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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...

 Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Moreland, F.A. Practical Decorative Upholstery. Containing full instructions for cutting, making and hanging all kinds of interior upholstery decorations. Boston Lee and Shepard: 1890. Despite the word "upholstery" in the title this is a classic 19th century drapery and window-treatment text. "Illustrated with numerous working diagrams and designs, alike valuable to the upholsterer and housekeeper." First published in 1889, this remains an important source of patterns and stylistic information for 19th century fashions. Hardcover. 7"x9", 320 pages + 4 pages of advertisements 69 line illustrations and diagrams ex-library, with a bookplate and pocket remnant some soil, a bit of cover wear, label removed from spine leaving slight mark both hinges reglued. A decent copy of a book which is becoming increasingly uncommon.

Inventory #: 9460
Price: $ 300.00       




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       




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       




Ries, Estelle H. American Rugs. Cleveland World Publishing Company: 1950. A handy little introduction to the subject of antique American rugs of many types. Part of "The American Arts Library" series. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 63 pages, 7 color plates and 31 black & white illustrations. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35881
Price: $ 10.00       




[Roberson et al] Fine English and American Furniture, Rugs and Silver, Property of Charles Roberson of London, Estate of Augustus Lukeman, A.N.A., Mrs. George R. Van Reed, and others. New York American Art Association: October 3-5, 1935. Sale 4187. This sale included some fine English and American furniture including a Duncan Phyfe dropleaf table, a Williard "rocking ship" tallcase clock, and a fine Philadelphia scroll-top highboy also some fine interior material including a handsome English 18th century elaborately carved pine and marble mantel, and the richly-carved mid-18th century pine panels and fittings from a room at St. Monica's Priory in Spettisbury. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 130 pages, 612 lots, b/w illustrations covers soiled and a bit worn.

Inventory #: 8558
Price: $ 35.00       




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       




Sherrill, Sarah B. Carpets and Rugs of Europe and America. New York Abbeville Press: 1996. "This comprehensive volume examines Western carpet design and production from the Middle Ages to the present, in styles that range from magnificent palatial creations to delightful folk designs. With hundreds of dazzling illustrations, this authoritative text includes chapters on Moorish weavers and the golden age of carpets in Spain the exquisite carpets of the Savonnerie, Aubusson, and Beauvais in France productions from Moorfields, Exeter and Axminster in England the intriguing but little-studied rugs of Eastern European countries the charming and resourceful rugs of America and an important chapter on modern designs that offers an extensive survey of rugs created by leading artists and architects of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries". Hardcover. 9"x12", 463 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 33620
Price: $ 100.00       




Spencer, Stuart. Marbling. London Ward Lock: 1987. A handy one-stop reference guide to the tools, techniques and effects that can be used or achieved by the home marble-painter. Inspiring and sobering at the same time. Softcover. 8.5"x8", 77 pages, color and black & white illustrations. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35231
Price: $ 15.00       




Stickley, Gustav. Craftsman Houses. A book for Home-Makers... Turn of the Century Editions: 2010. "Not to be confused with Gustav Stickley's two other books, Craftsman Homes and More Craftsman Homes, this book is Stickley's well-illustrated 1913 catalogue offering his company's real estate services to subscribers of The Craftsman magazine. The book describes the architectural, real estate (buying and selling), and agricultural and landscape services offered and provides a number of floorplans for houses and bungalows. There are also illustrative photos of the interiors and exteriors of houses that Gustav Stickley's company built from Craftsman plans. However, the real value of this book comes from the several chapters devoted to articulating the Craftsman philosophy behind the various elements of a Craftsman house. Thus there are separate chapters on the door, the vestibule, the hall, the staircase, the living room, the Craftsman fireplace, porches, sun rooms and balconies, windows, the exterior, and the Craftsman garden-in short, everything you need to know to plan a true Craftsman home. This is must reading for architects, contractors, and anyone planning to build or remodel a Craftsman house". Softcover. 8"x10", 62 pages, black & white illustrations. New.

