Steven Schuyler Bookseller
Selected Titles for September 2019
Welcome to the September newsletter! For the first time in years, I did not make it to the annual Preservation Trades Network's annual meeting - held in Scotland this year! Almost 100 members made it to the annual meeting. Here is a photo to show what I missed. On the left is David Harrison of Hayles & Howe in the UK, and on the right is David Hayles, originator of the firm and the author of a book on scagliola, which we have sold in this newsletter in the past. David Hayles just finished a ride around the world on an e-bike!
And fellow preservationist and author Brent Hull of Hull Historical stopped by for some book browsing and for a ride in my 1959 Thunderbird convertible.
In this newsletter we have some exciting new arrivals, including books by popular authors Eric Sloane (all signed with an original drawing and an autograph!) and Royal Barry Wills, and a stunning collection of Victorian-era wallpaper sample books.
Happy browsing! Steven
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Royal Barry Wills
Eric Sloane - Signed by the Author with Original Drawings
From the Old House Journal library
Architecture and History
Construction Methods & Materials
Metal and Hardware
Brick and Stone
Titles on Sale
Johnson's Interior Finishes
S. C. Johnson & Son, Racine, WI
[Paint]. S. C. Johnson & Son. Johnson's Interior Finishes Everything for the Interior Decoration of the Home. Racine, WI: S. C. Johnson & Son, nd c. 1910. Original edition. Small quarto, pp. 4 of text, with fold-out chart of wood samples and finishes. 32 of 36 samples present. Cloth over Boards. Good; four samples missing; some edgewear and soiling; back hinge split.
Samples of oak, birch, quartered oak, pine, cypress, gumwood, maple and more, with various colors of wood dye and wax or varnish finish. Six of the samples show Johnson's enamel finishes. (19628) $75.00
Anaglypta: The Aristocrat of Display Accessories
The Murdison Co., Inc., Chicago, IL
[Architecture]. Murdison Company. Anaglypta The Aristocrat of Display Accessories. Chicago, IL: Murdison Company, nd c. 1926. First edition. Oblong folio (15"x10.5"), pp. 54, illustrated with b/w photographs of architectural ornaments. Cloth over Boards. Very good; cover soiled.
Anaglypta is a range of paintable textured wallcoverings made from paper or vinyl. It was the first washable wall covering and appealed to Victorians because of its sanitary properties, its durability, and ornate effects. This catalog displays backgrounds, panels, high relief centers, friezes, pilasters and many more ornaments. Very scarce, especially in such condition. (19655) $225.00
Illustrated Catalogue of New Designs of Stair Builders' Goods
S. E. Smith & Bro., St. Paul, MN
[Stairs]. S. E. Smith & Bro. Illustrated Catalogue of New Designs of Stair Builders' Goods. St. Paul, MN: S. E. Smith & Bro., 1887. First edition. 12mo, pp. 58, illustrated with b/w engravings. Signed on the front cover by a previous owner. Color Pictorial Wraps. Fair; foxing; back cover missing; back page soiled and torn.
Beautifully detailed Victorian newels, balusters, stair rails, and hand rails. Exceedingly scarce, currently the only copy available. (19639) $160.00
Frigidaire Electric Ranges for 1939
General Motors Sales Co., Dayton, OH
[Kitchens]. Frigidaire. Frigidaire Electric Ranges for 1939. Dayton, OH: General Motors Sales Co., 1939. Original edition. Quarto, pp 15. Color and b/w illustrations on each page. Signed in pencil by a previous owner on the cover. Color Pictorial Wraps. Very Good.
A colorful trade piece about electric appliances for prospective home owners. Attractive renderings of kitchen ranges from the 1930's. (17783) $60.00
Spanish Homes of California
Roy Hilton Co., Long Beach, CA
[California]. Roy Hilton Co. Spanish Homes of California A collection of photographs representing Spanish influence in home building as interpreted by the best architects of Southern California, along with sketches and plans for encouragement of this style. Long Beach, CA: Roy Hilton Co., 1925. Original edition. Small quarto, pp 48. Illustrated with perspective b/w photographs, and architectural floor plans. Original Wraps. Very good; minor chipping to cover edges; some pencil marks on back cover.
An exceptionally attractive plan book with designs, photographs and plans for the most popular Spanish-style homes in California. An eight-page article by Roy Hilton about Spanish homes included in the text shows many photos of interior and exterior details typical of these styles, helping to inform the reader about the influences that originated these beautiful homes. Very scarce! This is the first time we've offered this title. (19613) $225.00
Chicago by the Book
[Chicago]. Caxton Club. Chicago by the Book 101 Publications That Shaped the City and Its Image. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2018. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 275, indexed, illustrated with color photographs. Cloth over Boards. As New in Fine DJ.
This book profiles 101 landmark publications about Chicago from the past 170 years that have helped define the city and its image. Each title - carefully selected by the Caxton Club, a venerable Chicago bibliophilic organization - is the focus of an illustrated essay by a leading scholar, writer, or bibliophile. With essays from, among others, Ira Berkow, Thomas Dyja, Ann Durkin Keating, Alex Kotlowitz, Toni Preckwinkle, Frank Rich, Don Share, Carl Smith, Regina Taylor, Garry Wills, and William Julius Wilson; and featuring works by Saul Bellow, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sandra Cisneros, Clarence Darrow, Erik Larson, David Mamet, Studs Terkel, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Frank Lloyd Wright, and many more. (19621) $40.00
The Architecture of Downtown Troy
Waite, Diana S.
