Selected Titles for October 2021
Well, fall is upon us here at World Headquarters: the nights are cool again, and the vegetable garden is showing signs of change. We have an impressive holly bush, with an abundance of berries that the birds can't resist. Sharp eyed readers will see the plastic dish under the front of the bush; that is where we feed our resident bunny Clem. The dish looks empty today; guess we took the photo after breakfast!
With Halloween right around the corner, I figured a shot of our bookstore black cat Hank helping me with newsletter edits would be appropriate. He's easily bored when I don't let him help me, so we humor him and work around his majesty.
I was brought in to the VA hospital for my Pfizer booster shot this month. I feel I've done all I can to keep this virus under control, short of becoming a hermit!

This newsletter has some wonderful and impressive offerings, pieces we've never seen before and are not even in institutional collections. We hope you find a few titles for your libraries.

In the next two newsletters, we'll be featuring several gift-worthy titles for the holidays, so stay tuned!

As always, happy browsing!
New Arrivals
Manufacturers of Averill Paint, Ready for Use
Seeley Brothers, New York, NY
[Paint]. Seeley Brothers. Manufacturers of Averill Paint, Ready for Use. New York: Seeley Brothers, 1886. First edition. Folio, publishers blind-stamped cloth. Lithographic title leaf, pp. 8, 20 chromolithographic plates, each with descriptive text facing, pp. 3 of advertisements, one with paint samples, which includes 2 chromolithographic plates with one incorporating 12 flat pastel paint samples.Presentation book plate inside front cover dated 1888. Embossed Boards. Very Good.

Rare paint trade catalogue with only one copy of the 1886 edition and two copies of the 1889 edition listed on OCLC. "In 1875, the architect Elisha Charles Hussey boarded a transcontinental train to survey the state of American architecture. The resulting book, Home Building.from New York to San Francisco, (N.Y., 1876), contained 42 plates. A decade later Seeley Bros. Paint Co. recycled several of Hussey's designs as full-color lithographs. These plates are among the most informative to survive for details of late Victorian exterior decoration. Picking out in bright color was relatively rare in the third quarter of the nineteenth century. The Seeley Brothers Company seems consistently to have advocated gayer treatments than Sherwin-Williams, Devoe, or Lucas." (Roger Moss, Century of Color. Exterior Decoration for American Buildings 1820-1920, page 49). Of considerable value as architectural documents, house paint catalogues such as this by Seeley are also among the most interesting American color plate books. A truly stunning book. (20709)   $3,000.00
Pennsylvania Dutch Carpenter's Tool Box
[Americana]. Anonymous. Pennsylvania Dutch Carpenter's Tool Box. nd c. 1890. Wooden tool chest with dovetail joints, 38.5" x 23.5" x 24", on wheels. 2 iron handles on the sides, fully functional. Lid locks with key provided. Lid has metal rim. Inside there are 2 hinged boxes and 2 drawers. First hinged box is 35" x 7" x 2", with four smaller compartments and one larger. Second hinged box is 35" x 5.25" x 9" with no compartments. There are two drawers with 2 compartments, each 34" x 7" x 2". Lid opens smoothly. Wooden tool chest. Very Good, fully functional with original patina.

A heavy and sturdy tool chest that deserves to be cleaned up and used for another century, perhaps this time as a coffee table. Available for pickup. Local delivery to New England can be arranged for an additional fee. (20720)   $225.00
Early Slate Roofing Tile Ripping Tool
[Americana]. Anonymous. Early Slate Roofing Tile Ripping Tool. nd c. 1890. 26" x 1.25" total size; blade is 20" long. Hand-held wrought iron roofing tool. Very Good, fully functional with original patina.

Located in a barn sale in Connecticut recently, this lovely antique roofing tool has seen a lot of years, and has a lot of years left in it! This was used by inserting the tip under the roofing tile such that the nails would get caught under the barbs at the tip, and then pounding on the shelf above the handle with a hammer to dislodge the nails and pry the tile off the surface of the roof. A heavy, handsome and sturdy tool, worthy of any 19th century tool collection. (20687)   $80.00
Practical Carpentry, Joinery and Cabinet-Making
Nicholson, Peter
[Building Trades]. Nicholson, Peter. Practical Carpentry, Joinery and Cabinet-Making being a new and complete system of lines, for the use of workmen; founded on accurate geometrical and mechanical principles, with their application in carpentry, - to roofs, domes, centring, &c.; in joinery, - to stairs, hand-rails, soffits, niches, &c.; and in cabinet-making, to furniture, both plain and ornamental; fully and clearly explained. London: Thomas Kelly, 1826. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 140 (carpentry and joinery), 36 (cabinet making), 16 (the practical builder's perpetual price-book, plus 84 plates for the carpentry and joinery section, and 6 plates for the cabinet-making section. One plate missing. Full Leather. Good; covers detached, plates have foxing; several pages in the preface and table of contents have open tears.

Extremely scarce! Scarce first edition is only available in one UK institution, and it's certainly our first time ever seeing it. Chapters on framing, flooring, roofing, arches, brackets, and more; the section on cabinet making covers furniture styles, construction, ornament, finishes, cleaning, staining, and more. A practical builder's perpetual price-book is bound in but not mentioned on the title page. A wonderfully practical snapshot of the trades in the first half of the 19th century. (20685)   $250.00
13" Advertising Ruler
American Fluresit Company, Cincinnati, OH
[Building Trades]. American Fluresit Company. 13" Advertising Ruler. Cincinnati, OH: American Fluresit Company, nd, c. 1950. Original edition. Wooden ruler with black lettering. There are four scales on this ruler. On the front of the rule, the first scale measures inches, but numbers it so that 1 inch = 4 feet. The other scale measures joists 16" on centers, with each tick mark being about 5/16" apart. The two scales on the back of the ruler double the scale so that 1 inch = 8 feet. Advertising wooden ruler. Very Good.

The front of this ruler celebrated the development of lapidensin, a colorless liquid which waterproofed and dampproofed exterior masonry walls above grade, including brick, stone, and stucco. The back side of the ruler advertised their floor hardeners, such as Duromit, Durocrete, and Dust-A-Lay. An interesting, collectible advertising piece. (20688)   $45.00
The Dos and Don'ts of Yesterday - 2-book boxed set signed by the author
Sloane, Eric
[Americana, Eric Sloane]. Sloane, Eric. The Dos and Don'ts of Yesterday - 2-book boxed set signed by the author Do: A Little Book of Early American Know-How, and Don't: A Little Book of Early American Gentility. New York: Walker, 1972. First edition. 12 Mo, pp. 55, 67, illustrated w/ the author's drawings. Two volume set in slipcase. Light soiling to slipcase paste-on. Signed by author in red above his printed name on paste-on. Cloth over Boards, Gilt Lettering. Near Fine in Very Good+ Slipcase.

