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.
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New York: The Architectural Book Publishing Company, no date. Hardcover. Circa 1910. Includes all drawings, some of which fold out. There are really fewer than 60 drawings as each fold out is numbered as two drawings. Each details the facades and architectural details of Italian buildings in Venice. Ex-library in later binding of tan cloth spine that appears to be hand lettered in gold and dark brown over Italian patterned paper. Decorative strips of blue ribbon and tan bookcloth adorn both covers. The cloth covering the spine is split along both bottom hinges; however, the binding remains strong. Chipping and wear to edges of boards and spine ends. Closed tears to edges of several pages, one illustration is affected. Minor chipping to edges of first few pages. Minor browning to edges of pages. Occasional smudge marks / light soiling to margins of some pages. 60 pages. A elephant folio sized heavy book that may require an extra shipping fee. ARCH/040219. 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.
1812. A leaf from The History of the Abbey Church or St. Peter's Westminster: Its Antiques and Monuments, by Rudolph Ackermann. In 1795 Ackermann set up a lithographic press and opened a business in copper lithographs. Ackermann was a creative and efficient publisher, who brought innovative techniques to the commercial production of color plate books as well as an uncompromising attention to detail which ensured uniform high quality. Print method is Engraving-Aquatint on India paper, measuring 343 x 278 mm. or approximately 13 1/2 x 11 inches. Archivally matted. #48642. Very Good.
1812. A leaf from The History of the Abbey Church or St. Peter's Westminster: Its Antiques and Monuments, by Rudolph Ackermann. In 1795 Ackermann set up a lithographic press and opened a business in copper lithographs. Ackermann was a creative and efficient publisher, who brought innovative techniques to the commercial production of color plate books as well as an uncompromising attention to detail which ensured uniform high quality. Print method is Engraving-Aquatint on India paper, measuring 343 x 278 mm. or approximately 13 1/2 x 11 inches. Archivally matted. #48672. Very Good.
London: Country Life Ltd, 1929. Hardcover. Quarto. Black cloth spine with grey cloth boards. Gilt title to spine and black and gilt title label to front cover. Front hinge cloth is split, but board remains attached. Soiling to front cover. Bookcloth on rear cover is lifting where the grey cloth meets the black cloth spine. Fading and some discolored spots to spine. Pen inscription to front endpaper, else clean interior. Filled with black and white photographic illustrations. Interior hinges are starting. 196 pages. DEC/102618. Very Good.
New York: Rizzoli, 1981. Hardcover. Navy blue cloth boards with white title to spine and front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Rubbing and a few scuff marks to covers. A few splits to binding; although, all pages remain bound. Clean interior. Filled with photographic images and diagrams. No jacket. 400 pages. ARCH/102618. Very Good.
New York: Architectural Book Publishing Co., Inc., 1929. Hardcover. Folio. Dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Minor fraying to spine ends, bumping to top front and rear bottom corners, and light scuff mark to front board. The interior is very clean overall with a few smudge marks. Illustrated with sketches in pen, pencil and drypoint, and photographs by the author. Includes beautiful engraved frontispiece. 246 pages. ARCH/092707. Very Good Plus.
London: The Architectural Press, 1981. Paperback. Second edition. This new edition includes an index. "The first part [of this book] is an Owner's Handbook which explains briefly teh unique qualities of Edinburgh's New Town and the efforts being made to repair and maintain the buildings, then, with the help of illustrations adn charts, the book identifies the weak spots which need regular attention" (foreword). Brown paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Minor wear to edges of covers. Size: Quarto. 225 pages. ARCH/102618. Very Good.
Celiv; Gruppo Editoriale, 1990. Hardcover. Black cloth boards with embossed title to spine. Minor fading to spine. Several splits to binding, making it loose - although, all pages remain bound. Filled with color photographic illustrations. In color illustrated dust jacket with black spine panel titled in white. Chipping, closed tears, and wear to jacket. Large quarto. May require an extra shipping fee. 228 pages. ARCH/102618. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Benjamin F. Buck, 1910. Signed by the artist, James H. Findley. During the last years of his life Edgar Allan Poe lived in The Bronx, NY. It was here that he wrote several of his best known poems including "Annabel Lee," "The Bells", and "Eureka." He moved to the small farmhouse in 1846 with his wife, Virginia, with the hope that the country air would improve her health. Unfortunately, she died of tuberculosis the following year. Two years later Poe died in Baltimore by an undetermined cause. The Poe Cottage which was built around 1812 is currently maintained by the Bronx County Historical Society and is open for visitors. This print features the cottage, the woody surroundings, and a small portrait portrait of Poe. It is attractively framed in dark wood with an archival mat. The print measures 9.5 x 13 inches. Frame measures 20 x 25 inches. Near Fine.