[American]. Waite, Diana S. The Architecture of Downtown Troy An Illustrated History. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2019. First edition. Quarto, pp. xi, 211, indexed, richly illustrated with color photographs. Cloth over Boards. New in new dust jacket.
This book tells the stories behind many handsome and significant buildings in downtown Troy and how they were designed and constructed - stories that have never been pulled together before. For the first time in generations, scores of Troy buildings are again linked with their architects. In addition to numerous historic images, the book also includes contemporary photographs by local photographer Gary Gold. This book will inform, delight, and surprise readers and fans of this important American city, said to have one of the most perfectly preserved downtowns in the United States. (19610) $50.00
Tree Houses - Signed by the Author
Wills, Royal Barry
[Building as Envelope]. Wills, Royal Barry . Tree Houses - Signed by the Author. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1957. First edition. Quarto, pp 67, illustrated w/ b/w sketches and construction details on almost every page. Signed by the author on front endpaper. Brown Cloth over Boards . Very Good in edgeworn DJ; closed tear on front of DJ.
Children's illustrated how-to book on building your own tree house by a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Opening with the true story of two boys who built their own house, this charming and useful book includes tips for site/tree selection and step-by-step instructions for building a one-tree and two-tree house. Includes plans, notes on materials, tools, and other helpful details. A scarce title by a major designer of the twentieth century. (19631) $75.00
[Pattern Book]. Wills, Royal Barry (Associates: Richard Wills, Robert Minot,Warren Rohter). Houses for Good Living. New York: Architectural Book Publishing Co., 1940. First edition. Quarto, pp. 104, sumptuously illustrated w/ b/w photographs, floor plans, and preliminary architectural sketches. Book plate from previous owner inside front cover. Cloth over Boards. Very Good in Fine DJ.
In this book, Royal Barry Wills, nationally known architect who has won honors in the residential-design field, shows how you can analyze your building needs and adapt one of the standard styles or "go modern"; how to budget your building money and save on costs; and what to expect from your architect. A section devoted to pictures and plans shows the reader how houses are planned to fit the needs they must serve, and how they appear when the plans have been turned into glass and wood, brick and stone. To the reader's benefit, the author genially leads from amusing but valuable observations to the lessons that flow from them. By the end of the book, one has a good working conception of how prospective home owner, architect and builder can coolaborate successfully. Lovely book, scarce in any condition. In addition to the colonial style houses and floor plans, there is an entire section on entrances and details, as well as a chapter on larger buildings. (19633) $50.00
[Pattern Book]. Wills, Royal Barry. Houses for Homemakers. New York: Franklin Watts, Inc., 1945. First edition. Quarto,pp 94. filled with architectural renderings and floor plans on each page. A previous owner left short comments in colored pencil on some pages. Color Pictorial Wraps, umber. Good; front cover detached.
A very uncommon title by America's most popular architect. Wills, a New England-based post-war architect, was a champion of traditional design in residential architecture, in the face of our obsession with the 1950s ranchhouse. This is a very early post-War piece (1945), which shows Wills fine-tuning his small house options and veering away from the increasingly popular ranch house. (19632) $50.00
|Eric Sloane - Signed by the Author with Original Drawings
A Museum of Early American Tools - Signed by the Author
[Americana]. Sloane, Eric. A Museum of Early American Tools. New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc., 1964. First edition eighth printing. Quarto, pp. 108, indexed, with many wonderful illustrations by the author. Signed by the author with a unique illustration on title page. Original Cloth. Very Good in Very Good, Mylar covered DJ.
This absorbing and profusely illustrated book describes in detail scores of early American tools and the wooden and metal artifacts made with them. Informally and expressively written, the text covers building tools and methods; farm and kitchen implements; and the tools of curriers, wheelwrights, coopers, blacksmiths, coachmakers, loggers, tanners, and many other craftsmen of the pre-industrial age. Scores of pen-and-ink sketches by the author accurately depict "special tools for every job," among them a hollowing gouge, hay fork, cornering chisel, apple butter paddle, boring auger, mortising chisel, a holding dog, hauling sledge, winnowing tray, reaping hooks, splitting wedge, felling axe, propping saw horse, and other traditional implements. Sure to be prized by cultural historians, this volume will delight woodcrafters interested in making their own tools and thrill general readers with its store of Americana. (19648) $85.00
A Reverence for Wood - Signed by the Author
[American History]. Sloane, Eric. A Reverence for Wood. New York: Funk & Wagnalls., 1965. First edition sixth printing. Octavo, pp. 111, illustrations by the author. Includes a color plate of 20 sections of typical American woods. Signed by the author with a unique illustration on front endpaper. Original Cloth. Very Good in Very Good, Mylar covered DJ.
A very nice copy of the first edition of this popular title, one which is a "must have" for Sloane collectors and professional/recreational woodworkers alike. A great read! Tells of how different kinds of trees and their wood figured in the American story. Includes a section on identification of nearly sixty native trees. (19647) $85.00
Diary of an Early American Boy - Signed by the Author
[American History]. Sloane, Eric. Diary of an Early American Boy: Noah Blake 1805. New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc., 1962. First edition eighth printing. Octavo, pp. 108, illustrations by the author. Author discovered a diary from 1805 from which he recreated this authentic portrayal. Excellent portrait of life on an American farm in the early 19th century with hundreds of instructive illustrations of tools, building materials, in the style of how things work. Signed by the author with a unique illustration on front endpaper. Original Cloth. Very Good in Good DJ.
Beautiful copy of first edition. A great read! Depicts a time when you related totally to your environment, for the simple reason that you either build it, harvested it or bartered for it! (19646) $85.00
We have priced these individually, but we will entertain an offer for the complete lot of seven books. More images can be provided upon request.
