Selected Titles for June 2021
The seasons have finally changed; we're in a much-needed rain pattern, but the vegetable garden is in, and the rhododendron I planted here in 1996 has heralded the advent of warm weather. I call this shot "beauty and the beast!"
Not many of our customers know all of my background, but in the 1970s I wrote a PhD thesis as a graduate student at Harvard University. My topic involved a lot of original research, on the subject of Kurt and Helen Wolff and their publishing venture Pantheon Books. A recent publication "Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home" has appeared, written by Kurt Wolff's grandson, Alexander Wolff ( Alex stopped by the other day for a visit; our photo shows his book, with a copy of a Franz Kafka first edition from 1916 from our inventory published by his grandfather!
Father's Day is fast approaching, and my two daughters always come up with thoughtful gifts for dad. Last year they got me a portable vacuum cleaner (hint, hint). But this year Stephanie's artist friend, Haley Brown (, did a wonderful custom watercolor, depicting Hank, my bookstore security cat, nestled on a box of Washington State wine, doing what he does best: protecting my books while inadvertently knocking over my wine glass with his tail!

This month's offerings should have a little something for everybody. We are repeating Tom Hubka's new book "How the Working Class House Became Modern, 1900-1940." I think it is an important contribution to the sociology of housing. I'm not alone; the book has been awarded numerous literary prizes, including Abbott Lowell Cummings award for the best book in vernacular architecture for 2020.

It's so rare that we are able to offer an 18th century title, but this month's listing by architect William Wilkins is sensational! It has been treasured for over 200 years and its spectacular binding is in beautiful shape. Someone will win a real gem this month.

Speaking of gems, we have a very unique offering: a scale model of a Sears kit house from the 1920s! This is a remarkable prize for someone in the New England area.

I think the broadside "Madison Cottage" is an important piece of New York City history. And we had so much interest in the sepia painting title that we went searching for another copy to offer, and lucked into finding another title by that same artist. Happy browsing!

New Arrivals
An Essay towards a History of the Venta Icenorum of the Romans,
and of Norwich Castle; with Remarks on the Architecture of the
Anglo-Saxons and Normans
Wilkins, William
[International]. Wilkins, William. An Essay towards a History of the Venta Icenorum of the Romans, and of Norwich Castle; with Remarks on the Architecture of the Anglo-Saxons and Normans Read at the Society of Antiquaries June 11, 18, 25, 1795. Norwich, UK: Unidentified, 1795. First edition. Quarto, pp. 50, illustrated with b/w drawings. Bookplate from a previous owner (William Fuller Maitland) inside front cover, and signature of a previous owner on front endpaper. Maitland (1844-1932) was an English art collector and Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1875 to 1895. Half leather with marbled boards . Very Good.

Venta Icenorum was the largest and most important Roman town in northeastern East Anglia and today it is one of only three civitas capitals to survive in a wholly greenfield location in England. It has associated prehistoric and medieval remains, and an Anglo-Saxon cemetery. Norwich Castle is a medieval royal fortification in the city of Norwich, in Norfolk County. It was founded in the aftermath of the Norman conquest of England when William the Conqueror ordered its construction because he wished to have a fortified place in the town of Norwich. It is one of the city's twelve heritage sites today. The essay discusses the history and provides a physical description of the sites as they existed in 1795, and includes detailed maps and drawings of the sites. The author was a successful builder who built the museum of the Philosophical Society at York and restored Norwich Castle. His son, also William Wilkins, was the architect who designed the National Gallery and University College London, and buildings for several Cambridge colleges. The plates are very powerful and visually arresting. This volume is extremely rare; no other copies are available online, and it is in very nice condition for its age. (20500)   $750.00
2.Madison Cottage / Corporal Thompson Proprietor
[New York]. Anonymous. Madison Cottage / Corporal Thompson Proprietor. New York: Unknown, nd c. 1850. Original edition. 12" x 19", b/w lithograph . Lithograph Print. Very Good.

In 1839, a farmhouse located at what is now Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street in New York City was turned into a roadhouse under the direction of William "Corporal" Thompson (1807-1872), who later renamed it "Madison Cottage," after the former president. This house was the last stop for people traveling northward out of the city, or the first stop for those arriving from the north. Aside from being a stopping place for coaches, Madison Cottage offered diversions. Later, the Sun wrote, "Here gathered the sports of the middle of the last century, arranging cock fights and dog fights, prizefights, athletic contests and games of the day." Though Madison Cottage itself was razed in 1853 to make room first for Franconi's Roman Hippodrome and then for the Fifth Avenue Hotel, Madison Cottage ultimately gave rise to the names for the adjacent Madison Avenue and Madison Square. This lovely print deserves to be framed and enjoyed. (20530)   $325.00
Scale Model of a Sears Kit House
Sears Roebuck, Chicago, IL
[Architecture]. Sears Roebuck. Scale Model of a Sears Kit House. Chicago, IL: nd c. 1920s. Custom made. Architectural model, 30" x 44" x 30", new acrylic case included. Architectural Wooden Model. Very Good.
Genuine 100-year-old scale model of a house sold by Sears Roebuck in the early 1920s.

Homeowners could shop for a house as a kit of parts, delivered by Sears to their building site! The original one-stop shopping! A wonderful presentation for an architectural library or home office. Delivery within 100 miles of North Reading, Massachusetts can be arranged. (20531)   $450.00
Decorated Wooden Ceilings in Spain
Byne, Arthur and Stapley, Mildred
[Spain]. Byne, Arthur and Stapley, Mildred. Decorated Wooden Ceilings in Spain a collection of photographs and measured drawings with descriptive text. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1920. First edition. Folio, pp. 223, with 56 full page b/w and color photographic or illustrated plates. Library book plate. First two pages have been heavily wrinkled; does not affect the text or plates. Cloth over Boards. Very Good; mild ex-library.

Mildred Stapley Byne was an American art historian who specialized in Spanish art and architecture. With her husband Arthur Byne, she wrote many of the first academic works in English on the architecture and ironwork of Spanish colonial North America. Their work was widely praised, including this ground-breaking book on Spanish wooden ceilings. Spain had more wooden ceilings than any other European countries; while England and France tended to remove wooden ceilings as the fashion changed, Spain kept hers and constructed new ones. The ceilings chosen for this book showcased the greatest variety of structural forms and applied decoration. A monumental work. (20502)   $275.00
Todd's Country Homes
Todd, Sereno Edwards
[Farms]. Todd, Sereno Edwards. Todd's Country Homes or winning solid wealth. A practical book by a practical man. Containing full and reliable directions for choosing a home, erecting every description of houses and out-buildings, painting, glazing, &c.; together with invaluable suggestions and information on domestic economy, general farming, fancy gardening, fruit raising, breeding and management of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, poultry; the whole embracing the results of a life-long experience. profusely illustrated with plans and perspectives of buildings, besides thirteen full-page engravings. New York: Union Publishing Co., nd c. 1870. First edition. Octavo, pp. 728, indexed, illustrated with b/w engravings. The 13 full-page engravings mentioned in the subtitle are not present; it doesn't appear that they were ever bound in with the text. Signed by a previous owner on the title page in 1899. Embossed cloth with gilt illustration. Very Good.

The subtitle says it all! Also includes "The Lawyer at Home: A Book of Law Forms and Principles Needed Every Day" by James P. Boyd, bound in. Very scarce. (20503)   $225.00
1935 Armstrong's Linoleum Pattern Book
Armstrong Cork Company, Floor Division, Lancaster, PA
[Flooring]. Armstrong Cork Company, Floor Division. 1935 Armstrong's Linoleum Pattern Book Armstrong's Quaker - Standard Rugs and Piece Goods - Armstrong's Linowall. Lancaster, PA: Armstrong Cork Co., 1934. Original edition. Octavo, pp. 351 Color reproductions of linoleum floor & rug patterns on each page. Color interior rendering on frontispiece. Decorated Boards. Good; cover shows moderate wear, but text block very good.

