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Curious, Unusual, Interesting & Occasionally Useful Books of the 16th-20th Centuries exploring the skills, trades, lives and ways of other times...

 Friday, November 24, 2017

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Harriton of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The Harriton Association: 1988. Harriton was built in 1704, and was the long-time home of Charles Thomson, Secretary to the Continental Congress. Softcover. 10"x7", 24 pages, black & white illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34972
Price: $ 12.00       




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       




Tableaux Anciens et du XIXe Siecle et Dessins d'Architecture. Monaco Sotheby's: June 30, 1995 & July 1, 1995 The catalog of an auction which included 50 lots of 16th-18th century architectural drawings and plans attributed to Claude Perrault, plans for Versailles, and so on. Softcover. 8"x11", about 75 pages, 298 lots, color & b/w illustrations, 298 lots. Institutional stamp on title page, else in fine condition.

Inventory #: 31660
Price: $ 25.00       




The Great Estates, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1880-1930. The Junior League of Greenwich: 1989. 2nd printing. Illustrated with many period photographs from the Golden Age of the great Greenwich estates, this documents a long-gone period in history. Divided into three sections, covering the shore estates, the mid-country estates, and the back-country estates. Hardcover. 9"x12", 209 pages, many black & white and several color illustrations, dust jacket. Near fine.

Inventory #: 34724
Price: $ 125.00       




Allen, C. Bruce. Cottage Building or Hints for Improving the Dwellings of the Working Classes and the Labouring Poor. London Crosby Lockwood and Co.: 1880. 9th ed. As the Victorian era progressed more and more attention was paid by reformers, architects, and designers to the working poor. This edition includes appendices on "a suggested plan for adding to and repairing [homes] now existing in London and other large towns", and "Economy of rural dwellings for tradesmen and persons of limited means". A volume in the Weale Rudimentary series. Hardcover. 4.25"x7", viii + 148 pages, with many wood engravings and full-page plates plus 1 32-page list of the publisher's other books. Publisher's embossed cloth, covers a bit worn, front hinge cracked inside, but tight light soil, etc.

Inventory #: 30756
Price: $ 75.00       




Blumer & Kuhn. Stairs, Stair Railing, Balusters, Newel Posts, Mantels, Pew Ends, etc., also Interior Finish of every description in all kinds of Hard and Soft Woods, Brackets, Corner and Plinth blocks, Turned Porch & Veranda Work, etc. St. Louis: 1893. A wonderful Victorian trade catalog of fancy decorative woodwork, both interior and exterior. Hardcover. 7"x10.5", 137 pages, line illustrations. Bound into new cloth, some internal soil, a few stains.

Inventory #: 34154
Price: $ 250.00       




Caplan, Ralph. Up & Down. The Dynamic Verticality of New York City. New York Edward S. Gordon Company: no date (c.1980). An odd and intriguing tribute to the unique "verticality" of New York City and its inhabitants, where from lowest subway to tallest high rise, everything ends up stacked on top of each other, and so people go about their daily lives. Illustrated with striking photos and art by David Macauley, Claes Oldenburg, Koren, Saul Steinberg, George Price, and others. Hardcover. 7"x14", 43 pages, color illustrations silver cloth, some soil, a little wear.

Inventory #: 9879
Price: $ 35.00       




Clark, Catherine Scott & Adrian Levy. The Amber Room. The Fate of the World's Greatest Lost Treasure. Walker & Company: 2004. "The team that reported on the horrors of the Burmese jade trade in The Stone of Heaven here investigates what may be the greatest single art theft in modern history: the looting of the Amber Room from St. Petersburg by the Nazis in 1941. The glittering amber panels, enough to cover a palace room, were a gift of Frederick I of Prussia to Peter the Great in 1701. The stolen panels were displayed in Knigsberg Castle in 1944, but disappeared after the city fell to the Red Army. Describing the history, theft, and headline-grabbing search for the Amber Room, the authors suggest it may long since have been destroyed." Hardcover. 6"x9", 278 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New.

