Firenze: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 1972. Paperback. Beige paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Dampstained on cover and first few pages. Minor browning to margins and chipping to edges of wrappers and some pages. A good reading copy of this Italian history periodical. pages 387 - 586. ITA/041219. Good.
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Boston: New England Manufacturers' and Mechanics' Institute, 1884. Hardcover. One of 2000 copies. An interesting albeit short-lived publication that was done for the Institute by Arthur B. Turnure, proprietor at the time of the Art Age Press in NY. Turnure also created Vogue Magazine in 1882 and was a founder of the Grolier Club in January 1884. This year-book's preface states that the object of the publication "is to present to the world a volume, in which the highest American art products of the year are represented by means of suitable graphic arts, and produced entirely by means of American brains, labor, and materials." The first section offers a history and policy of the Institute, which was incorporated in 1879. The next section, the largest, provides an overview of 1884 art exhibits, the work of various prominent artists, and activities in various fields such as architecture, bookmaking, ceramics brass work, furniture, and jewelry. It is followed by a section with eleven examples of various graphic processes. All are in black and white except for a stunning lithograph from a painting by H. Hamilton Gibson. There are then several pages titled "Catalogue of Exhibits," and 16 pages of advertisements. Bound in cream paper covered boards with title with color design on front cover. Quite soiled , chipped and bumped. Interior pages are generally very good, with some foxing or spotting on some of the types of paper used. Measures 9.5 x 12.5 inches. Unpaginated (about 100 pages). ART/050619. Very Good.
Philadelphia, New York: The Beck Engraving Company, 1950. Hardcover. Quarto. Gold and black cloth covered boards with gold title to front cover and no title to spine. Filled with illustrations. Includes a fold out color illustration. Clean. Housed in a thin, glossy paper covered slipcase. Wear to edges of case. Loss to top of case. Unpaginated. BOB/040919. Very Good.
Philadelphia: 1834. Hardcover. Subjects include: courtship, code of instruction for ladies, death, embroidery, female education, German cemetaries, Naples, Italy, reflections on the married state, Spanish women, and much more. Lacks title page from July issue and first 2 pages of text. Includes several plates, but only one fashion plate, which appears to be trimmed and colored. Lacks several plates. Early marbled paper covered boards with heavily worn leather corners. Modern brown cloth spine with white hand-written title to spine. Ex-library with call number to spine and stamp to endpapers, fore edge, and first page of text (which begins on page 3). Includes issues from July, August, September, October, November, and December. Textblock has seperated from binding. Occasional browning and foxing. 286 pages plus index. PER/040919. Good +.
Brierley Hill, England: Hill & Smith, circa 1910. Hardcover. A rare architectural metal work products catalogue from Hill and Smith of Brierley Hill Ironworks, Near Dudley, South Staffordshire. The company was founded in 1824 as Edward Hill and Co . In 1853 it became a partnership between Edward Hill and Henry Smith as Hill and Smith of the Brierley Hill Ironworks. The company was renowned for its constructional steel and iron work, bridges, girders, iron buildings, architectural wrought metal work, iron fencing, gates, railings forgings and castings. "Hill and Smith is famous for supplying many miles of fencing for Queen Victoria, Ornamental Gates and parapet railing for the Royal House of Siam; work on the Sydney Harbour Bridge; the Royal Dockyard at Simonstown; South Africa, and gates at Hong Kong market and the European Club, Shanghai. " [company statement]. The company is still in business today. The catalogue is full of hundreds of black and white photographs of their architectural metal designs and structures. These are followed by structures for municipal and agricultural use, and then a section on foundry equipment and supplies. Bound in blue paper covered boards with diagram to front cover illustrating the types of metal works offered by the company. With blue cloth spine with company name. Binding is chipped, soiled and bumped. Interior pages are clean and bright. 525 pages plus index. ARCH/050619. Very Good.