Gorgeous mid-century designs for linoleum floors and rugs! Nearly every page features a different pattern, all in full color. We've had the pattern book supplement before, but never the full volume, and this is just dazzling. An exceptional find for the designer or builder interested in 1930s flooring; it's the most complete listing of patterns we've ever encountered. (20509)   $195.00
Trade Card for Art Stained Glass
Povey Bros, Portland, OR
[Oregon]. Povey Bros. Trade Card for Art Stained Glass. Portland, OR: (n.d. c. 1890). Trade card, 3" x 4.25", with full color drawing of young girl holding flowers in her apron. Blank back. Ephemera. Very Good.

Povey Brothers Studio was an American producer of stained glass windows based in Portland, Oregon. The studio was active from 1888 to 1928. As the largest and best known art glass company in Oregon, it produced windows for homes, churches, and commercial buildings throughout the West. When the firm was founded in 1888, it was the only creative window firm in Portland, then a city of 42,000 residents. Povey Brothers was known as the "Tiffany of the Northwest" and many of the company's windows still exist in historic buildings throughout the region, including those on the National Register of Historic Places. The windows were considered to have extraordinary quality and beauty, and the firm's work was virtually unequaled in the Pacific Northwest. (20529)   $60.00
A Course of Sepia Painting
Leitch, R. P.
[Art]. Leitch, R. P. A Course of Sepia Painting. London: Cassell Petter & Galpin, nd c. 1900. Original edition. Oblong small quarto, pp. 33, illustrated with 24 sepia plates, includes 4 pages of publisher's catalog. Signed in pencil by a previous owner on the title page. Embossed cloth over boards with gilt lettering. Very Good; hinges starting to split.

The study of painting as an art is based on three considerations: form, light and shade, and color. This volume teaches students how to use the brush and manage a single color and an additional tint, thus preparing the student to enter a course in watercolor painting. This volume is not dated, but 15 editions were published between 1875 and 1925, and this is not the oldest edition we've ever handled. (20481)   $60.00
A Course of Painting in Neutral Tint
Leitch, R. P.
[Art]. Leitch, R. P. A Course of Painting in Neutral Tint. London: Cassell Petter & Galpin, nd c. 1900. Original edition. Oblong small quarto, pp. 33, illustrated with 24 sepia plates. Signed neatly on the front endpaper and front cover by a previous owner in 1904. Embossed cloth over boards with gilt lettering. Very Good.

The instruction given in this book is intended to be an intermediate step between painting in sepia and painting in watercolor. The studies are executed in sepia and add a single grey tint. The author used architectural and outdoor scenes for his paintings, and tended to use the grey tint mainly to depict the sky and details in the background. An attractive and helpful guide for those learning to paint. (20480)   $75.00
I retire to Cape Cod
Tarbell, Arthur W.
[New England]. Tarbell, Arthur W. I retire to Cape Cod. New York: Stephen Daye, Inc., 1944. First edition. Octavo, pp. xiv, 143, illustrated with b/w drawings. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

Written during WWII as a "delightful interlude in the war-heavy literature of today," this book tells stories of old Cape Cod that hadn't been printed before: a fragment of the Mayflower that ended up in a women's college, how two parts of Plymouth Rock were reunited in 1880, the mystery of a three-year-old baby's tombstone that was dated 44 years after the child's death, and many more. A delightful and interesting compilation of stories from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that are not well known and would be enjoyed by anyone who loves Cape Cod. Scarce, especially in dust jacket; this is the first time we've had this title. (20522)   $50.00
American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection
Warren, David B., Michael K. Brown, Elizabeth Ann Coleman, Emily Ballew Neff
[Decorative Arts]. Warren, David B., Michael K. Brown, Elizabeth Ann Coleman, Emily Ballew Neff. American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection. Houston, TX: Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Princeton University Press, 1998. First edition. Quarto, pp. 468, indexed, illustrated with b/w and color photographs. Hard Cover. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.

In 1920, Ima Hogg began an extensive collection of arts and antiques that would chronicle America's tastes, styles, and customs from colonial times to the Victorian era. She continued to acquire works for her magnificent Houston home, Bayou Bend, until her death in 1975. Today, Bayou Bend is owned and operated by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and is regarded as one of the country's foremost collections of Americana. This volume records over 1,100 superb examples of furniture, paintings, and decorative arts in the collection. This beautiful book reflects more than ten years of research, documentation, and technical examination of the collection. (20493)   $30.00
American Furniture:The Federal Period
Montgomery, Charles F.
[Furniture]. Montgomery, Charles F. American Furniture:The Federal Period. New York: Viking Press, 1966. First edition. Quarto, pp. 497, indexed, illustrated with b/w and color photographs. Trade Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Chipped and Torn DJ.

Long known to connoisseurs for its beauty and distinction, American furniture of the Federal period attracts world-wide attention. In five chapters and twenty essays, the author introduces the reader to the world of Federal furniture with emphasis on the way it was made and used in the new nation, the art and mystery of connoisseurship and attribution, and the secrets of the cabinetmakers' price books. Here is not only an encyclopedia of American furniture of the Federal period but a mine of information for everyone interested in the social and cultural history of the formative years of the United States. The author served as director of the Winterthur Museum from 1954 to 1961. (20492)   $30.00
Building a Log Cabin
Hunt, Ben
[Building as Envelope]. Hunt, Ben. Building a Log Cabin. Milwaukee, WI: Bruce Publishing Company, 1947. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 100, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. Signed by a previous owner on the front endpaper in 1954. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Good DJ.

Beginning from the basic step - the selection of a proper site for the cabin - the author takes the reader through all the problems and work of acquiring materials, as well as building and finishing the smaller type of cabin of two or three rooms. Fundamentals of drainage, construction, finishing, and repair are completely and clearly explained in the author's readable, simple text. Drawings by the author illustrate each step in the preparing and building processes, and sharp photographs show the log cabin in various stages of completion. (20485)   $35.00
On the Threshold of Modern Design:
The Arts and Crafts Movement in America
Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
[Design]. Danforth Museum of Art. On the Threshold of Modern Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in America. Framingham, MA: Danforth Museum of Art, 1984. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 55, illustrated with b/w photographs. Color Pictorial Wraps. Very Good.

This is the catalog for an exhibition that continued exploration of areas of American art that had not been addressed in recent years. Roger T. Dunn, guest curator, selected over 270 objects from more than 35 collections for the show. This presentation of furniture and wood objects, pottery, glass, metal and leather, textiles and books exemplified not only the artistic achievement of the period, but also the basic philosophy underlying the Arts and Crafts movement - simplicity, function and handcraftsmanship. (20483)   $30.00
Architecture and History
Housing the Masses
Aronovici, Carol
[Architectural History]. Aronovici, Carol. Housing the Masses. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1939. Original edition. Small quarto, pp. 291, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Stamped by a previous owner on front endpaper. Cloth over Boards. Very Good.

This book was conceived and written largely as a result of a long experience in teaching both housing and community planning in a variety of educational institutions. The author recognized there were forces that stood in the way of long-range creative effort that were neglected or overlooked, and this book was written to address the long-range aspects of housing in the US. Methods of planning and construction needed reorganization and reorientation. "The real task of the housing movement is the raising of all housing standards to a point of efficiency as living machines and as centers around which family revolves," the author states in her introduction. "If only we could be liberated from the slum and lower-income-group complexes, we might forge ahead in evolving a policy of housing which would affect the welfare of every individual and family in the land, and raise standards favoring not only the poor but likewise the masses of American people." (20516)   $40.00
How the Working-Class House Became Modern, 1900-1940
with custom bookmark signed and illustrated by the author
Hubka, Thomas C.
[Architectural History]. Hubka, Thomas C. How the Working-Class House Became Modern, 1900-1940. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2020. First edition. Small quarto, pp. xxvi, 261, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Includes a custom bookmark signed with original pen and ink drawing by the author. Color Pictorial Wraps. New.