H. M. Roberts Agency 1903:
Alfred Peats Prize Wall Paper Sample Book
Alfred Peats Wall Paper Company, New York, NY
[Wallpaper]. Alfred Peats Wall Paper Company. H. M. Roberts Agency 1903: Alfred Peats Prize Wall Paper Sample Book. New York: Alfred Peats Wall Paper Company, 1903. Original edition. Folio (15"x18.5") Leather spine with embossed paper cover; gilt lettering. Good; front hinge splitting but pages very good; water damage to rear cover and last 30 pages of the book.
Over 100 block printed wallpaper samples; some are on half pages. Very sumptuous sampling despite condition problems. (19082) $375.00.
Ballou-Dickson Wall Paper Sample Book for 1903
Ballou-Dickson Wall Paper Company, New York, NY
[Wallpaper]. Ballou-Dickson Wall Paper Company. Ballou-Dickson Wall Paper Sample Book for 1903. New York: Ballou-Dickson Wall Paper Company, 1903. Original edition. Folio (15"x18.5") Cloth spine with textured paper cover; gilt lettering. Good+; cloth spine starting to detach; water damage to cover but wallpaper samples mostly unaffected, but one page is adhered to another because of the moisture.
Over 100 block printed wallpaper samples; some are on half pages. Contains papers by Gossler Wagner & Company, Philadelphia; Benton Heath & Company; Pittsburg Wall Paper Company, New Brighton PA; W H M & Co.; Wallace Wall Paper Company; Imperial Wall Paper Company, Sandy Hill NY; and Liberty Wall Paper Company, Schuylerville, NY. (19083) $375.00.
Ballou-Dickson Textured Wall Paper Sample Book
Ballou-Dickson Wall Paper Company, New York, NY
Wallpaper]. Ballou-Dickson Wall Paper Company. Ballou-Dickson Textured Wall Paper Sample Book. New York: Ballou-Dickson Wall Paper Company, nd c. 1903. Original edition. Folio (15"x18.5") Cloth spine with textured paper cover; gilt lettering. Good; spine starting to separate; some water damage to cover and a few internal pages; one page with closed tear.
Over 100 block printed, textured wallpaper samples; very unusual and vivid! Contains papers by Standard Wall Paper Company, Schuylerville, NY; Imperial Wall Paper Company, Sandy Hill NY; Cresswell & Washburn, Philadelphia; and Liberty Wall Paper Company, Schuylerville, NY. (19084) $375.
H. M. Roberts Agency 1903:
Alfred Peats Prize Wall Paper Sample Book
Alfred Peats Wall Paper Company, New York, NY
[Wallpaper]. Alfred Peats Wall Paper Company. H. M. Roberts Agency 1903: Alfred Peats Prize Wall Paper Sample Book. New York: Alfred Peats Wall Paper Company, 1903. Original edition. Folio (15"x18.5") Cloth spine with embossed paper cover; gilt lettering. Good+; front hinge splitting but pages very good.
Over 100 block printed wallpaper samples with wonderfully vivid color; some are on half pages. (19085) $400.00
Alfred Peats Prize Wall Paper Sample Book
Alfred Peats Wall Paper Company, New York, NY
[Wallpaper]. Alfred Peats Wall Paper Company. Alfred Peats Prize Wall Paper Sample Book. New York: Alfred Peats Wall Paper Company, nd c. 1903. Original edition. Folio (15"x18.5") Cloth spine with embossed paper cover; gilt lettering. Good; some punctures to cover; bottom right corner missing on cover and sample pages.
Over 25 block printed wallpaper samples, some with gold embellishments; interspersed with textured paper of various solid colors (19086) $375.00
Gledhill Wall Paper Company, New York, NY
[Wallpaper]. Gledhill Wall Paper Company. Wall Paper Sample Book. New York: Gledhill Wall Paper Company, nd c. 1903. Original edition. Folio (15"x18.5") Leather with cloth spine. Good; water damage and rip to cover, does not affect the sample pages.
Over 100 block printed wallpaper samples from Gledhill Wall Paper Company, New York NY; Imperial Wall Paper Company, Sandy Hill, NY; and Carey Bros. Wall Paper Company, Philadelphia. (19087) $400.00
Gledhill Wall Paper Company, New York, NY
[Wallpaper]. Gledhill Wall Paper Company. Wall Paper Sample Book. New York: Gledhill Wall Paper Company, nd c. 1915. Original edition. Folio (15"x18.5") Leather with cloth spine. Very good; top edge sunned.
Over 100 block printed wallpaper samples from Gledhill Wall Paper Company, New York NY, and Wallace Wall Paper Company, Cortland, NY. Perhaps the most attractive samples in the lot of seven, and in the best condition. (19088) $425.00
|From the Old House Journal library
An Age of Barns, Special Natural History Bonus
[American History]. Sloane, Eric. An Age of Barns, Special Natural History Bonus. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1976. Reprint. Rectangular Quarto, pp. 72, illustrations by the author in pen & ink line drawings on sepia paper. Gift inscription to Clem Labine and the Old House Journal on front endpaper. At the center is a selection of 8 of Sloane's works in full color, which are preceded by their individual captions. This book takes us from the birth of the American Barn in the 1600's and shows us the progress through the ages. It also shows different roof styles, and hardware as well as how to "raise" a barn. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.
