Selected Titles for November 2020
Here in New England, the seasons can change rather dramatically! I kept the old 1959 T-Bird convertible in storage for most of the year. No car shows, because of widespread viruses. But I took it out for a month this fall, and got a great shot in front of the dog park.

Then less than a week later, my tomatoes were prematurely killed off by 4" of snow. Here's my last day's harvest.

Some recent development on the home front: my two daughters talked me into adopting a cat from one of their cousins. You may remember that several years ago, I lost my bookstore cat Angel to old age.
But now, with bookselling events being cancelled left and right, I'm doing very little traveling, so a cat is a welcome addition to Worldwide Headquarters. Hank, my new buddy, is a 5 year old male black cat, who was dying for some attention. We're getting along fine, and soon he'll be scaring off any trespassers in our basement.

In fact, he's already so comfortable that I'm assigning him the marketing of our popular Cat Ladder book, Arcatecture, which our Dutch distributor was able to resupply in a half dozen copies for the first (and only) edition. They make great holiday gifts, so don't let this last stockpile get away!
And speaking of holidays: the pandemic numbers country wide are getting scary. I'm celebrating Thanksgiving with my two daughters with a FaceTime call. Be safe out there.

This month's offerings are quite interesting, with a lot of new arrivals in many areas. Two repeat offerings to mention, are Arcatecture and David Hayles' Scagliola book.

Happy Thanksgiving and happy browsing,
Steve
New Arrivals
1.
A Treatise on the Decorative Part of Civil Architecture
Chambers, William
[Architectural History]. Chambers, William. A Treatise on the Decorative Part of Civil Architecture with illustrations, notes, and an examination of Grecian architecture. London: Lockwood and Co., 1862. Original edition. Quarto, pp. viii, 336, illustrated with b/w stone engravings. Embossed Cloth over Boards. Very Good; front hinge weak, one illustration detached.

Sir William Chambers (1722-96), architect and furniture designer, wished to further his career in the 1750s by publishing on architecture. He also became the Prince of Wales' architectural tutor, architect to the office of works, then head of the royal works (comptroller and surveyor-general from 1782). Notably, he remodelled Buckingham House (1762-73) and designed Somerset House (1775-96), but Chambers' reputation rests also on his Treatise on Civil Architecture (1759), which he revised and expanded in 1791 as A Treatise on the Decorative Part of Civil Architecture. It is regarded as one of the standard English texts on classical architecture, and remains essential reading. This reissue is of the two-volume edition of 1825, annotated by the architect and writer Joseph Gwilt (1784-1863). Volume 2 focuses on the application of the orders as well as smaller architectural features, including doors, windows, balustrades, chimney-pieces and ceilings. (20133)   $100.00
2.
Rural Architecture, or a series of designs for ornamental cottages
Robinson, P. F. (Peter Frederick)
[Pattern Book]. Robinson, P. F. (Peter Frederick). Rural Architecture a series of designs for ornamental cottages. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1836. Fourth edition, greatly improved. Quarto, pp. iii, with 96 plates drawn on stone and explanatory text between. Quarter Leather. Very Good.

The author was vice president of the Institute of British Architects and author of books on ornamental villas, designs for farm buildings, village architecture, designs for lodges and park entrances, and more. This work went through 42 editions between 1823 and 2016 in English, an attestment to its well-loved classic Victorian design. Each design is shown in four plates, including a front elevation, side elevation, perspective view, and floor plan. Scarce in this edition; this is the first time we've had one for sale. (20104)   $225.00
3.
Alt-Paris [Old Paris]
Hessling, Bruno
[Architecture]. Hessling, Bruno. Alt-Paris [Old Paris] historical buildings in general and in their details; photographic images from nature with illustrated text; Volume 1: Romanesque Gothic Period. Berlin: Egon Hessling, nd c. 1905. First edition. Folio, pp. 4, plus 30 of the original 90 collotype plates. Text in German. Portfolio with Cloth Spine and Boards and Tie. Very Good, but incomplete.

The plates display building exteriors and architectural details. An important study of ancient Paris architecture in the early 20th century. (20113)   $75.00
4.
Quarterly Papers on Architecture, Volumes 1 and 3
Weale, Johan [editor]
[Architecture]. Weale, Johan [editor]. Quarterly Papers on Architecture, Volumes 1 and 3. London: George Woodfall and Son, 1844-1845. Original edition. Quarto, pp. ~500 in each volume, illustrated with b/w and color engravings, some fold out. Full Vellum. Very good; some foxing.

John Weale was an English publisher of popular scientific, architectural, engineering and educational works. Each volume contains many papers individually paginated and bound together, on topics such as architectural study and design, symbolic colors, artistic ecclesiastic decoration, building stone, ancient English Gothic architecture, quality and composition of pigments, glass painting, and English antiquities. The color plates are striking. Very rare; we've never had any of the four volumes before. (20107)   $110.00
5.
Framed Illustration from "Sally, Dick and Jane"
Wiley, Richard
[Children]. Wiley, Richard. Framed Illustration from "Sally, Dick and Jane" New York: Scott, Foresman & Co., 1962. First edition. 22.5" x 25.5". Matted with archival materials and framed under glass. Very Good.

