good condition, but 1/4" missing from top of backstrip. 

This is an important book! (one colleague described it as 'devastating.'). It is the book that established McLuhan as the foremost critic of modern mass communications. Each of the 53 chapters is extremely thought-provoking, especially viewed in the context of the early Post WWII era. I especially enjoyed the chapter "The Poor Rich," but the chapter preceding it is just as thought-provoking ('Co-Education'). "Why are American rich such proletarians in mind and spirit?" Prescient, and influential, here in the elusive 1951 first edition. (19991) $30.00

Native Genius in Anonymous Architecture
Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl
[Design]. Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl. Native Genius in Anonymous Architecture. New York: Horizon Press, 1957. First edition. quarto. pp 221.illustrated with 126 photographs. bibliography. Moholy-Nagy takes a look at the anonymous architecture of indigenous peoples and how they adapted their architecture to the world around them. Hard Cover. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket. 

A wonderfully intuitive study of the many vernacular architectures of America, dedicated to Frank Lloyd Wright. An important, ground-breaking book which proclaims the value of indigenous architecture as a source for modern design. Written by noted historian, wife and colleague of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. The rare first edition in a very good dust jacket. (112)               $25.00

Architecture and History
Sweetness and Light: The Queen Anne Movement, 1860-1900
Girouard, Mark
[Architectural History]. Girouard, Mark. Sweetness and Light: The Queen Anne Movement, 1860-1900. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977. First edition. ISBN: 019817330X. Octavo, pp. xvii, 250, indexed, richly illustrated with 215 images in color and b/w. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Near Fine DJ. 

Beautiful copy of Oxford Univ. Press 1st edition. An important study by a celebrated scholar. (5747)      $40.00

Iron and Brass Implements of the English and American Home
Lindsay, J. Seymour
[Metal]. Lindsay, J. Seymour. Iron and Brass Implements of the English and American Home Illustrated by the Author with an Introduction by Ralph Edwards. Boston, MA: The Medici Society, Ltd., ca1920. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 212, indexed. 473+ b/w illustrations. Indexed. Cloth over Boards, black w/gilt lettering. Very Good. Tattered dust jacket laid in. 

"This is the first book written in English about domestic iron implements, once an important part of household equipment." Extensively illustrated by the author, an interesting resource on the subject. One of the largest sections ("Artificial Light") focuses on early lighting. (17105)            $45.00

The Modern House
Yorke, F. R. S., ARIBA
[Modernism]. Yorke, F. R. S., ARIBA. The Modern House. London: The Architectural Press, 1937. Third revised and enlarged. Quarto, pp. 224. Richly illustrated. Index of architects' names. original coarse beige linen binding. Very Good. 

A very influential book, on the continent and in the United States. Somewhat of a modernism manifesto, and a stunning compilation of examples of modernist design and building. Each of the many examples give country of origin, architect, and any and all intricacies of construction, floor plan(s), regional context, building materials involved, etc. Even the layout and design is quite 'modernistic.'  Rather uncommon in this country: we've not had a copy before. A smart book. (19989)               $85.00

Regional Rapid Transit: A Report to the San Francisco
Bay Area Transit Commission 1953-1955
Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Hall and Macdonald, Engineers
[Urban Studies]. Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Hall and Macdonald, Engineers. Regional Rapid Transit: A Report to the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit Commission 1953-1955. New York: Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Hall and Macdonald, 1956. First edition. Folio, 17.5" x 22" , Ex-lib. Profusely illustrated with maps (some in color), charts, graphs, b/w and color drawings, b/w photographs. Spiral Bound in Boards. Very Good in good cover, some pages bent, minor shelf wear. 

Rare, extensive survey of the San Francisco rapid transit system as it existed in the early 1950s, including geographic and demographic data, maps, station and equipment designs, and other details. An unusual city planning document. Very scarce. (11061) $150.00

Concrete in Architecture
Portland Cement Association, Chicago, IL
[Concrete & Cement]. Portland Cement Association. Concrete In Architecture (A portfolio of 6 architectural projects). Chicago, IL: Portland Cement Assoc., 1927. Original edition. Quarto, pp 59. 10 Color plates, b/w photographs on most pages. Authors: Marshall, Benjamin H.; Murphy, Frederick V.; Allison, David C.; Woollett, William Lee; Earley, John J.; Holabird, John A. Decorated Boards w/paper covers, aqua. Very Good Binding, Pages, Near Fine.

