Steven Schuyler Bookseller
Selected Titles for November 2018
Welcome to the November newsletter! This is a little longer than usual, with something for everyone. We had a great time at Preservation Trade Network's annual event in Frederick, Maryland this month. In the photo at left, you can see the view of the keynote speaker, Gerard Lynch, from our booth at the show; in the photo on the right, Gerard (aka Dr. Brick) is signing a book for Natalie Henshaw, a friend of ours.
This show brought back happy memories of several years ago, when I drove to the show with preservation pioneer Clem Labine as my wing man. Here we are outside a Greek diner in Frederick with "Old Blue," my first book van.
On a sadder note, we heard that Tom McGrath, superintendent of the Historic Preservation Training Center where we held the Frederick meeting and a founder of PTN, passed away this week. Tom was a pioneer in public preservation, a good friend of our shop, and he will be missed by many.
This is a sad reminder of how important friends and family are, and we wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving feast.
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le of Contents
From the Old House Journal library
Construction Methods & Materials
Concrete and Cement
Metal and Hardware
Brick, Stone, and Terrazzo
Paints and Finishes
Americke Domecky (American Houses)
[Pattern Book]. Zenaty, Berty. Americke Domecky (American Houses). Czechoslovakia: Fr. Borovy, 1931. First edition. Octavo, pp. 169, b/w illustrations and photographs. Chapters include: The Self-Sufficient House, The American Residence, American Furniture, Some Curiosities of American Buildings, The American Window, Single-Story Houses, Five-Room Two=Story Houses, Larger Single-Family Houses, Duplexes, Cottages, and Choosing a Parcel of Land. Original Cloth. Very good.
A former Czech Legionnaire soldier captured in Russia, Zenaty emigrated to America where he gained citizenship and wrote Zeme Pruhu a Hvezd (The Land of Stars and Stripes). Fascinated by this book, the owner of the Bata shoe empire, Tomas Bata, invited Zenati back across the ocean to Zlin to work as a public relations writer and architect on model designs for the residential colony for Bata workers. A novelty in the Czechoslovak modernist landscape, these detached single-family brick houses, strongly influenced by American residential designs of the 1920s, were intended as models of practicality, efficiency and hygiene and still stand as a monument to the convergence of European and American modernist housing aesthetics.
Cover design by Karel Teige, an interesting choice for book designer since Teige, perhaps the most influential theoretical proponent for functionalist architecture in Czechoslovakia at the time, had since the late 1920s pushed for Soviet-styled apartment buildings with minimum dwellings and shared facilities. A scarce and exotic piece of Americana. (19066) $150.00
[Architecture]. Gosset, Alphonse. Les Coupoles D'Orient et D'Occident (The Cupolas of East and West) Etude historique, theorique et pratique (historical, theoretical and practical study). Paris: A. Levy, 1889. First edition. Folio (14" x 11"), pp. 284, illustrated with many b/w drawings and 25 magnificent plates. Text in French. Pages and plates are clean aside from a few occasional library stamps. Half Leather, with significant rubbing and chipping along leather portions. Good; portion of backstrip missing; hinges cracking, though interior text block is sound.
Les Coupoles D'Orient et D'Occident
(The Cupolas of East and West)
Exceedingly rare in the 1889 edition; no copies exist in any US library! The closest one is in Canada, and several are in illustrious collections like the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris. The earliest treatise on cupolas (ie, domes) that we've ever encountered. The author was a noted architect who built many mansions and castles, including the mansion of the Boulevard du Temple in Reims, the Neuflize castle at Neuflize, the Dauphinot villa in Cormontreuil, the Henri-Louis Walbaum mansion in Reims, and the mansion of Raoul de Bary in Reims. (19036) $450.00
[Architectural Drawing]. Iselin, William O'D. Cours de Stereotomie par Monsieur Louis Masson Professeur (Course in Stereotomy by Professor Louis Masson) Student of Mr. Laloux. 1912. Oblong Folio (18"x12"), pp. 22. Original black ink drawings with color accents. French. Original Cloth over Boards; taped spine. Very Good.
Cours de Stereotomie par Monsieur Louis Masson Professeur (Course in Stereotomy by Professor Louis Masson)
Iselin, William O'D.
Stereotomy is the art and science of cutting three dimensional solids into particular shapes. Typically this involves materials such as metal, stone or wood which is cut to be assembled into complex structures, like an arch or a gate. Victor Laloux was a French Beaux-Arts architect and teacher. This appears to be a student's drawings from a stereotomy class, and they are beautifully rendered. The student signed the title page and each page has been stamped with a 1912 date. The book has three sections: one on wood, one on iron, and one on stone. The wood section shows various joint constructions and a page on flooring. The iron section shows roof struts and other assemblages. The stone section shows a skewed door built on a slope, and several other intricate stone projects. We've never seen such a beautiful student portfolio before. Very scarce. (19019) $75.00
[Transportation]. General American Transportation Corporation. Services and Products. Chicago, IL: General American Transportation Corporation, 1954. First edition. Oblong Quarto, pp. 47. Illustrated with b/w photos, with CEO's business card adhered to front end paper. Cloth over Boards. Fine in Very Good original slipcase.
Services and Products
General American Transportation Corporation, Chicago, IL
General American Transportation Corporation was founded in 1898. In 1954, when this promotional picture book was published, they were designers, builders and operators of railroad freight cars, fabricators and welders of all types of metals and alloys. They manufactured process equipment and screw fastening devices, molded plastics, made chemical nickel platers and operated public tank storage terminals. This book offered a view of how General American's services worked together, and included many photos of their buildings and products. (19020) $25.00
[Ephemera]. Huttig Sash & Door Co. Hutting Sash & Door Company Wall Calendar for 1925. St. Louis, MO: Huttig Sash & Door Co., 1932. Original edition. 17.5" x 23.5", 12 two-sided pages with color illustrations on one side and b/w drawings and photos on the other side. Calendar. Good; tears to page edges; has been stored rolled up.
Hutting Sash & Door Company Wall Calendar for 1925
Huttig Sash & Door Co., St. Louis, MO
A beautiful 1920s advertising calendar with gorgeous color illustrations of homes and buildings in seasonal settings. The back of each calendar page features a different building topic: Bringing the Old Home Up to Date, Low-Cost Small Modern Homes, Popular Medium-Priced Homes, Good Building Designs, and more. There's something for everyone in this beautiful trade piece! Very scarce. (19021) $95.00
[Building Technology]. Schofield, R. J. "and other specialists". The Home Mechanic and Complete Self-Instructor in Carpentry, Painting, Horse-Shoeing, Soap Making, Candy Making, Baking, Taxidermy, Tanning, &c. New York: Excelsior Publishing House, 1897. First edition. Octavo, pp. 885, b/w illustrations. Cloth over Boards. Good; splitting at backstrip, spots on cover but interior clean and attractive.