Dick and Jane are the two main characters in a series of children's books created to teach children to read. The characters first appeared in 1930 and continued in subsequent series through 1965. This illustration came from the book "Sally, Dick and Jane," published in 1962, and was part of a teacher's package of illustrations for classroom use. This print has been in the family for two generations now; it's time to move it on to a new generation to appreciate. (20102)   $60.00
6.
Arcatecture - Swiss Cat Ladders (Deluxe Edition)
Schuster, Brigitte
[Ladders]. Schuster, Brigitte. Arcatecture - Swiss Cat Ladders (Deluxe Edition). Basel, Bern, Switzerland: Christoph Merian Verlag, 2019. First edition. Octavo, pp. 320, more than 100 illustrations, mostly in color. Text in English and German. Color Pictorial Wraps. New.

This is a book to bury yourself in, to look and learn. By using impressive photographs, Brigitte Schuster documents cat ladders in Bern. The book also features an essay on the function and richness of these fantastic devices. This lovingly designed book is aimed at people who are curious about ideas of culture and home, cat lovers and cat ladder designers. It shows simple wooden planks and scaffolding-like structures, spiral staircases and zigzag structures. It serves for finding inspiration for personal projects and reflects a world in which cats and people approach each other on their own paths. This special edition is limited to 1100 copies, available exclusively here! (19757)   $55.00
7.
Samuel Yellin Metalworkers: Three Generations
Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, NC
[Metal]. Southern Highland Craft Guild. Samuel Yellin Metalworkers: Three Generations. Asheville, NC: Southern Highland Craft Guild, 1998. First edition. Quarto, pp. 24, illustrated with sepia photographs. Staplebound Wraps. New.

This is the exhibition catalog for a show that took place May-August, 1998, highlighting Yellin's work from 1909-1940, and the lesser-known work from the two latter generations. The contribution of the Yellin women in the survival of the forge after Samuel's death ensured the legacy remained alive and vital. The text includes the family history, and the photos reveal the magnificent scale and detail of the family's work. A gorgeous catalog. (20126)   $65.00
Architecture and History
8.
Masonite Products in a Century of Progress
[The Masonite entry in the Chicago World's Fair, 1933-1934]
Masonite Corporation, Chicago, IL
[Masonry]. Masonite Corporation. Masonite Products in a Century of Progress. Chicago, IL: Masonite Corporation, 1933. First edition. Folded pamphlet, 4.25" x 6.75", folding out to 8.5" x 11". Pamphlet. Very Good.

At the 1933-1934 Chicago World's Fair, the Home and Industrial Arts Group included several buildings and homes, including a Masonite home. The display showcased advances in modern building materials, architecture, and interior designs, and also enjoyed an array of technological innovations such as air conditioning, central heat, and time-saving kitchen appliances. This pamphlet promoted the Masonite home, which sported a flat roof and a radically contemporary design. (20127)   $75.00
9.
What Makes the House Beautiful:
A Collection of Building Details with Measured Drawings
Peabody, Henrietta C. [Editor]
[Architecture]. Peabody, Henrietta C. [Editor]. What Makes the House Beautiful: A Collection of Building Details with Measured Drawings. Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1920. First edition. Quarto, pp. 69. Illustrated with b/w photos and architectural drawings. Decorated Boards. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.

The purpose of this book is to suggest various solutions of problems that are likely to come up for discussion between architect and client in the planning and building of a home, by means of material drawn from a number of sources. Some of the topics covered are the home's entrance, stairways, fireplace, cupboards, closets, pantry, and more. Many of the illustrations were pulled from The House Beautiful magazine. (20117)   $55.00
10.
William Strickland Architect and Engineer 1788-1854
Gilchrist, Agnes Addison
[Architectural Monograph]. Gilchrist, Agnes Addison. William Strickland Architect and Engineer 1788-1854. New York: Da Capo Press, 1969. Second edition. 4to. (2)+xviii+145+(3)pp, photo frontis, 50 photo plates, also (40)pp supplement at end. Publisher’s cloth. Ex-lib. Cloth over Boards. Very Good.

The recognised study of the Philadelphia-based architect William Strickland, widely known for his Greek Revival-style public buildings and for his involvement in canal and railway engineering on the late 1820s. It was first published in 1950 and this 1969 facsimile reprint includes three later articles by the author updating her original text. (10779)   $30.00
11.
Geo. Keller, Architect - signed by the author
Ransom, David F.
[Architecture]. Ransom, David F. Geo. Keller, Architect - signed by the author. Hartford, CT: Stowe-Day Foundation/Hartford Architectural Conservancy, 1978. First edition. Quarto, pp. 218. Indexed, illustrated with b/w photos, color frontis. Signed and dated by the author on title page. Stiff Pictorial Wraps. Very Good; Small stains on wraps, interiors clean and bright.

A biography and survey of the career of George Keller, a Connecticut architect in the Classical style who was particularly known for his monument designs. (15749)   $40.00
12.
John Notman Architect 1810 - 1865
Greiff, Constance M.
[Architectural Monograph]. Greiff, Constance M. John Notman Architect 1810 - 1865. Philadelphia: The Athenaeum, 1979. First edition. Quatro, pp 253, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. Foreword by Roger Moss. Biographical essay. Oversized Paperback. Very Good.

The catalog of an exhibition at the Athenaeum in Philadelphia in 1978-1979. Born in Edinburgh, Notman emigrated early to the US and integrated his British neo-classicism into the American architectural scene. Uncommon title. (83)   $35.00
13.
The Modern Architect
Shaw, Edward
[Victorian]. Shaw, Edward. The Modern Architect every carpenter his own master, embracing plans, elevations, specifications, framing, etc., for private houses, classic dwellings, churches, &c. to which is added the new system of stair-building. Boston, MA: Dayton and Wentworth, 1854. First edition. Quarto, pp. 128 plus 65 engravings. Full Leather with Gilt Illustration and Lettering and Marbled Endpapers. Good; backstrip torn and fragile, but present; some light foxing.