This volume features six beautiful early twentieth century buildings including the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago, the University Club of Los Angeles, (19996) $75.00

Eric Sloane
Don't: A Little Book of Early American Gentility
Sloane, Eric
[Americana]. Sloane, Eric. Don't: A little book of early American Gentility. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1968. First edition. 12mo, pp. 72. Illustrated with the author's b/w drawings. Original Cloth. Fine in Fine DJ. 

A delightful Sloane book describing the manners of early America, including admonitions about what not to do at the table, in dress and habit, in the drawing room, in public places, and in speech and writing, with a concluding chapter for womankind. Quirky and engaging, a real gem! (19995)  $20.00

Look at the Sky and Tell the Weather
Sloane, Eric
[Americana]. Sloane, Eric. LOOK at the SKY And tell the Weather. New York: World, 1970. Second, revised. Oblong quarto, pp. 90, lushly illustrated w/ the author's b/w drawings, blue and white fold-out inside back cover. Cloth over Boards, blue with Dust Jacket. Very Good in Very Good price-clipped DJ w/some minor tears.

Beautiful copy of a scarce Eric Sloane item. As usual with Sloane, it's about more than its title indicates, including folklore and Americana. The author follows the course of a single air mass across the Canadian Rockies over North America to New England. He describes the inter-relationships between people, the land, and the weather. The dust jacket watercolor of clouds is worth the price of admission. (19975)  $30.00

A Reverence for Wood
Sloane, Eric
[American History]. Sloane, Eric. A Reverence for Wood. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1965. Third Printing. Octavo, pp. 111, illustrations by the author. Includes a color plate of 20 sections of typical American woods. Tells of how different kinds of trees and their wood figured in the American story. Includes a section on identification of nearly sixty native trees. Original Cloth. Very Good in Very Good DJ. 

A very nice copy of the original edition of this popular title, one which is a "must have" for Sloane collectors and professional/recreational woodworkers alike. A great read! (19973) $20.00

A Museum of Early American Tools
Sloane, Eric
[Americana]. Sloane, Eric. A Museum of Early American Tools. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1964. Second Printing. Octavo, pp. 108, indexed, with many wonderful illustrations by the author. Color Pictorial Wraps. Very Good in Very Good DJ. 

A collection of drawings and information about early American tools and other wooden and metal implements that were an important part of colonial and pre-industrial American life. A very nice copy of a book for Sloane collectors and anyone interested in the development of American tools. Hard to find in such nice shape. (19974)         $20.00

Infrastructure of the Home
The Lost Art of Steam Heating
Holohan, Dan
[Heating & Ventilation]. Holohan, Dan. The Lost Art of Steam Heating. Bethpage, NY: Dan Holohan Associates, 1992. Fourth edition. Quarto, pp. 296. Well illustrated. With bibliography and appendix of sources. Indexed. From the 'Old House Journal' reference library. Color Pictorial Wraps. Near Fine in Wraps. 

An uncommon title, self published by a well known specialist in the field. Very ambitious and comprehensive. A good title for the specialist tradesman! (20005)     $40.00

The Domesticated Americans
Lynes, Russell
[Architecture]. Lynes, Russell. The Domesticated Americans. New York: Harper & Row, 1963. First edition. Octavo, pp. xii, 308. ca 80 illustrations. Index. cloth. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket. 

Russell Lynes, managing editor of Harpers Magazine, gives an overview of the development of American values, chores, household problems and, most of all, their houses. Thought provoking. (20002)              $20.00

There's a Bed in the Piano: The Inside Story of the American Home
Kay, Myrna
[Interiors]. Kaye, Myrna. There's a Bed in the Piano: The Inside Story of the American Home. Boston: Bulfinch Press, 1998. First edition, as stated. ISBN: 0821223747. Octavo, pp. xv, 260, indexed, with 166 b/w illustrations, social history of the American home. Trade Cloth over Boards. As New in Fine DJ. 