Inventory #: 90409
Price: $ 20.00       




Tattershall, C.E.C. A History of British Carpets from the Introduction of the Craft Until the Present Day. Essex F. Lewis: 1934. This massive work includes sections on 16th and 17th century English carpets Turkey Work carpets 18th century carpets technical details on hand-knotted carpets embroidered carpets machine-made carpets, and carpet manufacturers. The carpets illustrated came from a variety of collections, including such obvious suspects as the Victoria and Albert Museum, but also including a large number of private collections. Hardcover. 10.5"x12.5", 182 pages plus 117 b/w and color plates a separate section of advertising pages. Some cover soil and a bit of internal foxing, heavy on the half-title page.

Inventory #: 9890
Price: $ 350.00       




Van de Velde, Henry. Der Neue Stil in Frankreich [Cover title: Der Moderne Stil in Frankreich]. Berlin Verlag Ernst Wasmuth: 1925. A wonderful survey of Art Deco design in France, chosen by one of the leading architects and designers of the era. Van de Velde writes an introduction (in German) and then 64 plates present the work of Legrain, Jeanneret, Puiforcat, and dozens of others, in furniture, silver, glassware, lighting, interiors, architecture, and even hair styles and a motorcar. Board portfolio, 8"x10", 12-page text booklet plus 64 loose plates, including 5 single and one double-plate in color. Covers a bit scuffed and soiled, cloth ties perished. Small white number on the upper corner of the front cover. Ownership plate of "Henry Boehm, Architect" on the front pastedown, and stamp of "G.A. & Henry Boehm, Architects" of 5th Avenue, NY on the pastedown, and the Boehm stamp on the title page and the back of every plate. Light soil, rub mark on pastedown.

Inventory #: 31299
Price: $ 1500.00       




Walcott, William Stuart, Jr. Samuel Adams' Furniture. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. April, 1929. Not located by Semowich. This issue also contains- "The Story of a Wallpaper" by Grace Lincoln Temple "Further Light on the Betty Lamp" by Charles L. Woodside "The Furniture of an American Religious Sect (Shakers)" by Edward & Faith Andrews (Semowich 590) "Two Centuries of English Chintzes" by Thomas Burrell "Again Glass Doorknobs" by Letitia H. Alexander, etc. Softcover. Light soil, a little wear.

Inventory #: 7421
Price: $ 20.00       




[Wallpaper] Standard Wall Paper Co. Thirty Inch Plains. Season 1920-21 [and] Season 1923-24. Two catalogs of "Ingrains, Oatmeal Pulps, Blended Crepes" and so on. These samples are all for plain and mottled papers (no fancy designs). Softcover. 2 catalogs. 11.5"x6.5", about 50 samples each general wear and soil, a few samples with snips, cover of one volume detached but present, etc.

Inventory #: 7389
Price: $ 45.00       




Waring, Janet. Early American Stencils on Walls and Furniture. New York William Scott: 1937 (1942?). Waring writes- "The stenciled walls of America, like so many things which have been closest to the daily living of its early settlers, have passed with them, and too frequently we unearth these and other intimate records only by chance, and almost always in fragmentary form. Fine furniture has remained, a treasured heirloom, but the common things, the four walls which surrounded everyday comings and goings, have crumbled away or been buried beneath layers of paint and paper by new generations who thought the decoration crude and out-of-fashion". Lacking access to expensive imported wallpapers, Americans of the late 18th and early 19th century stenciled their walls in all sorts of patterns and colors. As Waring noted, the succeeding decades often saw these decorations covered or even erased entirely, but some survived, and others were rediscovered by 20th century renovators. The realization that this heritage was largely unexplored led Janet Waring on a quest to study and document these charming decorations. One of the photographers whose work made this reference so valuable was William F. Winter, who also was responsible for the beautiful photos that graced Edward and Faith Andrews book "Shaker Furniture". This is a slightly abridged re-issue of Waring's groundbreaking 1937 limited edition. Hardcover 8.5"x11.5", 86 pages plus 7 tipped-in color and 96 b/w plates, dj. A very nice copy in a somewhat worn jacket with a tear or two and a few pinholes.

Inventory #: 31436
Price: $ 75.00       




Wilkie, Angus. Biedermeier. New York Abbeville Press: 2006. 2nd edition. A beautiful coffee-table book exploring the decorative and fine arts of the Biedermeier masters. Includes much information on German cabinetmakers of the period. Also includes a number of brilliant period watercolors showing Biedermeier period interiors. Hardcover. 10.5"x12", 216 pages, loaded with color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. In fine, clean condition.

Inventory #: 33070
Price: $ 50.00       



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