This book analyzes a period when millions of average Americans saw accelerated improvement in their housing and domestic conditions. It is a detailed narrative that traces changes in household hygiene, sociability, and privacy practices that launched large portions of the working classes into the middle class, reconfiguring and enriching the standard account of the domestic transformation of the American home. "This book is the most important study of common American houses to appear in the past half century. Thomas C. Hubka draws on a lifetime’s investigation of working-class houses in the decades before World War II to show us how and why the single-family houses of the contemporary ‘middle-majority’ sprung from these modest dwellings. Hubka has established an agenda that should engross architectural historians for years. " -- Dell Upton, author of American Architecture: A Thematic History. As with all of Hubka's books, very thought-provoking. (20290)   $40.00
A History of Modern Architecture
Joedicke, Jurgen
[Architectural History]. Joedicke, Jurgen. A History of Modern Architecture. New York: Praeger, 1963. Third edition. Octavo, pp. 244, indexed, illustrated with over 500 b/w photographs. Cloth over Boards. Near Fine in VG Dust Jacket (dj has inconspicuous closed 2" tear to front, else Near Fine).

This book provides a comprehensive survey of the creative efforts of the previous fifty years to weld a new architecture from changing concepts of form, from new construction methods, and from changing functions of buildings. From the pioneering Chicago School before WWI, and the "Jugendstil" period in Europe, through to the state of architecture in Europe, the US, and South American in the 1960s, this book provides a comprehensive and highly informative review of the development and accomplishment of modern architecture in the 20th century. The author of this book taught at the Technische Hochschule in Stuttgart. (7710)   $30.00
Guide to Modern Architecture
Banham, Reyner
[Architecture]. Banham, Reyner. Guide to Modern Architecture. London: Architectural Press, 1962. First edition. Square octavo, pp. 159. Indexed, illustrated with b/w photos. From the library of Franziska Porges Hosken, an American designer, writer, feminist, and social activist. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Good DJ.

In most countries, modern buildings now form an appreciable part of the backdrop to everyday life. This book illuminates the main preoccupations of modern architects (function, form, construction and space) and illustrates and comments on a world-wide, highly diverse selection of modern buildings. The author claims that modern architecture should not be difficult to appreciate, because it is "like any other architecture only more so: it has more things to say and more ways of saying them." (14849)   $30.00
Les Palais des Beaux-Arts
Girault, M.
[Architectural History]. Girault, M. Les Palais des Beaux-Arts. Paris: Armand Guerinet, ca. 1900. First edition. Folio (12 x 16), contains 128 photographic plates exhibited at the Exhibition in 1900 Original Cloth. Good, expertly re-backed.

Very scarce exposition catalog of the architecture & sculpture of the Grand Palais of Paris. Wonderful period piece, depicting some wonderful architectural details from the turn of the century in Paris. (1556)   $175.00
The Idea of Louis Sullivan
Szarkowski, John
[Architectural Monograph]. Szarkowski, John. The Idea of Louis Sullivan. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1956. First edition. Quarto, pp. 161, illustrated with b/w photographs. Signed in ink by a previous owner on the front endpaper in 1959. Decorated Boards. Very Good.

This book highlights the architecture of one of the mavericks of skyscraper architecture. The text gives a brief biography of Mr. Sullivan's life. The rest of the book consists of excerpts from various texts dealing with architecture and the challenges of leaving the mainstream. The photography is amazing. The viewer is treated to crystal clear black and white photography which gives us insight into Sullivan's work. The pictures are both close ups and overviews. They show us the detailed work of an architect who understood that function really does determine the form of a building. He also understood that height is what makes skyscrapers special and emphasized this in strong vertical lines, as we can see from the more distant views. Sullivan fought the classical revival, which was all the rage of his times, and used a combination of heavy and solid Romanesque architecture with art nouveau decoration. The result is both stunning and unique. This volume is one of the most interesting titles this month since its considerable strength is visual. (20488)   $50.00
Morningside Heights: A History of its Architecture & Development
Dolkart, Andrew S.
[Architectural History]. Dolkart, Andrew S. Morningside Heights: A History of its Architecture & Development. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998. Original edition. Small quarto, pp. 505. Indexed, illustrated with b/w photos. Pictorial Wraps. Very Good.

The announcement during the final years of the 19th century that the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Columbia College, St. Luke's Hospital, Teachers College, and Barnard College would construct new complexes on Morningside Heights heralded the transformation of this geographically isolated area into "the Acropolis of New York." Over the next several decades, these institutions, as well as Union Theological Seminary, Jewish Theological Seminary, the Institute of Musical Art/Julliard School of Music, and Riverside Church created a neighborhood of spectacular institutional buildings. In this lavishly illustrated book, the author explores the richly varied architecture and history of these complexes and of the surrounding residential neighborhood and thus reveals a fascinating chapter in the life of New York City. (15540)   $25.00
The Machine Age in America 1918-1941
Wilson, Richard Guy; Pilgrim, Dianne H.; Tashjian, Dickran
[Technology/Trades]. Wilson, Richard Guy; Pilgrim, Dianne H.; Tashjian, Dickran. The Machine Age in America 1918-1941. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1986. First edition. Quarto, pp. 375, indexed, over 400 illustrations, including 55 plates in full color. Decorated Cloth over Boards. New in new dustjacket.

This volume was published in tandem with an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 1986, that later traveled to the Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in 1987 and 1988. The exhibit, and the book, captures the mood, the energy, of an age in transition - the years between the two world wars. Although there were vast differences between the decades encompassed - prosperity in the 1920s, depression in the 1930s - the machine was the principal motivating force in each. America, on the verge of a new art, and ultimately a new culture, had come into her own at last. From her great achievements in technology and industry would arise not simply a modern style, but an entirely new way of life. (20482)   $35.00
Resplendent Synagogue:
Architecture and Worship in an Eighteenth-Century Polish Community
signed and with a drawing by the author
Hubka, Thomas C.
[Building as Envelope]. Hubka, Thomas C. Resplendent Synagogue: Architecture and Worship in an Eighteenth-Century Polish Community (Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry Series)(signed and with a drawing by the author). Lebanon, NH: Brandeis, 2003. First edition. Quarto, pp. 226, indexed, richly illustrated w/ b/w and color photographs, drawings, and plans (nearly 200 historical photographs.) Hardcover. As New in Fine DJ.

The author interprets the 18th century synagogue in a small Ukrainian town, historically, architecturally, and in relation to the community of its time. Built by a collaboration of Jewish and non-Jewish builders and artisans, this is an exceptional look at one building in a new light. Winner of the Vernacular Architecture Forum's Henry Glassie Award. (20511)   $50.00
Village Japan
Beardsley, Richard K.; John W. Hall; Robert E. Ward
[International]. Beardsley, Richard K.; John W. Hall; Robert E. Ward. Village Japan. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1959. Fourth impression, 1968. Small quarto, pp. xiv, 498, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

The village of Niiike is a small rice-growing settlement in the western half of Honshu, Japan's principal island. One hundred and thirty people live in its 24 houses clustered at the base of a pine-covered hill. Their community, though in some respects unique, is typical of the Japanese rural village. Here are Niiike's people - their homes and land, their work and recreation, the beliefs and values that give meaning to their lives. We see how traditional Japanese cultural, political, and religious patterns bear upon their lives, and we see how their lives have been affected by Western values imposed since WWII. This book is a complete study of a social microcosm in every aspect of its activity and organization. The authors lived for four years among the people of Niiike, and their book is an excellent starting point for understanding the people of rural Japan. Scarce; currently the only copy available on the web. (20501)   $45.00
Living Architecture: Mayan
Stierlin, Henri
[International]. Stierlin, Henri. Living Architecture: Mayan. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, n.d. ca 1966. First American edition. Octavo, pp. 192, indexed, illustrated in b/w photos & drawings. Deals in detail with the design and construction of the principal buildings which lay unknown and undisturbed in the jungle for more than thousand years. Extremely well illustrated. Original Black Cloth. Very Good in Good DJ.