A comprehensive look at the subject by a well known author and antiques dealer (7357)             $20.00

The Comforts of Home: The American House and the
Evolution of Modern Convenience
Ierley, Merritt
[Architectural History]. Ierley, Merritt. The Comforts of Home: The American House and the Evolution of Modern Convenience. New York: Clarkson Potter, 1999. First edition. ISBN: 0609602993. Octavo, pp. 287, includes bibliography & index, well-illustrated in b/w, from DJ: "examines the progression of American household comfort and convenience, weaving technology, science, and architecture together with political, social and commerical history and biography." Original Cloth. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket. 

A great read, with a wealth of visual material. (12490)    $20.00

The English Home
English Domestic Architecture of the XVII and XVIII Centuries
Field, Horace and Michael Bunney
[Architectural History]. Field, Horace and Michael Bunney. English Domestic Architecture of the XVII and XVIII Centuries, A Selection of Examples of Smaller Buildings Measured Drawn and Photographed. Cleveland, OH: J. H. Jansen, 1928. Second Edition, New and Revised. Quarto, pp viii, 183. Generously illustrated with black and white photographs, architectural sketches, building elevations, and details. Original cloth on boards, brown, with Gilt-stamped design. Very Good+. 

A very well written and illustrated survey of 16th and 17th century English residences - including manors, farmhouses, rectories, and some institutional buildings such as schools and hospitals. Not easy to find in such exceptional condition! (18348) $60.00

Evolution of the English House
Addy, Sidney Oldall
[English]. Addy, Sidney Oldall. Evolution of the English House. West Yorkshire, England: EP Publishing Limited, 1975. Reprint of Second Edition. Octavo, pp. 252, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and photos. Boards. Very Good in Good DJ. 

1975 reprint of the 1933 edition, very scarce. The author begins with the round houses of pre-Roman Britain and outlines the development of the English house through the ages. A rare and engaging book. (11363)      $45.00

The English Terraced House
Muthesius, Stefan
[Building as Envelope]. Muthesius, Stefan. The English Terraced House. Princeton, NJ: Yale Univ Press, 1983. First edition. ISBN: 0300031769. Quarto, pp. 278. Indexed, illustrated with numerous b/w and color photos. Paperback. Very Good in Glossy Photo Wraps. 

A thorough examination of this popular form of English domestic architecture, this is the first book to chart the development of the terraced house from its origins in the later Georgian period. Regional differences, period influences, and other aspects of the development of the terraced house are covered in this exhaustive study. (11352)        $30.00

British Architects and Craftsmen
Sitwell, Sacheverell
[International]. Sitwell, Sacheverell. British Architects and Craftsmen. A Survey of Taste, Design, and Style during three Centuries. London: B.T. Batsford Ltd, 1945/48. Third, Revised. Octavo, pp. viii, 196, indexed, richly illustrated w/ b/w photographs and reproductions, color frontispiece. Cloth over Boards. Very Good, light spotting to edges, front cover. 

Scarce earlier printing of a classic. A nice overview. (9666)            $20.00

The House and Home: A Review of 900 Years of
House Planning and Furnishing in Britain
Barley, M. W.
[International]. Barley, M.W. The House and Home; A review of 900 years of House planning and furnishing in Britain. Greenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society Ltd, 1963. First edition. Octavo, pp. 208, indexed, with 239 illustrations. Original Cloth. Very Good in Very Good DJ. 

A visually stunning study (3800) $25.00

The English Mediaeval House
Wood, Margaret
[Architectural History]. Wood, Margaret. The English Mediaeval House. London: Ferndale Editions, 1981/1965. Reprint. Small Quarto, pp. 448. Indexed, illustrated with 60 b/w plates, 32 engravings, and 117 in-text figures. Prev. owner's name in ink on FFEP, note in ink on back FEP. Boards. Very Good in Very Good, Plastic-Covered DJ; light shelfwear/rubbing, interiors clean and bright. 