One of the major American architectural authors of the second quarter of the 19th century, Edward Shaw exercised great influence on the architects and builders of his day because his designs embodied a comfortable balance between traditional forms and new ideas, all grounded in sound building principles. This was his final book, and delivers a concise survey of the history and progress of architecture, the characteristics of different styles of architecture, and the arrangement and construction of dwelling-houses and of buildings in general, with specific attention paid to doors, windows, chimney-pieces, stairs and other elements. (20105)   $200.00
14.
The Modern Architect:
A Classic Victorian Stylebook and Carpenter's Manual
Shaw, Edward
[Victorian]. Shaw, Edward. The Modern Architect : A Classic Victorian Stylebook and Carpenter's Manual. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1995. Dover reprint. Octavo, pp. 193, illustrated w/ 200+ plans & drawings, originally published in 1854. Oversized Paperback. As New.

One of the major American architectural authors of the second quarter of the 19th century, Edward Shaw exercised great influence on the architects and builders of his day because his designs embodied a comfortable balance between traditional forms and new ideas, all grounded in sound building principles. This was his final book, and delivers a concise survey of the history and progress of architecture, the characteristics of different styles of architecture, and the arrangement and construction of dwelling-houses and of buildings in general, with specific attention paid to doors, windows, chimney-pieces, stairs and other elements. (2569)   $20.00
Sales Samples
15.
Matico Asphalt Tile Flooring Samples
Mastic Tile Corporation of America, Newburgh, NY
[Flooring]. Mastic Tile Corporation of America. Matico Asphalt Tile Flooring Samples. Newburgh, NY: Mastic Tile Corporation of America, 1956. Original edition. 8.5" x 4.5" x 2.25" full box, filled with 27 4" x 4" floor tile samples. The tiles have color codes and company information printed on the back of each. The box front flips down, with advertising information printed inside the box. Cardboard Box, maroon. Very Good.

A beautiful set of "greaseproof" asphalt tile flooring samples, housed in its original box, representing many attractive color patterns. The samples are in excellent condition. The box has a split on two corners of the lid, but the base is in very good condition. The Good Housekeeping seal of approval is printed on the box lid. A great reference piece for anyone who likes vintage vinyl flooring. (19918)   $85.00
16.
Kentile Asphalt Floor Tile Samples
Kentile, Inc., New York, NY
[Flooring]. Kentile, Inc. Kentile Asphalt Floor Tile Samples. New York: Kentile, Inc., 1959. Original edition. 3.5" x 3.25" x 3.25" full box, filled with 3" x 3" floor tile samples in 24 different colors. The tiles have color and size information printed on the back of each. Cardboard Box, red/yellow. Very Good.

A beautiful set of asphalt tile flooring samples, housed in its original box, representing many attractive color patterns. The samples are in excellent condition. The box is fully intact and in good condition, but does show light use wear and has a small split on the lid as shown. A great reference piece for anyone who likes vintage vinyl flooring. (19889)   $85.00
17.
How to Build with American Plastic Bricks
Elgo Plastics, Inc., Chicago, IL
[Children]. Elgo Plastics, Inc. How to Build with American Plastic Bricks. Chicago, IL: Elgo Plastics, Inc., nd c. 1947. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 16, illustrated with color drawings. Staplebound Wraps. Good; cover detached, edgeworn pages.

A classic toy that predated the Danish LEGO by a full decade, it was popular with both boys and girls. This booklet suggests many different ways to put together the standard kit to create all sorts of different buildings. (20103)   $30.00
18.
9 Glass Samples in a Solid Wood Case
Mississippi Glass Company, St. Louis, MO
[Glass]. Mississippi Glass Company. 9 Glass Samples in a Solid Wood Case. St. Louis, MO: Mississippi Glass Co., nd c. 1960. Original edition. 5" x 10" x 5.75" wooden case with company name on front in black painted label, a company label inside the cover with product recommendations, and working latch. Labeled glass samples, 4" x 4" or 4" x 5". Solid Wood Case w/metal latch. Very good.

A collection of 9 glass samples in a beautifully lettered wood case, with four of the glass samples identified on labels adhered to the samples. One of the samples is a structural, corrugated sample with 3 1" waves in it! We've never seen a sample of that glass before. Another sample of Structuralite has much more modest waves to it. This glass had many uses including industrial, residential and commercial buildings. Very scarce and in nice condition. (20135)   $90.00
19.
New Fabulous Floors
Robbins Floor Products, Inc., Tuscumbia, AL
[Flooring]. Robbins Floor Products, Inc. New Fabulous Floors A.I.A. File No. 23-G. Tuscumbia, AL: Robbins Floor Products, Inc., nd c. 1965. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 12, plus 16 pages of tile samples; some loose and some missing. Three-ring bound. Very Good.

A very attractive catalog with samples of beautiful and unusual designs in vinyl and rubber tile. (20101)   $130.00
International
20.
English Renaissance Woodwork 1660-1730
Beveridge, Thomas J.
[International]. Beveridge, Thomas J. English Renaissance Woodwork 1660-1730 A selection of the finest examples of monumental and domestic woodwork of the later Renaissance in England chiefly of the period of Sir Christopher Wren. London: Technical Journals, Ltd., 1921. First edition. Folio, pp. 26 plus 80 b/w plates. Cloth over boards. Very Good; some edgewear to backstrip and corners.

