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Selected Titles for June 2020
 
We're a bit late this month with our June newsletter. All the current turmoil has made for a busy, and not always productive month.
 
The personal high point this month was Father's Day; the girls gave me an upscale portable vacuum cleaner (not a very subtle hint?), and Stephanie had an artist friend, Haley Brown (www.paintbyhaley.com) do a custom card in watercolor, with "books, cats and rabbits," three things that have been topics of conversation lately. Take a look at Haley's website. 
 
The big news this month was that after 5 months, I was finally able to get a haircut! With social distancing so important, even the most basic services become challenging. And my vegetable garden is doing well. I added a piece of architectural salvage to the front beds, but so far the tomatoes and basil don't seem to mind. 
 
I've added a few titles this month on British architecture and the building trades. And you'll recognize a couple of titles once again. David Hayles sent me the last four copies of his book on Scagliola; he's back from a round-the-world trip on his e-bike, and is writing a book about the year spent circumnavigating the globe. Stay tuned for the travelogue. And I still have two more copies of the Swiss Cat Ladders title. 
 
To all of you ... stay safe out there, and happy browsing!               Steven

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Tab le of Contents
New Arrivals
Architecture and History 
Paint  
Construction Methods & Materials
Trade Catalogs  
Brick and Stone
Titles on Sale
New Arrivals
 
1. 
Italian Doorways  
McGrew, Charles B.                       
[International]. McGrew, Charles B. Italian Doorways: Measured Drawings and Photographs. Cleveland, OH: J.H. Hansen, Publishers, 1929. First edition. Folio, (10 1/14" x 14 1/2") pp 194. Beautiful b/w photographs of 108 classical Italian doorways accompanied by architectural drawings. Cloth over Boards, navy w/gilt design & lettering. Good, but mild ex-library.  Rear hinge a bit weak.
   
The author undertook this study of doorways and entrances in Italy just as Facism began to spread across the country. Thus his ability to make measured drawings and take photographs was hampered in some instances. Nonetheless, he assembled and completed this study which includes early styles of Tuscan architecture through later classical styles. A visually impressive title, with elevations of all the doorways. (19957)       $100.00
                   
 
 
2. 
The Modern Bricklayer (3 volumes, complete)    
Frost, William                        
 
[Masonry].Frost, William. The Modern Bricklayer: A Practical Work on Bricklaying in All Its Branches with Special Sections on Tiling and Slating, Specifications, Estimating, Etc. Etc. (3 Volumes, complete). London: Caxton Publishing Co. Ltd., ca. 1930. Possible First edition. Octavo, Vol. 1 pp. 260, Vol. 2 pp. 228, Vol. 3 pp. 243. Indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and photos, and photographic color frontispieces. Red Cloth over Boards with Gilt Lettering on Spine. Good+; minimal shelfwear. All three (elusive) dustjackets are present.  

A thorough compendium of techniques and details of the bricklayer's craft in Britain, including basic construction, materials, arches, cornices, drainage and sewage, tiling, slating, paving, decorative brickwork, estimating, maintenance, and other topics.  From the Preface: ""The book is at once comprehensive and detailed, dealing progressively with every branch of brickwork and tile laying. It will be found that problems are discussed about which it is extremely difficult to obtain information elsewhere. A series of chapters on the business side of the trade will be found very useful. The book has been planned so as to enable the bricklayer to become a master of his subject from beginning to end."  Each volume has a beautiful color frontispiece, and is richly illustrated with b/w drawings and diagrams. (19959)      $150.00
                  
 
 
 
3. 
Theatres and Motion Picture Houses   
Meloy, Arthur                        
 
[Architecture]. Meloy, Arthur. Theatres and Motion Picture Houses.  A practical treatise on the proper planning and construction of such buildings and containing useful suggestions, rules and data for the benefit of architects, prospective owners, etc. New York: Architects' Supply & Publishing Co, 1916. First edition (limited to 2000 copies). Small Quarto (7" x 10.5"), pp. viii + 120, with 18 line drawn plates and 8 halftones from photos on coated paper, plus 8 pages of trade ads and a 5 page trade directory. Original Green cloth binding. Very Good. No DJ as Issued.  