"This is the first major book on mediaeval domestic architecture for over a hundred years (that is, since J. H. Parker's 'Domestic Architecture of the Middle Ages, 1852-9). An in-depth and well-researched examination of the subject, with chapters devoted to each architectural feature. A very good copy of this excellent work. (15469)             $25.00

English Cottages and Farmhouses
Cook, Olive
[Architectural History]. Cook, Olive. English Cottages and Farmhouses. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1960. Reprint. ISBN: 0500241147. Quarto. pp 208. Contains 177 photographs, 14 in color, list of related titles. Indexed. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Chipped and Torn DJ. 

A quite ambitious study of this high point in British vernacular architecture, by two prominent architects/historians. Well illustrated, readable but also technically and architecturally detailed. A worthwhile read of a bygone era. (11377)               $30.00

The English Home
Fletcher, Banister F. and H. Phillips Fletcher
[English]. Fletcher, Banister F. and H. Phillips Fletcher. The English Home. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1910. First edition. Octavo, pp. 392, plus tipped-in publisher's catalogue. 336 b/w illustrations. Decorated Boards. Good, discoloring, wear and tearing on spine.

A very comprehensive, well illustrated by British architectural 'nobility.' (11380)              $30.00

Construction Methods and Materials
Good Practice in Construction (complete in two volumes)
Knobloch, Philip G.
[Building Technology]. Knobloch, Philip G. GOOD PRACTICE IN CONSTRUCTION (Parts I and II, two volumes, complete). New York: Pencil Points Library, 1925 and 1927. First edition. Quarto, both volumes: pp. viii, 52 full page plates. Indexed. Plates depict scale drawings of building elements including framing, door and window details, mill work, etc. Original Boards w/cloth back strip, brown. Good, w/some fraying & wear along edges and to top of spine. 

A very scarce set . Like all Pencil Points publications, a very solid and influential work. In many ways a variant of "Architectural Graphic Standards," especially helpful for builders and architectural detailers. A set that we have trouble finding, and hard to keep in stock! (19998)          $125.00

All the Modern Conveniences: American Household Plumbing 1840-1890
Ogle, Maureen
[Plumbing]. Ogle, Maureen. All the Modern Conveniences; American Household Plumbing 1840-1890. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996. First edition. ISBN: 0801852277. Octavo, pp. xii, 191 w/index and bibliographical references. Many drawings. This copy from the "Old House Journal" reference library. Hard Cover. As New in Fine DJ. 

Great work! Worth owning and (more importantly) reading. Gives the context to an important aspect of the modern building. (20004)              $22.00

Concretes, Cements, Mortars, Plasters & Stucco
Hodgson, Fred T.
[Concrete & Cement]. Hodgson, Fred T. Concretes, Cements, Mortars, Plasters & Stucco (With small 8 page pamphlet inserted, From the United States Gypsum Co. "Standard Specifications for the use of Cement Plaster" How To Use And How To Prepare Them.) Chicago. IL: Frederick J. Drake & Co., 1906. First edition. 12 mo. pp 520, plus index, publisher's advertisements. b/w illustrations, three folding plates in excellent condition, with US Gypsum pamphlet included. Decorated Boards. 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. Very difficult to find in any condition, and uniquely paired with the US Gypsum Company pamphlet laid in. (19997)               $70.00

30 Years Repairing New England Masonry
Newman, Stanley
[Masonry]. Newman, Stanley. 30 Years Repairing New England Masonry. Cambridge, MA: Stanley Newman Co., 1950. Reprint. Quarto, pp 20. b/w photographs on each page. Decorated Stock Covers, light blue. Very Good. 

The author was a waterproofing engineer and contractor who "spent his life investigating and correcting masonry problems ... with architects, engineers, builders, and owners." He wrote this booklet to share some of the practical solutions he had developed for leaking mortar, disintegrating masonry, cleaning, and other issues. With very detailed photographs and explanations. Very uncommon! (17905)               $20.00

Roof Coverings: Their Manufacture and Application
Blake, Ernest
[Roofing]. Blake, Ernest. Roof Coverings: Their Manufacture and Application. Being a description of the Origin, Nature, and method of fixing the various materials and substances that are employed for covering the roofs of all classes of Buildings. London: Chapman & Hall, Ltd, 1925. First edition. Octavo, pp. xi, 264. Well illustrated. Indexed. Original Crimson Cloth. Very good, slight bumping to top of backstrip. 