A delightful mixture of early American know-how and good old-fashioned gentility, Eric Sloane's Do's and Don'ts captures the spirit of bygone America in words and pictures. Combining two of the beloved folk historian's nostalgic how-to guides, this collection offers vintage, homespun advice that recalls "the joy of doing things not just the old-fashioned way, but plainly the right way." A shining historical gem, this little book of American lore recalls a more kindly, less hurried time. Lovingly gathered by "Mr. Americana" himself from colonial-era almanacs and diaries, hundreds of brief reflections spread time-honored wisdom on everything from curing hiccups, lighting a proper fire, and mending clothing and furniture, to predicting the weather, making soap, and getting rid of ants, bees, swallows - and boring houseguests. Sloane's evocative drawings add the perfect finishing touch. Hard to find; this is the first time we've been able to offer this title in over a decade. (20692)   $75.00
Interieurs Modernes
Remon, Georges
[Fine arts]. Remon, Georges. Interieurs Modernes. Paris: Librairie de l'Art Ancien et Moderne, nd c. 1900. First edition. Oblong folio (18.25" x 13"), pp. 3 plus 60 facsimiles of Remon's watercolors, loose as issued in publisher's gilt decorated portfolio. Text in French. Decorated Boards. Very Good.

Georges Remon originally worked in his father's firm as an 'architecte decorateur.' Later he became the Director of L'Ecole des Arts Appliques de la Ville de Paris. He was a fluent practitioner of French18th and 19th century style, but this extraordinary suite of watercolors shows him moving into the Art Nouveau. These imagined interiors cover not only the principle rooms of a grand house, salon, dining room, bedrooms, studio, billiard room and bathroom, but also a chapel and a theatre. With his brother Jerome he worked on the decoration of the great French ocean liners, France, Normandie and Ile de France among others. A beautiful edition of Remon's work. (20695)   $1,200.00
Specifications for a One Story Gambrel Roof House
in Whitman, Massachusetts
Smith, Frank L. (architect)
[Architectural Specifications]. Smith, Frank L. Specifications for a One Story Gambrel Roof House in Whitman, Massachusetts. Boston: Frank L. Smith, 1891. First edition. Staplebound contract (8.25" x 14"), pp. 14, with period advertising on and inside the front and back cover.

Staplebound Wraps. Very good.
Contains the specifications of the labor and materials required in the erection and completion of a one story gambrel roof house to be built in Whitman, Massachusetts. Sections for general conditions, excavations, grading, footings, foundations, underpinning, bulkhead, piers, cesspool, chimneys, cellar, lathing, plastering, timber, framing, bridging, clapboarding, shutters, window frames, and much more. Frank L. Smith was a Boston architect who spent the majority of his career designing what he believed to be practical homes for middle class families. He published several books of his most popular designs. (20689)   $75.00
Portfolio: Art Deco Historic District
Miami Design Preservation League
[Architecture]. Miami Design Preservation League. Portfolio: Art Deco Historic District. Miami, Fl: Miami Design Preservation League, 1979. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 36, illustrated with b/w and color photographs, and period advertisements. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

This is a single edition commemorative publication marking the designation to the National Register of Historic Places the first 20th century historic architectural district "Old Miami Beach," popularly known as the Art Deco District. This portfolio displays and explains the district with over 30 color and b/w photographs of art deco buildings, and articles by noted architectural and design authorities familiar with the district and Art Deco style. From the Old House Journal reference library. (20712)   $40.00
P. B. Wight: Architect, Contractor, and Critic, 1838-1925
Landau, Sarah Bradford
[Architectural Monograph]. Landau, Sarah Bradford. P. B. Wight: Architect, Contractor, and Critic, 1838-1925 An Exhibition Organized by the Burnham Library of Architecture, The Art Institute of Chicago; Checklists of Wight's Publications, his Buildings and Projects, and those of the firm of Carter, Drake and Wight. Chicago, IL: Art Institute of Chicago, 1981. First edition. Quarto, pp. 108, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. Color Pictorial Wraps. Very Good.

Wight is one of many Chicago architects who, while influential within his own lifetime, has been neglected by recent historians who have stressed Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Wight's drawings were buried in the Archives of the Burnham Library since their donation in 1918, a casualty of the previous emphasis on those Chicago greats, and the antagonism of the modern movement and its functionalist doctrines to the elaborate decoration of Victorian architecture. The Wight Collection remained virtually unknown to students and scholars alike until this exhibition in 1918. The exhibition and this catalog present Wight's forgotten contribution to American architecture and the gem-like quality of his designs to a post-modern age that is more receptive to the artistic impact of architectural drawings. (20706)   $30.00
Frank Furness: The Complete Works
Thomas, George E., Jeffrey A. Cohen, Michael J. Lewis
[Architectural Monograph]. Thomas, George E., Jeffrey A. Cohen, Michael J. Lewis. Frank Furness: The Complete Works. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Architectural Press, 1991. First edition. Quarto, pp. 385, indexed, illustrated with b/w and color photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

Frank Furness was the most unique and prolific American architect of the 19th century. Apprenticed in the atelier of Richard Morris Hunt and inspired by the values of his father's friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Furness derived architectural form from the representation of purpose. Turning architecture away from history toward the forces of the present, his art has a visceral immediacy that is unprecedented. His work spread to the Midwest through his disciple, Louis Sullivan, and permeated the underlying values of Philadelphia architecture, ultimately shaping the present "Philadelphia School" centered around Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi. This encyclopedic book is the first complete monograph of Furness's work. More than 640 projects are presented through 700 photographs and drawings. (20702)   $50.00
The Beautiful Bronx 1920-1950
Ultan, Lloyd with Bronx Historical Society
[New York]. Ultan, Lloyd with Bronx Historical Society. The Beautiful Bronx 1920-1950. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc, 1979. First edition fourth printing. Small quarto, pp. 192, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Chipped and Torn DJ.

1920 to 1950 were unusual and exciting years to live in The Bronx. It was during this period that The Bronx grew from a rural and suburban hinterland of New York City to become a full-fledged part of the thriving metropolis. In this nostalgic look at The Bronx, we see people traveling by trolley, elevated line, and ferry; hard-working middle class people living in brick apartment houses and cozy frame dwellings; children playing stickball and potzie in the streets or baseball in the empty lots and parks. Two hundred rare photographs give this fascinating volume the look of an old photo album. If you're from The Bronx, you'll discover in this book a treasure chest of memories; if not, you'll find it to be an intriguing return to the past. (20690)   $35.00
Architecture and History
Scientific American Architects and Builders Edition No. 56
Scientific American
[American]. Scientific American. Scientific American Architects and Builders Edition No. 56. New York: Munn & Co., June 1890. First edition. Quarto, pp 18, plus xvi (advertising), indexed, illustrated with b/w engravings; supplement with two plates in colors. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good; one loose page, some small closed tears on the cover.