This book is a series of 80 plates, each detailing various bits of late 17th century architectural woodwork. This is the time when London was being rebuilt after the great fire, and in general it was also a time of exuberant architectural woodworking. You really see in the work a general expansion of design that was not seen in the 16th century. Between the rebuilding of London, the end of Puritan England, a new availability of metal due to the first ideas of the Industrial Revolution, England's new wealth as an international trading giant, and a rise in skilled work and better tools, we get some wonderful pieces of work. A great reference of architectural carving designs. (20131)   $110.00
21.
Recent English Ecclesiastical Architecture
Nicholson, Sir Charles and Charles Spooner
[International]. Nicholson, Sir Charles and Charles Spooner. Recent English Ecclesiastical Architecture A series of illustrations of notable modern work with prefatory articles. London: Technical Journals, Ltd., 1910. First edition. Quarto, pp 250, xxii, illustrated with b/w photographs and architectural floor plans, and many period advertisements. Cloth over boards. Very Good.

The editors emphasized "recent" because church work had remained for the most part Gothic in character up until the 20th century. These newer churches selected for this volume were varied, embracing Established, Nonconformist, and Roman Catholic churches. Some of the churches included are Convent Chapel in Braintree, Cowley Church in Oxford, St. James Church in Sutton, St. Benedict's Church in Birmingham, and All Saints Church in Ealing. Some chapters focus on particular details of a church, such as choir stalls and screen, or a spire, or panels for the organ, or a window. Beautifully photographed and documented. (20128)   $90.00
22.
Dublin:
Decorative Plasterwork of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Curran, C. P.
[Building Materials]. Curran, C. P. Dublin: Decorative Plasterwork of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. London: Alec Tiranti, 1967. First edition. Large Octavo, pp. 124, plus 173 fp b/w plates. Several color plates tipped-in to the text. Index, notes, appendix of Dublin Plasterers. Cloth over Boards. Very Good.

A major contribution to the history of the building trades. The plates are stunning and the text comes in a close second. (11334)   $85.00
23.
The English House: How to Judge its Periods and Styles
Sparrow, W. Shaw
[English]. Sparrow, W. Shaw. The English House: How to Judge its Periods and Styles. New York: John Lane Co., 1909. First edition. Octavo, pp. 348. Indexed, Glossary, illustrated with b/w drawings and photos. Green Cloth over Boards with Gilt Lettering. Good, no DJ; corners bumped/rubbed, shelfwear, closed tear on frontispiece, light foxing and tanning throughout that doesn't affect readability or image quality.

A decent reading/reference copy of this useful book on English house styles and architectural details. (15364)   $45.00
24.
The Cottage Homes of England
Dick, Stewart
[International]. Dick, Stewart. The Cottage Homes of England. New York: Edward Arnold, 1909. Second edition. Octavo, pp. xvi, 287, indexed, illustrated "with 64 full-page coloured plates from pictures never before reproduced" drawn by Helen Allingham with tissue guards. Original Cloth. Very Good, mild ex-library, stamp to each plate.

A summary of the history of the old English cottages and farmhouses which adorn the villages and lanes of the countryside. In some cases, the author attempts to trace the causes which resulted in their present form, and explain their system of construction. (12694)   $80.00
Old House Journal Reference Library
25.
The Architecture of Frank Furness
O'Gorman, James F.
[Architectural Monograph]. O'Gorman, James F. The Architecture of Frank Furness. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1974. Second printing. Quarto, pp. 211, illustrated with b/w photographs. Oversized Paperback. Very Good.

Frank Furness was an American architect who operated in the Philadelphia area in the late 19th century. By the time of this retrospective on his work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1972-1973, half his work was no longer in existence, and a considerable part of the buildings still standing had been gravely marred by improvements that undermined the force of the Furness concept. The show at the museum, and this book, helped create a more widespread appreciation of his work. From the Old House Journal reference library. (20119)   $50.00
26.
The Designer's Eye: Problem-Solving in Architectural Design
Brolin, Brent C.
[Architecture]. Brolin, Brent C. The Designer's Eye: Problem-Solving in Architectural Design. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2002. First edition. Oblong small quarto, pp. 144, illustrated with b/w photographs. Paperback. Very Good.

Finding the right visual solution for a particular architectural problem is one of the principal challenges faced by all architects and designers. This imaginative book offers architecture students over a hundred examples of visual problem solving in architectural design. Photographs of actual buildings, paired with digitally manipulated images in "before and after" comparisons, demonstrate the sorts of real-life situations that architectural design courses rarely teach students how to address. They detail how designers can manipulate form and material to achieve desired effects, such as emphasizing or diminishing building elements, imposing visual order on a facade, or adding grace notes. Clearly organized, each concept is graphically depicted, making this an ideal teaching tool as well as a resource for students at all levels. From the Old House Journal reference library. (20100)   $45.00
Construction Methods and Materials
27.
The Carpenter and Joiner Modernized
Riddell, Robert
[Carpentry]. Riddell, Robert. The Carpenter and Joiner Modernized Third edition, revised and corrected, containing new matter of interest to the carpenter, stair-builder, carriage-builder, cabinet-maker, joiner and mason, also explaining the utility of the slide rule, lucid examples of its accuracy in calculation, showing it to be indispensable to every workman in giving the mensuration of surfaces and solids, the division of lines into equal parts, circumferences of circles, length of rafters and braces, board measure, etc. etc. etc. Philadelphia, PA: Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger, 1880. Third edition, revised and corrected. Oblong quarto, pp. 71, illustrated with b/w drawings. The image on page 20 has been partially cut out with a blade, leaving scratch marks on the page underneath it, but all the cut parts are present. Cloth over Boards. Good; hinges neatly repaired, moderate wear to backstrip and corners.