As comprehensive a treatment of the subject as we've ever offered, by a well known British preservationist of the 1920s. Starting with all aspects of thatch roofs, then on to "organic " roofs (i.e. paper, canvas, shingle, etc), metallic and mineral (stone, slate) and, finally, manufactured roofs (asbestos, tar, asphalt, glass and cement). A great book for the roofing specialist! (19990)           $85.00

A Practical Treatise on Concrete and how to make it
Reid, Henry, C.E.
[Masonry]. Reid, Henry, C.E. A Practical Treatise on Concrete and how to make it; with Observations on the uses of Cements, Limes and Mortars. London: E. & F.N. Spon, 1873. First edition. Octavo (4 X 6 1/2), pp. 104, with 5 f.p. plates at back of text, and publisher's ads. With neat penned owner's signature from 1876. Original Blue Cloth (gilt lettered dark blue ribbed cloth). Very Good w/minimal wear. 

Wonderful, practical insights into the world of building materials in the nineteenth century. As with most Spon publications, authoritative, professional and well illustrated. Many pages dedicated to the materials of concrete, especially Limes. Pictured here is Plate II, "A Horse Mortar Mill used at Fort Warren, USA" (19982)              $65.00

The Masonry House
Structural Clay Products Institute
[Masonry]. Structural Clay Products Institute (Training-Thru-Sights Associates, Lee Frankl, Director). The Masonry House. step-by-step construction in tile and brick. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1948. First printing. Quarto, pp. 125, extremely well illustrated with (293) b/w photos & drawings, one fold-out. Original Publisher's decorated Cloth. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket. 

An early post-war building boom document, this is a very ambitious project, one aimed at the professional and non-professional alike. It was based on the construction of 30 masonry houses at the University of Illinois, and sought to draw conclusions in the construction of engineered masonry homes and the ca 30,000 individual parts involved. An uncommon title which we've never offered before. (19981)               $50.00

Iron Corrosion: Anti-Fouling and Anti-Corrosive Paints
Andes, Louis E.
[Metal]. Andes, Louis E. Iron Corrosion: Anti-Fouling and Anti-Corrosive Paints. With sixty-two illustrations. London: Scott, Greenwood, and Co., 1918. Second Edition, revised and enlarged. octavo. pp viii, 296. contains numerous (62) black and white illustrations. indexed. Hard Cover. Very Good no DJ. 

A very technical publication, here enlarged by over 25 pages from the 1900 first edition. An industry-defining study in its day. One of importance for conservators in ironwork as well as paint specialists. (19993)              $90.00

Simple Methods for Testing Painters' Materials
Wright, A. C.
[Paint]. Wright, A. C. Simple Methods for Testing Painters' Materials. London: Scott, Greenwood & Son, 1903. First edition. Small octavo, pp. 163, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings. With 36 pages of technical literature in appendix. Original green Cloth, with gilded lettering to front and spine.. Very good. 

The materials employed in painting are, perhaps for several reasons, liable to adulteration, and it is not uncommon to find one substance entirely replaced by another of lower value. This book is designed to enable the painter and dealer to test and value the materials they buy, and the manufacturer and dealer the samples submitted to them, in the simplest matter. Chapters cover the apparatus and reagents, as tests for dry colors, liquid and enamel paints, varnishes, linseed oil, turpentine, and much more. A very technical title, aimed at  the serious paint professional. Scarce! We've never had a copy of this before in its original green binding. (19977) $75.00

The Modern Plasterer (complete in 2 volumes)
Verrall, W.
[Building Materials]. Verrall, W. The Modern Plasterer (complete in 2 volumes): A Practical Work on Plastering, Decorative Plasterwork, Rough-Casting, Cement-Washes, Plastic Floors, Artificial Marbles, etc. London: Caxton, n.d. (1920s). First edition. Quarto, pp. 224, 232. Richly illustrated in color and b/w. Index. The original edition, not a reprint, and in good working order, for such large volumes that are often frequently referenced in the field. Embossed cloth over boards; gilt lettering. Very Good. 

