Steven Schuyler Bookseller
Selected Titles for October 2019
Welcome to fall in New England! We've had our first frost alert, but the tomatoes are still ripening, thanks to a blue tarp over them.
Last week I was in Gloucester for a retirement party of a good friend, Becky Bernie, who has been director of sales for the magazine Old House Journal since the late 1980s. My older daughter Stephanie even worked for Becky, as a sales intern. Pictured here are Gordon Bock, Patty Poore and (far right) Becky Bernie.
And our second photo is of my booth at the Association for Preservation Technology conference in Buffalo a year ago. It's a reminder that I'll be the bookshop for this year's event in Miami next month.
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
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Architecture and History
Construction Methods & Materials
Metal and Hardware
Brick and Stone
Titles on Sale
Specimens of House Painting
Wadsworth, Martinez and Longman, New York, NY
[Paint]. Wadsworth, Martinez and Longman. Specimens of House Painting. New York: Wadsworth, Martinez and Longman, nd c. 1880. First edition. Frame is 24.75" x 28.50" and has a handpainted inscription on it: "For Sale by E. M. Wright & Co Orwell Vt." Paper advertisement with wooden frame. Good; moderate wear, cracks, tears, staining; backing is loose in frame.
This attractive advertisement has 8 prints of the same Victorian house, painted in eight different color palettes, so that the shopper could picture how their home would look in selected color schemes. Paint samples underneath each print are identified by a number for the body, trimming, and roof color. E. M. Wright was a general mercantile business founded in 1867, which helps us date the piece. A lovely piece of 19th century Americana that will display very well. (19687) $350.00
Gothische Ornamente [Gothic Ornaments: Selected from Various Ancient Buildings in England and France]
A variety of ornaments from coats of arms to brackets, finials, leaves, and gables Gothic styles from France and England. (19663) $175.00
Berger Bros. Co. Tinplate
Berger Brothers Company, Philadelphia, PA
[Metal]. Berger Brothers Company. Berger Bros. Co. Tinplate. Philadelphia, PA: Berger Bros. Co., nd c. 1900. First edition. 6.25" x 4.25", with 12 tin samples interspersed with cardboard pages describing the samples. A previous owner made some notes in ink on the pages. Cardboard Covers with unusual chain binding through eyelets in pages. Good; cover and pages heavily soiled but binding is sound.
What a treasure! We've never had a sample book like this before. Large tinplate samples stamped with their catalog name and coating weight (19685) $160.00
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Lighting Fixtures and Lighting Effects
M. Luckiesh (Director, Lighting Research Lab. National Lamp Works, G.E.)
[Lighting]. M. Luckiesh (Director, Lighting Research Lab. National Lamp Works, G.E.). Lighting Fixtures and Lighting Effects. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1925. First edition. Octavo, 330. b/w illustrations (from the library of the Miller-Storm Co., Linwood Avenue, Detroit, Michigan) Cloth over Boards, khaki. Very Good.
An invaluable guide to lighting principles including how lighting, colors, paint finishes, and environments interact, followed by a summary of the history of lighting devices through the ages, and then some discussion of modern lighting effects such as direct and indirect lighting, luminous panels, and skylights. An uncommon book with many practical ideas, still useful today. From the Old House Journal reference library. (17504) $55.00
Atwood's Country and Suburban Houses
Atwood, Daniel T.
[Pattern Book]. Atwood, Daniel T. Atwood's Country and Suburban Houses illustrated with about 150 engravings. New York: Orange Judd & Company, 1871. First edition. 12mo, pp 287, illustrated with b/w drawings and engravings. Cloth over Boards. Very good; hinges starting to split.
Hints and suggestions as to general principles of house building, style, cost, location, symmetry and modes of building. Chapters include water supply, kitchen and ventilation, foundations, brick, concrete walls, wooden walls, roof, painting, and more. Contains 33 house designs for buildings such as a stone cottage, a country church, a farm barn, a bowling alley, an Italian villa, a country house, a laborer's cottage, and more. An attractive volume of Victorian patterns. From the Old House Journal reference library. (19688) $80.00
Homes & Interiors of the 1920s: A Restoration Design Guide
Morgan Woodwork Organization, Chicago, IL
[Millwork]. Morgan Woodwork Organization. Homes & Interiors of the 1920s: A Restoration Design Guide Originally published as Building with Assurance. New York: Morgan Woodwork Organization, 1923 (1987). Second edition. Quarto, pp 439, indexed, illustrated with b/w and color drawings. Original Wraps. Good; moderate wear and creasing to cover.
A wonderful reprint of the 1923 Morgan trade catalog. A chance to own the "almost original" for less money! A beautiful piece, part pattern book and part trade catalog, with 24 home designs in color, suggestions for house features and decorating ideas, and hundreds of millwork illustrations, stained glass, doors, interior fittings, etc. Morgan intended this to be a complete guide and catalog for the prospective home builder, answering "all the perplexing questions that stand between you and your ideal home." One of the nicest catalogs of its type. Uncommon. From the Old House Journal reference library. (13289) $30.00
Textone Volume 1 (Limited First Edition, Copy No. 1833)
U.S. Gypsum Co., Chicago, IL
[Concrete & Cement]. U.S. Gypsum Co. Textone Volume 1 (Limited First Edition, Copy No. 1833). Chicago: U.S. Gypsum Co., 1924. First edition, limited. Quarto, pp. 24. Illustrated with b/w photographs and color frontispiece. Includes 8 textured color plates on card stock in a pocket on the back inside cover. Page 1 is printed, "This is copy No. 1833 of the first and limited edition of this work printed directly from hand-set type and the original color plates. It is the private property of Edward B. Lee" Decorated Boards. Very Good, cover slightly rubbed.