The Home Mechanic and Complete Self-Instructor
Schofield, R. J. "and other specialists"
This is a title we haven't had before. Chapters on practical carpentry, painting, furniture and cabinet finishing, horse shoeing, diseases of the horses foot, soap making and washing fluids, candy making, baking, taxidermy, tanning, and more. A thorough treatise on the many talents a do-it-yourselfer had to have in the 19th century. (19045) $110.00
|From the Old House Journal library
[Interiors]. Bond, A. Curtis (Editor). The Decorator and Furnisher: Lot of 8 magazines. New York: E. W. Bullinger, 1883-1884. Original printing. Folio (11" x 16.5"), each issue about 72 pages. Enclosed in a custom box. Includes the following issues from 1883: May, April, July, October, November, December; and 1884: February, March. Many engraved illustrations and period advertisements. Threadbound wraps. Good; cover attachments are fragile but intact.
The Decorator and Furnisher: Lot of 8 magazines
Bond, A. Curtis (Editor)
This beautiful monthly magazine was dedicated to aspects of interior decoration. A random sampling of articles in these eight issues include: Arms and Armory in Decoration; French House Furnishing; Wood Carving; Eastern Rugs and Carpets; Decorative Art in London; and Studies in Furniture Design. Many beautiful illustrations to accompany these interesting articles. Very scarce; we've never had a copy of this magazine before. From the Old House Journal library. (19069) $150.00
[Linoleum]. McElroy, Margaret. Color and Charm in Home Interiors Practical suggestions for decorating the main rooms of the house, featuring the complete color schemes, furniture, and floors done in the spirit of today. Kearny, NJ: Congoleum-Nairn Inc., 1930. First edition. Quarto, pp. 32, color illustrations of home interiors and linoleum floor patterns. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.
Color and Charm in Home Interiors
Published by a linoleum dealer, this interior design book focuses on the flooring, stating "there should be enough pattern to complement the other furnishings, and sufficient color to supplement the tones of walls, furniture and textiles." Certainly linoleum offered many opportunities for decorative effects, and the illustrations show some colorful examples. A beautiful window into the 1930s aesthetic of interior design. From the library of Old House Journal. (19038) $75.00
[Photography]. Naversen, Kenneth. Beautiful America's California Victorians. Woodburn, OR: Beautiful America Publishing Company, 1998. First edition. Oblong quarto, pp. 80. Illustrated with color photographs. Paperback. As New.
Beautiful America's California Victorians
Kenneth Naversen takes the effective 8 1/2" x 11" format and crams it full of outstanding photographs (over 100) and a comprehensive text of the most prolific area of Victorian Homes -- California. Let this undisputed authority of Victorian architecture take you on a guided tour through this Victorian textbook. Whether you are an expert, an architect, a student or just a lover of Victorians you will enjoy this publication. Complete with an area guide, a select bibliography, dates and details, this book is a must! From the library of Old House Journal. (19070) $20.00
[Architectural History]. Polyzoides, Stefanos; Sherwood, Roger; Tice, James. Courtyard Housing in Los Angeles A Typological Analysis. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1992. Second edition. Quarto, pp. 216, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Paperback. As New.
Courtyard Housing in Los Angeles
Polyzoides, Stefanos; Sherwood, Roger; Tice, James
This book documents the historical, technical and cultural forces that shaped the development of this distinctive West Coast building type. The authors's in-depth research and analysis is enhanced by the inclusion of numerous plans and technical drawings. Julius Shulman's sensuous black-and-white photographs document the range of courtyard styles-from simple bungalow-style dwellings to more ornate buildings combining Italian, Spanish, and North African influences. From the library of Old House Journal. (19071) $30.00
[Conservation]. Sloan, Julie L. Conservation of Stained Glass in America: A Manual for Studios and Caretakers. Wilmington, DE: Art In Architecture Press, 1995. First edition. ISBN: 9781884966019. Quarto, pp. 225, vii (bibliography), vi (index); b/w illustrations and photographs. Paperback. Near Fine in Wraps.
Conservation of Stained Glass in America: A Manual for Studios and Caretakers
Sloan, Julie L.
Used as a textbook in glass conservation and restoration courses, it's also the standard text on the subject for serious glass artists, craftspeople, and for those who are responsible for glass in public and private buildings throughout the United States. From the Old House Journal library. (19063) $30.00
[Arts & Crafts Style]. Hamerton, Ian. W. A. S. Benson: Arts and Crafts Luminary and Pioneer of Modern Design. Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club Ltd., 2005. First edition. Quarto, pp. 303, indexed, with many b/w and color photographs. Letter from the publisher laid in. Original Gray Cloth. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
W. A. S. Benson: Arts and Crafts Luminary and Pioneer of Modern Design
This is the first work devoted to the life and work of the designer and architect William Arthur Smith Benson (1854-1924). Renowned for imaginative and practical metal work designs, W. A. S. Benson is best known for his daring and innovative work in the sphere of electrical lighting. From the library of Old House Journal. (19062) $25.00
[Architecture]. Treib, Marc (editor). An Everyday Modernism: The Houses of William Wurster The Architectural Photographs of Jack E. Boucher. San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1995. First edition. Quarto, pp. 252, bibliography, index. Cloth over Boards. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
An Everyday Modernism: The Houses of William Wurster
Treib, Marc (editor)
Over fifty of Wurster's projects are featured here, with photographs, drawings, and plans, along with numerous projects by his contemporaries. Essays by distinguished architectural historians and critics - several of whom knew or worked with Wurster - provide insights into his personal as well as professional life. Abundantly illustrated, this first large-scale examination of William Wurster's architectural enterprise offers a full appreciation of the man and his work. From the library of Old House Journal. (19044) $35.00
[Architecture]. Boucher, Jack E. A Record in Detail The Architectural Photographs of Jack E. Boucher. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1988. First edition. Quarto, pp. 104. Original Black Cloth. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
A Record in Detail
Boucher, Jack E.
A careful selection of Jack Boucher's photographs. Boucher was the primary photographer for the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) for nearly 50 years. From the library of Old House Journal. (19042) $25.00
[Building Trades]. Nash, George. Old Houses A Rebuilder's Manual. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall Press, 1980. Fifth edition. Quarto, pp. 366. Indexed, bibliography, illustrated with numerous b/w photos and drawings. Glossy Pictorial Wraps. Very Good.