Richmond: Garrett and Massie, 1950. Hardcover. Very good blue boards with silver gilt seal and border on front board, titling on spine. Soiling along spine with some fading; front board spotted with light brown. 109 b/w plates of examples of Jefferson's architecture; index; 153 pp. Architecture. ARCH/1213. Very Good.
New York: The Vendome Press, 1979. Hardcover. With 245 black and white illustrations and 46 color plates. "The most beautiful [French houses] were chosen and photographed by the editors of Realites, adn among these most are here being reproduced in book form for the first time. To bring them to life, Claude Fregnac and Wayne Andrews have prepared a colorful and amusing text that is a capsule social history of Paris through the centuries, as well as a history of architecture and decoration" (jacket). Brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Minor wear to edges of boards and bumping to corners. Clean and bright overall with small dampstain to top margin of some pages. In an illustrated dust jacket with white spine panel titled in black. Minor chipping and wear to edges of jacket. Evidence of dampstain to top of spine panel of jacket and small drip mark to bottom of spine panel. 280 pages. ARCH/102618. Very Good / Very Good.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2010. Hardcover. Number 21 of 30 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. This book was one of six winners of the “Building by the Book” competition sponsored by the Philadelphia Athenaeum and Philadelphia Center for the Book. This work by noted book artist Karen Hanmer is based on Samuel Sloan's 1852 collection of house plans and instructions to contractors titled The Model Architect. Hanmer juxtaposes Sloan's historical text and illustrations with modern text from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's online "Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure." The artist provides commentary in the colophon reflecting on the effects of the 2008 financial collapse in her own neighborhood. She states: "Samuel Sloan's The Model Architect was published at the mid point of a century marked by cycles of rampant speculation followed by financial collapse. The Panic of 1857 came on the heels of publication of Sloan's work, and put a halt to the most active portion of his career. This milieu mirrors what has happened in my own neighborhood of modest homes over the past fifteen years. The transformation began with some owners remodeling their kitchen, or adding a family room or bedroom. Then larger additions came. Ultimately, the houses commanded high prices to be sold as teardowns. Huge new houses were built in their places. The construction proceeded with increasingly grandiose features; portions of the facade faced with thin sheets of stone, wooden garage doors with cast iron-like fittings, decorative copper accents on the roofs, turrets, lions flanking the brick driveways. Now the house across the street, the house next door, and the house next door to that are all in foreclosure, and soon will be uninhabitable. The lawns grow without interruption. Without electricity and heat the basements fill with water, the pipes burst, the mechanicals are destroyed. Few modest, affordable homes remain in the neighborhood." Bound in marbled paper covered boards with black leather spine and red leather title label, titled and ruled in gilt. Bound using the modern drum leaf structure but replicating the look of a 19th century book. Housed in an archival paper case with the edition number and artist's contact information stamped on the front panel. Measures 14 x 11 x .5 inches. 48 pages. ARTB/121212. Fine.
Antique Collectors' Club, 1984. Hardcover. Originally published by Country Life in 1955. "[These volumes] are important for the discussion of the house in its setting and the design of the interiors. The house is examined as a whole and not just a series of elevations and plans. Sensible as the approach may seem it is not one that is universally adopted by other authors. The Country House series is not only a source of excellent information but makes fascinating reading. It remains the standard work" (jacket). Greenish grey cloth boards with gilt titles to spines and front covers. In pictorial dust jackets with white spine panels titled in black. Minor wear to edges of jackets. Long closed tear to front panel of jacket of third volume. Clean interiors with many black and white photographic illustrations. These books smell like incense. Each volume is about 255 pages. ARCH/102618. Very Good / Very Good.