Outstanding photographs of historic homes in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York, as well as articles about fireproofing wooden floors, the manufacture of granite, peach bottom slate, the iron and wood gate at the Press Pavilion in Paris, and more. (20724)   $95.00
An Historical Inquiry into the True Principles of Beauty in Art,
More Especially with Reference to Architecture
Fergusson, James
[Architecture]. Fergusson, James. An Historical Inquiry into the True Principles of Beauty in Art, More Especially with Reference to Architecture. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1849. First edition. Quarto, pp xvi, 537, illustrated with 5 plates and 98 wood engravings. Buckram. Near Fine.

The first section of this book elaborates a theory of art which stemmed from a study of Indian, Islamic and Gothic architecture. The second section of the book covers the history of architecture and the arts, focusing on Egypt, Greece, and Italy. (20704)   $75.00
Zen Architecture: The Building Process as Practice
Discoe, Paul and Alexandra Quinn
[Architecture]. Discoe, Paul and Alexandra Quinn. Zen Architecture: The Building Process as Practice. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith, 2008. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 240, illustrated with color photographs. Cloth over Boards. As New in Fine DJ.

From simple hand sketches to the completion of Zen temples, residential projects, grand estates, and modular structures, this book illustrates a singular vision influenced by traditional Japanese woodworking, contemporary life, and Buddhism. With a commitment to the environment and a deep respect for wood, the author's work incorporates sustainable practices and recycled materials. Experience the architectural process as an embodiment of Zen practice through skillful craftsmanship, ancient woodworking techniques, and the integration of contemporary engineering and living standards. The result of over 40 years of study, design, building, and Zen Buddhist practice. (20698)   $40.00
Communitas: Means of Livelihood and Ways of Life
Goodman, Percival and Paul Goodman
[Urban Studies]. Goodman, Percival and Paul Goodman. Communitas: Means of Livelihood and Ways of Life. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1947. First edition. Oblong quarto, pp. 141, illustrated with b/w drawings. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

Do you like your community? The people of the world want a mixture of luxuries and material comforts, satisfying jobs, and economic freedom. The authors indict past and present community plans for their failure to relate the technological way of life to the things people want most. They show how community planning can begin with humanity's deepest desires and evolve ways of life which have human meaning in a world seemingly out of human scale. Extremely scarce, especially in dust jacket. This is our first time offering this title. (20697)   $80.00
Craftsman Homeowner Club Newsletters (19 issues) plus more!
Turgeon, Kitty and Robert Rust [Editors]
[Arts & Crafts Style]. Turgeon, Kitty and Robert Rust [Editors]. Craftsman Homeowner Club Newsletters (19 issues). New York: Roycroft Shops, Inc., 1989-2005. First edition. Quarto, each issue has 12 to 44 pages, illustrated with b/w photographs. Vol I issues 1-4 (1989), Vol 2 issues 1-4 (1990), Vol 3 issues 1-4 (1991), Vol 4 issues 1-3 (1992), Vol 6 issue 4 (1995), Vol 7 issue 3 (1995), Vol 9 issue 2 (1997), Vol 10 issue 1 (1998), Vol 20 issue 1 of The Fra (2005), plus a dozens pieces of Roycroft ephemera. A typed copy of the author index to The Craftsman magazine, pp. 64, compiled in 1964 by John Crosby Freeman, is laid in. Three-ring bound. Good.

The newsletter was issued for collectors, dealers, scholars and aficionados of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Some of the articles were reprinted from The Craftsman magazine, which was published between 1901 and 1916. Some of the articles were solicited for the magazine from contemporary sources, such as an interview with the archivist of Sherwin-Williams Paint Company about the development of the Roycroft Colors. All issues were interesting and well illustrated. A unique compilation of research, ephemera, and history in one three-ring binder. (20694)   $200.00
An Architecture for Our Time
Siegel, Charles
[Architecture]. Siegel, Charles. An Architecture for Our Time The New Classicism. Berkeley, California: Preservation, 2008. First edition. Octavo, pp 56. Contains photographs and notes in back. Several letters from the author laid in. Paperback. Very Good.

Modernism as the status quo ... Traditionalism as social change ... Avant Gardism vs humanism ... This book may change the way you think about modern architecture - and about modern society. An insightful essay that is well-illustrated. (14498)   $55.00
The Practical Requirements of Modern Buildings
Clute, Eugene
[Building as Envelope]. Clute, Eugene. The Practical Requirements of Modern Buildings. New York: Pencil Points, 1928. First edition. Quarto, pp. 231, illustrated with b/w photographs, floor plans and architectural renderings. Cloth Spine on Boards, brown w/embossed lettering. Very Good.

This is an early study of architecture by building type, from hospitals and school buildings, to hotels, commercials buildings, libraries, museums, and more. Space planning, functional, equipment, and seating, are just some of the criteria discussed for the various building types. (20684)   $75.00
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. Small quarto, pp. 124, plus 173 full page b/w plates. Several color plates tipped-in to the text. Index, notes, appendix of Dublin Plasterers. Boards. Near Fine in Very Good Mylar Protected Dust Jacket.

Contrary to the widely held belief that the art of stucco decoration in Ireland was mainly the work of foreigners, this sensitive and scholarly study proves the existence in Dublin of several generations of skilled artificers who had practiced their craft from an early date. The first authoritative and richly illustrated publication covering the elegance of Rococo plasterwork in Dublin. (20723)   $100.00
Heilige Raume [Sacred Spaces]
Kluckert, Ehrenfried; photographs by Achim Bednorz
[International]. Kluckert, Ehrenfried. Heilige Raume [Sacred Spaces] The Heavenly Jerusalem on Earth. Bonn: Dumont, 2002. First edition. Folio, pp. 384, illustrated with b/w and color photographs. Text in German. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

The sacred spaces of the occident have an overwhelming effect on each of us to this day. They make us pause, invite us to contemplation and meditation and dissolve everyday things in a spiritual overworld. The effect of the fantastic, large mood pictures in this volume allows us to understand this atmosphere. The text briefly summarizes the history and changes in architecture and the significance of the church space. The reader enjoys a pictorial journey from the heavy Romanesque walls to the modern color art of a Le Corbusier in Ronchamp, from the hidden retreats of the first persecuted Christians to the triumphant climaxes of Christian power in the pictorial and spatial elaboration of the Baroque age. A large and incomparably splendid volume. (20719)   $50.00
Von Utopie Zu Utopie
[From Utopia to Utopia: Russian Architecture 1919-1939]
Lachmann, Alex
[International]. Lachmann, Alex. Von Utopie Zu Utopie [From Utopia to Utopia: Russian Architecture 1919-1939]. Cologne: Galerie Alex Lachmann, 1993. First edition. Quarto, pp. 116, illustrated with b/w and color photographs. Text in English and German. Boards. Very Good.