An impressive study, with well integrated illustrations. 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. (2143)   $30.00
Decorative Design in Mexican Homes
Shipway, Verna Cook and Warren Shipway
[International]. Shipway, Verna Cook and Warren Shipway. Decorative Design in Mexican Homes. New York: Architectural Book Publishing Co., 1966. First edition. Quarto, pp. 249, glossary, illustrated with 350 b/w photos, drawings and plans that cover a fascinating range of subjects that includes arcades and balconies, cabinets, chests and cupboards, various types of ceilings, cupolas, chairs and benches, masks and mobiles, doors, facades, and much more. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

Portraying a wide variety of houses, the authors start with a unique and rarely seen traje, or Tarascan Indian home from the Lake Patzcuara region. Then they introduce the reader to long established haciendas, urban homes of colonial antecedents and those of ultra-modernistic design. The book is a treasure trove of beauty that will incite the imagination. (20487)   $35.00
Old House Journal Reference Library
Grand Old Ladies: North Carolina Architecture During the Victorian Era
Schumann, Marguerite [Editor]
[Southern US]. Schumann, Marguerite [Editor]. Grand Old Ladies: North Carolina Architecture During the Victorian Era. Charlotte, NC: East Woods Press, 1984. First edition. Quarto, pp. 127, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

This book focuses on architecture built in North Carolina during the Victorian era. An introductory essay by Dr. Sterling Boyd interprets Victorian architecture in North Carolina and provides historical and architectural background for the 146 edifices included in the book. There are excellent photographs of the buildings, complemented by literary fragments from works by North Carolina writers that set appropriately Victorian moods. This is a visual and literary delight, a stately reminder of the rich architectural heritage that North Carolinians will appreciate and hopefully preserve. From the Old House Journal reference library. (20528)   $20.00
Olana Landscapes: The World of Frederic E. Church
Carr, Gerald L.
[New York]. Carr, Gerald L. Olana Landscapes: The World of Frederic E. Church. New York: Rizzoli, 1989. First edition. Oblong quarto, pp. x, 181, illustrated with color photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

The renowned 19th century American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) purchased property in Hudson, NY in 1860, and over the next three decades he designed and had built a magnificent home and estate overlooking the Hudson River, The house, christened "Olana" by Church's wife, is a unique mixture of Victorian and middle-Eastern architectural influences. The landscaped grounds provide breathtaking views, each conceived by Church with the same vision he brought to his major paintings in the 1850s and 1850s. The entire Olana landscape was carefully planned and executed by Frederic Church so that the grand panoramic views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains are his creations, his three-dimensional landscape paintings. From the Old House Journal reference library. (20527)   $35.00
Edwardian House Style
Hockman, Hilary
[Interiors]. Hockman, Hilary. Edwardian House Style An architectural and interior design source book. Devon, England: David and Charles, 1994. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 192, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and color photographs. Ex-library markings. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good Mylar-Protected DJ.

This book creates an authentic picture of how Edwardians lived and how they decorated their homes. The author examines the features, fixtures and fittings in every part of the house, including the facade and garden, discussing contemporary items that can still be found (and reveals where to find them), and gives guidance on what reproduction furniture and fittings can be used in their place. An invaluable source of reference for anyone wanting to restore original Edwardian features and recreate the style and atmosphere of the period, whilst taking into account the demands of modern living. From the Old House Journal reference library. (20526)   $20.00
Harmony by Hand:
Art of the Southwest Indians: Basketry, Weaving, Pottery
Hoolihan, Patrick; Jerold L. Collings; Sarah Nestor; Jonathan Batkin
[American Southwest]. Hoolihan, Patrick; Jerold L. Collings; Sarah Nestor; Jonathan Batkin. Harmony by Hand: Art of the Southwest Indians: Basketry, Weaving, Pottery. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 1987. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 108, indexed, illustrated with b/w and color photographs. Press release for the book is laid in. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

This book combines the talents and expertise of many. An informative text, historical photos, spectacular views by some of the Southwest's best-known photographers, and exquisite portfolios of art work give a comprehensive view of this rugged land and its native peoples. From the Old House Journal reference library. (20525)   $30.00
Old Virginia Houses: The Mobjack Bay Country
Farrar, Emmie Ferguson
[Southern US]. Farrar, Emmie Ferguson. Old Virginia Houses: The Mobjack Bay Country. New York: Bonanza Books, 1955. First edition. Quarto, pp. xxx, 175, bibliography, illustrated with b/w photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

Here is re-created the Virginia of the 17th and 18th centuries and the ante-bellum era. In lively text and striking photographic studies, these houses come vividly to life - houses shadowed by lofty oaks and crepe myrtles, with gardens lined by ancient box, and sweep of lawn down to the water. Once more these gracious homes hum with the bustle of remembered festivities. Here is the quintessence of the Old Dominion, a delight to the lover of beautiful and historic houses. From the Old House Journal reference library. (20524)   $20.00
Old Virginia Houses: The Northern Peninsulas
Farrar, Emmie Ferguson and Emilee Hines
[Southern US]. Farrar, Emmie Ferguson and Emilee Hines. Old Virginia Houses: The Northern Peninsulas. New York: Hastings House, 1972. First edition. Quarto, pp. xvi, 240, indexed, illustrated with 177 b/w photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

This is the fourth volume in the series "Old Virginia Houses," and covers an area once called the "Athens of America," because Washington, Madison and Monroe were all born there. Included are the peninsulas on both sides of the Rappahannock River, the Northern Neck and the Middle Neck. Every plantation in this river community had its dock to which British ships came to take on cargoes of tobacco, hemp, wheat, and lumber, bringing sugar and coffee from the West Indies, teas and spices from Asia, furniture, clothing, dishes and silverware, paint, nails and glass, books and news of the world. This book is a superb survey of what life was like in Colonial Virginia, with a systematic presentation of the history and in many cases restoration of these remarkable homes. From the Old House Journal reference library. (20523)   $20.00
The Healthy House Book
Lazenby, Gina
[Home Improvement]. Lazenby, Gina. The Healthy House Book Using Feng Shui to Organize Your Home and Transform Your Life. New York: The Lyons Press, 2000. First edition. Quarto, pp. 160, indexed, illustrated with color photographs. Press release laid in. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

This book is a practical guide to the skills needed to create a healthy home and lifestyle that supports us both emotionally and physically, as governed by the ancient eastern philosophy of Feng Shui. Complete with 180 beautiful full-color photographs, this volume offers practical advice on ways in which we can ensure deep, healing sleep, boost our immune systems, increase our vitality, enhance our enjoyment of life, and protect our children while stimulating their learning ability. It is an invaluable resource for those interested in taking more control of their health and well-being. From the Old House Journal reference library. (20517)   $20.00
The Book of the English Fireplace
Kelly, Alison
[Masonry]. Kelly, Alison. The Book of the English Fireplace. Feltham, UK: Country Life, 1968. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 96, indexed, illustrated w/ b/w photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

Sitting by a blazing fire is a traditional delight of the British, and throughout their history the designers of the finest homes have not only given the fireplace a functional purpose but also made it a decorative point of interest. This book traces the development of the English fireplace since Roman times. A unique collection of 115 photographs illustrates this fascinating story. From the Old House Journal reference library. (11662)   $20.00
The Art of Dining: A History of Cooking & Eating
Paston-Williams, Sara
[International]. Paston-Williams, Sara. The Art of Dining: A History of Cooking & Eating. London: National Trust, 1995. Reprint. Small quarto, pp. 348, indexed, illustrated with color photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good (Price-Clipped) DJ.

Sleeping habits and arrangements have changed comparatively little over the centuries, but cooking and eating have undergone revolution after revolution. Behind the curious ingredients and mysterious language of old cookery books lies a completely different world, where the foods that we take for granted were often not available, their preparation, cooking and preservation were laborious and skillful tasks, and the art of dining reflected social attitudes quite removed from modern practice. Each chapter includes historical recipes, together with their modern adaptations. The result is a feast for the eye as well as a fascinating guide to all the arts of dining. From the Old House Journal reference library. (20504)   $25.00
Construction Methods and Materials
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. Near Fine; foxing on endpapers.