Old Houses: A Rebuilder's Manual
Designed as a practical road map of home repairs, this helpful guide shows you how to recover and preserve the spirit of an old dwelling while making structural and cosmetic repairs to suit your individual needs. Covering everything from floors, walls and windows to basic heating and electrical system, this book provides scores of practical tips for turning a ramshackle dwelling into a haven of comfortable living. From the library of Old House Journal. (19043) $25.00
[Photography]. Lowe, Jet. Industrial Eye Photographs by Jet Lowe from the Historic American Engineering Record. Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1986. First edition. Quarto, pp. 130 Original Beige Cloth. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
Jet Lowe is a government photographer, who specializes in documenting machinery in old factories that are about to be torn down. He photographs with a large format view camera, and goes far beyond the requirements of simple documentation--his photos are monumental and imbued with the sadness of obsolescence. From the library of Old House Journal. (19041) $30.00
[American Road]. MacKenzie, Maxwell. American Ruins Ghosts on the Landscape. Afton, MN: Afton Historical Society Press, 2001. First edition. Oblong quarto, pp. 79. Original Black Cloth. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
This is the book for people who don't think they like landscape photography. The author takes you through a voyage of abandoned farms, schools and other buildings in the middle of the nowhere lands of midwestern America. The panoramic views make the landscapes appear as though they are suspended in time, spectacular in their settings, and the photos are paired with quotes that complement the views. From the library of Old House Journal. (19040) $25.00
[Architecture]. Nicholson, Peter. The Student's Instructor in Drawing and Working the Five Orders of Architecture Fully explaining the best methods for striking regular and quirked mouldings; for diminishing and glueing of columns and capitals; for finding the true diameter of an order to any given height; for striking the ionic volute, circular or elliptical; with finished examples, on a large scale, of the orders, their planceers, &c. and some designs for door-cases, elegantly engraved on forty-one plates, with explanations. London: J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library, 1815. Fourth edition, considerably augmented and improved. Octavo, pp. vii, 39, with 41 beautiful plates in addition to the counted pages. Half leather with marbled paper. Near fine.
The Student's Instructor in Drawing and Working the Five Orders of Architecture
As with most of Nicholson's titles, very well written and illustrated and with great influence on the American architecture and building trades/professions.This book is in remarkable condition for its age. (19046) $250. 00
[Architectural History]. Porter, Arthur Kingsley. Lombard Architecture Volumes I-IV: Complete. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1915-1917. First edition. Volume I: Quarto, pp. xxxvii, 483, bibliography. Volume II: Quarto, pp. 675. Volume III: Quarto, pp. 611, indexed. Volume IV: Folio, pp. 20 plus 244 b/w drawing and photographic plates. Cloth over Boards. Very good; plate volume as new.
Lombard Architecture Volumes I-IV: Complete
Porter, Arthur Kingsley
The term Lombard architecture refers to the architecture of the Kingdom of the Lombards in Italy, which lasted from 568 to 774 and which was commissioned by the Lombard kings and dukes. Porter was an American art historian and medievalist. His study of Lombard architecture was the first in its class. Volume I is dedicated to structure and ornament. Volumes II and III focus on monuments. The plate volume IV contains larger plates reproducing some six hundred or more photographs completely illustrative of the subject, and many of them taken by the author. An exceptional set of this important contribution to the study of Lombard architecture. (19074) $475.00
[Architectural History]. Brandon, Raphael and J. Arthur. The Open Timber Roofs of the Middle Ages Illustrated by perspective and working drawings of some of the best varieties of church roofs; with descriptive letter-press. London: David Bogue, 1849. First edition. Quarto, pp. iv, 32 plus 19 b/w and color plates. Embossed cloth over boards; gilt lettering. Good; some cosmetic cover damage; front hinge partially detached.
The Open Timber Roofs of the Middle Ages
Brandon, Raphael and J. Arthur
A well-illustrated and documented history of open timber roofs in the ancient churches of the Middle Ages, ordered into four divisions: tie-beam roofs, trussed rafter roofs, hammer-beam roofs, and collar-braced roofs. (19073) $195.00
[American]. Wheeler, Gervase. Homes for the People in Suburb and Country; The Villa, the Mansion, and the Cottage adapted to American climate and wants with examples showing how to alter and remodel old buildings. New York: Charles Scribner, 1855. First edition (third thousand). 12 mo (5 1/2 X 8), pp. x, 443, illustrated w/drawings, frontspiece, Hitchcock 1367. Signed by original owner on front endpaper. Original Brown Embossed Cloth. Fair, cover worn on edges, missing page 265, backstrip torn.
Homes for the People in Suburb and Country
One of the earliest books to describe balloon framing. The author emigrated to America from England in the 1840s and became one of the originators of the Stick style. Attractive plates. (2285) $95.00
[Architectural History]. Edwards, A. Trystan. The Architecture of Shops. London: Chapman & Hall Ltd., 1933. First edition. Quarto, pp. viii, 78, plus 84 half tone plates of store exterior and interior features. Cloth over Boards. Very good in Very good dust jacket.
The Architecture of Shops
Edwards, A. Trystan
This is a delight for anyone interested in shop architecture and design, from the street where it is located to the lighting and display of merchandise. There's a chapter on the shop of the future; while he didn't predict online shopping, he did have some sage observations for how cities should design their commercial districts. Highly recommended; the photographs in the plate section are delightful. (19037) $110.00
[Architectural History]. Thornton, Rosemary and Wolicki, Dale Patrick . Montgomery Ward's Mail-Order Homes (signed by the author) A History and Field Guide to Wardway Homes. Norfolk, VA: Gentle Beam Publications, 2010. First edition. Quarto, pp. 326. Bibliography. Richly illustrated with b/w photos and reproduced catalog pages. Pictorial Wraps. As New.
Montgomery Ward's Mail-Order Homes (signed by the author)
Thornton, Rosemary and Wolicki, Dale Patrick
A fascinating look at Montgomery Ward's collection of kit homes, ordered by catalog and shipped by rail throughout the U.S. A valuable research tool, a helpful visual resource for identifying these homes, and a readable introduction to one of the most popular kit homes in America (12190) $35.00
[Architecture]. Nicholson, Peter. The Guide to Railway Masonry, containing a Complete Treatise on the Oblique Arch In four parts. Part I, containing all the practical geometry requisite in the construction of arches in general. Part II, the first principles of descriptive geometry applied to the theory of oblique arches; with practical illustrations. Part III, the principles of calculation on the various lines, angles and parts of oblique arches. Part IV, practical construction of the oblique arch with spiral joints. With an appendix. London: E. & F. N. Spon, 1860. Third edition. Octavo, pp. 10, lxviii, 57, appendix, with 42 plates in addition to the counted pages. Signed by the original owner in 1865 on the title page. Embossed cloth over boards. Good; backstrip splitting; some internal foxing.
The Guide to Railway Masonry, containing a Complete Treatise on the Oblique Arch
As with most of Nicholson's titles, very well written and illustrated and with great influence on the American architecture and building trades/professions. (19057) $175.00
[Kit homes]. Harnischfeger Corporation. Pre-Fab in Pictures. Milwaukee, WI: Harnischfeger Corporation, 1937. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 20. B/w photographs throughout. Staplebound Wraps. Very good in Wraps.
Pre-Fab in Pictures
Harnischfeger Corporation, Milwaukee, WI
Harnischfeger Corporation had the world's largest plant devoted to engineered and pre-fabricated structural house units in 1937. This brochure brought the observer into the plant to see welding, chemical treatments, painting, drying, assembly, insulation, enamel baking, foundation construction, erection, and more. A rare opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes in prefab construction. (19079) $75.00
[Architectural History]. Kawneer. Kawneer Store Fronts. Niles, MI: The Kawneer Company, nd c. 1940. First edition. Quarto, pp. 10, illustrated w/ b/w photographs and drawings. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.