This is the exhibition catalog for a show which took place in 1993 at the Galerie Alex Lachmann, an art gallery in Cologne, Germany. After WWI, Russia became a center of unrest and social experimentation, and the birthplace of radical movements in the arts. To create a new, just society fascinated the creative intelligentsia. New people and a new society needed a new environment and new architectural forms. These ideas became the driving force in the development of architecture after the October revolution. For the first time in history, Russia tried to solve social problems through architecture. The utopian and radical ideas and aims confronted architecture with utopian tasks. The new socialistic city, communal house, worker's club, palace of labor and mass kitchens could not be realized in old forms. The artists started to search for new forms. This path led from futuristic experimental design via Constructivism and Rationalism, to the totalitarian socialistic style of the second half of the 1930s, the Palace of Soviets being its apotheosis. The importance of Russia in the development of modern architecture and the enormous influence Russian Constructivism had on the Bauhaus and other Western architects led to this exhibition in the hope that the public would appreciate its relevance. (20718)   $60.00
Zodiac 1, 2, 4; An International Review of Architecture (3 issues)
Canella, Guido [Editor]
[International]. Canella, Guido [Editor]. Zodiac 1, 2, 4; An International Review of Architecture (3 issues). Milan: Edizioni di Comunita, 1988-1990. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 199, 223, 223, illustrated with b/w and color drawings and photographs, with periods advertisements. Text in Italian and English. Original Wraps. Very Good.

Zodiac originally ran between 1957 and 1972. This new generation of Zodiac attempts to restore history to criticism, and strives to attain certain objectives, such as helping the architecture-client relationship to become less precarious and incompetent, encouraging the principle of authenticity as opposed to functional and formal imitations of architecture, and rooting international comparison in the context of each typological and figurative experience. (20708)   $80.00
University Housing in Canada
Bland, John and Norbert Schoenauer
[Architecture]. Bland, John and Norbert Schoenauer. University Housing in Canada. Montreal: McGill University Press, 1966. First edition. Oblong small quarto, pp. 132, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. Perfect Bound. Very Good in Wraps.

With the growth in the number of students at university, the problem of undergraduate housing had become acute. In this critical survey, two architects consider university residences throughout Canada. Their findings do not present a happy picture. A university residence ought to be more than simply a place to live. It should be part of a continuity of university buildings and spaces, designed to relate living and studying in a meaningful way. This book showed how few university residences in Canada fulfilled these qualifications. Not only universities in big cities but also those in small towns, with their tradition of student residences, were faced with unprecedented problems requiring new solutions. The authors illustrate their findings with numerous photographs, architectural plans, and drawings. These provided a concrete and comprehensive picture of the situation at representative Canadian universities across the country. This book should be of great interest to architects, students of architecture, and university administrators and planners. (20707)   $55.00
New Housing in Great Britain
Bruckmann, H. and D. L. Lewis
[Architecture]. Bruckmann, H. and D. L. Lewis. New Housing in Great Britain. New York: Universe Books, Inc., 1960. First American edition. Small quarto, pp. 131, over 300 b/w illustrations including 120 photographs, 150 architectural drawings and cross sections, and 50 plans of towns and residential areas. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

The second in a series on modern residential architecture, this title illustrates the exemplary city planning, housing projects and suburban redevelopment programs of post-WWII England. This volume deals with a country whose high standards of living have determined the high level of economic, technical and artistic solutions to the problem of housing in heavily populated regions. Profiting from the mistakes of an earlier period of rapid industrial expansion, and influenced by modern sociology, English architects have created contemporary housing that is a model for the entire world. Scale models, blueprints, regional and detailed maps and ground plans, photographs of buildings and drawings of construction details make this volume invaluable for everyone concerned with building homes. (20703)   $50.00
Architecture Toscane Ou Palais, Maisons et Autre Édifices De La Toscane [Palaces, Villas and other Buildings of Tuscany]
Grandjean de Montigny, A. and A. Famin
[Architectural History]. Grandjean de Montigny, A. and A. Famin. Architecture Toscane Ou Palais, Maisons et Autre Édifices De La Toscane [Palaces, Villas and other Buildings of Tuscany]. New York: Pencil Points Press, 1923. Reprint. Quarto, pp. 11 plus 110 b/w plates, indexed. Preface in English, text in French. Boards with Cloth Spine. Very Good in Good DJ.

This reprint of "Architecture Toscane" is the first book in Pencil Points' Library of Architectural Documents. Here all of the 110 plates of the original edition, first published in Paris in 1815, are reproduced with the greatest care and faithfulness. The table of architects and their works and the table of contents in French have been reproduced, but in place of the French preface and description of plates this reprint is provided with a preface and description of the plates in English. (20701)   $75.00
Objekte des Jugendstils [Art Nouveau Objects]
Gysling-Billeter, Erika
[Art Nouveau]. Gysling-Billeter, Erika. Objekte des Jugendstils [Art Nouveau Objects]. Zurich: Benteli, 1975. First edition. Quarto, pp. 310, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Text in German. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

Published for the 100th anniversary of the Museum Bellerive. Excellent collection directory with artist biographies of the most important examples of Art Nouveau. (20700)   $40.00
The Search for a Style: Country Life and Architecture 1897-1935
Cornforth, John
[Architecture]. Cornforth, John. The Search for a Style: Country Life and Architecture 1897-1935. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1989. First American edition. Quarto, pp. 263, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

A book of sumptuous elegance which traces the history of taste in relation to the style, furnishing, and decoration of the English country house. Country Life's articles on country houses, great and less great, began when the magazine began in 1897, as a feature likely to please the owners and would-be owners of such houses, and therefore as a reflection of such people's taste. Over the years they have come to work as an important influence on that taste. This book, drawn from Country Life's unique and enormous library of photographs, presents some 200 houses ranging from ancient manors to the work of 20th century architects such as Lutyens, and includes some of the grandest and most beautiful domestic architecture ever designed. Each house has a short text and a spread of magnificent photographs showing significant aspects of its interior. (20699)   $40.00
Early Victorian Architecture in Britain (2 volumes, complete)
Hitchcock, Henry-Russell
[Architectural History]. Hitchcock, Henry-Russell. Early Victorian Architecture in Britain (2 volumes, complete). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1954. First edition. Quarto; Vol. 1: Text, pp. 635, Vol. 2: Illustrations, unpaginated, 532 b/w figures. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Chipped/Torn DJ; Shelfwear, corners bumped/rubbed, pageblock smudged, interiors clean.

A distinguished American authority here turns to the history of 19th century English architecture. Victorian England led the western world in many fields of culture, and the story of English architecture from the mid-1830s to the mid-1850s has a far-reaching significance, notably in the United States and in the Dominions. The second volume of illustrations, including many plans and much contemporary graphic material as well as specially taken photographs, shows the full range of Early Victorian architecture as it was conceived and as it is today. This two-volume work is #9 in the Yale Studies in the History of Art. (15900)   $75.00
Vienna 1850-1930 Architecture
Haiko, Peter and Roberto Schezen (photographer)
[International]. Haiko, Peter. Vienna 1850-1930 Architecture. New York: Rizzoli, 1992. First edition. Quarto, pp. 264, illustrated with b/w and color photographs. Cloth over Boards. Near Fine in Fine DJ.