The first American book to deal with motion pictures houses.  This copy with an interesting provenance:  with a receipt stamp of "Feb 19, 1916, Kilham & Hopkins" a noted Boston architectural firm specializing in movie theatres.  The text is well illustrated by the author (an architect), with fine halftones of built theatres in Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City and New York.  Several are influenced by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright .  An important and scarce book. (19958)   $95.00
                 
 
 
 
 
4. 
The Modern Painter and Decorator (3 volumes)   
Jennings, Arthur Seymour                      
[Paint]. Jennings, Arthur Seymour. The Modern Painter And Decorator: A Practical Work On House Painting And Decorating (Volumes I, II & III). London: Caxton Publishing Co., Ltd., 1921 (1950). Fourth edition, expanded  . Octavo,  pp 247,pp 247, pp 232. b/w illustrations throughout. Black leatherette w/embossed design & gilt lettering on spine. Near Fine.
   
These volumes encompass a myriad of topics for the painter and decorator from materials and tools, to estimating, house painting, mixing colors, gilding, creating signs,  wall papers, wood finishes, design principles and more. An invaluable resource for painters, designers and architects.  Very well indexed:  even has 6 entries on 'scumbling!' These are in beautiful condition. (19956)        $100.00
                   
 
 
 
5. 
Brick and Marble in the Middle Ages   
Street, George Edmund                        
[Masonry]. Street, George Edmund, Arch, FSA. Brick and Marble in the Middle Ages. Notes of a Tour in the North of Italy.  Copiously Illustrated. London: John Murray, 1855. First edition. Octavo, pp.  xx,  287.  With 74 illustrations, some in color.   Half-Leather. Very good.
 
In twenty years of gathering books on building materials, this is the first copy of Street's architectural travels through Europe we've ever come across.  An uncommon book, which reads like a Baedeker travel guide.  The tagline "copiously illustrated" also says a lot:  the author made numerous on-site drawings on wood, and had them turned into wood engravings for the book. Pictured here are pavements in Verona and examples of Italian building brickwork. A nice leather-bound copy of a scarcity (19966)               $160.00
                 
 
 
 
6. 
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., 1906. First edition. 12 mo. pp 520, plus index, publisher's advertisements. b/w illustrations, three folding plates in excellent condition. Decorated Boards. Near Fine.  
 
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, but here in the first edition in excellent shape! (19967)                $85.00
                 
 

Architecture and History
7.
London Houses from 1660 to 1820        
Richardson, A. E. and Gill, C. Lovett    
[Building as Envelope]. Richardson, A.E. and Gill, C. Lovett. London Houses from 1660 to 1820 A Consideration of their Architecture and Detail. London: BJ Batsford, 1911. First edition. Octavo, pp. x, 87, XCVIII full page b/w plates. Indexed, w/ 4 pages of trade literature. Cloth over Boards. Very Good.
 
A very scarce and comprehensive treatment on the subject, which is central to urban London. Goes into planning, interior decoration, and history of this uniquely British vernacular architecture. The plates are extensive and stunning! (11228)                $35.00
     
 
 
 
 
8.
The Growth of the English House       
Gotch, J. Alfred     
[International]. Gotch, J. Alfred. The Growth of the English House; A Short History of its Architectural Development from 1100 to 1800. London: B.T. Batsford Ltd, 1909. First edition. 12 mo (5 1/2 X 8 1/2), pp. 336, indexed, well illustrated with b/w photos, drawings & plans. Original Red Cloth w/gilt title. Very Good.
 
Uncommon title, and very ambitious.  A beautiful publication. (5348)      $30.00
    
 
 
 
 
9.
The Portrait of Sir John Soane, R. A. (1753-1837)      
Bolton, Arthur T.      
[English]. Bolton, Arthur T. (ed.). The Portrait of Sir John Soane, R. A. (1753-1837) Set forth in Letters from his Friends (1775-1837). London: Butler & Tanner, Ltd., 1927. First edition. Octavo. pp. 550. Indexed. Cloth over Boards, red w/gilt decorated and lettering. Very Good+, No DJ.
   