Kawneer Store Fronts
The Kawneer Company, Niles, MI
This advertising pamphlet made a persuasive argument for the resiliency of Kawneer glass-holding construction: an explosion in Halifax in 1918, and the Los Angeles earthquake of 1933. In both cases, stores with Kawneer construction suffered no damage while adjoining stores suffered severe losses due to glass breakage. Details of construction are illustrated and described, including store fronts, transoms and awnings, and mouldings and grilles. Attractive and scarce; we've never seen this one before. (19080) $60.00
[Architectural History]. Smith, Laurie. The Geometrical Design of Saint David's Cathedral Nave Ceiling: A Geometer's Perspective. Exeter, UK: Historic Building Geometry, 2017. Limited Edition. Quarto, pp. 31. Illustrated with color and b/w photos and drawings. Decorated Boards. New.
The Geometrical Design of Saint David's Cathedral Nave Ceiling: A Geometer's Perspective
There are two recent books that focus on the remarkable timber framed ceiling of Saint David's Cathedral nave. This book is the author's response to the stimulus of those books. As an analysis and reconstruction of how the design of the ceiling might have evolved under the master carpenter's geometrical guidance, this book adds a further dimension to our understanding of this carpentry masterpiece. (19097) $45.00
The Radford Architectural Company, Chicago, IL
Radford's Artistic Bungalows
[Pattern Book]. The Radford Architectural Company. Radford's Artistic Bungalows Unique Collection of 208 Designs. Chicago: The Radford Architectural Company, 1908. First edition. Octavo, pp. 221, indexed, illustrated with drawings & floor plans plus 3pp advertisements, contains 6-page essay promoting the bungalow design and explaining company policies followed by more than 200 designs . Original Decorated Cloth. Very good.
The beautiful cover is only the beginning! This book has original designs for all who loved the inviting appearance of a bungalow, and who wanted a practical, attractive home of modest cost. Homes for small and large families are included. (19035) $95.00
Cleaveland, Henry W.; and William and Samuel D. Backus
Village and Farm Cottages
[Pattern Book]. Cleaveland, Henry W.; and William and Samuel D. Backus. Village and Farm Cottages: The Requirements of American Village Homes Considered and Suggested; With Designs for Such Houses of Moderate Cost. New York: Appleton, 1856. First edition. Octavo, pp. 189, richly illustrated w/ 100 b/w engravings. Brown patterned cloth over boards, Gilt Lettering. Very Good, binding cracking at one central signature, but generally solid text block. Light edgewear at bottom of spine, 3/8" chip to top of spine.Very light soiling and stain to upper backstrip, yet a very attractive copy.
The authors' goal was to provide a person of limited means with a plan for a small house, in which "strict economy shall be combined with comfort, good looks, and substantial value." The engravings are detailed and attractive. A wonderful example of an early plan book. (10102) $150.00
Carr Ryder & Adams Co., Dubuque, IA
[Pattern Book]. Carr Ryder & Adams Co. Homes of Comfort. Dubuque, IA: Carr Ryder & Adams Co., nd ca 1930. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 64, illustrated with floor plans, and b/w drawings of home exteriors and interior mill work such as buffets, mantels and kitchen cabinets. Color Pictorial Wraps, maroon with gold lettering. Very Good+.
A nice collection of 30 home plans in a variety of style and sizes, and the period mill work they housed. Attractively illustrated and produced. (19024) $70.00
|Construction Materials & Methods
Disbrow was established in 1856, and manufactured doors, windows, frames, screens, mouldings, stairs, columns, and more. They also distributed window and plate glass, art glass and mirrors, building and roofing papers, composite board, and wall board. The sections of the catalog also include blinds, blocks, brackets, newels, porch work, transoms, and sashes. A comprehensive catalog from this well-respected, long-lived Midwestern company. (19093) $85.00
York County Mouldings from Historic Interiors
Duncan, George W. J.
[Building Materials]. Duncan, George W. J. York County Mouldings from Historic Interiors. Toronto: Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, 2001. First edition; only 1000 copies printed. Folio, pp. 175, illustrated with b/w drawings . Spiral Bound Wraps. As New.
This handbook contains a thoughtful analysis of basic moulding shapes; reviews the production of mouldings through the years; explains the physical structure of a moulding and how it is fastened to the wall; examines the woods and finishes commonly used, and even describes how to properly take a moulding profile. The mouldings featured in the book date between 1820 and 1920. The author surveyed over 100 buildings, resulting in recording more than 350 profiles. One of the most eye-catching features of the drawings is the hand lettering in the titles and labels, something rarely seen in the architectural drawings of today. A significant contribution to the body of knowledge about our early buildings and the treatment of their interiors. (19104) $75.00
[Roofing]. West, Robert C. Thatch: A Manual for Owners, Surveyors, Architects and Builders. London: David & Charles, 1988. First American edition. ISBN: 0715388495. Octavo, pp. 160, indexed, illustrated with b/w photos and drawings. Includes two issues of Thatch, a newsmagazine of Thatching Advisory Service laid in (Winter 1986, octavo pp. 19; and Summer 1987, octavo pp. 24). Original Cloth. As New in Fine DJ.
Thatch: A Manual for Owners, Surveyors, Architects and Builders
West, Robert C.
All practical considerations of owning and working on a thatched roof are covered - how to maintain, how to assess condition and how to effect repairs. Architects and builders will benefit from the information which is becoming increasingly valuable as the thatch makes a comeback today. (19106) $70.00
[Restoration]. Phillips, Morgan W. and Judith E. Selwyn. Epoxies for Wood Repairs in Historic Buildings. Washington, D.C.: Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation, Heritage Conservation & Recreation Service, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 1978. Quarto, pp 67. b/w photographs, construction details and diagrams throughout. With Bibliography and Appendix. Color Pictorial Wraps, light blue. Very Good+.
Epoxies for Wood Repairs in Historic Buildings
Phillips, Morgan W. and Judith E. Selwyn
A technical study of wood conservation and repair with a case study of the Longfellow House on Brattle Street in Cambridge, MA. Structural and safety requirements are discussed as well as material properties. Specific wood framing elements such as rafters, columns, and hand rails are shown in detail. (18123) $75.00
[Building Trades]. Nicholson, Peter. A Practical Treatise on Mensuration for the use of carpenters, builders, and surveyors, and artificers in general; measurement of curved surfaces in particular is clearly explained, by means of their plans, sections, and elevations, accompanied with a scale; being a sequel to the "Carpenter's Guide," by the same author. London: Virtue and Company, 1826. Quarto, pp. 240 plus 25 engraved plates; plate 22 is inverted. Embossed cloth over boards. Good; backstrip splitting; some internal foxing.