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! (20473)   $195.00
The Modern Painter And Decorator (complete in 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 (1951). Fourth edition, expanded . Octavo, pp. 247 (vol 1), pp. 247 (vol 2), pp 232 (vol 3), indexed, illustrated with b/w and color drawings and photographs. 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. (20475)   $150.00
The Modern Bricklayer (complete in 3 volumes)
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., nd c. 1931. Possible first edition. Octavo, Vol. 1 pp. 213, Vol. 2 pp. 214, Vol. 3 pp. 220. Indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and photos, and photographic color frontispieces. Red Cloth over Boards with Gilt Lettering on Spine. Good; cover stains and moderate edge and spine wear.

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. (20474)   $120.00
Contemporary Copper
Copper Development Association Inc., New York, NY
[Metal]. Copper Development Association Inc. Contemporary Copper A Handbook of Sheet Copper Fundamentals, Design, Details and Specifications. New York: Copper Development Association Inc., 1966. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 96, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs and specification drawings. Several previous owners have signed the cover in ink. Perfect Bound. Very Good; 1/2" tear at top of spine.

This handbook was prepared by the copper industry in consultation with architects and members of the architectural community to acquaint architects with the many important advances and achievements developed through the use of sheet copper in contemporary structures. The book is divided into four sections: sheet copper fundamentals, design, details, and specifications. Many contemporary projects are illustrated, including the Natural Sciences Buildings at University of California Santa Cruz, Christ Chapel in Philadelphia, Frank Lloyd Wright house in Barlesville, Oklahoma, Pure Oil building in Palatine, Illinois, and Sons of Israel Synagogue in Lakewood, New Jersey. (20476)   $75.00
Copper and Common Sense
Anderson, I. E. and Walter C. Voss
[Metal]. Anderson, I. E. and Walter C. Voss. Copper and Common Sense: Design Principles and Techniques of Sheet Copper Construction. (AIA Spec Sheet No. 12) Basic Principles, Design, Installation Procedure, Mechanical Properties, Specifications for Durable, Trouble-Free Installations. New York: Revere Copper and Brass Inc., 1962. Sixth edition third printing. Quarto, pp. 140, illustrated in b/w and spot color. Indexed, with many Appendices. The subtitle is an accurate reflection of the book's contents. Signed by several previous owners inside front cover and on title page. Spiral Bound Wraps. Good; cover is starting to detach.

Scarce, important book for anyone working with copper as a building material, written by two giants in the world of metals as building materials. Very well illustrated and explained. (20477)   $75.00
The Master-Unit Book
Chicago Technical College
[Building Specifications]. Chicago Technical College. The Master-Unit Book Unit Costs and Prices of Building Construction and Estimator's Data, Co-ordinating with the Chicago Quick-Bid Method of Estimating. Chicago: Chicago Technical College, nd c. 1925. Original edition. Small octavo, pp. 260, illustrated with b/w drawings. Boards. Very Good.

The Chicago Technical College compiled this data in book form for the use of its advanced students and graduates in building construction. It provides a practical and simplified method that the ordinary estimator can use with a feeling of certainty of obtaining the correct results, illustrated with practical data and many useful tables arranged in convenient form. A nice copy of a useful and popular guide for builders and contractors that saw several editions. (20484)   $40.00
How to Build Cabins, Lodges, Bungalows
Editorial Staff of Popular Science Monthly
[Building as Envelope]. Editorial Staff of Popular Science Monthly. How to Build Cabins, Lodges, Bungalows Complete Manual of Constructing, Decorating, and Furnishing Homes for Recreation or Profit. New York: Popular Science Publishing Company, Inc., 1947. Eighth printing. Octavo, pp 251, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and diagrams. Cloth over Boards. Very Good.

Great how-to from the time period, covering all aspects of building a vacation home. Nicely illustrated, and with all the details one would expect of a Popular Science publication. (20486)   $35.00
Modern Carpentry and Building
Sylvester, W. A.
[Carpentry]. Sylvester, W. A. Modern Carpentry and Building giving methods of obtaining the various cuts in carpentry. Also, stair building, builders' estimates, slide rule, steel square, strength of materials, mathematical rules, etc. Also giving a number of half-tone views of beautiful modern residences, together with convenient modern floor plans; also a complete set of framing plans, showing most approved method of modern construction. Boston, MA: Allen Sylvester, 1896. First edition. Octavo, pp. viii, 254, glossary of terms, publisher's catalog. One photo plate is detached with heavy edge wear and laid in. Another has wear and pull marks where it attached to the facing page. Signed by a previous owner on front endpaper. Embossed boards with gilt lettering. Good; hinges weak, some water staining to first few and last few pages.

This book was intended to be a handbook that could be carried in a coat pocket or toolbox, ready to be used whenever a detail on a procedure needed to be referenced, or when making up estimates. One of the featured residences in the b/w photographic plates is the author's home. This title is a revision of "The Modern Carpenters' Companion and Builders' Guide," published in 1882. (20494)   $80.00
Abrasive Papers & Cloths for the Student and Home Craftsman
Behr-Manning, Troy, NY
[Building Materials]. Behr-Manning. Abrasive Papers & Cloths for the Student and Home Craftsman. Troy, NY: Behr-Manning, 1933. First edition. 16mo (3.5" x 6"), pp. 28, illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

This company created several different kinds of abrasive papers and cloths (aka sandpaper), using three natural minerals (quartz, garnet, and emery) and two manufactured minerals (silicon carbide and aluminum oxide). The booklet explains the coating process, the drying process, and how it is stored and shipped. Recommendations are made for wood and metal working by hand and with different kinds of machine sanders, and there is some information on the history of the company. Scarce and attractive. (20499)   $30.00
A Portfolio of Suggestions for Painting and Decorating
Sherwin-Williams Company, Cleveland, OH
[Interiors]. Sherwin-Williams Company. A Portfolio of Suggestions for Painting and Decorating. Cleveland, OH: Sherwin-Williams Company, nd c. 1915. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 10 staplebound pamphlet plus 21 two-sided pages in a portfolio. Each of the pages includes a full color illustration on one side, and a description and list of products on the other side. Color Pictorial Portfolio. Very Good; some tears at spine.

This portfolio was generated by Sherwin-Williams in response from an inquiry. A series of color plates represented suggestions for interior and exterior decoration for the home, including some color charts for floor and furniture finishes. Unusual; we haven't had this one before. (20498)   $70.00
Concrete Improvements Around the House
Portland Cement Association, Chicago, IL
[Concrete & Cement]. Portland Cement Association. Concrete Improvements Around the House. Chicago, IL: Portland Cement Association, nd c. 1925. Original edition. Small quarto, pp. 46, illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings. Staplebound Wraps. Very good.

Around the home, concrete finds a wide range of usefulness for making improvements. There are utilitarian uses, such as walks, drives, retaining walls, steps, porch floors, and more. Then there are numerous other ways which concrete can be employed to give a decorative touch to the home, including lawn benches, bird baths, sun dials, flower boxes, arbors, and more. This book covers both categories in a well illustrated, easy to read format that is fun to browse. You'll enjoy this one! (20497)   $60.00
Portland Cement Sidewalk Construction
Boynton, C. W.
[Concrete & Cement]. Boynton, C. W. Portland Cement Sidewalk Construction. Chicago, IL: Universal Portland Cement Co., 1911. Fourth edition. Small quarto, pp. 61, illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings. Staplebound Wraps. Very good.

