With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors.  Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more.  So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.

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1 A Guidebook to Newport Mansions
Newport, RI Preservation Society of Newport County 1984 Wraps Like New 

Price: 8.00 USD
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Beautiful Low-Cost Bridges
2 Beautiful Low-Cost Bridges
Middletown, OH Armco Culvert Mfrs. Association 1934 First Edition Wraps Very Good 
4to. 28 by 21.5 cm. 47 pp. Bridge designs, some picturesque, others, Art Deco, using fieldstone or cement, to cover typically streams and smaller rivers, with culverts forming the shell. The bridges depicted will be the kind that are familiar sights nowadays on older parkways and country roads. Small dampstain and other light soiling on cover. Clean within. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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Chief Paints.  Color Styles and Painting Guide for Beautifying and Protecting Your Home
3 Chief Paints. Color Styles and Painting Guide for Beautifying and Protecting Your Home
Full Leather. Spiral Spine. Very Good 
N.d., circa late 1940s. Folio, 43 by 33 cm. 59 pp. Missing only one paint strip, of 215. Many color illustrations of house exteriors and interiors, working in the activities of the wholesome American nuclear family ideal of the period, with attractive young parents and their small children. Homes are generally modest but handsome suburban clapboard colonials, with modern, southern plantation and ranch houses also shown. The illustrations are uniformly pleasing, and their interest lies in their sociological content as well. The catalogue is chock-full of explanatory material on all the paint and stain products of the company, along with many do-it-yourself instructions and tips, and so it was really much more than a simple catalogue or color guide. Wear and soiling to the cover. Light wear to pages, which are generally clean. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Design Oak Flooring by Bruce
4 Design Oak Flooring by Bruce
Memphis E. L. Bruce Company Wraps Very Good 
4to. 23 by 15.5 cm. 16 pp. Most pages with photos of interiors, and center two pages show various parquet patterns. Scarce -- no copies on OCLC. Light wear. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Evans Vanishing Door.  Evans Ring Joint.   Catalog J.
5 Evans Vanishing Door. Evans Ring Joint. Catalog J. "Millions Hang their Wraps in Evans Vanishing Door Wardrobes"
Washington, Indiana W. L. Evans 1927 Stated Fifth Edition Wraps Near Fine 
4to. 27.5 by 21 cm. 48 pp. Profusely illustrated, often with partial color -- with photos of the doors colored yellow or brown to provide a semblance of the wood finish. The color also give this catalogue a certain panache. On offer are various door systems that cleverly housed, and sometimes concealed, lavoratories, wardrobes, telephone booths. From a time when built-in closets were far less common in homes, and when they existed, were smaller, more spare, less elaborate, than the closet systems on offer here, which can be regarded as precursors of today's walk-in and/or complex closet set-ups. Most illustrations are photos, but also a few more technical drawings. Among doors on offer are also garage doors. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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French Architectural Panorama done in pen-and-ink and wash
6 French Architectural Panorama done in pen-and-ink and wash
Very Good 
Depicting all the facades of a rather long building of Classical design, with five separate profiles, including two with cut-aways revealing the interior. 12 panels attached together. Closed, 31 by 21 cm. Opening to be 252 cm wide. Minor separation where separate cards are joined. A few light stains. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Hausgärten Skizzen und Entwürfe aus dem Wettbewerb der Woche
7 Hausgärten Skizzen und Entwürfe aus dem Wettbewerb der Woche
Berlin August Scherl 1908 First Card thick boards, or limp hardcover. Very Good Plus 
Oblong, 22.5 by 30.5 cm. xviii, [4], 118, [2] pp. With six color plates of paintings of park-like gardens, stunning villas and bucolic settings. Several pages are devoted to each of the country houses discussed, with multiple illustrations of the house and gardens, house plans and garden lay-outs, and detail renderings of benches, pavillions, trellises and other highlights of the gardens. Perhaps most unusual is that costs for creating the gardens are set forth. The book was organized around a competition; the properties shown are the winning entries, with the top entry receiving a prize of 1,000 marks. All the properties have names, or "Mottos" as they are called here, meant in some way to capture something about their location or essence. Quite a beautiful book, capturing the most appealing aspects of domestic Wilhelmine culture as enjoyed by the affluent. Condition: light wear. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Juan Graell.  Fabrica de Pinturas en Pasta y en Polvo
8 Juan Graell. Fabrica de Pinturas en Pasta y en Polvo
Barcelona Wraps Very Good 
N.d., circa 1920. Oblong, 21.5 by 28 cm. Unpaginated, 14 ff printed on rectos only. Two leaves of text, 12 leaves of color plates. Six plates show the exterior of a house each with a different color, and six, an interior, the parlor. Scarce, with no copies found on OCLC. Condition: light wear. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Muster-Buch von R. Ph. Waagner in Wien. R, Ph. Waagner $ Constructions-Werkstaette, Wien
9 Muster-Buch von R. Ph. Waagner in Wien. R, Ph. Waagner $ Constructions-Werkstaette, Wien
Vienna Carl Fromme Pebbled cloth Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. Folio, 37 by 28 cm. 50 plates, many double paged. Striking catalog of all kinds of tin and metal and construction work, including imposing ovens, greenhouses, garden seating, door hardware, fences, banisters, fireplace accessories, etc. etc. Scarce, with a single institutional copy evidenced on OCLC First Search, held by the Wurttembergische Landesbibliothek. 