One of the better barn books, for many reasons, not the least of which are Sloane's accurate line drawings which are abundantly scattered about the text. This 72-page edition is an abridgment of the original 96-page book, sells for less, and includes all the color illustrations. From the Old House Journal reference library. (19635) $15.00
Michigan Chair Co. Catalog, August 1922
Michigan Chair Co., Grand Rapids, MI
[Furniture]. Michigan Chair Co. Michigan Chair Co. Catalog, August 1922. Grand Rapids, MI: Michigan Chair Co., 1922. First edition. Quarto, pp. 94, includes March 19, 1923 Price List and 5 drawings of furniture on thin paper. Contains hundreds of b/w product photos.
Housed in custom box to protect fragile binding.
Original Wraps. Very Good; wraps loose but intact, some pages loose.
A very rare piece, this catalog from the Michigan Chair Company, "Michigan's Foremost Chair Factory" and still today a leading manufacturer of solid hardwood and steam-bent seating furniture. This beautiful catalog includes benches, rockers, dining chairs, foot stools, small tables, and stands. A true gem from the Old House Journal Reference Library. (12139) $75.00
Twentieth Century Catalogue and Price List
Aird-Don Company (formerly Cohoes Tube Works), Troy, NY
[Plumbing]. Aird-Don Company (formerly Cohoes Tube Works). Twentieth Century Catalogue and Price List. Troy, NY: Aird-Don Company, 1901. Original edition. Small quarto, pp. 266, indexed, illustrated with b/w engraved drawings. Green cloth over boards, black lettering. Very good; soiling and staining to cover.
Scarce early 20th century plumbing and heating trade catalog. Toilets, sinks, water gauges, wrenches, gas fitter's tools, iron stop cocks, and much more. Illustrations are large and beautifully rendered. From the Old House Journal reference library. (19627) $145.00
Decorative Ironwork of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
von Hefner-Alteneck, Jakob Heinrich
[Wrought Iron]. von Hefner-Alteneck, Jakob Heinrich. Decorative Ironwork of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Mineola, NY: Dover, 1996. Reprint. Small quarto, pp. 84, illustrated with b/w engravings. Decorated wraps. Fine.
The art of ironwork flourished in western Eurpoe during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Initially it was used primarily for purposes of protection: hinges, latches, grilles and locks, in addition to door pulls and knockers. Gothic art manifested itself in the elaborate foliate motifs to which wrought iron was particularly adaptable in the hands of the craftsman. The most outstanding examples of these works are frequently ecclesiastical. The plates reproduced in this volume are taken from "Serrurerie, ou les Ouvrages en Fer Forge du Moyen-Age et de la Renaissance," as published by Libraririe Tross, Paris, in 1870. From the Old House Journal reference library. (19624) $20.00
The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest
Kreisman, Lawrence and Mason, Glenn
[Design]. Kreisman, Lawrence and Mason, Glenn. The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest Living the Good Life. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2007. First edition. Quarto, pp. 398, indexed. llustrated with numerous color and b/w photographs. Cloth over Boards. Near Fine in Good DJ.
This magnificent compendium is the first comprehensive exploration of the Arts and Crafts legacy in the Pacific Northwest. It traces the movement from its 19th-century English beginnings to its flowering in Washington and Oregon through the 1920s and beyond. Beautifully illustrated with nearly 400 photographs and period graphics, including rare images published here for the first time, this ground-breaking volume is an authoritative reference, a provocative story, and an irresistible treasure trove for Arts and Crafts collectors and enthusiasts everywhere. From the Old House Journal Reference Library. (19620) $35.00
Masonite Insulation . . Presdwood . . Quartrboard
Masonite Corporation, Chicago, IL
[Wood]. Masonite Corporation. Masonite Insulation . . Presdwood . . Quartrboard . . Lath Tempered Presdwood . . Temprtile . . Cushioned Flooring. Chicago. IL: Masonite Corporation, 1937. Third edition. Quarto, pp. 24, illustrated with b/w photographs and color illustrations. Staplebound Wraps. Very good; light stains on cover.
An unusual, attractive advertising brochure showing siding, paneling, leatherwood and other uses of this versatile material. Includes many interior photographs from homes, stores and offices using Masonite products in their construction or renovation. From the Old House Journal reference library. (19617) $20.00
Einfamilienhäuser in den USA
(Single Family Houses in the USA)
Borcherdt, Helmut und Traub, Volker
[American]. Borcherdt, Helmut und Traub, Volker. Einfamilienhäuser in den USA. Munich: Verlag Georg D.W. Callwey, 1962. First edition. Quarto, pp. 160. Richly illustrated with numerous b/w photos and plans. Text in German. Boards. Good.
A remarkable collection of photographs of private homes in the US designed by prominent architects from around the world, clearly showing the broad influence of Modernism and the Bauhaus style on American house design. No other copies currently available in the US. (11805) $45.00
Architectural Graphic Standards
Ramsey, Charles George and Sleeper, Harold Reeve
[Architecture]. Ramsey, Charles George and Sleeper, Harold Reeve. Architectural Graphic Standards for Architects, Engineers, Decorators, Builders, and Draftsmen. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1981. Seventh edition. Quarto, pp. 785, indexed, illustrated with b/w specification drawings. Cloth over Boards with Leather Spine in Custom Clamshell Box. New.
The ultimate in standard references, a "must" for any architect. It remains indispensable for architects and builders/tradesmen who work in more traditional, older built environments. (19656) $60.00
Scientific American Building Edition No. 167
Scientific American, New York, NY
[American]. Scientific American. Scientific American Building Edition No. 167 Scientific American Architectural Series. New York: Munn & Co., September, 1899. First edition. Quarto, pp 18, plus xii (advertising.) b/w photographs and illustrations on every page. Color Pictorial Wraps. Good+, covers loose and soiled, otherwise very good.