This book is a lavish presentation of Vienna's greatest built monuments. From neoclassicism to the secession to rationalist modernism, the photographer captures the spirit of each building with vivid color photographs of the interiors, exteriors, and grounds. Twenty-eight works in all are presented in all their splendor. The text gives a detailed history of each building and the introductory essay addresses the context in which these magnificent works were created. (20679)   $50.00
Old House Journal Reference Library
L'Art de la céramique dans l'architecture musulmane
[The Art of Ceramics in Muslim Architecture]
Degeorge, Gérard and Porter, Yves
[Tiles]. Degeorge, Gérard and Porter, Yves. L'Art de la céramique dans l'architecture musulmane [The Art of Ceramics in Muslim Architecture]. Paris: Flammarion, 2001. First edition. Quarto, pp. 287, indexed, illustrated w/color photographs and reproductions. Illustrated end papers. Text in French. Hardcover. Very Good+ in Very Good DJ.

A stunning collection of Islamic architecture with exterior and interior ceramic tile finishes. From the Old House Journal reference library. (16381)   $65.00
Palladian Style
Parissien, Steven
[Architectural History]. Parissien, Steven. Palladian Style. London: Phaidon Press, 1994. First edition. Quarto, pp. 240. Illustrated with color and b/w photos, drawings, and reproductions. Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

A volume in Phaidon Press' Decorative Arts series, Palladian Style examines the interior and exterior aspects of this popular Georgian architectural style. Focusing on the typical Palladian house between 1715 and 1755, the author looks at how Palladian interiors were both decorated and used. He explores the origins, forms and development of the style through an examination of the building materials, fixtures and fittings and colors and coverings of the period, presenting a fascinating and comprehensive picture of the architecture, furnishing and decor of the era. From the Old House Journal reference library. (13679)   $35.00
Owen Jones:
Design, Ornament, Architecture and Theory in an Age of Transition
Flores, Carol A. Hrvol
[Architectural Monograph]. Flores, Carol A. Hrvol. Owen Jones: Design, Ornament, Architecture and Theory in an Age of Transition. New York: Rizzoli, 2006. First edition. Quarto, pp 276, indexed, illustrated with b/w and color photographs. Beautifully decorated free end papers. Boards, Blue w/Dust Jacket. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.

Owen Jones was the sort of innovative total designer in the 19th century that Frank Lloyd Wright was in the 20th century. Equally proficient - and prolific - in the fields of architecture, design (graphic and interior), and publishing, Jones was a passionate reformer and theorist who sought to elevate British taste through education and by improving the design and manufacture of furniture, textiles, wallpaper, carpets, and other products. Through his efforts, he transformed thinking about architecture and the decorative arts by introducing the psychology of perception. This volume is beautifully illustrated, produced, and written. The author is an architectural historian and lectures in the US and abroad on this subject. From The Old House Journal reference library. (20693)   $55.00
Cabin Fever: Rustic Style Comes Home
Carley, Rachel
[Interiors]. Carley, Rachel. Cabin Fever: Rustic Style Comes Home. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998. First edition. Quarto, pp. 208, illustrated with color photographs. Boards. As New in Near Fine DJ.

Featuring rustic interiors as well as North Woods architecture, this book visits more than two dozen charming retreats old and new, large and small, in the mountains and along the water, from the wilds of New York out to the wild, wild West. The author explains where our love for the rustic comes from and shows the amazingly varied guises in which it appears today. From the Old House Journal reference library. (20691)   $25.00
World Mirrors, 1650-1900
Child, Graham
[Antiques]. Child, Graham. World Mirrors, 1650-1900. London: Sotheby's Publications, 1990. Quarto, pp. 400, indexed, illustrated with b/w and color photographs. Boards. Near Fine in Very Good DJ.

The role mirrors play in design and decoration of interiors, with European, American, and Chinese examples. Styles from Baroque to Rococco to Chippendale are examined. Written by a furniture expert from Sotheby's. From the Old House Journal reference library. (16304)   $125.00
The Heritage of Long Island
Cagney, W. Oakley
[New York]. Cagney, W. Oakley. The Heritage of Long Island. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1970. First edition. Quarto, pp.112, indexed, illustrated with 51 woodcuts. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Good Dust Jacket.

The marvelous woodcuts that illustrate this volume depict modest homes and luxurious mansions, tiny churches and immense cathedrals, one-room schoolhouses and rustic grist mills. Together they provide a capsule history of Long Island, recording graphically many of the Island's early activities: whaling, cattle ranching, sheep-herding, politicking, and farming. From the Old House Journal reference library. (20228)   $20.00
Learning from Palladio
Mitrovic, Branko
[Architectural History]. Mitrovic, Branko. Learning from Palladio. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2004. First edition. Small Quarto, pp. 224. Indexed, illustrated with bw photos, drawings and plans. Boards. Very Good in Near Fine DJ.

A timely re-examination of the work of Andrea Palladio and his design theory. An interesting synthesis of Palladio scholarship and its modern applications. From the Old House Journal reference library. (13439)  $35.00
Great Camps of the Adirondacks
Kaiser, Harvey H.
[Building as Envelope]. Kaiser, Harvey H. Great Camps of the Adirondacks. Boston: David Godine, 1982. First edition. Quarto, pp. 240, illustrated with b/w and color photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

A well-researched history of the Adirondacks and the "Great Camps" of the Gilded Age that are scattered throughout the area. From the Old House Journal reference library. (14762)   $35.00
Classical Architecture:
A Comprehensive Handbook to the Tradition of Classical Style
Adam, Robert
[Architectural History]. Adam, Robert. Classical Architecture: A Comprehensive Handbook to the Tradition of Classical Style. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1991. First American edition. Quarto, pp. 319. Indexed, richly illustrated with b/w drawings, plans, elevations, and details. Boards. As New in Very Good DJ.

An excellent, well-researched guide to the history of Classical architecture. Features excellent, clear illustrations that accompany the text. A worthy addition to the architect's, builder's, and architectural historian's library. From the Old House Journal reference library. (13691)   $40.00
Palladio: A Western Progress
Guinness, Desmond and Julius Trousdale Sadler, Jr.
[Architectural History]. Guinness, Desmond and Julius Trousdale Sadler, Jr. Palladio: A Western Progress. New York: Viking Press, 1976. First edition. Quarto, pp. 184. Indexed, illustrated with b/w photos, drawings, and reproductions, and 4 pages of color plates. Boards. Very Good in Chipped and Torn DJ.

The classical simplicity of the designs of the 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio have had tremendous influence on the architecture of the Western world. The spare beauty and orderly balance of his style are reflected in the great Georgian houses of England and Ireland and in the tranquil grace and elegance of many of America's finest buildings. In this book, the authors trace the evolution of the Palladian style from its beginnings in Italy to its eventual expression in forms that have come to be regarded as traditionally American. Written in nontechnical language, this is a book for everyone with an interest in houses and in history. From the Old House Journal reference library. (13685)   $25.00
Classical Architecture: The Poetics of Order
Tzonis, Alexander and Lefaivre, Liane
[Architectural History]. Tzonis, Alexander and Lefaivre, Liane. Classical Architecture The Poetics of Order. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1986. First edition. Octavo, pp. 306. Well illustrated, indexed. Wraps. Very Good in Wraps, sunned cover.