Previous editions of this book taught practical geometry using cardboard models, but this new edition omitted those, preferring to leave "sufficient space for more new and advanced ideas," such as the use of the slide rule in mathematical calculations. The author noted in the preface, "Science and Industry are progressing, and he who will not keep pace with the march of intellect must necessarily fall in the rear, and be passed by." (20132)   $225.00
28.
The Road to Good House Painting
Frank M. Brown Co., Portland, ME
[Paint]. Frank M. Brown Co. The Road to Good House Painting. Portland, ME: The Laclede Manufacturing Co., nd c. 1915. First edition. Trifold pamphlet, 3.75" x 7", folds out to 11" x 7", contains twelve shingle stain samples, each 0.5" x 2". Pamphlet. Very Good.

An attractive booklet advertising Brown's high grade rustic shingle stains, made with linseed oil and creosote liquid oil to be weatherproof and durable. Very scarce; currently no other copies available anywhere. (20125)   $75.00
29.
Hollow Tile Farm Buildings
Hollow Building Tile Association, Chicago, IL
[Building Materials]. Hollow Building Tile Association. Hollow Tile Farm Buildings Publication No. 1, Serial No. 2. Chicago: Hollow Building Tile Association, 1920. First edition. Quarto, pp. 47. Thoroughly illustrated with b/w photos and drawings.

Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.
A wonderful trade piece with numerous examples of hollow tile barns, cisterns, granaries, garages, dairy buildings, and other outbuildings. (20123)   $45.00
30.
Beauty Hints for the Home Decorator
Armstrong Cork Company, Lancaster, PA
[Linoleum]. Armstrong Cork Company. Beauty Hints for the Home Decorator. Lancaster, PA: Armstrong Cork Co., 1938. First edition. Quarto, pp 30, illustrated with color drawings, photographs, and color samples. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

Questions and answers about color schemes and linoleum use for every room of the house, from floors to sink tops to stair treads. Includes color charts, instruction on installation, and beautiful examples of room layouts. An attractive look at 1930s colors and design. (20120)   $75.00
31.
The Magic of Scagliola - Signed by the Author
Hayles, David
[Plastering]. Hayles, David. The Magic of Scagliola (Limited edition publication) - Signed by the Author. Oxford, NY: David Hayles, 2015. First edition, Limited to 100 copies. Quarto, pp 326, illustrated with color photographs. Signed by the author in 2020 on the front endpaper. Color Pictorial Boards. New.

Scagliola, a plastering technique used to create the look of marble is the life work of author and expert preservationist David Hayles. He recently won the prestigious Askins Award from the Preservation Trades Network. This beautiful volume contains techniques and "recipes" developed over the centuries from the Benedictine monks to public buildings in America. Stunning photographs on each page. (20118)   $90.00
32.
Everybody's Paint Book
Gardner, F. B.
[Paint]. Gardner, F. B. Everybody's Paint Book A Complete Guide to the Art of Outdoor and Indoor Painting, designed for the special use of those who wish to do their own work, and consisting of practical lessons in plain painting, varnishing, polishing, staining, paper-hanging, kalsomining, etc., as well as directions for renovating furniture, and hints on artistic work for home decoration, together with a full description of the tools and materials used. Precise directions are given for mixing paints for all purposes. New York: M. T. Richardson, 1884. First edition. 12 mo. pp iv, 183. illustrated with black-and-white plates. Glossary, index, publisher's ads. Publisher's pictorial cloth. Very Good.

A very good treatment on the subject for the tradesman. Amazingly practical, with hundreds of tricks of the trade. (20116)   $35.00
33.
The House for You to Build, Buy or Rent
Sleeper, Catharine and Harold R. Sleeper
[American]. Sleeper, Catharine and Harold R. Sleeper. The House for You to Build, Buy or Rent. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1948. First edition. Octavo, pp. 313, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings. Original Cloth. Very Good.

This book presents the basic facts about site selection, house design, and construction, in language any reader can understand. Whenever words failed the authors, they used pictures, and this happened so often that one third of the book is graphic. Cartoons are used often to heighten the reader's interest and to ease the task of assimilating the facts. Practical advice on best orientation and exposures for each room, the size of rooms, how to join rooms, proper traffic flow, the location of doors and windows, materials to use for construction, and how to read architectural drawings. Twenty-five home styles are illustrated so that the reader can differentiate between them. Scarce title. (20112)   $40.00
Pattern Books
34.
Sunshine Homes: Plans for Low-Cost Homes
American Plan Service, Miami, FL
[Pattern Book]. American Plan Service. Sunshine Homes: Plans for Low-Cost Homes Designs for small homes, garage, apartment, country home, duplexes. Miami, FL: American Plan Service, 1946. Original edition. Quarto, pp 24, illustrated with b/w perspective drawings of home exteriors, and floor plans. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

These designed were selected for economy of construction and gracious living features, by noted Southern and Southwestern architect Carlos B. Schoeppl. Some designs incorporated the new Har-Vey sliding door, for full use of floor and wall space. (20134)   $65.00
35.
Kamp Kabins and Wee Homes
Lieurance, Iva G. [Designer]
[Pattern Book]. Lieurance, Iva G. [Designer]. Kamp Kabins and Wee Homes. Topeka, KS: L.F. Garlinghouse Co., nd ca 1950. Fifth Edition. Small quarto, pp. 32, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs and "blueprint" style floorplans. Color Pictorial Wraps, green w/red lettering. Very Good.

