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Specimen Book of One Hundred Architectural Designs, showing Plans, Elevations and Views of Suburban Houses, Villas, Sea-Side and Camp-Ground Cottages, Homesteads, Churches, and Public Buildings, including specifications, bills of materials, etc.

New York A.J. Bicknell & Co.: 1878.

The rather scarce first issue of this book, which was re-issued a year later, apparently without the colored Minton tile plate. This provides a very interesting survey of Victorian architectural designs, with some churches, a library and a few gazebos thrown in as well. Most of the designs were taken from a selection of other Victorian building books, so this provides an overview of the various types of designs which were then popular. There are also illustrations of some furniture and mantels. At the rear there are 20 pages of illustrated advertisements, including one for Minton Encaustic floor tiles, with a facing full-page chromolithographic illustration showing 6 patterns.

Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 80 pages with line illustrations, plus 1 color plate. Publisher's dark blue cloth with gilt spine title and black rules and an inset picture of a Morgan dollar, colored silver. Some cover scuffing and a little soil, cloth worn through in a few patches along the edges, and spine head and base chipped. Internally quite nice.

Inventory #: 31297
Price: $ 750.00      

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