A monumental undertaking and wonderful sourcebook on Soanes's life. (11373)  $40.00
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10.
The English Home     
Priestley, H. E.       
[English]. Priestley, H. E. The English Home. London: Frederick Muller, 1970. First edition. Quarto, pp. 216, indexed, select bibliography, well-illustrated with b/w drawings and photos. Boards. Near Fine in good DJ.
 
Thorough historical survey of the subject. Scarce title, no other copies available in the US.  Study is especially strong on the development of the English cottage. (11359)      $20.00
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11.
Smaller Italian Villas and Farmhouses    
Lowell, Guy      
[International]. Lowell, Guy. Smaller Italian Villas & Farmhouses. New York: The Architectural Book Publishing Co., 1922. Second Printing. Folio (12" X 17") pp. 125, illustrated by photos & sketches made by the author and by others (all architects) Trade Blue Cloth, with gilded lettering. Very Good.
   
Originally issued in 1916, almost as a 'travelogue,' one wonders how the author escaped the ravages of the first world war.  This is a direct re-issue of the 1916 first edition, and clearly there was much interest in the subject:  the last page of the text announces the 'recently published' pendant piece, "More Small Italian Villas and Farmhouses."  (see the next entry for a copy of it).  This is an impressive and ambitious project, seen as a reflection of the pursuits of great Italian artists of 600 years.  Guy Lowell harks back to Goethe's Italian Journey as well as Boccaccio and "Mrs Wharton."  From the first chapter:  "This study of the shell, of the dwellings, great and humble alike, is in itself of importance because many of the artists of the Renaissance were born in the simpler sort of surroundings we are going to study." (19960)  $160.00
 
   
 
 
12.
More Small Italian Villas and Farmhouses   
Lowell, Guy      
[International]. Lowell, Guy. More Small Italian Villas and Farmhouses. New York: The Architectural Book Publishing Co., 1920. First edition. Folio (12" X 17") pp. 140, illustrated by photos & sketches made by the author and by others (all architects) Trade Blue Cloth, with gilded lettering. Very Good.
   
The first volume of this series was so popular that a second printing was necessary, possibly because of the advent of World War One. This second volume grew out of the interest for the first.  In the Preface, the author references the difficulties in gathering the material here presented: Guy Lowell thanks two Italian Army officers who "made it possible for me to take photographs freely in the zone of combat and throughout Italy."  Most of the photographs were taken in the last year of the war. Once again, this is an impressive and ambitious project,  with two major reference points:  Palladio's influence is shown throughout, and the 'Great War,' which is the backdrop of the project, is to be found everywhere.  One of the magnificent villas has been modified to be a field hospital.  An impressive period piece! (19962)                $175.00
  
 
 
 
13. 
Tropical Architecture   
Kukreja, C. P.                                
[International]. Kukreja, C. P. Tropical Architecture. New Delhi: Tata-McGraw-Hill, 1978. First edition. Oblong Quarto (10" x 12"),  pp. 131, richly illustrated w/ b/w photographs. Black Cloth over Boards. Very Good+ in Very Good DJ, light soiling and chipping to DJ.
 
The book's goal, to focus attention on the architectural solutions to the rigors of  climate in the tropical countries, has never been more timely!  Very scarce in this condition! (8146)                $40.00

Paint 
14.
The Master Painter's Partner Sales Methods for the Master Painter  
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, Pittsburgh, PA                                  
[Glass]. Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. Glass ~ Paints, Varnishes and Brushes Their History Manufacture & Use. Pittsburgh, PA: The Lakeside Press, 1923. Quarto, pp 208 and 178.  index pp xxii. Illustrated profusely with b/w photographs and several color plates and paint color chip charts. Cloth over Boards, brown w/gilt decoration. Very good.
 