A monumental set on an important building trade! Despite their scarcity, we seem to find sets of Verrall's original editions; my UK colleagues are constantly on the lookout for us! Very comprehensive, written at a time when the old trade skills were much more common. A wonderful two volume treatment on the subject, and a very sturdy and nice set of a hard-to-find publication in the US! (19980)          $180.00

Pattern Books
Garlinghouse Ranch and Suburban Homes
Lieurance, I. G. (Designer)
[Pattern Books]. Lieurance, I. G. Designer. Garlinghouse Ranch and Suburban Homes. Topeka, KS: The L.F. Garlinghouse Co., nd (ca 1949). First printing. Quarto (9" x 12"), pp 40. Color renderings, b/w photographs, "blueprint" floor plans, and specifications on each page. Color Pictorial Wraps. Good. 

Ranch houses of all varieties and styles fill this plan book of the late forties. Lewis F. Garlinghouse was one of the early publishers of plan books which he used to jumpstart his construction business. This is an exceptional sampling of his pattern books: slightly larger format, striking front cover, very ambitious list of offerings of the period! (20006) $65.00

Expansible Homes: Designed to Grow
National Plan Service, Chicago, IL
[Pattern Book]. National Plan Service, Inc. Expansible Homes: Designed to Grow. Expand up, Expand Out. Chicago, Il: National Plan Service, Inc., 1952. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 16. With b/w floor plans on each page. Also b/w interior sketches.On each page an option for 'expansion' is presented. Color Pictorial Wraps. Near Fine in Wraps. 

Another uncommon plan book with attractive colored renderings and dimensioned plans. One of the more unique trade pieces we've encountered: on 4 of the two-page spreads, the designer has included a 1/4 page vertical insert which shows how to 'expand' the design of the page. Our illustration will show this unique feature. We've never had a piece like this before. (20007) $85.00

Trade Catalogs
Universal Millwork Design Book No. 20
Universal Catalogue Bureau, Dubuque, IA
[Millwork]. Universal Catalogue Bureau. Universal Millwork Design Book No. 20. Dubuque, Iowa: Universal Catalogue Bureau, 1920. Original edition. Small quarto, pp 396, indexed, illustrated with b/w and color plates, including some chip charts for veneer panels. Distributed by American Sash and Door Co, Oklahoma Sash and Door and United Sash and Door. Cloth over Boards. Very good; moderate staining to spine and front cover. White ink on front cover mostly chipped away. 

This extensive catalog includes wood doors, windows (including church windows and stained glass), cupolas, ceiling beams, colonnades, pergolas, store fronts, stair parts, mantels, porch parts, railings, moldings, brackets, cabinetry, and much more. Scarce; we have not seen this one before. A wonderful snapshot of wood building materials in 1920! (20003)    $85.00

Distinctive Doors
Samuel Elliott & Sons, Reading, England
[Millwork]. Samuel Elliott & Sons. Distinctive Doors. Reading, England: Samuel Elliott & Sons, nd c. 1920. Original edition. Small quarto, pp. 11, illustrated with b/w photographs of Doors (Entrance, Interior and Flush Surface). Heavier stock covers, with company logo and wooden door illustration. Near Fine in Wraps. 

An extremely beautiful and scarce catalog of this small family-owned "Maker of fine Joinery" company. This offering features entrance, interior and flush surface doors, in this case Doors number 395 through 429. The production values in these examples is superior to most any we have seen. With some of the most exotic (and in some cases 'dramatic') hardwoods. Very uncommon piece (19994)       $85.00

Catalogue of Metal Sectional Ceilings and Side Wall Decorations
The Penn Metal Ceiling & Roofing Company, Philadelphia, PA
[Metal]. The Penn Metal Ceiling & Roofing Company. Catalogue of Metal Sectional Ceilings and Side Wall Decorations Suitable for Churches, Amusement Halls, Hospitals, Asylums, School Buildings, Theatres, Stoores and Dwellings of all Classes. Philadelphia and Boston: The Penn Metal Ceiling and Roofing Co., Ltd., 1905. 31st Edition. Oblong large quarto, (10" x 14"), pp 176. b/w illustrations on each page. Original Stock Wraps, light black. Very good. 

