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Honour, Hugh (et al). The Age of Neo-Classicism. London The Arts Council of Great Britain: 1972. An exhibition staged by the Royal Academy and the Victoria & Albert Museum with an emphasis on painting, sculpture and architecture, and also including furniture, ceramics, glass, silver & metalwork, textiles, and other "minor arts". Also includes many interesting thematic essays and biographies of designers. Softcover. 6"x8.5", 1037 pages, plus 160 pages of b/w illustrations. Light cover wear, spine crease "Archit" penned on fore edge -looks very scholarly, actually.

Inventory #: 30388
Price: $ 85.00       




Jaffe, Irma B. (ed.). The Italian Presence in American Art, 1760-1860. New York, Fordham University Press: 1989. A series of sixteen essays by a variety of scholars and art historians on various aspects of the Italian influence on American artists and architecture in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Almost more fun than a plate of Orecchiette with marinara sauce. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 249 pages, b/w and color illustrations, dj. A fine copy.

Inventory #: 32063
Price: $ 50.00       




Kelly, J. Frederick. The Early Domestic Architecture of Connecticut. New haven Yale University Press: 1927. 2nd printing. First published in 1924, this important, scholarly survey illustrates and describes, in minute detail, the architecture and construction of 17th and 18th century Connecticut houses. The chapters are divided by architectural element such as roof framing, masonry, windows, paneling, and so on. All details are drawn from houses extant when the study was undertaken and are identified. An architectural classic. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", xx + 210 pages with 242 line illustrations, plus 48 black & white plates. Some light soil.

Inventory #: 35087
Price: $ 125.00       




Maass, John. The Victorian Home in America. New York Hawthorne Books: 1972. A beautifully illustrated study of Victorian homes, inside and out, using period photographs and illustrations from a wide variety of sources, many never-before published. "Maass has written a fascinating book that is both an architectural history and an intimate study of the Victorian environment". With a short but warm inscription from Maass on the front endpaper. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 235 pages, 30 color and hundreds of b/w illustrations, dj light soil.

Inventory #: 5481
Price: $ 40.00       




Madden, Betty I. Art, Crafts, and Architecture in Early Illinois. University of Illinois Press:1974. French, German, English, Scots, Irish and Scandinavian settlers all contributed to the dynamic and varied artistic heritage of Illinois. The Mormons also built their first utopian community there, to which a chapter is devoted here. This survey is very strong on folk portraits and folk paintings, textiles, architecture and interiors it also contains a chapter on potters there is much furniture, but mostly illustrated with line drawings. Hardcover. 11"x9", xiii + 297 pages, b/w and some color illustrations, dj. A fine copy.

Inventory #: 95008
Price: $ 40.00       




Madden, Betty I. Art, Crafts, and Architecture in Early Illinois. University of Illinois Press:1974. French, German, English, Scots, Irish and Scandinavian settlers all contributed to the dynamic and varied artistic heritage of Illinois. The Mormons also built their first utopian community there, to which a chapter is devoted here. This survey is very strong on folk portraits and folk paintings, textiles, architecture and interiors it also contains a chapter on potters there is much furniture, but mostly illustrated with line drawings. Hardcover. 11"x9", xiii + 297 pages, black & white and some color illustrations, dust jacket. Jacket a bit rubbed & soiled.

Inventory #: 32852
Price: $ 35.00       




Marsh, Blanche. Robert Mills. Architect in South Carolina. Columbia R.L. Bryan Company: 1970. Robert Mills was America's first trained architect and a social reformer, was influential in the design of the Washington Monument, and designed many buildings that still stand in his native state. Hardcover. 8"x11", 178 pages, black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Jacket with light wear and several chips.