n.p. n.p., n.d. Hardcover. Scarce. A reproduction of a beautiful manuscript from the "Hours" of the Duke of Anjou, King of Sicily and Jerusalem, now in the Bibliotecheque Royale, Paris. The original was created about the year 1380. With prefatory text about the original followed by lovely color and gilt illustrations for each month and a monthly calendar with a line to record information for each day. The text pages are detached from the text block but the illuminations are firmly attached. All of the pages are in very good condition. Bound in cream cloth with beige linen binding. The cover is ornately decorated with gilt, red, and blue designs and ornaments. Scuffing, bumping, and soiling but still attractive. 7.5 x 11 inches. Unpaginated. ILLUM/041819. Very Good.
circa 1940. Uncommon. Includes 22 samples, numbered 601 - 622, of paper backed printed cloth for covering fusuma (Japanese doors). Bound in tan, black, and red cloth covered boards with ribbon binding. Japanese title to front cover. Minor browning and wear to boards and edges. The interior is clean overall with foxing to some pages and browning to edges. Creasing to some corners. Diagrams showing the proper layout for how the paper should be adhered to the doors are bound in facing several of the samples. Each sample features a printed design - many abstract, some floral, some with vessels, etc. Size: about 13.5 x 12 inches.
circa 1950. Hardcover. Includes 119 sample papers - some printed, some metallic, some with fiber inclusions. Bound in green paper covered boards with gilt title (in Japanese) to front cover. Three hole Japanese stab binding with purple ribbon. Browning to some pages, but clean overall. Size: oblong, about 8.5 x 6.5 inches. Very Good.
L'Architecture, 1931. Hardcover. Includes all twelve issues from 1931. Ex-library with stamps and label to endpapers, title page, and some interior pages. Bound in black cloth with brown leather title label to spine. Rubbing to title label and wear / fraying to spine ends and corners of boards. Browning and chipping to edges of some pages. Clean overall aside from library stamps. Includes many black and white photographic illustrations. 360 pages plus 456 pages. ARCH/050619. Very Good.
L'Architecture, 1932. Hardcover. Includes all twelve issues from 1932. Ex-library with stamps to title page and some interior pages. Bound in black cloth with brown leather title label to spine. Rubbing and chipping to title label. Fraying and wear to book cloth along both hinges, corners, and edges of boards. Front hinge is starting. Browning and chipping to edges of some pages. Clean overall aside from library stamps. Includes many black and white photographic illustrations. 384 pages plus 468 pages. ARCH/050619. Very Good.
L'Architecture, 1933. Hardcover. Includes all twelve issues from 1933. Ex-library with stamps to title page and some interior pages. Bound in black cloth with brown leather title label to spine. Rubbing to title label and wear / fraying to corners of boards. Minor rubbing and wear to boards. Browning and chipping to edges of some pages. Clean overall aside from library stamps. Includes many black and white photographic illustrations. One page of contents is detached but present and laid in. 380 pages plus 464 pages. ARCH/050619. Very Good.
Paris: Societe des Pieux Franki, 1928. Hardcover. 12 issues bound together with supplement / table of contents for the year. Includes articles about architects and construction projects worldwide. Marbled paper covered boards with maroon cloth spine titled in gilt. Wear to edges of boards and corners. Rubbing and scuffing to boards. Occasional pencil markings to margins, but clean and bright overall. Original paper wrappers are bound in. Minor browning to wrappers and to margins of some pages. Many photographic illustrations, diagrams, and plans. Page edges trimmed slightly when rebound into this thick book. Text in French. 756 pages. ARCH/050619. Very Good.
Firenze: Leo S. Olschki, 1984. Paperback. Thin quarto. Beige paper wrappers with red and black title to spine and front panel. Minor wear to edges of wrappers. Illustrated with plates. Minor foxing. Clean overall. Unopened pages. 193 pages. ITA/041019. Very Good.
Paris: Emile Wessbecher, 1902. Hardcover. A scarce catalog for metal furniture for garden and home from Parisian "patented contruction engineer" Emile Wessbecher. There are fifty plates, each with several designs for chairs, benches, tables, toilette and night tables, planters, beds. and more. The illustrations are drawn and in most cases in color. A few of the final plates showing furniture appear to have been taken from another catalog and affixed to pages in this one. Bound in reddish brown cloth covers with title and design to front. Some soiling , bumping and staining.Title page and first few plates and last few plates have some foxing but the remaining pages are very good. Measures 10.5 x 14.5 inches. FURN/050619. Very Good.