A wonderful hand-set, limited edition catalog introducing the U.S. Gypsum Co. product Textone, a stucco-like textured wall product that could be colored and used to produce various effects for different architectural styles: Greek, Spanish, Early Italian, Early English, Gothic, Modern European, Colonial, and Moorish. A truly beautiful catalog, with 8 sample cards in a back pocket for reference. A scarce item from the Old House Journal Reference Library. (13175) $95.00
Brick Masonry (Sections I, II, III)
Structural Clay Products Institute, Washington, DC
[Masonry]. Structural Clay Products Institute. Brick Masonry (Sections I, II, III). Washington, D.C.: Structural Clay Products Institute, 1946. Later printing. Quarto, no page numbers (about 400 pages), illustrated with b/w drawings and specification drawings. Cardboard Covers. Very good.
These books document a series of projects from material loaned by the Essex County Vocational and Technical High School in Newark, NJ. They are intended to be used by journeymen brickmasons selected to teach, and by those teacher/trainers who will supervise and assist them. Section I contains 25 projects, Section II contains projects 26 to 57, and Section III contains the teacher's version of the 57 projects. Some sample projects are a Flemish bond wall, a small house chimney, a gauged brick jack arch, and concrete footings. From the Old House Journal Library. (19672) $65.00
The Architectural Annual for 1901 - #2 of 1000 printed
The Architectural League of America, Philadelphia, PA
[American]. The Architectural League of America. The Architectural Annual. Philadelphia, PA: The Architectural Annual, 1901. First edition. Folio, pp 303. Architectural renderings, b/w photographs, plans, elevations, and perspective drawings. Numbered 2 of 1000 printed. Front endpaper has two period newspaper articles about the Architectural League of America pasted down. There is an original drawing in pencil on the last page of the book. Original Red Cloth on Boards w/embossed design & gilt lettering. Good; hinges are weak, front cover stained and creased, bottom of spine is fraying.
A beautiful collection of architectural drawings of projects across the country by professional architectural firms. Some wonderful buildings actually built, such as the Transportation Building in Chicago, and the Monte Carlo Casino, are interspersed with sketches, proposals, and designs. (19683) $85.00
The Orders of Architecture
Greenberg, A. Benton
[Architectural History]. Greenberg, A. Benton. The Orders of Architecture A drafting manual to supplement "Architectural Drafting" by Greenberg and Howe. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1915. First edition. Oblong small quarto, pp. 20, illustrated with b/w architectural detail drawings. A two-page school exam laid in. Numerous pencil calculations on many pages. Original wraps with text bound by two brass brads. Good; split spine, covers soiled.
This loose-leaf drafting manual illustrated Roman, Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Greek Doric, Greek Corinthian, Greek Ionic, and decorated moldings. The detailed engravings are beautiful and precise. Someone loved and used this book frequently; now it's time for someone else to love it. (19681) $60.00
Model Kitchens as submitted in the Frigidaire Competition
Fisher, K.A.; Crosby, M.J.; Schneider, C.S. (Judges)
[Kitchens]. Fisher, K.A.; Crosby, M.J.; Schneider, C.S. (Judges). Model Kitchens as submitted in the Frigidaire Competition. Dayton, OH: Delco-Light Company, G.M., 1926. First edition. Oblong quarto, pp 47, illustrated with b/w floor plans, interior elevations, and perspective renderings. Decorated Stock Covers, turquoise. Very good.
A lovely collection of kitchen designs by architects from Connecticut to California and New York. The styles range from Arts & Crafts to Art Deco to more traditional designs. A scarce volume in exceptional condition. (19691) $90.00
Aladdin Homes Catalog #33
The Aladdin Company, Bay City, MI
[Pattern Book]. The Aladdin Company. Aladdin Homes Catalog #33. Bay City, Michigan: The Aladdin Company, 1922. First edition. 12mo, pp 128. wonderfully illustrated with color and black-and-white drawings. Signed on the cover by a previous owner. Decorated Wraps with Cloth Spine. Good; spine fraying, cover creased and soiled.
As with most Aladdin pattern books, quite outstanding and uncommon. Very colorful and a true reflection of its times. Wonderful exterior renderings of houses, and also Aladdin's line of kitchen cabinets, colonnades, arches, additions, and garages. (19684) $75.00
De Garmo Lumber Co., Milford, MI
[Pattern Book]. De Garmo Lumber Co. Summer Living. Milford, MI: De Garmo Lumber Co., 1947. First edition. Oblong quarto, pp 32, indexed. Illustrated with spot color b/w perspective drawings and floor plans. Staplebound Wraps. Very good; cover soiled and lightly creased.
Who doesn't dream of having a summer home? These cottages, log cabins, boat houses, tourist cabins, and piers are attractive and economical. They also offered plans to build a garden seat, outdoor grill, rustic bridge, picnic table, lawn chair, minnow live-box, and a diving raft. Another aspect of the post-WWII building boom. (19677) $75.00
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