Inventory #: 32660
Price: $ 40.00       




Moreni, Domenico. Descrizione della gran capella Delle Pietre Dure e della Sagrestia Vecchia eretta da Filippo di ser Brunellesco situate ambedue nell' Imp. Basilica di S. Lorenzo di Firenze. Firenze Presso Carli e Comp.: 1813. A description of the history and pietre dure decoration of the Chapel of the Princes and the interior of the Sagresta Vecchia in Florence. The fabulous 'Chapel', whose interior is decorated with the most beautiful and intricate stone mosaic work, was begun by Grand Duke Ferdinando I, who had also founded the famous Galleria delle Lavori at the Uffizi. The Galleria quickly became the most important workshop in the world for the production of the highest quality pietre dure, mosaic and intarsia work in semi-precious stone. The Chapel itself was a massive undertaking which took several generations to complete. As Giusti writes in "Pietre Dure, Hardstone in Furniture and Decorations" (1992)- "(A) great project left unrealized by Ferdinando's two predecessors, the dynastic mausoleum at S. Lorenzo, was begun. This was to take the grandiose and majestic form of a temple entirely sheathed in pietre dure. The enormous scale of the work planned for this 'Chapel of the Princes', and the intense activity of the manufactory, called for great reserves of the most rare and varied stones. Indeed, Ferdinando amassed such great quantities that they fed the Galleria for centuries -and are not exhausted today". The other subject of this survey, the Sagresta Vecchi, or Old Sacristy, is the oldest part of the present Basilica of San Lorenzo (the "Duomo"), and contains the tombs of several members of the Medici family. A scarce book- OCLC locates no copies. Softcover. 6"x8.5", viii + 152 pages 1 b/w plate bound in old period plain paper covers with general wear, a little soil contents with a little soil and foxing. Housed in a new clamshell case.

Inventory #: 31279
Price: $ 750.00       




Moss, Roger W. (ed.). Paint in America. The Colors of Historic Buildings. Washington The Preservation Press: 1994. An important book which examines many aspects of historic exterior and interior paint, including accounts of Colonial and Federal painting practices, sources for American paints from 1615 to 1830, 19th century paints, case studies in paint research in historic houses and buildings, paint analysis and restoration, and paint history and technology. Softcover. 8.5"x10", 318 pages, color and black & white illustrations. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35718
Price: $ 125.00       




National Association of Builders. Official Report. First Annual Convention of the National Association of Builders of the United States of America. Held at Chicago, Illinois, March 29th, 30th, and 31st, 1887. Boston Press of Rockwell and Churchill: 1887. A fascinating record of the speeches and debates at the first convention. Also includes the text of a model Builder's Contract. As might be expected, the builder's were very concerned with the effect of workingmen's unions on their trade. Scarce. Softcover. 5.75"x9", xvi + 111 pages. Lacks front cover. Title page with corner chips. Overall, a little soil and wear.

Inventory #: 31197
Price: $ 175.00       




Nicholson, Arnold. American Houses in History. New York Viking Press: 1965. More than 50 classic American houses, from New England to California, are surveyed in this well illustrated book. Hardcover. 9"x11", 260 pages, b/w and some color illustrations, dj light soil and wear jacket with coffee ring.

Inventory #: 4638
Price: $ 20.00       




Norton, Bettina A. Edwin Whitefield. Nineteenth-Century North American Scenery. Barre Imprint Society: 1977. Edwin Whitefield was an important chronicler of American scenery, views and architecture from the 1850s-1880s. His most famous project was the "Homes of Our Forefathers" series which recorded views of 17th and 18th century houses in New England, many of which no longer exist and some of which ceased to exist between the time he sketched them and the books were published. Hardcover. 11.5"x9", 158 pages, many black & white, several color illustrations, dust jacket. Jacket with several short tears.

Inventory #: 33389
Price: $ 25.00       




Norton, Bettina A. Edwin Whitefield. Nineteenth-Century North American Scenery. Barre Imprint Society: 1977. Special limited signed edition of 500 numbered copies. Edwin Whitefield was an important chronicler of American scenery, views and architecture from the 1850s-1880s. His most famous project was the "Homes of Our Forefathers" series which recorded views of 17th and 18th century houses in New England, many of which no longer exist and some of which ceased to exist between the time he sketched them and the books were published. Hardcover. 11.5"x9", 158 pages, many b/w, several color illustrations slipcased. Spine sunned, light wear.