The apparent ease with which concrete sidewalks may be constructed has led many amateurs to undertake such construction with little experience and less knowledge of the requirements necessary to obtain the best results. This booklet was set forth to help people construct sidewalks with superior appearance and lasting quality. (20496)   $60.00
Mouldings, Building Trimmings, Gutters, Conductors, Brackets, etc.
Charles A. Millen & Co., Boston, MA
[Wood]. Charles A. Millen & Co. Mouldings, Building Trimmings, Gutters, Conductors, Brackets, Stair-Rails, Posts and Balusters, Stationary Wash-Stands, Wood Mantels, Room Mouldings, Draw Cases, Bath-Room Finish, etc. Boston: Chas. A. Millen & Co., 1889. First edition. 12 mo (4 1/2 X 7), pp. 76, illustrated with b/w engravings. Previous owner signed the inside front cover in pencil. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

A beautiful old millwork trade catalog of an illustrious Boston firm. Featuring fireplace mantels, brackets, etc which were very much in the Victorian style of the time. The last dozen pages are advertisements for related companies (builder's hardware, lumber and hardwoods, marble and soap-stone, etc). Very scarce. (20508)   $110.00
Truscon Steel Building Products
Truscon Steel Company, Youngstown, OH
[Structural Steel]. Truscon Steel Company. Truscon Steel Building Products. Youngstown, OH: Truscon Steel Co., nd c. 1930. First edition. Folded ephemera, 9" x 12", unfolds to 72" x 96" Folded ephemera. Very Good, some folds partially detached.

An extremely attractive trade piece offering a comprehensive picture of the Truscon institution and its products, which included a complete line of steel windows for every type of modern building; a complete line of steel doors for industrial and commercial use; standardized steel buildings used for factories, warehouses, garages, and more; fireproof steel deck roofs, metal lath, reinforcing steel, steel poles and parts, waterproofing products, and more. (20520)   $50.00
Decorating Your Home with Glass
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., Pittsburgh, PA
[Glass]. Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. Decorating Your Home with Glass A picture-book of inexpensive ideas for every room in the house. Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., 1943. First printing. Quarto, pp. 9, illustrated with b/w and color photographs. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

This booklet shows a few of the many ways in which glass can be used effectively and inexpensively to brighten a new house. Lots of period charm. (20519)   $50.00
Concrete Masonry - Haydite Building Units
Herot Builders Supply Company, Cleveland, OH
[Concrete & Cement]. Herot Builders Supply Company. Concrete Masonry - Haydite Building Units. Cleveland, OH: Herot Builders Supply Company, nd ca 1922. Original edition. Quarto, pp 11, illustrated with b/w photographs. Staplebound Wraps. Very good.

Haydite is burned clay or shale properly crushed and screened into fine or coarse sizes, and is used to make a strong, light weight concrete. This booklet is devoted to illustrations and information about buildings constructed with Haydite-concrete masonry units, including residences, hotels, apartments, hospitals and schools. (18924)   $60.00
A.I.A. File Number 10a11: Four Folders on NATCO products
National Fire Proofing Company, Pittsburgh, PA
[Masonry]. National Fire Proofing Company. A.I.A. File Number 10a11: Four Folders on NATCO products. Pittsburgh, PA: National Fire Proofing Co. (NATCO), 1927. Original edition. Quarto, each folder pp. 4-6. Folder 1: "NATCO Unibacker: the tile that binds" Folder 2: "NATCO Combed Face Tile" Folder 3: "Vitritile" Folder 4: "NATCO Double Shell Load Bearing Tile" Illustrated with b/w and spot color drawings. Two of them have promotional letters from NATCO laid in, dated 1927 and 1928. Folded Ephemera. Near Fine.

These folders promoted some of the products in NATCO's line, touting their economy and resistance to moisture, weathering and chemicals. These are really in exceptional condition for their age. (20507)   $90.00
Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile
Ochsendorf, John
[Building Materials]. Ochsendorf, John. Guastavino Vaulting The Art of Structural Tile. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010. First edition. Quarto, pp. 255, Index, Notes, and Selected Bibliography. Richly illustrated with b/w and color photos, drawings, and details. Color Pictorial Wraps. New in new dustjacket.

This beautiful hardcover volume explores the structural tile vaulting system brought to the U.S. by Rafael Guastavino, tracing its Mediterranean roots and charting its history as a beautiful and popular construction technique found in some of the most notable buildings in America, including more than 200 major buildings in Manhattan, and hundreds more across the country. Grand Central Terminal, Carnegie Hall, the Biltmore Estate, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Registry Hall at Ellis Island, and many major university buildings are some examples of the structures built by the Guastavinos. A wonderful and important title! (20489)   $55.00
Authentic Color Schemes for Victorian Houses
Rossiter, E.K. and Wright, F.A.
[Victorian]. Rossiter, E.K. and Wright, F.A. Authentic Color Schemes for Victorian Houses Comstock's Modern House Painting, 1883. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, Inc, 2001. Reissue. Oblong Octavo, pp. 16 plus 20 color plates with explanatory text. Oversized Paperback. Very Good.

This is a reprint of a rare and important book on Victorian color schemes, written and illustrated by two respected architects of the day. The original edition documents fashionable interior and exterior house color schemes, illustrated with lovely color lithographic plates. This is your chance to own a very fine and important book at a very reasonable price. (20479)   $25.00
Pattern Books
Custom Homes Built By Contempri
Contempri Homes, Taylor, PA
[Pattern Book]. Contempri Homes. Custom Homes Built By Contempri. Taylor, PA: Contempri Homes, 1983. First edition. Oblong portfolio (8.75" x 11.5"), holding 8 four-page pamphlets, and 2 two-page pamphlets, each describing a home design and floor plan options. One of the pamphlets has some markings in pen. Portfolio. Very Good.

An attractive portfolio with the best the 1980s had to offer in residential design, including Cape Cod, ranch, two-story, split level, and bi-level. The inside front cover displays four interior photographs of Contempri homes. The pamphlets display b/w drawings of the home exterior, and include floor plans, specifications, and options. (20495)   $40.00
Suggested Designs for Small Firesafe Concrete Homes
Portland Cement Association, Chicago, IL
[Concrete & Cement]. Portland Cement Association. Suggested Designs for Small Firesafe Concrete Homes. Chicago, IL: Portland Cement Assoc., nd ca 1949. Original edition. Quarto, pp 16. b/w photographs, floor plans, construction details and isometric drawings of building methods. Pictorial Wraps, b/w. Very Good.

Both a guide on concrete construction and a set of plans for post war residential designs, this booklet depicts clever schemes and practical building methods. (17772)   $45.00
Why People Like Concrete Homes
Portland Cement Association, Chicago, IL
[Pattern Book]. Portland Cement Association. Why People Like Concrete Homes. Chicago, IL: Portland Cement Association, 1946. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 31, illustrated with b/w photographs and specification drawings. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

Each page promotes a reason to select a concrete home: it's beautiful, or comfortable, or livable, or clean, and so on. The photos of home exteriors are identified by architect, builder and location, showing that concrete homes are practical choices all over the US, from the cold winters of New England to the steady sun of Miami. Many people were ready to build a new home after the end of WWII, and this book was right there to promote concrete homes as an affordable and wise choice. (20518)   $65.00
Charming Homes in an Ideal Suburb
South Mountain Estates, Millburn, NJ
[Pattern Book]. Stevens, Harry J. Charming Homes in an Ideal Suburb Blue Sky, Fresh Air, Health and Sunshine. Newark, NJ: South Mountain Estates, nd c. 1925. Original edition. Small quarto, pp 18, illustrated with green-toned photographs. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

South Mountain Estates is located in Millburn, NJ, which is one of the wealthiest towns in the state. Most of the homes in South Mountain Estates were built before 1940 and are primarily Colonials and Tudors. This lovely book was promoting the area as surrounded by the beauty of nature, and it appears that the community has remained committed to that ideal in the 21st century. The streets are quiet and flat, the neighborhood is within walking distance of trains, buses, and downtown Millburn shops and restaurants. It would be fun to walk through the neighborhood with this book and find the original houses of the community. Scarce; this is the first time we've had this title. (20514)   $75.00
Style Trends ~ Plan Your New Home Now
National Plan Service, Inc., Chicago, IL
[Pattern Book]. National Plan Service, Inc. Style Trends ~ Plan Your New Home Now. Chicago, IL: National Plan Service, Inc., 1944. First edition. Quarto, pp 32, illustrated with color exterior perspectives and thumbnail "blueprint" floor plans. Also some interior perspective sketches. Color Pictorial Wraps, blue. Very Good.