A delightful pattern book containing over 60 vacation cabins and cottages in rural settings, attractively photographed. Wood siding, stone and brick chimneys, and overhanging roofs add rustic details to these small vacation homes. (20124)   $75.00
36.
The Home of Quality
Rikerd Lumber Company, Lansing, MI
[Pattern Book]. Rikerd Lumber Company. The Home of Quality. Lansing, MI: Rikerd Lumber Company, 1926. First edition. Quarto, pp 184, illustrated with b/w photographs, color perspective renderings and floor plans. Period advertisements for building materials. Cardboard Covers. Very Good.

An extensive and uncommon plan book of a wide selection of homes, including American Colonial, New England, English Colonial, Dutch Colonial, English Manor, Italian, Spanish, or Mission styles. (20122)   $80.00
37.
Fireproof Homes of Period Design
USG/Architectural Forum, Chicago, IL
[Pattern Book]. USG/Architectural Forum. Fireproof Homes of Period Design, Seventy-Two Designs for Fireproof Homes From a National Competition Among Architects, Draftsmen and Architectural Students Approved by The American Institute of Architects and conducted by The Architectural Forum. Chicago, IL: United States Gypsum Co., 1925. First edition. Quarto, pp 112. Each design is shown with a b/w perspective drawing, detailed sketches, finished floor plans. Includes the Twenty-Eight Prize Designs Selected by a Jury of the Following Eminent Architects; Dwight J. Baum, Edwin H. Brown, F. Ellis Jackson, William T. Warren & Julian Peabody. Heavy Stock Covers w/Embossed Design, beige. Good; front hinge is loose, some pencil notations on cover and in text.

These competition designs incorporated a USG material called Structolite, which could be faced with stucco, stone, brick or wood. The styles are Spanish, Colonial, Modern American & English. The last 12 pages include specifications and building details. This is an uncommon and wonderfully illustrated publication! (20121)   $125.00
38.
Daily Mail Book of Bungalow Plans
London Daily Mail
[Pattern Book]. Daily Mail. Daily Mail Book of Bungalow Plans including Traditional and Contemporary Bungalow Designs of 1959 with a Review of Bungalows available on selected Estates. London: Wyman & Sons, 1959. First edition. Quarto, pp112, Well illustrated with b/w photographs and floor plans, plus some interior views. Decorated Stock Wraps. Very Good.

An extensive mid-century home plan catalog for English bungalows, including timber homes, steel-framed homes, and homes using attractive combinations of stone, brick and timber. The book also includes illustrated articles on furnishing and equipment for the homes. (18979)   $65.00
39.
The Books of a Thousand Homes, Vol. I: 500 Small House Plans
Smith, Henry Atterbury
[Pattern Books]. Smith, Henry Atterbury. The Books of a Thousand Homes, Vol. I: 500 Small House Plans. New York: Home Owners Service Institute, 1923. First edition. Quarto, pp. 312. Floor plans with b/w renderings or photographs, accompanied by descriptions, for 500 homes by various architects, plus 31 illustrations in the text. Preliminary 24 pages printed in blue & black; the cover illustration is in three tones. Pictorial Boards. Good; heavy corner wear and moderate staining to cover.

A very ambitious compendium of architectural styles from the twenties. Many examples of bungalows, stucco styles, etc., with floor plans, elevations and architectural renderings. Architects featured include John F Yewell, George W Repp, Claude Bragdon, William Carver, and many others. (20108)   $65.00
40.
Architectural Economy, Vol. I
Morin Brothers
[Pattern Book]. Morin Brothers. Architectural Economy, Vol. I. Lumber Dealers' Service Bureau, 1920. Original edition. Large quarto, pp 105. Color exterior perspectives, b/w photographs of interior rooms & "blueprint" floor plans on each page. Illustrated free end papers. Cloth over Boards, green w/tipped-in illustration, gilt decoration & lettering. Good; water stains on cover, back cover badly stained.

A beautifully illustrated plan book with many bungalow style homes, wood frame & stucco double-deckers, and other popular 1920's styles. Superb photographs of Arts & Crafts furnishings and interiors. (20096)   $105.00
41.
Homes of Character: One Hundred Designs
Stevenson, Robert L.
[Pattern Book]. Stevenson, Robert L. Homes of Character: One Hundred Designs. Boston: Robert L. Stevenson, 1923. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 120, richly illustrated w/architectural drawings, floor plans, and photographs in sepia tones. Price list for 1925 laid in. Cloth Spine, Pictorial Boards, brown. Good; moderate water damage, some pencil notations.

A historic pattern book from a local Boston architect who built many homes in the towns in and around the city, including Swampscott, Brookline and West Roxbury. The drawings, lettering and photography are superb. Quite uncommon. (20097)   $85.00
42.
Homes designed by Robert L. Stevenson Architect
Stevenson, Robert L.
[Pattern Book]. Stevenson, Robert L. Homes designed by Robert L. Stevenson Architect. Lawrence, MA: Robert L. Stevenson, 1930. First edition. Quarto, pp 203. Richly illustrated w/architectural drawings, floor plans, and photographs. Colored free end papers. Cloth Spine, paper on boards, blue w/small pictorial design & lettering. Very Good.