Firenze: Sansoni Editore, 1982. Paperback. Black paper wrappers with white title to spine and front cover. Minor rubbing to covers and a few minor creases. Clean and bright with many illustrations, some in color. In Italian. 431 pages. ITA/041019. Very Good.
Circolo della cultura e delle arti, Trieste, 1962. Paperback. Number 47 of 500 copies. Thin white paper wrappers with red and black title to front panel. Mnor wear to edges of wrappers. Slight discoloration to bottom of front wrapper, else clean. Frontispiece illustration. 39 pages. ITA/041019. Fine.
Annapolis: Mrs. E. Schaeffer, 1896. Hardcover. SCARCE. Oblong in maroon paper covered boards with gilt title to front cover. Rubbing and minor soiling to boards. Spine panel is split and mostly missing and both interior hinges are split; however, book remains bound. Previous owner's gift inscription to front free endpaper. He appears to have been in the navy and has annotated several of the pictures with notes like "view from my window" and "The dismantled hulk is the Santee where I was stationed during September. The steam vessel U.S. Standish." Occasional smudge marks and spots of soiling to margins. Includes 18 photo-gravure views of Annapolis including the Naval Academy, St. John's College, the State House, and more. MD/042419. Very Good Minus.
circa 1940. Uncommon. Includes 32 handmade sample papers for covering fusuma (Japanese doors). Silver and red paper covered boards with black title in Japanese to front cover. Ribbon bound. Several open tears to paper on front cover. Minor soiling, browning, and wear to boards and edges. The interior is clean overall with foxing to some pages. Diagrams showing the proper layout for how the paper should be adhered to the doors are tipped in facing several of the samples. Papers are multi-colored with designs and pulp paintings, many featuring metallic components. Size: about 13.5 x 11 inches.
University of Kansas Press, 2018. Hardcover. Fine with black paper covered spine titled in white. Dark blue title to front board. Clean and bright. 283 pages. MIL/050819. Fine.
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1982. Hardcover. One of 650 copies but also a unique copy with a commissioned custom binding by Constance K. Wozny, a well known hand bookbinder whose studio is in Eastwood, Kentucky. She studied with several prominent hand bookbinders and is a member of the Guild of Bookworkers and the Hand Bookbinders of California. Signed and dated (2011) by her on colophon. Laid in is a holograph note in pencil: " Of all the bindings I did - this is one of my favorites thank you Connie." This beautiful binding is in full-grain Indian red goat leather, with titles stamped in black on front cover, and a wraparound flower pot design composed of decorative onlays in orange, yellow, and ochre calf. The leather covers wrap around and serve as the front and rear pastedowns. Red paper free front and rear endpapers. The top edges are speckled red and brown. Housed in an orange custom clamshell box designed by the binder with title and author blindstamped on spine. Book and box in fine condition. 38 pages plus three page bibliography. PRI/041619. Fine.
Solomons, MD: Calvert Marine Museum, 1986. Second Edition. Paperback. 4to. Very good in illustrated side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. 19 pages. MD/042219. Very Good.
New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1911). Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in blue cloth covered boards with gilt title and illustration to front board and to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners and minor rubbing to hinges. Includes illustrated frontispiece with intact tissue guard. Interior is is clean and bright. 152 pages. IND/051419. Very Good.
New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1914. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in blue cloth covered boards with gilt title and illustration to front board and to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners and minor rubbing to hinges. Previous owner's name and address to top corner of front free end paper. Includes illustrated frontispiece with intact tissue guard. Text on title page has been traced in pencil on tissue guard. Else is clean and bright. 144 pages. IND/051419. Very Good.
Potomac Books, (2017). Hardcover. 8vo. Fine in near fine black and red illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Pristine interior with illustrations. Index, 328 pages. WWII/050919. Fine / Near Fine.
University Press of Kentucky, 2018. Hardcover. First edition. Review copy with press release laid in. "Bechtol not only presents an accurate picture of the current North Korean threat - he also outlines methodologies that Washington and the international community must embrace in order to contain it" (press release)" Red paper covered boards with white title to spine and front cover. Clean and bright. As new. 261 pages. MIL/051019. Fine.