An attractive WWII plan book with colonial, Cape Cod, ranch and modern homes, well illustrated. Also includes a general advice section for designing, furnishing, and decorating each room of the house. This book was well-situated to set trends for the upcoming post-war building boom. (20510)   $75.00
Better Homes at Lower Cost Book No. A-56
Standard Homes Company, Raleigh, NC
[Pattern Book]. Standard Homes Company. Better Homes at Lower Cost Book No. A-56 Plans from 1,350 - 1,650 Square Feet. Raleigh, NC: Standard Homes, 1965. First edition. Quarto, pp. 31. Illustrated with b/w photographs and plans. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

Scarce pattern book containing 32 designs for classic single-family homes, each presented with alternate floor plans and featuring brick or stone veneer. (20478)   $45.00
Trade Catalogs
Hull Historical Molding Catalog
Hull, Brent
[Wood]. Hull, Brent. Hull Historical Molding Catalog. East Petersburg, PA: Fox Chapel Publishing, 2008. Reissue. Quarto. pp 80. Numerous illustrations and diagrams. Paperback. New.

Not merely a comprehensive trade catalog, this ambitious 80 page booklet also traces the development of architectural millwork to modern times. A nice pairing to Brent Hull's "Historic Millwork, A Guide to Restoring and Re-Creating Doors, Windows and Moldings," which we have offered in the past. (17012)   $20.00
Primo Art Garden Furniture Catalog 28
Primo Art Studio, Providence, RI
[Landscape Architecture]. Primo Art Studios. Primo Art Garden Furniture Catalog 28. Providence, RI: Primo Art Studios, nd c. 1925. Original edition. Small quarto, pp 23, illustrated with b/w photographs . Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

An extensive catalog of cast stone products for gardens and sunrooms including planters, pedestals, benches, statuary, bird baths, plaques, fountains, sun dials, and more. Nearly all the pieces are copies of masterpieces of garden ornament in museums and famous gardens of old Italy. A lovely catalog from an important New England craft studio. (20512)   $45.00
Architectural and Decorative Ornaments:
The General Catalogue of Jacobson & Co., 1929, Vol. 2
Jacobson & Co., New York, NY
[Ornamentation]. Jacobson & Co. Architectural and Decorative Ornaments: The General Catalogue of Jacobson & Co., 1929, Vol. 2. New York: Jacobson & Co., 1929. Original edition. Quarto, 254 numbered b/w photographic plates. Stamped by a previous owner inside the covers. Green Cloth over Boards w/embossed design. Very Good.
A beautiful collection of ornamental products - ceilings, columns, mouldings, panels, fountains, urns, grilles, and much more. A portfolio of period interiors, selected at random from the Jacobson files, was included to show architects what was possible with their products. The portfolio includes Publix Theatre in Birmingham, Pompeian Court of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Capitol Theatre in Atlanta, and Feathers Inn in England. (20515)   $60.00
Catalog of Architectural Ornaments
F.J. Newcomb Mfg. Co., New York, NY
[Woodwork]. F.J. Newcomb Mfg. Co. Catalog of Architectural Ornaments for Exterior and Interior Decorations, Made in Composition, Carton-Pierre, or Staff. New York: F.J. Newcomb Mfg. Co., nd c. 1900. Original edition. Quarto, 47 b/w plates of ornamental plaster and woodwork. A sticker on the front cover indicates that this copy was sent to interior designers W. & E. Thorton-Smith & Co. in Toronto. Issues of the catalog were numbered; this is copy #253. Cloth over Boards, two-hole cloth tie binding. Good; one of the binding ties is broken; large stain on front cover.

This is a very visual piece; there is one page of installation directions and the rest of the pages are all full-page plates. Limited number edition. Scarce; we've never had a copy of this before. (20505)   $160.00
Cabinet Equipment for Kitchens & Pantries
Kitchen Maid Corporation, Andrews, IN
[Kitchens]. Kitchen Maid Corporation. Cabinet Equipment for Kitchens & Pantries A. I. A. File No. 35c12. Andrews, IN: Kitchen Maid Corporation, 1933. Original edition. Quarto, pp 12, illustrated in b/w and color, plus 8 blueprints for items in their product line, such as kitchen cabinets, butleries, broom closets, dish cupboards, wall cupboards, fronts and bases, utility cupboards, corner cupboards, divider cupboards, wardrobes, ironing boards, telephone niches, and kitchenettes. Portfolio containing a staplebound wrap brochure and eight blueprints. Very Good.

A very nice kitchen catalog from the 1930's depicting integrated sink/cabinet units of varying sizes and styles. Wonderful color illustrations showing kitchens with patterned flooring, glass/wood china cabinets, metal hardware, and other unique features. An uncommon publication which would appeal to designers and builders interested in bringing back the 1930's styles. (20490)   $55.00
Asbestoruf: A Permanent One Piece Roofing
The Progress Paint Co., Cleveland, OH
[Roofing]. The Progress Paint Co. Asbestoruf: A Permanent One Piece Roofing A Challenge To The Elements/Form No. 459. Cleveland, OH: The Progress Paint Co., 1920 (circa). Original edition. 8 1/4" x 10" fold-out pamphlet. pp 4. Color and b/w illustrations on each page. Trade Pamphlet. Very good+.

Asbestoruf was a liquid form of roofing applied with a brush, like paint. It was fire resistant and waterproof. This pamphlet is an extremely scarce trade piece with vivid graphic images. (16427)   $75.00
Brick and Stone
Stone Walls: Personal Boundaries
Cook, Mariana with Wendell Berry
[Masonry]. Cook, Mariana with Wendell Berry. Stone Walls: Personal Boundaries. Bologna, Italy: Damiani, 2011. First edition. Square quarto (11" x 11"), pp. 175, illustrated with b/w photos. Linen over Boards. As New in Very Good DJ.

A beautiful photographic meditation on stone walls by Mariana Cook, the last protege of famed American photographer Ansel Adams. Inspired by a collapsed stone wall at her home on Martha's Vineyard, Cook traveled the world in search of stone walls: ancient and modern, rough and precisely finished, and all between. This collection of photographs was taken in locations from Ireland to the Mediterranean to Peru. A wonderful gift for the stonemason, historian, or photography enthusiast. (15675)   $50.00
Rumford Fireplaces and How They Are Made
Gillespie, Curtis G.
[Fireplaces]. Gillespie, Curtis G. Rumford Fireplaces and How They Are Made. New York: William T. Comstock, 1906. First edition. Octavo, pp 199, richly illustrated with line drawings, halftones, engravings. Advertising section. Hard Cover of original red cloth featuring engraving tipped in. Very Good.

The only early title on the subject, very scarce. Pays homage to Count Rumford, but goes well beyond to technical considerations in late nineteenth century. Equally interesting are the ten pages of advertisements, i.e. a mini fireplace trade catalog, featuring dampers, ventilating grates, high-end mantels, etc. A hard-to-find piece. (20513)   $65.00
A Brief Guide to the Development and Repair of Georgian Stonework
Parissien, Steven
[Stone]. Parissien, Steven. Stonework: A Brief Guide to the Development and Repair of Georgian Stonework No. 12 in The Georgian Group Guides. Kent, UK: Georgian Group, nd c. 1991. First edition. Quarto, pp. 7, illustrated with b/w photographs. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

This short guide is intended as a general outline of the development of Georgian stonework, and of the simple do's and don'ts to be remembered when repairing or repointing stone or flint masonry. More detailed information can be found in the works cited in Further Reading on the last page. (20506)   $30.00
Geology of New Jersey
Cook, George H.
[Geology]. Cook, George H. Geology of New Jersey By Authority of the Legislature. Newark, NJ: NJ Board of Managers, 1868. First edition. Large Octavo, pp. xxiv, 900, bound-in, fold-out map. Index and appendices A-H, and Errata and Corrigenda. Hinges have been repaired. Embossed Boards, Gilt Lettering on Spine. Good condition, but mild ex-library.