A scarce early twentieth century trades publication of metal building products - very nicely illustrated. And at 176 folio pages, a large amount of product presented. The Penn Metal Ceiling and Roofing trade catalogues are all uniquely exceptional and rare. (19988)    $300.00

Sash, Doors and all kinds of Millwork: Catalog #30
Collier-Barnett Co., Toledo, OH
[Millwork]. Collier-Barnett Co. Sash, Doors and all kinds of Millwork. Catalog No. 30. Toledo, Ohio: Self published, n.d. (ca. 1910). Original Edition. Quarto, pp. 336. Illustrated with hundreds of b/w and color images. Indexed. Original red Cloth, ornately decorated with an arts and crafts house on the front. Very good in full color, embossed publisher's red binding. 

A rare catalog of millwork, from a mid-western manufacturer. Beautifully illustrated., with extremely high production values. (19983) $85.00

Modern Plumbing
Sears, Roebuck & Co., Chicago, IL
[Plumbing]. Sears, Roebuck & Co.- Philadelphia. Modern Plumbing. Chicago, IL: Sears, Roebuck & Co., 1922. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 32.. Richly illustrated with colors cover and interior b/w drawings. Color Pictorial Staplebound Wraps. Very good; edgewear and some creases on cover. 

A brightly colored, beautifully illustrated catalog of Sears plumbing fixtures, furnaces, boilers, and more. Chock full of vivid period illustrations, a real gem! The first piece of trade literature that featured "Philadelphia." (19985)  $75.00

Annual Catalogue illustrating and describing
Dickelman Extra Galvanized Metal Roofing
Dickelman Manufacturing Company, Forest, OH
[Roofing]. The Dickelman Manufacturing Company. Annual Catalogue illustrating and describing DICKELMAN EXTRA Galvanized Metal Roofing (with inserts, including folded broadside and shipping envelope). Forest, Ohio: Self Published, 1911. First edition. Small Octavo (7" x 8"), pp 40. Richly illustrated. Broadside insert measures 8" x 20" and features all manner of roofing products (with pricing) and 2 panels on "How to order roofing and siding" Heavy stock printed yellow wrappers. Near Fine in Wraps. 

A very ambitious piece of building materials trade information. With a broad spectrum of products offered, it give a good idea of the world of the building tradesman of the time. Very uncommon. (19987)        $60.00

Brick and Stone
The Structural and Ornamental Stones of Minnesota
Bowles, Oliver
[Stone]. Bowles, Oliver. The Structural and Ornamental Stones of Minnesota. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1918. First edition. Small quarto, pp 225, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings, several color plates, plus several fold-out reference illustrations in excellent condition. Original Wraps. Near fine. 

A history of the building and ornamental stone industry in Minnesota is summarized, the rocks and their constituent minerals are described, and an outline of the geologic history is given. A brief account of the properties essential to the usefulness of stones is followed by a general discussion of the crystalline rocks of Minnesota. Detailed descriptions of the quarries, of their products, mode of operation, equipment, ownership, and means of transportation, form the main body of the report. Undeveloped outcrops as well as quarries are described. Very rare. (19999)        $60.00

A Rudimentary Treatise on Masonry and Stone-cutting
Dobson, Edward
[Masonry]. Dobson, Edward. A Rudimentary Treatise on Masonry and Stone-cutting. London: John Weale, 1849. First edition. 12 mo (4 1/4 X 7), pp. xiii, 118, illustrated with 100 b/w illustrations but (as with most copies) lacking the atlas. Signed and dated (1857) on fep by a previous owner. Decorated Boards. Very Good. 