Articles in this historic journal include outstanding photographs of historic homes in New Jersey and New York, as well as stunning images of the Schloss Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. (16604) $95.00
The Homes of Our Forefathers, Massachusetts
[New England]. Whitefield, Edwin. The Homes of Our Forefathers. Being a Selection of the Oldest and Most Interesting Buildings, Historical Houses, and Noted Places in Massachusetts. From Original Drawings Made on the Spot. Boston: A. Williams and Co., 1880. Third edition. Octavo, 29 pages with 2 tinted lithographic plates with brief descriptions on each page, printed on one side. Green Cloth over Boards, Gilt Edged Pages. Very Good.
A wonderful collection of chromolithographs of important historic buildings throughout Massachusetts, produced to document these disappearing buildings for future generations. (13721) $55.00
Contemporary Shops in the United States
[Architectural History]. Nicholson, Emrich. Contemporary Shops in the United States. New York: Architectural Book Publishing Co., 1945/48. Fourth printing. Quarto, pp. 213. richly illustrated with b/w photographs of all manner of store fronts and interiors. Ex-library. Two pages stuck together (160 and 161) and left a scrape when they were separated. Cloth over Boards, library binding. Very good; typical wear of an ex-library book.
A careful presentation of 112 shops, large and small, handling a great variety of products, located from coast to coast, designed by 70 of the nation's most successful designers. A true cross section of the whole mid-century modern trend in store design. (10509) $95.00
Analysis of Ornament
Wornum, Ralph N.
[Ornamentation]. Wornum, Ralph N. Analysis of Ornament. The Characteristics of Styles: An Introduction to the Study of the History of Ornamental Art. London: Chapman and Hall, 1873. Fourth edition. Small Quarto, pp. 138. Numerous b/w illustrations. Presentation bookplate by Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine inside front cover. Embossed Cloth over Boards with Gilt Lettering and Designs.. Good, mild ex-library; boards and spine sunned, corners bumped, spine worn, tape residue on front board.
An interesting and useful guide to the ornamental styles and common decorative motifs from ancient Greece and Rome through Louis Quatorze. (15837) $40.00
Better Built Homes
Curtis Lumber and Millwork Company, Clinton, IA
[Pattern Book]. Curtis Lumber and Millwork Company. Better Built Homes. Clinton, IA: Curtis Lumber and Millwork Company, 1917. First edition. Small quarto, pp 64, illustrated with b/w exterior and interior photographs and floor plans. Decorated Cardboard Covers. Good; moderate edgewear and scrapes.
A lovely plan book emphasizing the bungalows and cottages so popular in 1917. One of the rare pattern books that gave as much space to interior photographs as they did to the outside of the home. Beautifully staged views of the coveted Arts and Crafts style. Scarce; we've never seen this one before. (19641) $85.00
Gordon-Van Tine, Davenport, IA
[Pattern Book]. Gordon-Van Tine. Winter Gardens Greenhouses Conservatories Hot Bed Sash & Green House Equipment. Davenport, IA: Gordon-Van Tine Company, nd c. 1910. Original edition. Small quarto, pp 15, illustrated with b/w photographs with spot color. Staplebound Wraps. Very good.
Gordon Van Tine sold millwork, windows, paints and roofing to the consumer, but the bulk of this catalog was devoted to greenhouses, conservatories and greenhouse equipment. Photographs illustrate the strength and durability of the construction, and the attractive and useful designs. Scarce; we haven't seen a copy of this before. (19637) $80.00
Mill Cut-to-Fit Homes
Bay City Ready-Cut Home Company, Bay City, MI
[Pattern Book]. Bay City Ready-Cut Home Company. Mill Cut-to-Fit Homes. Bay City, MI: Bay City Ready-Cut Home Company, 1917. First edition. Small quarto, pp. 32, indexed, illustrated w/ b/w photographs and floor plans. Embossed seal by previous owner on front endpaper and back cover. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.
This Michigan company illustrated and described 25 master designs of popular American homes that have been carefully detailed and manufactured to minimize waste and hand labor, and save time during the building phase. The attractive photos show homes that have been built, to assure the buyer that the plans are accurate and reliable. (19636) $90.00
Homes That Satisfy
Wilson & Greene Lumber Company, Syracuse, NY
[Pattern Book]. Wilson & Greene Lumber Company. Homes That Satisfy Complete Plans, Specifications and Building Materials for Houses, Cottages and Garages. Syracuse, NY: Wilson & Greene Lumber Co., nd ca 1915. First edition. Quarto, pp 112, illustrated with b/w and color perspective renderings and floor plans. Price list and order form laid in. Decorated Cardboard Covers. Very good; scrape to front cover.
An extensive and uncommon plan book of small and medium sized homes of various styles. Bungalows, cottages, colonials, double-deckers, and cottages, are some of the designs depicted. (19638) $80.00
Layrite Homes of Masonry
Layrite Concrete Products, Seattle, WA
[Pattern Book]. Layrite Concrete Products. Layrite Homes of Masonry A.I.A. No. 10-C. Seattle, WA: Layrite Concrete Products, nd c. 1948. First edition. Quarto, pp. 18 plus two Layrite advertising flyers laid in: one for aluminum picture windows, and the other for concrete products. Illustrated with b/w perspective drawings and floor plans. Staplebound Wraps. Very good.
This catalog featured homes made with pumice block walls, boasting lighter weight, better insulation, more soundproof, non-sweating, nailable, natural texture and color pleasing to the eye, and beautiful finishing. A nice selection of homes with mid-century styling. (19626) $50.00
Houses for Good Living
Wills, Royal Barry
[Pattern Book]. Wills, Royal Barry. Houses for Good Living. New York: Architectural Book Publishing, 1940. First edition. Quarto, pp. 104, illustrated w/ large b/w photographs and plans. Cloth over Boards. Good; cover lightly spotted, does not affect text block.
