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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Paris: Emile Wessbecher, 1902. Hardcover. A scarce catalog for metal furniture for garden and home from Parisian "patented construction 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. Rebacked in maroon cloth. Some soiling, and bumping. Title page was detached but has been repaired. 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.
New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1998. Hardcover. Inscribed by the two authors on the half title. A fascinating and sumptuous documenting the restoration of the White House by Jacqueline Kennedy and her advisors - the most extensive and significant to date. With rich anecdotes and many four-color and black and white photographs with individual chapters by room, including the private quarters (from dust jacket). Bound in brown cloth and in a white dust jacket with title to spine and cover and photo of Mrs. Kennedy to cover. Some sunning to top of cloth binding and slight crease to top of jacket otherwise near fine. Measures 9 x 11 inches. 260 pages including index. DECARTS/011219. Near Fine / Near Fine.
Williamsburg, VA: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1977. Hardcover. SIGNED BY AUTHOR, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED on title-page: To Olivia Rodgers an old & dear friend John and also signed under his printed name. Fine blue coated cloth backed blue linen boards, gilt title to spine. Very good plus pictorial d.j. (one closed tear to rear flap, small amount of creasing, edgewear). Interior is very nice, bright and clean, though a few areas have some ink underlining. Contains 144 plates, many in color. 153 pp. + facsimile reproduction of the 1755 Chelsea sale catalog, an important source documents for students of English porcelain. Ceramics. CER/8223. Very Good + in Very Good DJ.
Paris: n.p., n.d. Portfolio. This is a scarce portfolio of beautiful color plates that showcase the breadth and beauty of French decorative arts at the beginning of the 20th century. The arts range from textiles, ceramics, bindings, ironworks, enamel, house designs and much more. The artists include LeFebvre, Magnew, Guimard, Mucha, Jambon, Lepere, Boulez among many others. There were 60 plates issued with this edition. Plates one and nine are missing, but there are two plates each for plates 4 and 55, each with a different design. The plates are generally in very good condition, with spotting and/or aging to some. The loose plates, preface, and list of plates are housed in a folio portfolio with grey paper boards and brown linen spine with gilt title to front board. Spine is split about two inches along front cover, chipping and bumping and ties missing. DEC/100812. Very Good.
Lincoln Mint, 1972. A limited edition silver collector's plate created by Salvador Dali expressly for the reproduction of this precious metal plate. Each plate is numbered. The plate is resting on dark blue satin and is housed in a white leatherette clamshell box with Dali's signature in silver on the top. In fine condition. In a white paper shipping box. DEC/120312. Fine.
New York: Park Lane, (1989). Hardcover. Folio. Red cloth covered boards with bright gilt title to spine. Light bumping to spine ends and corners. Pristine interior with wonderful full color photographic illustrations thoughout. Illustrated price clipped dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Minor fading to front and spine panels. Index, 320 pages. Decorative Arts. DECART/060712. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
New York: Phaidon Press, 1974. Hardcover. "This book is about the ormolu (ground gold) ornaments - candelabra, door knobs, escutcheons, sconces, inkstands, clock-cases and ornamental vases - which were produced by Matthew Boulton at his Soho Manufactory, just outside Birmingham, between 1768 and 1782" (jacket). Bookplate of English architecture professor Patrick Horsbrugh, who has also inscribed and signed the front free endpaper. Yellow cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Small spots of foxing to covers. Minor wear to edges of boards and bumping to top corners. In tan illustrated dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges and corners of jacket. Rubbing to panels of jacket. Includes 176 illustrations of which two are in full color. 398 pages. DEC/102618. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., 1974. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Very good purple cloth 4to., bright silver gilt to spine. Insides are clean, bright text. Binding is tight. Endpapers faded at edges and along hinge. Illustrated dust jacket with white title to front panel and blue spine panel. Minor edge wear to dust jacket. 120 color illustrations and 110 b/w. Index, 210 pp. Ceramics and Glass. GLASS/8233. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
New York: Random House, 1971. Hardcover. 8vo. In purple cloth covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine. In white DJ with minor edgewear, toning, and a small closed tear to top edge of front panel. Interior is mostly clean and bright with b/w illustrations and color illustrated endpapers. Faint foxing to textblock edges. Index. 309pp. ARTBIO/041407. Very Good in Very Good Minus dj.
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Mint, 1972. Hardcover. The 1972 Franklin Mint Christmas Plate. Made of solid sterling silver and contains an original etching of the work titled "The Carolers" drawn by Norman Rockwell expressly for this limited edition. Complete with certificate of authenticity, description of artist and plate, and order form for frame. Housed in a maroon leatherette clamshell box made to look like a book with embossed wreath on front cover and gilt title and artist to spine. In original plain white box. "Book" and plate in fine condition. DEC/100312. Fine.
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Mint, 1974. A limited edition solid silver plate with an etching of an original work titled "Hanging the Wreath," created by artist Norman Rockwell expressly for this edition. Complete with certificate of authenticity and a brochure describing the artist and the plate. Housed in a maroon leatherette clamshell box made to look like a book with Christmas wreath embossed on front cover and gilt title and artist to spine. The "book" and plate in fine condition. DEC/120612. Fine.
Richmond, VA: William Byrd Prefs, Inc., 1927. Hardcover. Blue Cloth covered boards with pale yellow title to front board. Title to spine is almost entirely gone. Rubbing to title on front board. Wear to edges of boards and to spine ends. Minor rubbing to hinges. Spine is faded. Front interior hinge is cracked and binding is loose. pages still tightly bound. Color frontis with tissue. 371 black and white illustrations. Interior is clean. Index included. 503 pages. Interior design. INT/2133. Very Good -.