This fascinating introduction to classical art and architecture investigates the way classical buildings are put together as formal structures. It researches the generative rules, the poetics of composition that classical architecture shares with classical music, poetry, and drama, and is enriched by a variety of examples and an extensive analysis of compositional rules. The 205 line drawings make up a discourse of their own, a pictorial text that serves as an introductory theory of composition or basic design aid. (11254)   $20.00
Construction Methods and Materials
The Building Trades Handbook
ICS Staff
[Masonry]. ICS Staff. The Building Trades Handbook A Convenient Reference Book on Building Construction Treating of Mathematics, Geometrical Drawing, Structural Design, Masonry, Brickwork, Terra-Cotta Masonry, Fireproofing, Carpentry, Joinery, Roofing, Plastering, Estimating, and the Elements of Architectural Design. Scranton, PA: International Textbook Co., 1912. Third edition. 24mo, pp. xvii, 409, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings, plus 16-page supplement about ICS (International Correspondence Schools) Original Brown Cloth. Very Good.

Covers virtually all aspects of construction. You can't pack any more information into such a small package without needing a microscope! (20726)   $40.00
Making a Fireplace
Saylor, Henry H.
[Masonry]. Saylor, Henry H. Making a Fireplace. New York: McBride, Nast & Co., 1913. First edition. 16mo, pp. 52, illustrated with b/w photographs. One plate loose and laid in. Decorated Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Chipped and Torn DJ.

Does your fireplace smoke? Here's how to tame it - also how to build new ones of many various types - brick, stone, concrete. Part of the House & Garden Making series. (20725)   $50.00
Introduction to Early American Masonry
McKee, Harley J.
[Masonry]. McKee, Harley J. Introduction to Early American Masonry. Washington DC: National Historic Trust/Columbia Univeristy, 1973. First printing. Tall octavo, pp. 92, indexed, well illustrated with b/w photos & drawings. bibliography and index. Oversized Paperback. Fine.

An important and scarce trade piece. Well suited for the advanced professional or graduate student in preservation. Hard to find today. (19164)   $45.00
ICS #A-3 - Architecture and Building Construction: Plumbing and Gas-Fitting, Heating and Ventilation, Painting and Decorating, Estimating and Calculating Quantities
ICS Staff
[Trades]. ICS Staff. ICS #A-3 - Architecture and Building Construction: Plumbing and Gas-Fitting, Heating and Ventilation, Painting and Decorating, Estimating and Calculating Quantities. Scranton, PA: International Textbook Co., 1897-1900. First edition. Octavo. pp v, about 500. Numerous b/w diagrams and engravings. Half-Leather. Very Good, light bumps to corners.

As with all the international textbook technical series for building tradesmen, solid, trustworthy, and practical studies, wonderfully illustrated. A scarce series. (7524)   $55.00
Concrete Floor Finishes
Portland Cement Association, Chicago, IL
[Concrete & Cement]. Portland Cement Association. Concrete Floor Finishes. Chicago, IL: Portland Cement Association, 1929. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 23, illustrated with b/w photographs. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good; some inscriptions on the cover.

Properly made concrete floor finishes are durable, serviceable and economical. This brochure deals with the top finish of concrete floors, such as hardener treatments, heavy duty floor finish, light duty floor finish, terrazzo decorative concrete floor finish, acid-proof mastic finishes, and more. Preparation for finishing a floor, maintaining and cleaning concrete floor finishes, and attaching equipment , linoleum, cork or tile to concrete floors are also discussed. A well-illustrated and useful guide. (20713)   $55.00
A Course of Painting in Neutral Tint
Leitch, R. P.
[Art]. Leitch, R. P. A Course of Painting in Neutral Tint. London: Cassell Petter & Galpin, nd c. 1900. Original edition. Oblong small quarto, pp. 33, illustrated with 24 sepia plates. Ex-library bookplate and spine sticker. Embossed cloth over boards with gilt lettering. Good; some water damage to covers, does not affect text block.

The instruction given in this book is intended to be an intermediate step between painting in sepia and painting in watercolor. The studies are executed in sepia and add a single grey tint. The author used architectural and outdoor scenes for his paintings, and tended to use the grey tint mainly to depict the sky and details in the background. An attractive and helpful guide for those learning to paint. (20715)   $75.00
The Nature and Art of Workmanship
Pye, David
[Design]. Pye, David. The Nature and Art of Workmanship. Bethel, CT: Cambium Press, 1995. Revised. Quarto, pp. 143, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Original Wraps. Very Good.

In this thoroughly mechanized age, what is the point of craft? Does it make any sense to work with hand tools when machines can do the same job faster, and in many cases better? What visual richness do we lose by embracing a mass-produced world? This book explores the meaning of skill and its relationship to design and manufacture. Cutting through a century of fuzzy thinking, the author proposes a new theory of making based on the concepts of 'workmanship of risk' and 'workmanship of certainty,' and shows how good workmanship imparts all-important diversity to our visual environment. No one who works with tools and materials, or who designs things for others to make, can afford to be without this penetrating book. (20686)   $40.00
Steel Square
Townsend, Gilbert
[Tools]. Townsend, Gilbert. Steel Square: Use of the scales, roof framing, illustrative problems, other uses. Chicago: American Technical Society, 1949. Second edition (revised). Octavo, pp. 172, indexed, illustrated w/ b/w diagrams and photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very Good, but mild ex-library.

The constant companion of every skilled carpenter is the steel square. This book shows exactly and in detail how this tool may be applied to find the answer to questions which arise in building a house. The author follows the construction of a typical house from start to finish. The many problems confronting the carpenter are explained. Then, step by step, the solution of these problems with the use of the steel square is given. A welcome addition to the carpenter's tool kit. (20683)   $40.00
Modern Carpentry and Joinery, Volume II Advanced Series
Hodgson, Fred T.
[Carpentry]. Hodgson, Fred T. Modern Carpentry and Joinery, Volume II Advanced Series being a compilation of the very best things and most modern and practical methods known in the arts of carpentry and joinery. Chicago: Frederick J. Drake, 1916. Revised. Octavo, pp. 402, indexed, illustrated with over 400 b/w drawings. Decorated Cloth over Boards. Very Good.

In this work, the author drew largely from acknowledged authorities and from workmen of recognized ability, and added the results of his own experience and observation and knowledge of the woodworking trades. The first half is devoted to solid geometry, and the second half to solving almost any problem in practical construction. (20682)   $40.00
The Carpenters' Steel Square, and Its Uses
Hodgson, Fred T.
[Tools]. Hodgson, Fred T. The Carpenters' Steel Square, and Its Uses. New York: J. S. Ogilvie, 1890. Third edition, revised and greatly enlarged. Octavo, pp. viii, 98. Illustrated with nearly 100 woodcuts. Original Cloth, maroon with black embossed lettering. Very good.