A gorgeous pattern book specializing in small houses, many of which have received national recognition. Lovely book, scarce in any condition. (19623) $45.00
Hodgson Houses and Camps: Indoor and Outdoor Equipment
E. F. Hodgson Co., Boston and New York City
[Pattern Book]. E. F. Hodgson Co. Hodgson Houses and Camps: Indoor and Outdoor Equipment. Boston and New York: E. F. Hodgson Co., 1936. First edition. Oblong 16mo. pp 64. Illustrated with b/w photographs on each page. Color Wraps, blue. Very good.
Scarce, wonderful book of woodsy cabins and cottages, kennels, coops, play houses, utility sheds, greenhouses, birdhouses, pergolas, fencing, furnishings for modest abodes, etc., from a prefab company. Many photos. Light wear. Very uncommon! (19612) $60.00
|Construction Materials & Methods
As a Man Liveth [Homes of Stucco over Metal Lath]
American Metal Lath Manufacturers, Cleveland, OH
[Stucco]. American Metal Lath Manufacturers. As a Man Liveth. Cleveland, OH: American Metal Lath Manufacturers, 1918. Original edition. Quarto, pp 31, illustrated with b/w spot color drawings and b/w photographs. Decorated Boards. Very Good; back hinge starting to split.
man liveth, so shall he work." Floating labor leads to high labor turnover rates, so there is a desire to create affordable housing that is beautiful and well designed to keep laborers living in the communities where they work. Beautiful and comfortable homes will lead to stability and pride in working class neighborhoods. This company used stucco on metal lath, to create a home exterior that is beautiful and doesn't need as much maintenance or heat as a wooden house. (19615) $60.00
Successful Stucco Houses
Clinton Wire Cloth Company, Clinton, MA
[Stucco]. Clinton Wire Cloth Company. Successful Stucco Houses together with a few examples of public edifices in the construction of which Clinton Wire Lath played an important part. Clinton, MA: Clinton Wire Cloth Company, 1912. First edition. Oblong octavo, pp. 53. Illustrated with b/w photographs. Staplebound Wraps. Very good.
Outside plastering work must be supported in such a way as to prevent the formation of cracks in which moisture lodges and ice forms, throwing off the plaster coat. Clinton Wire Cloth Company developed a durable wire mesh that was embedded in the mortar and hidden from the destructive effects of moisture, which protected the surface plastering from cracks, and also protected the structure from the spread of fire. This book illustrates some of the homes in which Clinton wire lath was used, including homes in Massachusetts, Maine, Louisiana, New York, Connecticut, and Ohio (19653) $55.00
Lath & Plaster Selection Data & Assemblies
Northeast Lathing and Plastering Promotional Bureau, Albany, NY
[Plastering]. Northeast Lathing and Plastering Promotional Bureau. Lath & Plaster Selection Data & Assemblies. Albany, NY: Northeast Lathing and Plastering Promotional Bureau, nd c. 1973. Original edition. Oblong quarto, pp. 76, illustrated with b/w specification drawings. Publisher's letter to original owner in 1973 laid in, as well as two AIA specifications for lathing, furring and plastering (1960 edition, pp. 41, indexed; and 1972 edition, pp. 15, indexed). Signed by original owner in 1973 with highlighter on title page. Spiralbound Wraps. Very good.
This manual provides a general guide for initial comparison and selection of an assembly fulfilling the requirements of the individual job and locale. Sections on textures, curtainwall, fireproofing, partitions, veneer, ceilings, and components. (19652) $60.00
Concrete Masonry Design Manual
Concrete Masonry Association, Los Angeles, CA
[Masonry]. Concrete Masonry Association. Concrete Masonry Design Manual. Los Angeles, CA: Concrete Masonry Association, 1955. Original edition. Quarto, pp 117, illustrated with b/w construction specification drawings. Previous owner signed the cover in pencil. Cardboard Covers over Comb Binding. Good; cover soiled and heavily worn but binding and contents very good.
This manual facilitates proper design and construction with concrete masonry, giving detailed information on shapes and properties, standard details of assembly and construction, and engineering tables for design computations. (19651) $45.00
The Carpenter's and Joiner's Hand-Book
[Carpentry]. Holly, H. W. The Carpenter's and Joiner's Hand-Book containing a complete treatise on framing hip and valley roofs. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1896. Revised edition with additions. 16mo, pp. 57. Illustrated with 43 b/w engravings. Ink stamped on several pages by a previous owner. Cloth over boards; gilt lettering. Good; light wear to spine ends and corners; front end paper missing, front hinge split, text and illustrations very clean.
This book attempted to fill the need for a small, convenient pocket guide containing the most useful and necessary rules for the carpenter. Topics include positioning of the hip rafter, framing a concave hip roof, finding the mitre joint of any angle, finding the shape of horizontal covering for domes, and many more. (19642) $50.00
Congoleum Nairn Patterns Fall 1939
Congoleum Nairn Co., Kearny, NJ
[Flooring]. Congoleum Nairn Co. Congoleum Nairn Patterns Fall 1939. Kearny, NJ: Congoleum Nairn Co., 1939. Original edition. Small quarto, pp. 48. Index, richly illustrated in color. Some pencil marks on cover. Original Staplebound Wraps. Good; some water and mouse damage to the tops of the pages.