Showing factories, glass manufacturing, paints, brushes, tools, architectural glass, mirrors, store fronts, interiors, display cases, patterned and wired glass, leaded and stained glass, color paint charts, and more. The store fronts featured are beautifully photographed interiors of a soda fountain counter, a barber shop, a drug store, a department store, a jewelry store, cafeteria displays, a florist refrigerator, and many others, as well as exterior photographs of store window displays. A terrific resource for 1920s decor. It's hard to find so much information about this subject in one place! (19103)   $90.00



15.
The Master Painter's Partner Sales Methods for the Master Painter  
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, Pittsburgh, PA                                  
[Paint]. Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. The Master Painter's Partner Sales Methods for the Master Painter - Directory of Products and Their Uses - Modern Products and Processes - Brushes and Accessories - Architectural Specifications - Data for Estimating Costs - Proper Use of Colors. Milwaukee, WI: Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, 1931. First edition. Quarto, eight sections individually numbered, approx pp. 250. Thoroughly illustrated with b/w and color photos and drawings. Includes numerous paint and stain chips, color charts, and technical details. Embossed Decorated Boards, Dark Green. Very good; moderate edgewear on spine.
 
A wonderful trade catalog and professional manual for house painters, promoting Pittsburgh's product lines. In nice condition, with excellent color illustrations and several paint chip pages, most complete. Many great details and quite scarce. (19101)  $175.00




16.
A Practical Manual of House-Painting, Graining, and Sign-Writing 
Davidson, Ellis A.                                
[Paint]. Davidson, Ellis A. A Practical Manual of House-Painting, Graining, Marbling, And Sign Writing containing full information on the processes of house-painting in oil and distemper, the formation of letters and practice of sign-writing, the principles of decorative art, a course of elementary drawing for house-painters, writers, etc. and a collection of useful receipts with nine colored illustrations of woods and marbles, and numerous wood engravings. London, England: Crosby Lockwood And Son, 1904. Ninth edition. 16mo, pp. xxi, 394, indexed, illustrated in b/w and color, with 16-page Weale's publishing catalog and 48-page Crosby Lockwood publisher's catalog bound in. Cloth over Boards. Very Good; 1/2" cosmetic tear on spine.
 
A fine and historic guide for house and sign painters. Topics include the painter's tools, how to grind and mix colors, color classification and combination, graining and marbling methods, oils and varnishes, principles of decorative art, and much more. Quite scare. (19572)          $90.00



17.
Painting and Decorating Working Methods    
Association of Master Painters and Decorators                                 
[Paint]. Int'l. Assoc. of Master Painters and Decorators. Painting and Decorating Working Methods, a Textbook for Apprentice, Journeyman, Housepainter, Decorator. New York: Theo. Audel & Co., 1922/1945. Second edition-reprinted. Octavo, pp. xxii, 294, illustrated by b/w photos & drawings, with color chip chart, with 20 tipped-in samples. Original Cloth. Very Good.
 
A solid trade publication, well illustrated.  A scarce piece of trade literature. (15741)         $40.00
     
 
 
 
18.
Shaker Village Colors   
Forgac, Patricia J.                                 
[ Paint]. Forgac, Patricia J. Shaker Village Colors. Shaker Heights, OH: Shaker Heights Landmark Commission, 1983. First edition. Small octavo, pp 22. and fold out paint chart w/30 paint chips. Color illustrations accompanied by paint charts, throughout. From the Old House Journal Reference Library. Stock, white w/inset color rendering. Very Good+.
 
The Shaker Village architectural styles were set by the Van Sweringen Company and appeared in color charts which are reprinted in this guide. Suggestions and recommendations are also made with respect to harmonizing surrounding colors, unpainted sections, wall, trim, stained surfaces, roofs, and other surfaces. A Tudor style home, Colonial home, stone, and French styles are among the styles of homes represented. This is quite an uncommon publication, beautifully illustrated and produced. Even scarcer with the (elusive) 4 panel chip chart with 30 tipped-in color samples. (17014)              $55.00