Inventory #: 95089
Price: $ 12.00       




Coleman, Brian D. Historic Arts & Crafts Homes of Great Britain. Salt Lake City Gibbs Smith: 2005. "Exquisitely photographed and produced, this volume tours ten magnificent British homes designed in the Arts and Crafts tradition. Red House, the only house that William Morris ever built (and that also inspired his design firm), is here, as is Hill House- family home to prominent Glasgow publisher Walter W. Blackie, designed by Scotland's Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Also included are Charleston, home to Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant Kelmscott Manor, William Morris's idyllic country escape and Edward Lutyens' eccentric medieval Castle Drogo". Hardcover. 10"x10", 159 pages, color illustrations, dj. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35741
Price: $ 65.00       




Curl, James Stevens. A Celebration of Death. An introduction to some of the buildings, monuments, and settings of funerary architecture in the Western European tradition. New York Charles Scribner's Sons: 1980. A wide-ranging survey, starting in ancient times, progressing through the Etruscans, Greeks and Romans, then going on to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque. Curl then discusses the 17th and 18th century crisis of overcrowded cemeteries, the building of mausoleums and other memorial buildings, the development of cemeteries in Britain in the 19th century, J.C. Loudon and the Garden Cemetery movement, other great 19th century cemeteries in Europe and America, the development of cremation and other alternatives, and war cemeteries and memorials. A wide-ranging, far-reaching study, fully illustrated. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 404 pages, illustrated throughout in b/w, dj bibliography. Light wear, but a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 9540
Price: $ 150.00       




Darby, Michael. John Pollard Seddon. Catalogues of Architectural Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London V&A Museum: 1983. Seddon was an inventive Victorian architect who worked in the Gothic Revival style and was involved with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. This catalogue contains some of the almost 2000 designs which were presented to the V&A by Seddon's daughter in 1896, ranging from bungalows to cathedrals. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 120 pages, b/w and color illustrations, dj. A fine copy in a lightly soiled jacket.

Inventory #: 30389
Price: $ 35.00       




Dierkens-Aubry, Francoise & Jos Vandenbreeden. Art Nouveau en Belgique. Architecture & Interieurs. Paris Editions Duculot: 1991. A breathtaking survey of Art Nouveau architecture and interiors in Belgium. Stunning. Hardcover. 10"x13", 227 pages, packed with color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Near fine.

Inventory #: 34843
Price: $ 125.00       




Downing, Antoinette F., & Vincent J. Scully, Jr. The Architectural Heritage of Newport, Rhode Island 1640-1915. New York Bramhall House: 1967. 2nd ed., revised. A revised edition of this time-honored classic of American architectural history, first published in 1952. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 526 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. Jacket with some wear and a few closed tears, book with a little soil, but a nice copy.

Inventory #: 31593
Price: $ 50.00       




Eberlein, Harold Donaldson & Cortlandt van Dyke Hubbard. Historic Houses of the Hudson Valley. New York Bonanza Books: 1960s. A reprint of this classic photographic survey, first published in 1942. Hardcover. 9"x12", 207 pages, black & white illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 35086
Price: $ 25.00       




Feulner, Adolf & Preston Remington. Examples of South German Woodwork in the Metropolitan Museum. An offprint from the Metropolitan Museum (of Art) Studies May, 1930. Includes illustrations of intricately carved and decorated furniture and interior woodwork of the 18th century. Softcover. 8.5"x12.5", 19 pages, 16 b/w illustrations cover soil.

Inventory #: 5288
Price: $ 25.00       




Flischel, Robert A. (ed.). An Expression of Community. Cincinnati Public Schools' Legacy of Art and Architecture. Cincinnati The Art League Press: 2001. A beautifully-illustrated survey and study of architecture, sculpture, tiles, stonework, windows, murals, towers & cupolas, friezes, fountains and other decorative elements of the Cincinnati public school buildings through the Victorian and Arts & Crafts Movements and the WPA, up to World War II. Hardcover. 12"x9", 224 pages, filled with color and some black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 33476
Price: $ 40.00       




Garisto, Leslie. From Bauhaus to Birdhouse. HarperCollins: 1992. "A witty, inspirational and informative guide to applied birdhouse design. Here are rustic birdhouses of birch and cedar, architectural birdhouses as humble as a country cottage and as grand as a Bavarian castle, fanciful birdhouses resembling fast-food restaurants and animal figures...". Hardcover. 7.5"x9.5", 87 pages, color and line illustrations, dust jacket. Light soil.

