Steven Schuyler Bookseller
Selected Titles for November 2019
Welcome to the November newsletter! Daughter Stephanie got tickets for the family to see Steely Dan in Boston's 1852 Orpheum Theatre, a wonderful performance in Boston's most intimate theatre.
And in honor of the Halloween season, I dipped into the family archive for a shot of daughter Kimberly's costume from yesteryear. Since she posted this snapshot on Facebook, I figured it was safe to share with you all.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the Association for Preservation Technology conference in Miami this month. I will miss seeing all of you, but I wish you a great conference. I'll be spending Thanksgiving with my family here in New England, and I wish you all good food and friends to share it.
This month's offering has some great new trade-related materials, plus some sales items for your browsing pleasure.
Happy browsing! Steven
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From the Old House Journal library
Architecture and History
Construction Methods & Materials
Metal and Hardware
Brick and Stone
Titles on Sale
A New and Compleat System of Architecture Delineated (1749)
[Architectural History]. Halfpenny, William. A New and Compleat System of Architecture Delineated in a variety of plans and elevations of designs for convenient and decorated houses. Together with offices and out-buildings proportioned thereto, and appropriated to the several uses and situations required. As also an estimate of each by the great Square. Prefix'd to these are ten different sorts of piers, with gates of various compositions suitable to the fame; intended for entrances to courts, gardens, &c. As also new architectonic rules for drawing the members, in all kinds and proportions of the orders. And to them are also added a perspective view of the finking pier of Westminster-Bridge, with the two adjoining arches; and a method proposed by trusses &c. to take 3/4 of the weight, or abutment and pressure now on the pier, and discharge it as set forth on the plate. The whole comprised on 47 copper plates, with explanations thereto in common press-work. London: John Brindley, 1749. First edition. Oblong small quarto, pp. 25 plus the copper engraved plates. Four of the 47 plates are missing (plates 7, 8, 9, 11), and two are fold-out size. Pages 6 and 10 have large, closed tears. Full Leather. Good; back cover detached but present, front cover partially detached.
William Halfpenny (active 1723-1755) was an English architect and builder whose main importance lies in his books, which concentrate on the practical information a builder or building designer would need. Halfpenny's books were often the source for design details in 18th-century American houses, including Mount Clare in Baltimore County, Maryland, and the Chase-Lloyd House in Annapolis, Maryland. This book's engravings are beautifully presented and carefully described in the text. A rare opportunity to obtain a first edition of an important 18th-century text; this is the first time we've offered any titles by this influential architect. (19725) $900.00
The Carpenter's New Guide (1805)
[Carpentry]. Nicholson, Peter. The Carpenter's New Guide: Being A Compete Book of Lines for Carpentry and Joinery Treating fully on practical geometry, soffits, brick and plaister Groins, niches of every description, sky-lights, lines for roofs and domes; with a great variety of designs for roofs, trussed girders, floors, domes, bridges, &c; staircases and hand-rails of various constructions; angle bars for shop fronts, &c.; and raking mouldings; with many other things entirely new. The whole founded on true geometrical principles; the theory and practice well explained and fully exemplified on seventy-eight copper-plates, correctly engraved by the author, including some observations and calculations on the strength of timber. London: J. Taylor at the Architectural Library, 1805. Fourth edition. Small quarto, pp. x, 78, plus 4 pages of publisher's advertisements. Some calculations from a previous owner on the front and rear end papers. Full Leather. Good; front cover detached, some foxing.
Peter Nicholson (1765-1844) was a Scottish architect, mathematician and engineer. Largely self-taught, he was apprenticed to a cabinet maker, but abandoned his trade in favor of teaching and writing. This was Nicholson's first book, illustrated with plates he engraved himself. It was notable for containing an original method for the construction of groins and niches of complex, double curved forms. (19727) $225.00
Practical Masonry, Bricklaying, and Plastering (1830)
[Building Trades]. Nicholson, Peter. Practical Masonry, Bricklaying, and Plastering both plain and ornamental; containing a new and complete system of lines for stone-cutting: for the use of workmen; with an ample detail of the theory and practice of constructing arches, domes, groins, niches, stairs, columns, &c, bond, foundations, walls, bridges, tunnels, light-houses, &c. ovens, furnaces, &c. the formation of mortars and cements; including, also, practical treatises on slating, plumbing, glazing, &c. &c. and a full description of the various materials employed in all these arts, illustrated by numerous engravings, by artists of first-rate talent. London: Thomas Kelly, 1830. First edition. Quarto, pp. viii, 232, with over 45 full page plates and b/w illustrations. Four fold-out illustrations, one with a closed tear and complete, one well repaired in the past, and one with half the plate torn away and missing. Signed by original owner in 1830(!) on front endpaper. Title page is partially detached from the book. Full Leather. Very good; light foxing on some plates, lower corner of front cover slightly bent, cover has moderate scrapes and soiling.