A Practical Treatise on Mensuration
As with most of Nicholson's titles, very well written and illustrated and with great influence on the American architecture and building trades/professions. (19072) $195.00
[Reference]. Amory, Cleveland (Introduction). 1902 Edition of the Sears, Roebuck Catalogue. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1969. First edition. Quarto, pp. 1162. Many b/w illustrations. Glossy Pictorial Wraps. Very good.
1902 Edition of the Sears, Roebuck Catalogue
Amory, Cleveland (Introduction)
Everyday life at the turn of the twentieth century is mirrored in a facsimile of a 1902 mail-order catalogue, when a rural economy was still dominant and vast numbers of people were moving westward. (19065) $30.00
[Wood]. Hall, Cyril. Wood and What We Make of It. London: Blackie and Son Limited, nd c. 1920. First edition. Octavo, pp. 287, illustrated with 32 reproductions from photographs and numerous text cuts. Pictorial Cloth over Boards. Very good; spine is sunned with several small tears.
Wood and What We Make of It
A comprehensive documentation from tree to product: examination of how trees make wood, the cultivation and use of trees in Britain and around the world, joinery, tools, cabinet-making, model-boat building, and much more. The wood-working chapters are nicely illustrated. (19068) $60.00
[Carpentry]. Sylvester, W. A. The Modern House-Carpenter's Companion and Builder's Guide being a hand-book for workmen, and a manual of reference for contractors and builders; giving rules for getting the lengths and finding the bevels for rafters for pitch, hip, and valley roofs; the construction of French and Mansard roofs; several forms of trusses, stairs, splayed and circular work, etc.; table of braces, sizes and weights of window sash, and frames for the same; table of board, plank, and scantling measure, etc. also information for the convenience of builders and contractors in making estimates; making the most comprehensive work for the price yet published. Boston, MA: A. Williams and Company, 1882. First edition. 16mo, pp. 114, indexed, includes 35 full page b/w plates. Original owner signed the front endpaper in pencil, and sketched some plans on the back endpaper. Cloth over boards. Good; front hinge is loose, some foxing in the text block.
The Modern House-Carpenter's Companion and Builder's Guide
Sylvester, W. A.
Many workmen in the 19th century carried with them a small memo book, in which they noted down the rules for doing various jobs of work, and items to assist them in estimating. This book was begun in this way: the author adding rules and other information from time to time, till he conceived of the idea of having it published, with additions and illustrations, for the convenience of other workmen like himself. An authentic window into carpentry in the late 19th century. (19075) $95.00
[Building Materials]. General Roofing Manufacturing Company. A Catalog of Certain-teed Products. St. Louis, IL: General Roofing Manufacturing Company, 1916. First edition. Quarto, pp. 36, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs and four paint color chips. A 1917 salesman's letter laid in. Staplebound Wraps. Good; cover is damaged and exposed pages are soiled.
A Catalog of Certain-teed Products
Montgomery Ward & Co., Chicago, IL
Contains products related to roofing and construction: asphalt shingles; wall boards; felts, sheathings and insulating papers; water-proofing and damp-proofing; outdoor paints; black carbon paint; creosote shingle stains, and roof coatings and cements. Very scarce; we've never seen this one before. (19081) $65.00
[Building Materials]. Montgomery Ward & Co. Building Materials. Chicago: Montgomery Ward & Co., 1928. Original edition. Oblong Quarto, 48 pp. Thoroughly illustrated with b/w drawings and photos, fabulous front and back illustrations. Order form and envelope laid in. Staplebound Wraps. Near Fine in Wraps.
Montgomery Ward & Co., Chicago, IL
A scarce Montgomery Ward catalog from the 1920s, featuring a beautiful color cover and numerous illustrations of the full line of Ward's building materials, such as doors, windows, built-in colonnades, interior trim, kitchen cabinets, roofing materials, floor tile, paint, varnish, and more. An important resource for interior renovations of bungalows and cottages of the period. (19027) $80.00
[Stairs]. Hodgson, Fred T. Common Sense Handrailing and Stair Building; and House Plan Supplement w/50 Homes. Chicago: Frederick J. Drake & Co., 1907. Revised. Small octavo, pp. 190, vi (table of contents), glossary. 250+ b/w construction drawings and architectural details throughout. House plan supplement with perspective views and flooor plans of fifty low and medium priced homes bound in. Previous owner's stamp on front end paper. Original dark green cloth w/embossed design. Very good; typical edge and corner wear.
Common Sense Handrailing and Stair Building; and House Plan Supplement w/50 Homes
Hodgson, Fred T.
As with all Radford/Hodgson publications, the definitive work on the subject, invaluable for any tradesman. The house plan supplement is offered by the publisher as a bonus for their valued customers, and includes many designs prized today. (19039) $75.00
[Carpentry]. ICS Staff. ICS #14 -Carpentry, Joinery, Stair, Geometrical Drawing, Architectural Drawing, Estimating and Calculating Quantities, Specifications. Scranton, PA: International Textbook Co., 1904. First edition. Octavo, pp. v. approx. 450 w/many drawings & illustrations throughout. Half-Leather. Very Good+.
ICS #14 -Carpentry, Joinery, Stair, Geometrical Drawing, Architectural Drawing, Estimating and Calculating Quantities, Specifications
As with all of the ICS trades-related titles, good solid professional text, well illustrated and aimed at the tradesman of the early twentieth century. Most apprentices learned their trades from these texts. This is an uncommon title, in uncommonly excellent condition. (19052) $70.00
[Windows]. Brown-Graves Company. BEE GEE Modern Wood Windows A.I.A. File No. 16-L. Akron, OH: Brown-Graves Co., 1953. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 10, b/w photographs and drawings with price list laid in. Pictorial staplebound wraps. Very Good; folded in half.
BEE GEE Modern Wood Windows
Brown-Graves Company, Akron, OH
Residential wood casement and picture windows proportioned for modern construction. Short specifications included. (19029) $35.00
[Building Materials]. Davey, Norman (O.B.E., Ph.D., F.S.A.). A History of Building Materials. London: Phoenix House, 1961. First edition. Small quarto, pp 260, indexed. With frontspiece, 48 pages of b/w plates and 134 illustrations in text. Illustrated appendix of tools. Cloth over Boards, w/Dust Jacket. Very Good in Good DJ.
A History of Building Materials
Davey, Norman (O.B.E., Ph.D., F.S.A.)
A survey of building materials and methods which includes chapters on stone, earth,wood, tiles, terra cotta, cements, plastics, metals, and more. Also covered are techniques such as arches, vaults, domes, flues, and decorative treatments. (19092) $80.00
[Plumbing]. Editorial Staff, International Correspondence Schools. ICS #380, International Library of Technology: Plumbing Tools and Gas Supply Gas Making, Gas Supply and Distribution, Domestic Uses of Gas, Plumbing Tools and Materials, Soldering and Wiping. Scranton, PA: International Textbook Co., 1926. First edition. Octavo, pp. vii, 401, 299 b/w illustrations. Leather spine, cloth over boards. Very Good, cover spotted.