Inventory #: 34348
Price: $ 20.00       




Giedion, S. Space, Time and Architecture. The Growth of a New Tradition. Cambridge Harvard University Press: 1980. 5th edition, 9th ptg. "History is not a compilation of facts, but an insight into a moving process of life". A classic work, a wide-ranging set of essays on aspects of architecture, from Leonardo DaVinci and the dawn of regional planning to Van der Rohe and Wright. Every architect, aspiring architect, architect-wannabe, and architect-pretender needs this book. Hardcover. 7"x10", 897 pages, b/w illustrations, dj jacket with some wear.

Inventory #: 4469
Price: $ 25.00       




Gillingham, Harrold E. Some Early Brickmakers of Philadelphia. [reprint from] The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, January, 1929. Historical research into brickmaking in Philadelphia in the first decades of the 18th century. Uncommon. Softcover. 6.5"x10", 27 pages, 8 black & white illustrations (mostly document facsimiles or maps). Covers soiled, edges worn, number stamp on cover. Inscribed by Gillingham to John Frederick Lewis [1860-1932], the Philadelphia lawyer, collector, author, historian and philanthropist, whoserved as President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, as a trustee of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and authored several books on Pennsylvania history.

Inventory #: 32993
Price: $ 65.00       




Greiff, Constance M. Lost America. From the Atlantic to the Mississippi. Princeton The Pyne Press: 1974. A vivid and poignant collection of photographs of American architecture that has been lost. The author divides her study by type of building- civic buildings, churches, private houses, commercial and industrial buildings, transportation-related buildings, and theaters and entertainment buildings. Softcover. 9"x11", 244 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations moderate wear.

Inventory #: 3559
Price: $ 20.00       




Grover, Razia. Mosques. New Dehli Lustre Press/Roli Books: 2006. "Some of the most beautiful architecture of the last thousand years comes from the Muslim tradition of mosque building, and the history of the world's great mosques is bound up with the spread of Islam throughout the world. This book, illustrated throughout with drawings and color photographs up to 18 x 11 inches, begins with the birth of Muhammad and the founding of the first Muslim congregational place of prayer. It follows a broadly chronological sequence of the development of the mosque in kingdoms and countries, from the Great Mosque in C_rdoba to the Jami Mosque in Delhi, up to the modern age". Hardcover. 9.5"x11.5", 144 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90400
Price: $ 20.00       




Harris, Eileen The Furniture of Robert Adam. London Academy Editions / New York St. Martin's Press: 1973. "With the aid of the collection of Adam drawings in Sir John Soane's Museum, existing pieces, accounts, and biographical data, Mrs. John Harris has set out to present a coherent account of the origin, development, and character of Adam furniture, and to assess its place in the history of Neo-classicism". Hardcover. 6.5"x7.5", 110 pages + 156 b/w plates, dj light wear.

Inventory #: 30650
Price: $ 85.00       




Harvey, William. The Preservation of St. Paul's Cathedral & other Famous Buildings. London The Architectural Press: 1925. A pioneering work in preservation literature, "a text book on the new science of conservation, including an analysis of movements in historical structures prior to their fall". The text includes past failed methods of repair as well as the up-to-date scientific techniques just being developed. Hardcover. 6"x9", xiv + 153 pages, 71 b/w illustrations publisher's black boards with white lettering, red cloth spine lettering a bit rubbed, light internal foxing to sever al pages, else a fine copy.

Inventory #: 9906
Price: $ 75.00       




Heimann, Jim & Rip Georges. California Crazy. Roadside Vernacular Architecture. San Francisco Chronicle Books: 1980. An outstanding collection of photographs of crazy, weird commercial roadside architecture of the 1920-60s. Plucked straight from Zippyville, only in California! Softcover. 8"x8", 139 pages, many black & white and several color illustrations. Some wear.

Inventory #: 34841
Price: $ 15.00       




Holden, Beatrice Mills. The Metopes of the Temple of Athena at Ilion. Northampton Smith College: 1964. Based on a doctoral thesis, this study discusses a dozen surviving metopes from the ancient temple of Athena at Ilion, to be precise, the excavations identified as layers VIII and IX of Schliemann's excavations at Troy. In classical architecture, a metope is a rectangular architectural element between two triglyphs in a Doric frieze -they often had painted or sculptural decoration, and many of them were figural. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 43 pages plus 31 black & white plates. Minor soil.

Inventory #: 34578
Price: $ 25.00       




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