Another historic pattern book from this local Boston architect who built many homes in towns in and around the city, including Swampscott, Brookline and West Roxbury. The drawings, lettering and photography are superb. The book covers a wide variety of designs and plan arrangement for both smaller and larger homes, planned with a view to economy. Many of the designs are illustrated with exterior photographs, evidence that many of Stevenson's designs were already built and demonstrated of enduring quality. (18421)   $95.00
43.
Sisson and Sons Wall Calendar for 1953
Sisson and Sons, Barberton, OH
[Ephemera]. Sisson and Sons. Sisson and Sons Wall Calendar for 1953. Barberton, OH: Sisson and Sons, 1953. Original edition. 8.5" x 14.25", 12 two-sided pages with color illustration and calendar page on one side and architectural floor plan on the other side. Spiralbound Calendar. Very Good.

A beautiful 1950s advertising calendar from this Midwest cement block manufacturer and builder of cement block homes. Each month features one of their home designs and its floor plans. A very nice post-war period piece. (20098)   $40.00
Trade Catalogs
44.
New York Stock Ceiling Designs, Catalog 400
Whitaker-Glessner Company, Wheeling, WV
[Metal]. Whitaker-Glessner Company. New York Stock Ceiling Designs, Catalog 400. Wheeling, WV: Canton Steel Ceiling Co., 1917. First edition. Oblong quarto, pp. 54, illustrated with b/w photographs. Some pencil notations on the front cover. Small dark stain on title page. Decorated Original Wraps with cloth spine. Good; cover heavily soiled and edgeworn, moderate water staining.

This catalog displayed metal ceiling designs that were in stock for immediate shipment from their New York warehouse. The photographs included measurements of each feature, and some of the borders and center medallions also had a side profile indicated. These details make this catalog very useful for the buyer to envision the scale of each decoration. Unusual; we haven't had a catalog from this company before. (20130)   $150.00
45.
Steel Ceilings: Catalog D
Canton Steel Ceiling Co., Canton, OH
[Metal]. Canton Steel Ceiling Co. Steel Ceilings: Catalog D. New York: Canton Steel Ceiling Co., n.d. (ca. 1915). First edition. Oblong folio, pp. 144, illustrated with b/w photographs. A 2" square of the margin of page 33/34 has been torn out; does not affect any illustration. A few pencil notations. Decorated Original Wraps with cloth spine. Good; cover heavily soiled and edgeworn, title page has closed tear; text block very good.

A beautiful catalog, with many detailed photographs of steel ceiling designs, and some photographs of building interiors showing off their installed steel ceilings. (20129)   $175.00
46.
Hope's Makers of Fine Windows, June 1935
Henry Hope & Sons, Ltd., London
[Windows]. Henry Hope & Sons, Ltd. Hope's Makers of Fine Windows, June 1935. London: Henry Hope & Sons, Ltd., June 1935. First edition. Folio, pp. 7, illustrated with b/w drawings with spot color. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

This looks like it's a standard quarto, but it actually opens up to folio size. Pages on wood surrounds, splayed bays, square bays, square splayed bays, circular bays, bays with curved returns, and oriels. Unusual; we haven't seen this one before. (20111)   $50.00
47.
Plan Beauty for your home with American-Standard Plumbing Fixtures
American Radiator & Standard Sanitary Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
[Plumbing]. American Radiator & Standard Sanitary Corporation. Plan Beauty for your home with American-Standard Plumbing Fixtures. Pittsburgh, PA: American Standard, 1945. First printing. Oblong octavo, pp. 24, illustrated in color. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good, cover scuffed.

Terrific representations of 1940s kitchens and bathrooms, featuring many unusual fixtures, such as corner style bathtubs, laundry sinks, and porcelain colors we haven't seen in decades. Attractive and scarce; we haven't seen this one before. (20110)   $55.00
48.
The Art of Home Furnishing and Decoration
Parsons, Frank Alvah
[Linoleum]. Parsons, Frank Alvah. The Art of Home Furnishing and Decoration. Lancaster, PA: Armstrong Cork Company, 1918. Original edition. Quarto, folding portfolio with 4 pages of b/w home interiors, and nine colored plates of rooms. The colored plates have information about the linoleum used in the design, and there are several extra pages of linoleum pattern charts. Paper portfolio. Good; portfolio is split, but the pages are in very good condition.

Frank Alvah Parsons was the president of the New York School of Art when this portfolio was published. Parsons wrote a bit about each of the color room designs, and Armstrong promoted the linoleum projects. It was a good match for Parsons, who established the first program in fashion design, interior design, advertising, and graphic design in the United States. (20109)   $75.00
49.
Large Lot of Dutch Building Trade Advertisements and Catalogs
Various
[International]. Various. Lot of Dutch Building Trade Advertisements and Catalogs. Netherlands: Various, nd c. 1940-1980. First edition. More than 25 brochures, catalogs, magazines, and ephemera. Various. Very Good.

A wonderful grab-bag of advertising materials for Bosch, Coburn, Tweha, Versluis, Cordima, Kaether, Ziehl, Laufwerke, and many more. Furniture, flooring, skylights, doors, hardware, and others. Includes three issues of Interieur magazine from the 1960s. Many strong examples of mid-century modern styling. There is a lot of interesting browsing here! (20106)   $100.00
50.
Handy Book of House Painting
Buffalo Oil Paint & Varnish Co., Buffalo, NY
[Paint]. Buffalo Oil Paint & Varnish Co. Handy Book of House Painting. Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Oil Paint & Varnish Co., nd c. 1915. First edition. Oblong 16mo, pp. 20, illustrated with color drawings. Staplebound Wraps. Good; moderate rust stains near the staples, one page partially detached.