ICS #380, International Library of Technology: Plumbing Tools and Gas Supply
Editorial Staff, International Correspondence Schools
As with all of the ICS trades-related titles, good solid professional text, well illustrated and aimed at the tradesman of the early twentieth century. Most apprentices learned their trades from these texts. Scarce title; this is our first time we've been able to offer it. (19034) $50.00
[Building]. Editorial Staff, International Correspondence Schools. ICS #381, International Library of Technology: Pipe Work and Fixtures Lead Work; Pipe Work; Washing and Drinking Fixtures; Baths and Urinals; Water Closets; House Drains; Soil, Waste and Vent Stacks. Scranton, PA: International Textbook Co., 1927. First edition. Octavo, pp. vii, 405, 375 b/w illustrations of fixtures, tools, plumbers at work, bathroom interiors, floor plans, sections, horse stable, auto garage, etc. Leather spine, cloth over boards. Very Good.
ICS #381, International Library of Technology: Pipe Work and Fixtures
Editorial Staff, International Correspondence Schools
As with all the international textbook technical series for building tradesmen, solid, trustworthy, and practical studies, wonderfully illustrated. A scarce series. Great on learning building infrastructure of the early 20th century. (19033) $50.00
[Building]. Editorial Staff, International Correspondence Schools. ICS #11E, International Library of Technology: Geometry and Mensuration, Electric Wiring and Bellwork, Design of Beams, Design of Columns, Design of Roof Trusses. Scranton, PA: International Textbook Co., 1923. First edition. Octavo, pp. vi, 392, vii, index, b/w illustrations of electrical components and installation, beam and column sections, construction details, joints, trusses, etc. Half-Leather. Very Good.
ICS #11E, International Library of Technology: Geometry and Mensuration, Electric Wiring and Bellwork, Design of Beams, Design of Columns, Design of Roof Trusses
Editorial Staff, International Correspondence Schools
As with all of the ICS trades-related titles, good solid professional text, well illustrated and aimed at the tradesman of the early twentieth century. Most apprentices learned their trades from these texts. (19032) $40.00
[Building as Envelope]. Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization. Clay Masonry Family Fallout Shelters. Washington DC: Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, February 1960. First edition. Quarto, pp 15. b/w photographs and architectural drawings throughout. Staplebound wraps. Very Good; rust at staples.
Clay Masonry Family Fallout Shelters
Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, Washington, DC
At the height of anxiety about the possibility of nuclear war, this booklet provided the public with five plans for basic fallout shelters which could be built in or near the home. Since they could also serve as protective shelters for natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, the public could feel like they were protecting their families against all disasters at modest cost. An interesting relic from the Atomic Age. (19028) $45.00
[Plastering]. Architectural Decorating Company. Catalogue No. 10 Manufacturers of Artistic Relief Ornamentation in Exterior Composition Portland Cement, Interior Plaster Composition Carvings. Chicago, IL: Architectural Decorating Company, 1909. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 229, indexed, many b/w photographs and illustrations. Decorated cloth over boards. Good+; cover is worn and stained but text block clean and bright.
Catalogue No. 10
Architectural Decorating Company, Chicago, IL
This catalogue offered a wide selection of designs from the classic schools to the modern. Column capitals, landscape vases, caps and brackets, mouldings, gable ornaments, circular panels and more, all beautifully photographed. A comprehensive style guide for the time period. (19026) $125.00
[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. Mild ex-library, given to the library in 1936 by the author, who signed the front end papers of each volume. Embossed cloth over boards; gilt lettering. Good; backstrips splitting; one loose plate.
The Modern Plasterer (complete in 2 volumes; signed by the author)
A monumental set on an important building trade! Very comprehensive, written at a time when "the old trade skills" were much more common. A wonderful two volume treatment on the subject. (19023) $130.00
[Masonry]. Dalton, Byron William. Practical Plastering Cement Finishing and Related Subjects. Chicago, IL: Byron William Dalton, 1949. Second edition. Octavo, pp. vii, 408, index, reference tables. Illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings. Presentation copy for a member of the Operative Plasterers' and Cement Finishers' International Association of the United States and Canada, with 1949 letter from the General President bound in. Signed by previous owner in ink on inside cover. Original Wraps. Near Fine in Wraps.
Practical Plastering Cement Finishing and Related Subjects
Dalton, Byron William
A title that was so prized in its day, that each plasterer that joined the professional guild received a copy by the president of the guild! This book was considered important in apprentice training programs, and was referenced by experienced craftsmen who wanted to extend their knowledge of their craft. Very scarce; we've never had a copy before. (19022) $80.00
[Tools]. American Tool & Machine Company. Catalog of Cement Churns, Coating Machines, Doubling Machines and Cloth Measuring Devices for Use of Workers in Rubber Trade. Boston, MA: American Tool & Machine Company, nd c. 1910. First edition. Quarto, pp. 20 indexed, richly illustrated w/ detailed b/w drawings . Staplebound Wraps. Very Good; previous owner marks on cover.
Catalog of Cement Churns, Coating Machines, Doubling Machines and Cloth Measuring Devices for Use of Workers in Rubber Trade
American Tool & Machine Company, Boston, MA
This catalog was designed for those in the rubber working industry, offering cement churns, coating machines, doubling machines, and cloth measuring machines for standard uses, and offered to make custom machines for special requirements. An unusual catalog for an unusual manufacturer. (19030) $35.00
[Concrete & Cement]. Alpha Portland Cement Company. Alpha Cement Plasterer's Manual for applying Portland cement stucco and plaster. Easton, PA: Alpha Portland Cement Co., nd c. 1915. Original edition. Octavo, pp 32. b/w photographs and construction details for stucco on concrete masonry, stucco on brick, stucco overcoating on wood frame, and flashing details. Staplebound Wraps. Near fine; very light edgewear to cover; interior as new.
Alpha Cement Plasterer's Manual
Alpha Portland Cement Company
This book encouraged plasterers to also be artisans, by learning to create beautiful colored and textured effects with stucco. All the basic lessons are here for coloring, mixing, application, finishing, texturing, and painting. Many photos are included to demonstrate the exact techniques described. (19076) $60.00
[Masonry]. Radford, William A. Cement and How to Use It A Working Manual of up-to-date practice in the manufacture and testing of cement; the proportioning, mixing, and depositing of concrete, and its application to all forms of concrete construction. plain and reinforced; with special chapters on concreting tools and machinery, waterproofing, working rules, etc. Chicago: Radford Architectural Company, 1910. First edition. Octavo, pp. 369, indexed, illustrated w/drawings and b/w photographs. Pictorial Boards. Very Good.
Cement and How to Use It
Radford, William A.