A very early and scarce Hodgson title, one which shows the full functionality of the carpenter's steel square, such as obtaining the lengths and bevels of all kinds of rafters, hips, groins, braces, brackets, pulins, collar beams, and jack-rafters. (20681)   $45.00
Pattern Books
Bossert Houses
Louis Bossert & Sons, Inc., Brooklyn, NY
[Pattern Book]. Louis Bossert & Sons, Inc. Bossert Houses. Brooklyn, NY: Louis Bossert & Sons, Inc., 1922. First edition. Quarto, pp. 48. Illustrated with b/w photographs, renderings, and plans. Laid in: 3-page color-printed folded promotional brochure with price list: "A Permanent Summer Vacation. A Bossert Bungalow at Island Park-Long Beach." Color Pictorial Wraps. Very Good.

A lovely house catalog from Louis Bossert & Sons, a Brooklyn lumber and real estate development company that expanded into the kit home market. Bossert, a German immigrant, was active in the Bushwick German community in Brooklyn. He also built the Bossert Hotel in Brooklyn Heights - known as the "Waldorf-Astoria of Brooklyn" - that became the unofficial home of the Dodgers. Features wonderful visuals, including overhead sectional views of each design, and an attractive color cover. Designs include small homes, cottages and bungalows, garages, club houses, churches, hospitals and dormitories. The Ready Cut models were higher quality buildings, Sectional models were pre-fabricated buildings erected in sections, and Excelsior models were cheaper and smaller buildings, mostly summer camps and cottages. Scarce. (20716)   $95.00
Book K: Building Plans for Modern Homes
Gowing, Frederick H. [Architect]
[Pattern Book]. Gowing, Frederick H. [Architect]. Book K: Building Plans for Modern Homes Title page: Building Plans for American and English Colonial Dwellings and Other Medium Cost Homes. Boston: Frederick H. Gowing, 1930. First edition. Quarto. pp 224. illustrated with b/w photographs of home exteriors and floor plans. Original Wraps. Good; chipping backspine, cover partly detached, some pencil marks and staining on cover.

A nice pattern book of designs, self-published by a Boston architect, selected for artistic design and economy in construction. Many different American and English style homes, from bungalows to multi-family dwellings. (20696)   $80.00
Trade Catalogs
The Gold Book, vol. 3
R.J. Cunningham Designs, Salt Lake City, UT
[Metal]. R.J. Cunningham Designs. The Gold Book, vol. 3 Book of 1600 Ornamental Iron Designs Showing Details of Materials Used in Fabrication -- Plus An Additional Now Over 2,800 Ornamental Iron Ideas. Salt Lake City, UT: R. J. Cunningham Designs, 1980. Reissue. Quarto, pp. 304. Thoroughly illustrated with b/w photos, drawings and designs. Original Wraps. Very Good.

A scarce item, this ornamental ironwork design catalog was originally issued in the late 1950s, and includes furnishings, exterior ornamental pieces, chimney pieces, archways and fences, grilles and railings, and more. (20648)   $50.00
Stair Rails of All Kinds
The Standard Wood Turning Company, Jersey City, NJ
[Millwork]. The Standard Wood Turning Company. Stair Rails of All Kinds Machine Turned Balusters, Turned and Pedestal Newels, Hand Turning and Band Sawing, Spiral Columns, Newels and Balusters. Jersey City, NJ: The Standard Wood Turning Company, nd c. 1890. First edition. 9.5" x 12" brochure, which opens to 19" x 12". Has been folded; some closed tears and soiling. Ephemera. Very Good.

An attractive trade piece depicting stairwork in the ornate Victorian patterns of the day, with prices for pieces in black walnut, cherry, or ash. (20714)   $50.00
W. & C. Johnson, Mahogany and Timber Merchants
W. & C. Johnson, London
[Wood]. W. & C. Johnson. W. & C. Johnson, Mahogany and Timber Merchants. London: W. & C. Johnson, 1899. Original edition. 16mo, pp. 23 Staplebound Wraps. Very Good; some soiling and pencil inscriptions on the cover, cover detached.

W. & C. Johnson participated in a building trades exhibition held in the Royal Agricultural Hall in London in May of 1899, and this catalog was distributed there. They offered imported mahogany from Honduras and Nicaragua; oak, black walnut, pine, and whitewood from the United States; birch and teak. In addition to boards, logs and planks, they carried newels, flooring, doors, mouldings, sashes, and venetian blind laths. A flooring calculation table in the catalog assured that customers ordered the correct amount for their job. Desirable and scarce. (20711)   $45.00
Improved Granite Roofing
Laing and Davison, Pittsburgh, PA
[Roofing]. Laing and Davison. Improved Granite Roofing. Pittsburgh, PA: Laing and Davison, nd c. 1885. Original edition. 16mo, pp. 16, illustrated with b/w engravings. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good; some cover soiling.

The roof is an important feature of any building, and Laing and Davison's granite roofing was touted as fireproof, waterproof, and more durable than tin and less than half the cost. This pamphlet includes directions for laying granite roofing, and references from happy customers. A terrific early trade catalog. (20710)   $95.00
The 150th Anniversary Heywood-Wakefield:
The Early American Company
Heywood-Wakefield Company, Gardner, MA
[Furniture]. Heywood-Wakefield Company. The 150th Anniversary Heywood-Wakefield: The Early American Company. Gardner, Massachusetts: Heywood-Wakefield, 1976. Folio (11" x 14"), pp. 140, illustrated in b/w & color photos, includes history of the company. Original Wraps. As New.

In 1826, Walter Heywood, one of the six sons of Benjamin Heywood (1773-1849), began making wooden chairs in a barn adjacent to his father's farmhouse. Walter was eventually joined by four of his five brothers in the chair-making venture. Countless references have been made to the Five Heywood Brothers through many generations, as the founders of the furniture manufacturing industry in the United States. This lovely catalog was published to celebrate the national bicentennial and the company's 150th anniversary in 1976. Great for the collector or fan of Heywood-Wakefield's beautiful "early American-" style furniture. (5214)   $30.00
Brick and Stone
Modern Blasting in Quarries and Open Pits
Barab, J.
[Stone]. Barab, J. Modern Blasting in Quarries and Open Pits. Wilmington, DE: Hercules Powder Company, 1927. First edition. Octavo, pp. 169, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. Cloth over Boards. Very good; moderate edgewear to cover.

This book includes a short account of the history and theory of explosives, types of explosives manufactured, and blasting accessories. Principal attention is given to actual results obtained in the field and discussions regarding the various methods employed. A useful reference book for users of explosives. (19241)   $65.00
The Granite Kiss:
Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls
Gardner, Kevin and Guillermo Nunez, Susan Allport
[Masonry]. Gardner, Kevin and Guillermo Nunez, Susan Allport. The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls. Woodstock, VT: Countryman Press, 2001. First edition. Oblong octavo, pp. 198, illustrated with b/w drawings. Glossary, bibliography, index.  Original Wraps. Near Fine in Wraps.