Inventory #: 35274
Price: $ 60.00       




Nylander, Jane C. & Diane L. Viera. Windows on the Past. Four Centuries of New England Homes. Boston Bullfinch Press: 2000. A magnificent pictorial survey of the houses, farms and gardens preserved by the Society for the Preservation of new England Antiquities. Jane Nylander's informative text provides the perfect companion to the colorful photographs, and Wendell Garrett contributes an introduction. A feast for the lover of early American architecture, decoration and gardens. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 207 pages, filled with color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 33490
Price: $ 35.00       




Peck, Amelia (ed.). Alexander Jackson Davis, American Architect 1803-1892. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art / Rizzoli: 1992. A fabulous study of the life and work of this very influential and innovative Victorian American architect. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 192 pages, color and b/w illustrations, a fine copy.

Inventory #: 2153
Price: $ 35.00       




Permanyer, Lluis. Un Passeig per la Barcelona Modernista. Barcelona Edicions Poligrafa: 1998. The original, Spanish edition of this beautifully-illustrated survey of Art Nouveau architecture and interiors in Barcelona. Forty-six buildings are illustrated and described. Ole! Hardcover. 10"x12", 159 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 35083
Price: $ 60.00       




Plumb, J.H. Royal Heritage. The Story of Britain's Royal Builders and Collectors. London British Broadcasting Corporation: 1977. A wandering, wondrous look at Royal collections in Britain and the buildings that house them, from the Tower of London to the Banqueting House at Whitehall and the pavilion at Brighton. Paintings, furniture, drawings, porcelain and glass, books, silver and scientific instruments -they and much more are all here. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 360 pages, filled with b/w and color illustrations, dj light wear.

Inventory #: 4703
Price: $ 45.00       




Poore, George Vivian. The Dwelling House. London Longmans, Green, and Co.: 1897. The author was a physician at University College Hospital and a Fellow of the Sanitary Institute, and was primarily concerned with hygiene and how it was affected by architecture and waste disposal. There are chapters covering- Sanitation of the Isolated Dwelling Slop-Water Overcrowding: Its Causes and Effects Circulation of Organic Matter and Soil and Its Relation to Disease and Sanitation. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", x + 178 pages, 36 line illustrations light cover soil contents with some light foxing and spotting.

Inventory #: 30614
Price: $ 40.00       




Pratt, Dorothy & Richard. A Guide to Early American Homes -North. New York Bonanza Books: 1960s. An illustrated guide to 950 early homes from Maine to Delaware, Cape Cod to Illinois. Of course, it was published 50 years ago, so you might double-check before visiting. Stuff happens. Hardcover. 7"x10", 251 pages, black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35084
Price: $ 15.00       




Rath, Frederick L. Jr. & Merrilyn Rogers O'Connell. Historic Preservation. A Bibliography on Historical Organization Practices. Nashville American Association for State and Local History: 1975. Sections on Historical Preservation in Perspective, Preservation Law, Urban Development and Redevelopment, Preservation Research and Planning, and Preservation Action. Hardcover. 6"x9", 141 pages, fine.

Inventory #: 5266
Price: $ 25.00       




Rodlich, H.F. Praktische Anweisung zur Verfertigung der Venezianischen Estriche. Berlin C.H. Platen: 1810. A very lovely book on the art of making Venetian crushed-stone floors which illustrates the tools and the step-by-step processes involved. Venetian crushed stone floors are a rather difficult subject -very little material about them is available in the literature. Certainly the neo-classic elements are unmistakable, and the influence of recently excavated Roman ruins must have played a part in their popularity in Italy and, as this book illustrates, Germany. The plates show the stone being prepared and colored, the floor surface being planned, laid-out and prepared, and the stone being applied and smoothed. The workmen are all stylishly dressed for such a dirty job, and appear very happy at their tasks. Young boys help with the work in a number of plates. Obviously a labor and time-intensive task, the laying of a stone floor is chronicled here in hand-colored plates that can only be described as jewel-like, and yet are also fairly realistic. A rare book, with only a single OCLC listing (in the Netherlands). Hardcover. 8.5"x10.5", 28 pages of text plus 24 hand-colored engraved plates on 12 leaves. Bound in new quarter leather with marbled boards. Very slight stains in several places, several very discreet remnants of old institutional stamps, but overall an exceptional copy of a rare work.