A beautiful booklet advertising MacDougall's full line of paint products, featuring their residential house paint but also including automobile, wagon, varnish, porch floor, and iron paint. Includes tips on choosing colors, preparing to paint, and calculating how much to buy. Very scarce; currently no other copies available anywhere. (20099)   $75.00
Brick and Stone
51.
Romano-British Mosaic Pavements
Morgan, Thomas
[Stone]. Morgan, Thomas. Romano-British Mosaic Pavements A History of Their Discovery and a Record and Interpretation of Their Designs, with plates, plain and coloured, of the most important mosaics. London: Whiting & Co., 1886. First edition. Small quarto, pp. xxxiv, 323, indexed, illustrated with plain and color plates, including many foldout plates, of the most important mosaics. Cloth over Boards, brown with gilt title and illustration. Good; covers detached and repaired with cellophane tape, but text block very good.

The design of this volume is to bring together descriptions of Romano-British tesselated pavements which lie scattered through the writings of a great number of separate authors, to add the author's own observation of the pavements themselves, and to present authentic copies, in plain and coloured engravings, of as many as possible. Scarce and desirable. (20115)   $175.00
Titles on Sale
52.
The Book of the Household; or Family Dictionary of Everything Connected with Housekeeping and Domestic Medicine - 2 Volumes
(Unknown)
[Home Remedies]. "Competent Persons under the Superintendence of an Association of Heads of Families and Men of Science". The Book of the Household; or Family Dictionary of Everything Connected with Housekeeping and Domestic Medicine - 2 Volumes. London: The London Printing and Publishing Co., n.d. ca 1860. First edition. Octavo, pp. 576 (Vol I), 576 (Vol II), illustrated with steel engravings. Leather Bound with gilded tooling on covers and binding, marbled endpapers. Very Good.

A wonderful slice of life/snapshot of mid nineteenth century domestic life. Along with the hundreds of illustrations, the volumes contain dozens of engraved plates (many from original daguerrotypes) of period interiors and ceramics, etc. All in all a fascinating set. (1638)   $150.00
53.
A Dictionary of Every-Day Wants containing Twenty Thousand Receipts in Nearly Every Department of Human Effort
Youman, A.E.
[Home Remedies]. Youman, A.E. A Dictionary of Every-Day Wants containing Twenty Thousand Receipts in Nearly Every Department of Human Effort. New York: Frank M. Reed, 1872. First edition. Octavo, pp. 539, indexed. A formulary presenting recipes for concoctions used in health care, farming, food preparation, housekeeping, arts & crafts. Original Cloth. Good, professionally rebacked.

With a great many tips and recipes in the decorative arts and trades. (1633)   $95.00
54.
Rural Homes
Wheeler, Gervase
[American]. Wheeler, Gervase. Rural Homes; or sketches of houses suited to American country life with original plans, designs, etc. New York: Charles Scribner, 1852. Second edition. 12 mo (5 X 7 1/2), pp. ix, 298, pub ads. Original Green Cloth. Good, cover rubbed, moderate foxing.

Simple yet comprehensive directions for all builders, starting with the spot chosen for the house. Covers building materials, how to harmonize the building with the surrounding scenery, how to select furniture and ornament in constructing and finishing the house, and even how to deal with building contracts. Chapters on the homestead, the suburban villa, the parsonage house, southern homes, and cottages. (2249)   $130.00
55.
The Art-Union: Monthly Journal of the Fine Arts and
The Arts Decorative and Ornamental vol. 10
(Unknown)
[Decorative Arts]. (unknown). The Art-Union: Monthly Journal of the Fine Arts and The Arts Decorative and Ornamental vol. 10. London: Palmer and Clayton, 1848. First edition. Quarto, pp. 370, illustrated with engravings. Black leather embossed/gilded with botanical designs. Very Good; only slightly worn on the backstrip and front hinge.

Great deal of the articles on the decorative and ornamental arts. A nice copy. (2681)   $125.00
56.
Forms and Patterns in Nature
Strache, Wolf
[Photography]. Strache, Wolf. Forms and Patterns in Nature (from the library of renowned photographer Lotte Jacobi, with her ownership stamp). New York: Pantheon, 1956. First edition. Quarto, pp 22 plus 85 b/w plates. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Chipped and Torn DJ, two inch lower piece of dj backstrip missing, dj torn 2/3 of length from bottom, otherwise very small edge chips, mostly intact.

The photographs reproduced in this volume reveal strikingly the harmonious shapes and formations created by Nature in crystal, stone, plant, in animals, in earth, water, constellations, nebulae, clouds. These photographs bring to light the surprising likeness between the designs we find in Nature and the patterns created in human art, particularly in modern abstract and geometric design. Very nice association copy, scarce with dj, even chipped. (9608)   $35.00
57.
American Painted Furniture 1660-1880
Fales, Dean A., Jr.
[Furniture]. Fales, Dean A., Jr. American Painted Furniture 1660-1880. New York: Dutton, 1979. First paperback edition. Quarto, pp. 299, indexed, 577 illustrations, including 148 color plates and 429 b/w photographs. Oversized Paperback. Very Good.

Antiques and the Arts Weekly said about this book, "It is a perfectly glorious book - in intent, purpose and achievement ... This one book gives one an overall survey that is a masterpiece of calm, objective, thoroughly researched and detailed summarization. It is consistently written in the most charmingly readable style." The objects shown in the book have been drawn from over 100 sources, with more than one third of the illustrations coming from private collections. (8212)   $35.00
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