What a treasure! We've never had a copy of this before. This book followed Nicholson's popular "Practical Carpentry, Joinery and Cabinet Making," and Nicholson intended cover the other building trades as carefully as his other book had covered wood construction. A wonderfully practical treatise of masonry, stonecutting, bricklaying, plaster, and slate in the first half of the 19th century, here in the scarce first edition. (19714) $275.00
Fifth Annual Catalog and Price List (1891)
Berger Manufacturing Co., Canton, OH
[Metal]. Berger Manufacturing Co. Fifth Annual Catalog and Price List of Berger's Patent Eave Troughs, Hangers, Corrugated and Plain Conductor Pipes, Ridge Cappings, Cornices, Window Caps, Etc., Steel Roofing, Corrugated Iron Siding, Patent Ceilings and Shutters. Canton, OH: The Berger Manufacturing CO., 1891. First printing. Small quarto, pp. 112, indexed, illustrated with b/w engravings, and a beautiful fold-out color plate. Original Wraps. Very Good; cover stained.
A lovely example of product literature from this important manufacturer of sheet metal goods. New to this catalog over the fourth edition are cornices, metallic shingles, and patent ceilings. Also contains gutters, roof ventilators, ornamental roof cresting and finials, window and door caps, steel roofing, corrugated sheet iron, fireproof doors and shutters, sheet metal ceilings, and more. (19711) $275.00
Products of Tompkins-Kiel Marble Company (1911)
Tompkins-Kiel Marble Company, New York, NY
[Building Trades]. Tompkins-Kiel Marble Company. Products of Tompkins-Kiel Marble Company. New York: Tompkins-Kiel Marble Company, 1911. Original edition. Oblong quarto, pp. 175. Full color 6" x 8" marble tile sample on each page. Leatherette, bound w/cloth ties. Good.
An outstanding source of information about the many colors, patterns and qualities of marble. A very scarce and valuable volume. These catalogs were designed to be expanded as new products became available. An extensive record of the marbles and stone available at the time. Their marble and stone products were installed in such buildings as the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, G.A. Applegarth architect; The Seaman's Bank Entrance, Wall Street, New York, B.W. Morris architect; Farmers Loan & Trust Company Banking & Office Building, Fifth Ave. & 41st St., New York, Napoleon Gray Marble and Premier Levanto, Starrett & Van Vleck architects; the Johns-Manville Building, New York, Ludlow & Peabody, Architects; and others. (19724) $395.00
Advance Glass Company, Newark, OH
[Glass]. Advance Glass Company. 83 Glass Samples. Newark, OH: Advance Glass Co., nd post 1922. Original edition. 5" x 6" x 4" leatherette case with Mississippi Glass name on front in gilt letters, with front that tips forward for easier access. Contains 44 1" x 3" samples (one with a corner broken off and missing; two samples don't have labels), and 39 2" x 3" samples (2 cracked and repaired, 2 with no labels), and 3 detached labels. Leatherette on boards case. Very good.
A collection of 83 glass samples - plain and colored, variegated, opal, embossed - shipped in a vintage Mississippi Glass case. The Advance Glass Company has its roots in Utica, Ohio, where it had been Cathedral Glass. After a fire destroyed the building in 1922, the company moved to Newark and changed its name to Advance Glass. The company supplied glass for skylights and cathedral use. Rare! This is the first time we've been able to offer samples from this company. (19729) $195.00
The Modern Plasterer (complete in 2 volumes)
[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, 238. Richly illustrated in color and b/w. Index. The original edition, not a reprint. Front hinge splitting, one plate detached (but present) on volume II. Embossed cloth over boards; gilt lettering. Very good.
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. (19715) $195.00
The New Servant: Electricity in the Home
[Interiors]. Whitton, Mary Ormsbee. The New Servant: Electricity in the Home. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1927. First edition. Octavo, pp. 326, illustrated with b/w drawings. Decorated Cloth over Boards. Very good.
This book documented the new electric household machinery that was issued in the first few decades of the 20th century, and discussed how American women could reorganize their entire system of housework, either on a servantless basis, or adapted so that the domestic employee would find the work more attractive. Chapters include wiring the home, selecting machines, cost and care of machines, home illumination, and some intriguing chapters such as "an hour a week" wash day, and when to cook by current. Certain to be entertaining reading! Very scarce; this is the first copy we've ever offered of this title. (19705) $40.00
|From the Old House Journal library