This geological survey was ordered by the state legislature to inform the public of the state's mineral resources. There are chapters that describe the geology in general terms, and then sections for individual minerals, such as Potsdam sandstone, magnesian limestone, fossiliferous limestone, Hudson River slate, and more. Other sections cover building materials such as limes, cement, and brick, and ores such as iron, zinc, and copper. A chapter on manufacturers' materials includes clay, sand, fossil fuels, water, and more, and closes with a chapter on soil. (12161)   $195.00
Indiana Limestone Handbook
Indiana Limestone Institute of America, Bedford, IN
[Masonry]. Indiana Limestone Institute of America. Indiana Limestone Handbook. Bedford, IN: Indiana Limestone Institute of America, 1989. 18th edition. Octavo, pp. 128, indexed, glossary, illustrated in b/w & color photos & line drawings. Signed by a previous owner inside front cover. Perfect Bound with Three-Ring Binder Holes. Near Fine.

This book covers the topic of Indiana limestone thoroughly. The general information section covers history, physical properties, performance, chemical analysis, and more. There are other sections that cover recommended standards and practices, product use, specifications, cleaning and maintenance. Many case histories are studied, including Dallas Museum of Art, Simmons-Gill House in Chicago, Lehman Pavilion in NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Procter and Gamble Headquarters in Cincinnati. (8173)   $35.00
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Victorian Interior Decoration: American Interiors, 1830-1900
Winkler, Gail Caskey and Roger W. Moss
[Furniture]. Winkler, Gail Caskey and Roger W. Moss. Victorian Interior Decoration: American Interiors, 1830-1900 How the Victorians decorated walls, ceilings, woodwork, floors, and windows - complete with original color schemes. New York: Henry Holt & Co, 1986. Fourth printing. Quarto, pp. x, 257, indexed, glossary, bibliography, illustrated with b/w and color photographs. Original Red Cloth. Near Fine in Fine DJ.

This authoritative look at the way American Victorian houses were decorated during the 19th century will show you how your Victorian house got the way it is, as well as how you can make it look the way it once did. This book draws upon the same sources that the original homeowners used: the 19th century critics and architects who created the design standards of the Victorian era. All the essential elements of interior design are covered: floors and floor coverings, ceilings, woodwork, window treatments and draperies, paints, walls, and wallpapers. From the Old House Journal reference library. (20470)   $15.00
American Furniture of the 18th Century
Greene, Jeffrey P.
[Furniture]. Greene, Jeffrey P. American Furniture of the 18th Century History, Technique, Structure. Newtown, CT: The Taunton Press, 1996. First edition. Quarto, pp. 311, indexed, illustrated with exploded drawings, and b/w and color photographs. Cloth over Boards. Near Fine in Near Fine DJ.

Prized for its historical and artistic value, American furniture of the 18th century is considered a benchmark in design and craftsmanship. This book takes a comprehensive look at the period, bringing together historical and woodworking information. It is an essential reference for anyone with an interest in 18th-century furniture. From the Old House Journal reference library. (20468)   $15.00
Stone in Building: Its Use and Potential Today
Ashurst, John and Francis G. Dimes
[Stone]. Ashurst, John and Francis G. Dimes. Stone in Building: Its Use and Potential Today. London: The Architectural Press Ltd, 1977. First edition. Tall thin quarto, pp 105, illustrated with b/w photographs. Ex-library. Hardcover. Good minus dust jacket; some sun fading.

This book puts information about construction methods in the context of current research into the qualities of stone, and provides concise yet comprehensive guidance to the use of what is one of the most environmentally sympathetic of all building materials. (18808)   $35.00
Jon Brooks: A Collaboration with Nature
Spahr, P. Andrew
[Art]. Spahr, P. Andrew. Jon Brooks: A Collaboration with Nature. Manchester, NH: Currier Museum of Art, 2011. First edition. Quarto, pp. 56, illustrated with color photographs. Color Pictorial Wraps. New.

Jon Brooks is firmly rooted in his native state of New Hampshire. He took his first art classes at the Currier Museum Art Center as a boy. While studying at Rochester Institute of Technology, he displayed a grasp of the three-dimensional form, and his most interesting artwork is in the sculptural furniture category. He often arrives at form from the conformation of found tree limbs, stumps, and logs, whose shape suggest certain functions. This book accompanied the exhibition at the Currier Museum of Art in 2011. (20366)   $5.00
Hicks' Builders' Guide
Hicks, I.P.
[Carpentry]. Hicks, I.P. Hicks' Builders' Guide Comprising an Easy, Practical System of Estimating Material and Labor for Carpenters, Contractors and Builders. a Comprehensive Guide to Those Engaged in the Various Branches of the Building Trades. New York: David Williams, 1893 (1911). Later printing. 12mo (5" x 7"), pp. 166, indexed, illustrated w/ b/w drawings. Cloth over Boards, gilt lettering. Good.

This title enjoyed a large and sustained popularity in its day. The 1911 edition presented a number of necessary revisions and changes, with particular attention to estimating labor and materials. (15688)   $40.00
Progressive Carpentry
Meloy, D.H.
[Carpentry]. Meloy, D.H. Progressive Carpentry Fifty Years Experience in Building. (During which time all methods of construction have been thoroughly studied.) Many Valuable Improvements Made which are clearly set forth and fully explained in this work, together with A System of Framing Roofs by which every stick can be fitted perfectly without making extra drawings to obtain cuts, bevels, etc., for the work. New York: David Williams, 1900. First edition (copyrighted 1890). Octavo, pp. 89, illustrated w/ b/w diagrams and drawings. Cloth over Boards. Good: ex-library markings, backstrip starting to split, cover soiling.

The author developed a new system of constructive carpentry using a plumb and level line system, by which all bevels and cuts can be obtained for any form of frame work, without the necessity of making extra drawings for that purpose, as required in other methods. The chapters are titled by a type of frame work described in that chapter, such as laying out jack rafters, finding the length of hip rafters, laying out side bevels for two pitches, and much more. Each chapter is illustrated with b/w drawings that illuminate the process. (7387)   $75.00
Tinners' and Roofers' Supplies Catalog No. 10
Berger Brothers Company, Philadelphia, PA
[Metal]. Berger Brothers Company. Tinners' and Roofers' Supplies Catalog No. 10. Philadelphia: Berger Brothers Company, 1924. First printing. 12 mo (3 3/4 X 5 3/4), pp. 209, indexed, richly illustrated. Staplebound Wraps. Good; front hinge detached.

A lovely little trade catalog. As with most tinner supply trade pieces, very uncommon. It includes steel skylights, "wrought star ears", gas furnaces, and ornate register designs. Chock full of information for the preservationist and building restorer. (1705)   $50.00
Petersen's Guide to Architectural Photography
Lahue, Kalton, Joseph Bailey et al. [Editors]
[Photography]. Lahue, Kalton, Joseph Bailey et al. [Editors]. Petersen's Guide to Architectural Photography. Los Angeles: Petersen Publishing Co., 1973. First printing. Octavo, pp. 80, illustrated in b/w, covers exteriors, interiors, specific shots, the view camera, processing, and the business. Original Wraps. Very Good.

Architectural photography must be approached with specialized equipment and a highly selective and specialized way of seeing and working. Modern 35mm cameras can be used to create striking impressions of modern architecture. Special lenses can be used to deliberately distort visual perspective, and selective angles can be used to create impressionistic photographs. This volume is not only devoted to an understanding of basic architectural photography, but to an understanding of the view camera and how it relates to this highly complex, exciting and rewarding field of photographic investigation. (2260)   $20.00
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