A delightful flooring catalog in beautiful condition, showing popular designs from the WWII era. Congoleum was an early floor covering product, so named because the asphalt materials used in its manufacture came from the Belgian Congo. Very scarce, a real find! (19645) $55.00
Catalog No. 36 Lumber Millwork Hardware
Chicago & Riverdale Lumber Co., Chicago, IL
[Millwork]. Chicago & Riverdale Lumber Co. Catalog No. 36 Lumber Millwork Hardware. Chicago, IL: Chicago & Riverdale Lumber Co., 1915. First edition. Octavo, pp. 144, illustrated with b/w photos and drawings. Embossed and signed on the front cover by previous owners. Color Pictorial Wraps. Fair; foxing; back cover missing; back page soiled and torn.
Porch columns, windows, casement sash, doors, metal covered and wood store fronts, grille arches, colonnades, sideboards, bookcase and mantel shelves, stairwork, metal shingles and more. A wonderful resource for restoration and preservation. (19640) $85.00
Modern Painting, Hardwood Finishing and Sign Painting
Armstrong, Hodgson & Delamotte
[Paint]. Armstrong, Hodgson & Delamotte. Modern Painting, Hardwood Finishing and Sign Painting Covering every Branch of this Profession. Chicago. IL: Frederick J. Drake & Company, 1913. First edition. Sm Octavo, pp.440, 203 & (15). All sections illustrated with b/w drawings. 10 pages of trade literature at end of book. Each section with index. Decorated Boards. Good; cover faded and stained.
As with most books by Hodgson, this is the industry standard in its field. Extremely well illustrated with line drawings, it addresses the needs of the professional painter, from apprentice through journeyman. (19616) $85.00
Modern Covers / Ripple and Stucco Finishes
District of Columbia Paper Manufacturing Company, Washington, DC
[Paper]. District of Columbia Paper Manufacturing Company. Modern Covers / Ripple and Stucco Finishes. Washington, D.C.: District of Columbia Paper Manufacturing Company, 1920 (circa). Original edition. Trifold pamphlet (5 1/ 2"x 10" ) with nine paper samples stapled in. The samples for the ripple finish are complete; there are three samples missing in the stucco finish. Pamphlet. Very good.
The District of Columbia Paper Manufacturing Company produced their own papers in their mill in Washington DC. This pamphlet showed their ripple and stucco finishes in seven colors. Scarce and attractive. (19609) $45.00
Catalog #3 of Outside Door Trimmings
William Hall & Company, Boston, MA
[Hardware]. William Hall & Company. Catalog #3 of Outside Door Trimmings. Boston, MA: William Hall & Company, 1907. Original edition. Small quarto, pp 41, indexed. Illustrated with b/w photographs. Decorated Boards. Very Good; light staining to back cover.
A beautiful catalog for everything you need to dress a door, from a well-established Boston company (founded 1843): door knockers, hinges, latches, locks, nails, bell pulls, bolts, doorbells, handles, etc. Very unusual! This is the first time we've seen a catalog from this company, and this one is quite attractive and in very good condition. (19614) $95.00
Copper and Common Sense:
Design Principles and Techniques of Sheet Copper Construction
Anderson, I. E. and Walter C. Voss
[Metal]. Anderson, I. E. and Walter C. Voss. Copper and Common Sense: Design Principles and Techniques of Sheet Copper Construction. (AIA Spec Sheet No. 12) Basic Principles, Design, Installation Procedure, Mechanical Properties, Specifications for Durable, Trouble-Free Installations. New York: Revere Copper and Brass Inc., 1957. Fifth Edition. Small quarto, pp. 128, illustrated in b/w and color. Indexed, with many Appendices. The subtitle is an accurate reflection of the book's contents. Master Specifications for Copper Roofing and Sheet Metal Work in Building Construction (pp. 22) laid in. Original Wraps. Good; spine mostly missing but binding intact.
Scarce, important book for anyone working with copper as a building material, written by two giants in the world of metals as building materials. Very well illustrated and explained. (19649) $95.00
The Application of Copper and Common Sense
[Metal]. Revere Engineering Staff. The Application of Copper and Common Sense Design Principles and Installatin Techniques of Sheet Copper Construction. Rome, NY: Revere Copper and Brass Inc., nd c. 1965. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 86, illustrated in b/w with spot color. "Revere ... all you need to know to build better with copper" (1985, pp. 14) laid in. Original Wraps with cloth spine. Very good.
This publication was prepared by Revere engineers for the guidance of the building industry in designing sheet copper components for advanced structures. It explains the most recently developed and accepted techniques in the application of sheet copper, to take full advantage of its inherent attributes. It also furnishes basic specifications for durable, trouble-free installations. (19650) $80.00
The Production of Aluminum and its Industrial Use
[Metal]. Minet, Adolphe. The Production of Aluminum and its Industrial Use. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1905. First edition, first thousand. Small octavo, pp. vi, 266, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings. Wiley's publication catalog (pp. 16) bound in. Signed by a previous owner on the front endpaper. Cloth over Boards. Very good; cover soiled.
This book is a literal translation of the German edition published in 1902, and the appendix includes two wholly new chapters, one addressing criticisms of the German edition, and the other describing developments in the aluminum industry in the United States. The text discusses processes for the production of aluminum, and methods of working and uses of aluminum and its alloys. (19634) $60.00
Stones for Building and Decoration
[Stone]. Merrill, George P. Stones for Building and Decoration. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1903. Third edition, revised and enlarged, first thousand. Small quarto, pp. xi, 540, appendices, plus 16-page Wiley publication catalog bound in. Illustrated with photographs of US quarries. Mild ex-library markings. Cloth over Boards. Good; water stain on lower spine, and bottom right corner of text block.