Inventory #: 30821
Price: $ 8500.00       




Ruskin, John & Henry W. Acland. The Oxford Museum. London Smith, Elder and Co.: 1859. An interesting discourse touching on the principles of the Gothic Revival, handwork and the dignity of workmen, and the proper decoration of buildings, as they were related to the architecture of Oxford's famous Museum of Natural History, popularly known as the Oxford Museum. Championed in the 1850s by Sir Henry Acland, who felt that Oxford was ignoring the natural sciences, the Museum brought all those disciplines, including geology, astronomy, geometry, chemistry, and zoology under one roof. And quite a neo-Gothic roof it was... The building was designed by Deane and Woodward of Dublin, with assistance of one sort or another from Ruskin, who notes here- "In the competition [for the design] scarce any limitation was imposed, and to style none. Thirty-two designs by anonymous contributors were sent in the majority of the judges, after a thoroughly English battle, in which some professed advocates of Gothic architecture deprecated the application of Gothic Art to secular purposes, -thereby denying to their own style that malleability which is, perhaps, its highest prerogative, -the design, 'Nisi Dominus oedificaverit domum,' was accepted". The Museum was the scene of the famous 1860 debate during which Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford, asked Thomas Huxley whether he was descended from a monkey on his grandfather's or grandmother's side, to which Huxley replied that he had "no need to be ashamed of having an ape for his grandfather, but that he would be ashamed of having for an ancestor a man of restless and versatile interest who distracts the attention of his hearers from the real point at issue by eloquent digression and skilled appeals to religious prejudice." Hardcover. 4.75"x7.5", 111 pages plus a 4-page list of other titles by the authors steel-engraved frontispiece of a pillar with fern carvings a full-page woodblock plate of decorative tracery folding plan of the museum publisher's pebbled & embossed cloth with gilt titles spine slightly faded, else a very nice, fresh copy. Handsome engraved bookplate of Herbert John Gladstone [1854-1930]. Lord Gladstone was the son of Prime Minister William Gladstone, and after lecturing on history at Keble College, Oxford, he embarked on a long political career which culminated in his appointment as Home Secretary under Asquith from whence, after some controversy over domestic policy, he was booted "upstairs" and sent to South Africa as the first Governor-General and High Commissioner of the Union of South Africa.

Inventory #: 30336
Price: $ 350.00       




Sabin, A.H. Theory and Practice of Painting on Metal. New York Edward Smith and Co.: 1905. An updating of a shorter work by the author in 1898. Contains a wealth of information about the use of paints and coatings to protect iron and other metals used in construction from rust and corrosion. The illustrations, which include buildings, pipelines and bridges, show many under-construction views of New York City's Williamsburg Bridge. A detailed look at the state of the art as it existed in 1905 on a topic of great interest today. Uncommon. Softcover. 6"x9", 65 pages, 37 halftones from photographs. A bit of soil, but a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 31210
Price: $ 150.00       




Schiffer, Herbert. Shaker Architecture. Schiffer Publishing: 1979. "Each of the Shaker communities is represented with very interesting photographs of the buildings that made up their world. The Shakers expressed imagination through their environment, and the details of architecture became their tangible art, while they achieved enduring beauty through the functionalism and simplicity of their design". Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 190 pages, black & white illustrations, rubbed dust jacket.

Inventory #: 35328
Price: $ 35.00       




Sprague, Jesse Rainsford. James Read. Building Material Merchant. Lehigh Portland Cement Co.: 1928. An entertaining and informative "memoir" of 25 years in the building materials trade, with much interesting detail. Really. I mean that quite seriously, even if the "narrator" keeps remarking that one of the best things about the building materials business is that "it's a man's trade". Sprague had written earlier works of this type on "The American Banker" and "The Middleman", but for sheer audacity of topic and cutting-edge sensibility of style, nothing quite approaches his "James Read -Building Material Merchant". Expect to see Oliver Stone turn this into a big screen blockbuster starring Leonardo DiCaprio any day now (but the movie will never be as good as the book). Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 179 pages publisher's blue cloth, gilt titles lightly rubbed.

Inventory #: 6397
Price: $ 20.00       




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