A wonderful and early treatise on the subject. Like all trade pieces from this era, very scarce. (18915)  $125.00

Titles on Sale
Pilgrim Place in Claremont, California
Pilgrim Place
[Western US]. Pilgrim Place. Pilgrim Place In Claremont, California; Homes for Retired Misssionaries, Ministers and Other Christian Workers and Their Families. Claremont, CA: Pilgrim Place, nd ca 1930. Original edition. Small oblong quarto, np ca pp 20. b/w photographs on each page. Pictorial Wraps, b/w. Very Good+. 

A beautiful photographic record of this development for retired Christian workers, returning from China, Japan and elsewhere in the 1930's. In addition to depicting the stucco houses and landscaped gardens, biographies of several of the missionaries are told. An uncommon story of California history. (17580) $75.00

The Elements of Architecture: London 1624 The English Experience
Wotton, Henry
[History]. Wotton, Henry. The Elements of Architecture: London 1624 The English Experience, its Record in Early Printed Books published in Facsimile, Number 272. New York: Da Capo Press, 1968. Reprint. Cloth over Boards. Good condition, but mild ex-library. 

The Da Capo Press reprints are of high quality and have become quite scarce. A chance to get a nice affordable reprint of an important title (12009)  $25.00

Gordon-Van Tine Homes
Gordon-Van Tine Co., Davenport, IA
Gordon-Van Tine Catalog, 1929 [book cover]
[Pattern Book]. Gordon-Van Tine Co. Gordon-Van Tine Homes. Davenport, IA: Gordon-Van Tine Co., 1929. First edition. Octavo, pp. 136, illustrated with plans & drawings. Original Color Pictorial Wraps. Very Good; wraps loose and spine missing, but intact. 

A beautiful and scarce edition of this home plan catalog from Gordon-Van Tine, gorgeously illustrated. Includes line drawings and photos of houses and plans, with a beautiful color section on interiors and articles on how to build. With plans for garages, cottages, homes of various sizes, as well as heating systems, baths, stairways, lighting, etc. A real gem from the Old House Journal Reference Library. (15394)    $95.00

Ready Made Buildings
Sears, Roebuck and Co., Chicago, IL
[Pattern Book]. Sears Roebuck and Co. Ready Made Buildings. Chicago, IL: Sears Roebuck and Co., nd c. 1910. Original edition. Oblong small quarto, pp. 32; illustrated with b/w perspective drawings and home plans. Staplebound Wraps. Very good; cover nearly detached. 

An early kit house catalog from Sears, for buildings that could be assembled with only a wrench, hammer, and screwdriver. The catalog includes single family homes plus some other domestic structures such as a play house, a chicken house and a garage. Includes several pages of ads for other home products from Sears, such as paint, cabinets, and chairs. Very unusual; this is the first time we've been able to offer a copy. (19370)   $135.00

The Repointing of Historic Masonry Buildings
Mac, Robert C. AIA and Askins, James S.
[Masonry]. Mack, Robert C. AIA and Askins, James S. The Repointing of Historic Masonry Buildings. Downers Grove, IL: SERMAC, 1979. Original edition. Quarto, pp 22. b/w photographs and construction detail drawings. Mild ex-library. Staplebound Wraps. Very good. 

Repointing is the process of removing deteriorated mortar from a masonry joint and replacing the old mortar with new, sound mortar. This information has been written to assist building owners and their restoration contractors understand the purposes, techniques, and potential problems of repointing historic masonry buildings. From the Old House Journal library. (19392) $60.00

The Roofing Handbook for Historic Buildings
Slaton, Deborah and Charles E. Fisher III
[Restoration]. Slaton, Deborah and Charles E. Fisher III. The Roofing Handbook for Historic Buildings. Washington DC: Historic Preservation Education Foundation, 1999. First edition. Quarto, pp. ca 400, richly illustrated with b/w photos, Roofing Conference and Exposition for Historic Buildings program pamphlet is laid in front pocket. Three-ring bound. As New. 

Scarce collection of expert papers on the subject. Writers include Sarah Sweetser, Jeffrey Levine, Karen Dodge, Gordon Bock, Philip Cryan Marshall, Robert Silman, Rene Dupuis, Marilyn Kaplan, and many others. A massive, impressive publication. (15414)       $45.00

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