Great copy of one of Radford's less common classics! A plain, practical working guide to the selection of cement and aggregates, the principles of proportioning and mixing concrete, and the rules of its intelligent use in various forms of construction. (11847) $75.00
[Masonry]. Smith, Baird M. AIA. Moisture Problems in Historic Masonry Walls Diagnosis and Treatment. Washington, D.C.: US Department of the Interior National Park Service Preservation Assistance Division, nd c. 1981. Original edition. Quarto, pp 48. b/w photographs and construction detail drawings. Staplebound Wraps. Near Fine in Wraps.
Moisture Problems in Historic Masonry Walls
Smith, Baird M. AIA
Moisture is probably the greatest source of damage to historic buildings This publication attempts to present sound technical information for architects, building owners, and property managers responsible for the care and maintenance of historic buildings. (19095) $75.00
[Masonry]. Mack, Robert C. AIA and Askins, James S. The Repointing of Historic Masonry Buildings. Downers Grove, IL: SERMAC, 1979. Original edition. Quarto, pp 22. b/w photographs and construction detail drawings. Previous owner signed the cover. Staplebound Wraps. Near Fine in Wraps.
The Repointing of Historic Masonry Buildings
Mack, Robert C. AIA and Askins, James S.
Repointing is the process of removing deteriorated mortar from a masonry joint and replacing the old mortar with new, sound mortar. This information has been written to assist building owners and their restoration contractors understand the purposes, techniques, and potential problems of repointing historic masonry buildings. (19096) $80.00
J. A. Williams & Co., Pittsburgh, PA
Complete General Catalogue No. 3
[Hardware]. J. A. Williams & Co. Complete General Catalogue No. 3. Pittsburgh, PA: J. A. Williams & Co., nd c. 1920. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 499, tabbed indexed, many b/w illustrations, several color charts for paints and stains. Cloth over boards, gilt lettering. Good+; cover is worn and stained but text block clean and bright.
This company wanted to supply everything you need! Mechanics' tools, door hardware, hinges, dish pans, roofing, silverware, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, stoves, refrigerators, automobile tires, suitcases and trunks, lawn mowers: you name it and they probably carried it. Includes some beautiful paint color charts. From the library of preservationist Michael Lynch. (19017) $250.00
Dunning & Co., Auburn, NY
Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Dunning & Co., Wholesale Hardware
[Hardware]. Dunning & Co. Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Dunning & Co., Wholesale Hardware Iron, Nails and Metals. Auburn, NY: Dunning & Co., 1878. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 336, indexed, many b/w illustrations. Embossed cloth over boards, gilt lettering. Very Good; edgewear to backstrip.
What a handsome and comprehensive volume! All hardware needs were addressed, from the professional builder to the homemaker seeking a hook for her bird cage. The illustrations are unusually large and detailed for a hardware catalog. From the library of preservationist Michael Lynch. (19016) $325.00
Sharon Hardware Manufacturing Company, Sharon, PA
Sharon Hardware Manufacturing Company Catalog No. 16
[Hardware]. Sharon Hardware Manufacturing Company. Sharon Hardware Manufacturing Company Catalog No. 16. Sharon, PA: Sharon Hardware Manufacturing Company, nd c. 1935. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 81, indexed, many b/w illustrations. Spiralbound wraps. Very Good; cover staining but text block clean and bright.
A nicely illustrated 1930s hardware catalog from a company that offered 20 different finishes, and offered to do custom plating finishes to match your sample. They offered everything for residential hardware needs: shutter holders, door hangers, barn and garage door sets, door handles and knobs, hinges, window hardware, hooks, and more. From the library of preservationist Michael Lynch. (19015) $50.00
ICS #177 International Library of Technology: Fireproofing of Buildings, Stair Building, Ornamental Metal Work, Builder's Hardware, Roofing, Sheet-Metal Work, Mill Design
[Building]. ICS Staff. ICS #177 International Library of Technology: Fireproofing of Buildings, Stair Building, Ornamental Metal Work, Builder's Hardware, Roofing, Sheet-Metal Work, Mill Design. Scranton, PA: International Textbook Co., 1909. Original edition. Octavo, pp. approx. 600, indexed, richly illustrated w/ b/w drawings and engravings, fold-out plans and b/w photographs. Cloth over Boards. As New.
Unusually pristine copy! As with all of the ICS trades-related titles, good solid professional text, well illustrated and aimed at the tradesman of the early twentieth century. Most apprentices learned their trades from these texts. Historic photographs and renderings of period ornamental metalwork. (19067) $125.00
The National Association of Sheet Metal Contractors
Standard Practice in Sheet Metal Work
[Metal]. The National Association of Sheet Metal Contractors. Standard Practice in Sheet Metal Work. Pittsburgh, PA: The National Association of Sheet Metal Contractors, 1929. First edition. Quarto, pp. 768, illustrated with hundreds of scaled line drawings. Full Leatherette, embossed cover. As New.
Probably the best title on the subject, as scarce as it is invaluable for the tradesman, here in a pristine copy. A very hard title to find. Very sturdily bound, which is important for its large size. (19105) $300.00
Copper and Brass Research Association
A Real Home: Suggestions to Home Builders
[Building Materials]. Copper and Brass Research Association. A Real Home: Suggestions to Home Builders. New York: Copper and Brass Research Association, 1927. Later printing. Quarto, pp. 48. Well illustrated, glossary of terms. Original decorated wrappers.. Very good in Wraps.
A twenties "infomercial" for the use of copper in home building, but also a great trade piece, giving detailed specifications for copper application(s) in architecture. Very uncommon. (19078) $65.00
|Brick, Stone, and Terrazzo
White House Stone Carving Builders and Restorers
Nelson, Lee H.
[Stone]. Nelson, Lee H. White House Stone Carving Builders and Restorers. Downers Grove, IL: US Department of the Interior National Park Service Preservation Assistance Division, 1992. First edition. Quarto, pp vii, 32. Color and b/w photographs and construction detail drawings. Staplebound Wraps. Near Fine in Wraps.
The White House is the finest eighteenth century stone house in the United States, yet one of the most significant features has been hidden from view throughout the twentieth century. Beneath the many coats of white paint applied over the years are details of the original stone carvers' wonderful craftsmanship. The removal of as many as 40 layers of deteriorated paint has made it much easier today to appreciate the superb workmanship of the eighteenth century carvers. This booklet not only tells the story of the stone masons' achievements, it describes the significant work done during restoration. (19098) $65.00
Brayley, Arthur W.
History of the Granite Industry of New England, Two Volumes
[Stone]. Brayley, Arthur W. History of the Granite Industry of New England, Two Volumes. Boston, MA: National Association of Granite Industries of the United States, 1913. First edition. Small quarto, pp 170 (volume 1) pp 123 (volume 2); both volumes illustrated with full page b/w photographs. Covers embossed with "compliments of the Woodbury Granite Co. Hardwick, Vt." Cloth over Boards. Very good, one small tear at the spine of volume 1.