Kevin Gardner distills 25 years of experience in building and repairing New England-style dry stone walls into principles and practices that are adaptable to a wide variety of designs and circumstances. He provides instruction on building basic stone walls, and demystifies the techniques for constructing steps, wells, ramps, walkways, retaining walls, and many other forms of dry masonry. His exploration of the history, philosophy, and aesthetics of working with stone promises to bring as much pleasure to the armchair craftsman as it does valuable instruction to the beginning wall builder. The glossary is a unique attempt at comprehensiveness. The bibliography shows how few books are available on the subject. (10735)   $25.00
New Orleans Cemeteries: Life in the Cities of the Dead
Florence, Robert
[Americana]. Florence, Robert. New Orleans Cemeteries: Life in the Cities of the Dead. New Orleans, LA: Batture Press, Inc., 1997. Second Printing. Quarto, pp. 207, illustrated with color photographs. A trifold flyer for a cemetery tour by Historic New Orleans Walking Tours is laid in. Boards. Near Fine in Fine DJ.

This book examines thirteen regional burial grounds, focusing not only on gravesite structures but on people profoundly connected to them. The author identifies the forms of aboveground burial historically employed in the Crescent City: the wall vault, family tomb, stepped tomb, coping, and society tomb. The evocative photographs create a dynamic portrait - otherworldly, yet strikingly real. A visit to a New Orleans cemetery can be a spellbinding experience, and these images visually convey this essence. An enchanting account of one of the world's true treasures, as enjoyable and entertaining as it is educational. (20722)   $50.00
Stone Built: Contemporary American Houses
Goff, Lee
[Stone]. Goff, Lee. Stone Built: Contemporary American Houses. New York: Monacelli, 1997. First edition. Quarto, pp. 272, illustrated with color photographs. Hardcover. Near Fine, with no DJ.

This volume presents twenty-seven contemporary residences, spanning the entire stylistic spectrum and thoroughly documented with color photography. The United States has always had a great number of stone houses, subject to regional and stylistic variations, as author Lee Goff writes in her comprehensive introduction. That history and variety are alive today, as houses of stone continue to appear in myriad guises - classical, modern, vernacular, postmodern - throughout the country. In fact, Goff concludes that a new renaissance of stone houses is at hand. The exceptional residences in this book, by such renowned architects as Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer, Will Bruder, 1100 Architect, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Lake/Flato, and Kohn Pedersen Fox, provide ample evidence of this renaissance. Goff discusses with each architect the design of each house, focusing on the decision to use stone, the building process, and other related choices, while color photographs illustrate both exteriors and interiors. (10506)   $45.00
Building with Stone
McRaven, Charles
[Masonry]. McRaven, Charles. Building with Stone. New York: Lippincott, 1989. Fourteenth printing, 1995. Quarto, pp. 192, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings. Color Pictorial Wraps. Very good; some soiling to fore edge.

This is a beginner's guide to using natural stone - as opposed to quarried or polished stone - as a building material. It includes detailed instructions for making natural stone constructions that are both useful and aesthetically pleasing - a stone wall, a fireplace, a barbecue pit, a patio, even a small dam or a house. The author shows how to select the proper stones for a specific project, how to work with uncut stone, drystone and mortar construction, and how to obtain and care for stone-working tools. (20680)   $30.00
Titles on Sale
Observations on The Forgotten Art Of Building A Good Fireplace
Orton, Vrest
[Masonry]. Orton, Vrest. Observations on The Forgotten Art Of Building A Good Fireplace
 The Story of Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, an American Genius, & his Principles of Fireplace Design which have Remained Unchanged for 174 Years. Dublin, NH: Yankee, 1974. Second edition. Octavo, pp. 60, illustrated w/ b/w diagrams and engravings. Paperback. Very Good+.

Most modern architects and masons do not how to design or build a fireplace in the 18th century manner that will always be a source of beauty and delight and never smoke, if built right. The author sets forth in this volume the basic principles of fireplace design established in 1795, so that masons can build fireplaces the right and handsome way, or alter bad fireplaces so they will be good fireplaces. (14659)   $20.00
Modern Ornamentation
Dresser, Charles
[Ornamentation]. Dresser, Charles. Modern Ornamentation Being a series of Original Designs for the Patterns of Textile Fabrics, for the Ornamentation of Manufactures in Wood, Metal, Pottery, etc.; also for the Decoration of Walls & Ceilings and other Flat Surfaces. Watkins Glen, NY: American Life Foundation, 1976. Reprint. Quarto, pp. ca 50, reprint of 1886 London edition, illustrated with 50 plates. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.

The author was a designer of decorations for buildings, and of patterns for manufacturers. The patterns published in this volume are all original designs of the author, his assistants, and his pupils. The designs are all flat ornaments, suitable for wall panels, curtains, ceilings, carpets, floor cloths, and other similar uses. A lovely compilation of Victorian-era ornaments. (13751)   $25.00
Plantation Homes of Louisiana and the Natchez Area
Gleason, David King
[Architectural History]. Gleason, David King. Plantation Homes of Louisiana and the Natchez Area (The David King Gleason Collection). Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1982. First edition. Oblong quarto, pp. 134. indexed, illustrated with 120 color photographs. Boards. Very Good in Very Good DJ.

From the Greek Revival grandeur of Belle Helene, to the Moorish fantasy of Longwood, to the simplicity of Rosella, the plantation homes of Louisiana and the Natchez area powerfully recall the brief flowering of the unique civilization of the Old South. In their noble facades, sculptured interiors, and scattered outbuildings can be seen the feudal splendor of the great cotton and sugar planters, and the doomed glory of the Confederate war effort. From the Old House Journal reference library. (13378)   $30.00
Linoleum Layer's Handbook, Containing Detailed Directions for
Laying and Caring for Floors of Modern Linoleum
Armstrong Cork Products, Lancaster, PA
[Linoleum]. Armstrong Cork Products. Linoleum Layer's Handbook, Containing Detailed Directions for Laying and Caring for Floors of Modern Linoleum. Lancaster, PA: Armstrong Cork Co., 1928. Original edition. 12 mo, pp 52, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Decorated stock covers, light green. Good, some writing on front cover.

A practical small handbook depicting the equipment, tools, and methods for laying linoleum floors. Every step is photographed and explained in detail, including laying the treads and risers on a stairway. Still useful today! (17686)   $40.00
How to Install Armstrong's Linowall, For Permanently Beautiful Walls
Armstrong Cork Products, Lancaster, PA
[Linoleum]. Armstrong Cork Products. How to Install Armstrong's Linowall, For Permanently Beautiful Walls. Lancaster, PA: Armstrong Cork Co., April 1938. Fifth Edition. 12 mo, pp 52, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Decorated stock covers, green. Very Good.

A practical small handbook to installing sheet linoleum as a wall finish, with marvelous step by step instructions and photographs. Invaluable and uncommon. (17685)   $45.00
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)   $15.00
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