The author was curator of geology in the US National Museum, and he drew on his work cataloging and handling the collection to assemble this material. Chapters on the geographical distribution of building stones in the United States, and the rocks, quarries and quarry regions in the US. Scarce! This is the first time we have been able to offer a copy of this title. (19643) $110.00
Indiana Limestone Design and Procedure Aids
[Masonry]. McDonald, W. H. Indiana Limestone Design and Procedure Aids How to avoid and remove small area stains and blemishes. Bedford, IN: Indiana Limestone Institute of America, nd c. 1977. First printing. Quarto, pp. 20, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good.
This publication is a guide to help architects, builders, masons, building owners and other interested persons examine the causes, prevention and removal of the most common blemishes. The text indicates which conditions require treatment by experienced operators of specialized equipment. (19654) $35.00
Indiana Limestone Handbook
Indiana Limestone Institute of America, Bedford, IN
[Stone]. Indiana Limestone Institute of America. Indiana Limestone Handbook. Bedford, IN: Indiana Limestone Institute of America, 1984. First printing. Quarto, pp. 124, indexed, glossary, illustrated in b/w & color photos & line drawings. A copy of "The Finishing Touch: A How-To and Idea Handbook on Indiana Limestone Standard Products" (1979, 23 pp.) laid in. Original Wraps. Very Good.
The ILI serves the construction industry, the architectural profession and the limestone industry as a coordinating agency for the dissemination of accurate, unbiased information on limestone standards, recommended practices, grades, colors, finishes, and all technical data required for specifying, detailing, fabricating and erecting Indiana limestone. Chapters on history of the industry, physical properties, recommended standards and practices, product use, case histories, specifications, cleaning, maintenance and more. (19625) $40.00
Cyclopedia of Bricklaying, Stone Masonry, Concretes,
Stuccos and Plasters
Hodgson, Fred T.
[Masonry]. Hodgson, Fred T. Cyclopedia of Bricklaying, Stone Masonry, Concretes, Stuccos and Plasters. Chicago: Frederick J. Drake & Co., 1914. Later printing. Small octavo; bricklayers' guide is pp. 316 plus index; concretes and cements section is pp. 509 plus index. Both sections illustrated with b/w drawings. Signed on front endpaper by a previous owner. Fantastic bookplate from War Service Library for the use of soldier and sailors of WWI. Original Maroon Pictorial Boards depicting a bricklayer. Very Good.
Very nice copy of a book that defined its industry in the earlier years of the last century. A treasury of masonry techniques, richly illustrated and thoroughly explained. Scarce. (19630) $80.00
The Collection of Building and Ornamental Stones
in the US National Museum
Merrill, George P.
[Stone]. Merrill, George P. The Collection of Building and Ornamental Stones in the US National Museum A Handbook and Catalogue. Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1889. Original edition. Small quarto, pp. 372, indexed. Illustrated with b/w drawings. Mild ex-library markings. Half-Leather with marbled boards and end papers. Very good.
The collection of building and ornamental stones in the National Museum is made up very largely from materials received from the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia in 1876, and from the Tenth Census at the close of the investigation of the quarrying industries of the United States in 1880. Samples include soapstones, limestones, granites, liparites, syenites, augite, marble, alabaster, basalt, diorite, and many more. The author was curator of the Department of Lithology and Physical Geology, and uniquely qualified to assemble this material. Scarce! This is the first time we have been able to offer a copy of this title. (19619) $85.00
Modern Stone-Cutting and Masonry
Siebert, John S. and Biggin, Frederic Child
[Stone]. Siebert, John S. and Biggin, Frederic Child. Modern Stone-Cutting and Masonry with special reference to the making of working drawings. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1902. First edition; first thousand. Small quarto, pp. 47, illustrated with b/w drawings, including two fold-out plates in excellent condition. Signed on front end paper by a previous owner. Cloth over Boards. Very good; light water stain on cover does not affect text block.
The authors aimed to collect material that had direct application in engineering and architectural practice, and make it available for the student's use. The tools of the mason and stone cutter, and the techniques of stone-cutting and masonry are described with illustrations for easier understanding. The gothic buttress, arches, intersecting arches, arch-culverts, railroad bridge masonry, canal-lock masonry, and architectural stonework are covered in this volume. (19618) $110.00
Stone Magazine, April 1917
Hoyt, Frank W. (Editor)
[Stone]. Hoyt, Frank W. (Editor). Stone Magazine, April 1917 Vol. XXXVIII Number 4. New York, NY: Frank A. Lent, April 1917. Original edition. Quarto, pp. 55, illustrated with b/w photographs. Beautifully illustrated period advertisements. Paperback journal. Very good.
The use of granite in house building, large stones in columns, working soft Cuban stone, stone for interior finish, Virginia black marble, Washington sandstone: these are just some of the topics in this period magazine. (19611) $70.00
Dry Stone Walling: A Practical Handbook
Brooks, Alan and Sean Adcock
[Masonry]. Brooks, Alan and Sean Adcock. Dry Stone Walling: A Practical Handbook. Doncaster, UK: BTCV Publications, 2010. Third revised. Quarto, pp. 159. Indexed, Appendices, Bibliography, Glossary, Conversion tables. Illustrated with b/w drawings. Spiral-bound with Color Cardboard Wraps. As New.
Part of BTCV's "Practical Handbook" series, covering walls in the landscape, dry stone walls and conservation, safety and equipment, and other aspects of building, repairing, and maintaining dry stone walls and other structures. An excellent resource. (15673) $45.00