A thorough examination of New England's use of granite, including famous buildings like Boston's Bunker Hill monument and Minot's Ledge lighthouse. Chapters in volume 1 examine machinery used in quarrying, colonial burial grounds and customs, quarries and their working condtions, and the use of paving blocks. Volume 2 is devoted to historical sketches of every New England granite and monument company, and biographical information about the men who ran these companies. An important work by a noted historian and author. (19094) $195.00
Quarry Owners' National Association
Stone An Illustrated Magazine
[Stone]. Quarry Owners' National Association. Stone An Illustrated Magazine Vol. VIII. December 1893 No. 1. Chicago. IL: D. H. Ranck Publishing Co., 1893. Original edition. Octavo journal, pp 105. b/w illustrations and details. Paperback journal. Good condition.
Stone veneering, waterproofing masonry, how to drill and saw various stones, how the Pallisades Tunnel was drilled: these are just some of the topics in this period magazine. (16171) $55.00
Purchase, William R.
Practical Masonry: A Guide to the Art of Stone Cutting
[Masonry]. Purchase, William R. Practical Masonry: A Guide to the Art of Stone Cutting comprising the construction, setting-out, and working of stairs, circular work, arches, niches, domes, pendentives, vaults, tracery windows, etc. etc. for the use of students, masons, and other workmen. London: Crosby Lockwood and Son, 1896. First edition. Small quarto, pp. vii,125 w/ 64 page publisher's catalogue bound in. Illustrated with 50 b/w lithographic plates, comprising about 400 diagrams. Two bookplates reveal this book has been a presentation copy twice in its lifetime: once in 1898, and once in 1985. Decorated Cloth on Boards, brown. Good, 1.5" tear to backspine, pages clear & bright.
A late 19th century practical guide for stone workers, including traditional techniques for working stairs, circular items, arches, niches, domes, vaults, tracery windows, and other items. Very scarce in this edition. (19077) $130.00
Colonial Marble Company, Cambridge, MA
Marmi Italiani (Italian Marble)
[Marble]. Colonial Marble Company. Marmi Italiani (Italian Marble). Cambridge, MA: Colonial Marble Company, nd c. 1960. Original edition. Oblong octavo, pp. 600, illustrated with 60 color plates of marble samples. Cover is date-stamped 1965, but contents are slightly older (no ZIP codes yet, which came out in 1963). Two-brad bound with original color wraps. Very Good.
This books tempts you with images, not words. There are 60 pages of 60 full page color samples. The only text that appears is the name of the company and the name of the marble color. Enjoy the many variations of this beautiful stone! (19031) $75.00
Lowndes, William B.
ICS 497 - Brickwork, Terra Cotta, and Concrete
[Masonry]. Lowndes, William B. ICS 497 - Brickwork, Terra Cotta, and Concrete Common Brickwork, Architectural Terra Cotta, Face and Ornamental Brickwork, Concrete Construction. Scranton, PA: International Textbook Co., 1928. Second edition. Octavo, pp 206. 247 photographs, renderings and construction details, 8 in color. Decorated end papers. Original Red Cloth. Very Good; spine slightly faded; some spotting on cover; interior like new.
As with all of the ICS trades-related titles, good solid professional text, well illustrated and aimed at the tradesman of the early twentieth century. Most apprentices learned their trades from these texts. Several fine examples of terra cotta facades are shown. (19025) $95.00
National Terra Cotta Society
Architectural Terra Cotta. Standard Construction
[Terra Cotta]. (National Terra Cotta Society). Architectural Terra Cotta. Standard Construction. New York: National Terra Cotta Society, 1914. Folio (10.5X14), 70 numbered plates, indexed. Original brown cloth in very good order, internally sound. Indexed. Draughtsmen's edition with a list of the members of the National Terra Cotta Society (1915) pasted on front end paper. Original Cloth over Boards. Very Good.
With 70 large, scaled drawings of terra cotta in building applications (from windows and columns to gargoyles and domed arches). One of only a handful of early 20th century titles on the subject, and perhaps the best, certainly the most detailed architecturally. A book which we never seem to be able to keep in stock! (19018) $195.00
Terra Cotta in Architecture
[Terra Cotta]. Geer, Walter. Terra Cotta in Architecture. New York: Gazlay Bros, 1891/2018. Reprint by Facsimile Publisher. Octavo, pp. 47. An exceptionally attractive reprint of this exceedingly rare title (we've never seen it in its original edition). Full Leather; gilt lettering, handmade paper end papers; ribbon bookmark. As New.
A history of the use of terra-cotta as a constructive or decorative material in architecture, from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome to the 19th century. A list of New York and East Coast buildings that used architectural terra-cotta was compiled at the end of the book. (19108) $65.00
Ashurst, John and Francis G. Dimes
Stone in Building: Its Use and Potential Today
[Stone]. Ashurst, John and Francis G. Dimes. Stone in Building: Its Use and Potential Today. London: The Architectural Press Ltd, 1977. First edition. ISBN: 0851396070. Tall thin quarto, pp 105, price clipped, illustrated throughout in black and white, previous owner's inscription on front end paper. Hardcover. As New in Dust Jacket.
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. (19107) $55.00
A Practical Painter
The Painter's Manual: Containing the Best Methods and Latest Improvements in the Various Branches of the Art
[Paint]. A Practical Painter. The Painter's Manual: Containing the Best Methods and Latest Improvements in the Various Branches of the Art. New York: Excelsior Publishing House, 1897. Original edition. Octavo, pp. 99-188 plus publisher's ad. Illustrated with b/w in-text drawings. Decorated Cloth-covered Boards. Very Good.
A wonderful vintage trade manual on the painter's art, with information on house painting, sign painting, graining, varnishing, polishing, staining, gilding, glazing, silvering, Grecian oil painting, Chinese painting, Oriental painting, colors and color theory, among others. Plenty of information in a thin volume! (18905) $30.00
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company
The Master Painter's Partner
[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) $225.00
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co.
Paints, Varnishes and Brushes: Their History, Manufacture and Use. Painters, Paperhangers and Glaziers Supplies
[Paint]. Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. Paints, Varnishes and Brushes: Their History, Manufacture and Use. Painters, Paperhangers and Glaziers Supplies. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., 1923. First printing. Quarto, pp. 196, indexed. many b/w illustrations plus dozens of paint color samples. Bibliography. Quite technical, with paint specifications, as well as an overview of the industry, the company, and the trades involved. Original owner signed front endpaper. Cloth over Boards, blue w/gilt design & lettering. Good; 1" gouge to cover; minor soiling.
A large, comprehensive paint trade catalog. Offering paint in many application areas (metal, wood, historic colors, farm machinery, etc) as well as the full complement of related products (brushes to compressors). One of the best paint-related trade pieces we have offered. (19102) $180.00
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co.
Glass ~ Paints, Varnishes and Brushes
[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. Cloth over Boards, brown w/gilt decoration. Very good with minor tears in spine.
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. It's hard to find so much information about this subject in one place! (19103) $145.00