Price: 3500.00 USD
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10 Partial Set of Toy Card Houses, along with separate card of people and trees
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. Four shingle clapboard houses, such as one would find in suburban communities along the Atlantic Coast, but only three roofs. The houses lie flat when not in use. One pops them out and the roofs hold them then in place. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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11 Planning Your Individual Home
Chicago (?) National Plan Service, Inc. 1950 Leatherette. Spiral. Very Good 
Elephantine folio. 52.5 by 40 cm. 96 pp. Innumerable big splashy colorful illustrations of new home designs, with accompanying floor plans and illustrations of interior features as well. The designs are ones that were pitched primarily to developers, who typically built such houses on spec, often as part of a development, large or small. Many of the houses are now very recognizable and can be found in thousands of suburban communities throughout the U.S. Whatever one's opinion of the vernacular domestic architecture of the day, however, few would dispute that never do the actual examples built of these houses look as great as they do in the fantasy spun by this folio. Internally clean and bright. Front cover reattached to spiral with small discreet strips of cloth. Corner chips to the leatherette cover. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Recepty pro osvetlování domova
12 Recepty pro osvetlování domova
Praha (Prague) Osram 1939 Hardcover Fine 
A very beautiful, lavish, catalogue for a lighting company, showing its lighting fixtures in the exterior and interior of a house and in various outbuildings, etc. 4to. 30 by 22 cm. 108 pp. 91 of the pages are color plates, with the greatest number depicting all the rooms of a well-furnished, middle class and upper middle class residence. These illustrations are done with lush, seductive colors, and they capture the fashionable aesthetics of the times, with the influence of Art Deco obvious without the furnishings being purely of that style. One can see the early signs of what now is known as mid-century Modern in the furnishings as well, all with a distinct Central European flavor. By this, we don't mean to say the furnishings would not be found ever in America, but as ensembles, one would be less likely to have encountered them in the U.S., plus some of the furnishings are a type one will still find in Central European homes and hotels. In terms of exteriors, several homes are shown with their outdoor lighting, and there are also garages, a barn, outbuildings, etc. shown, all most attractively. In several of the illustrations people are assessories to the spaces. Osram, the company whose products are being promoted, was based in Berlin, but this particular catalogue was produced specifically for the Czech market, it would appear, with the lithographer based in Prague. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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The Home of the Travelers
13 The Home of the Travelers
Hartford, CT The Travelers Insurance Company. Printed by the Redfield-Kendrick-Odell Co., Inc., New York 1921 First Edition Hardcover. Paper pasted down onto boards. Faux ve Near Fine 
Folio, 36 by 26.5 cm. 38 pp. A brief history of the insurance giant and a celebration of its new beaux arts tower which dominated the Hartford CT skyline when it was completed. With many charming black and white illustrations of the building. Light wear to the cover. Clean and tight. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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14 Window Draping with Net and Lace Practicl Suggestions for Every Room in the House
Scranton, Pennsylvania The Scranton Lace Company 1923 Enlarged Revised Edition Hardcover. Cloth Fine 
Small folio. 32.5 by 24 cm. 69, [1] pp. Color plates, with a pastel-ish palette, on virtually every recto. Four fabric samples. A clean, handsome copy. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Your new home and your pocketbook
15 Your new home and your pocketbook
Bridgeport, CT General Electric Home Bureau First Edition Brochure. Wraps. Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1944. 4to. (To be read oblong, with binding on top.) 27.5 by 21.5 cm. 32 pp. plus wraps. Selling the American dream of suburban living on credit, with a splashy presentation of the practicalities and costs of setting up an imaginary modest but comfortable house. The booklet cleverly uses a cut-out window to show the expenses, total and monthly, with a comparison of conventional financing and through G.E., with big surprise, G.E. credit cheaper every time. As one turns the leaves, another line of the ledger is revealed until the whole spreadsheet is revealed on page 31, with heating, electrical, cabinetry, kitchen appliances, etc. requiring a monthly outlay of a whopping $61.05 with conventional financing versus only $58.42 through G.E. Throughout are color cartoonish illustrations of the happy housewife, and the text is full of plenty of useful tips to inexperienced newlyweds facing their first big investment. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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[Trade Catalogue] Georgian Mantels.  Georgian Mantel Co.  New York 310 - 314 East 75th Street
16 [Trade Catalogue] Georgian Mantels. Georgian Mantel Co. New York 310 - 314 East 75th Street
New York Cloth Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. Oblong, 14 by 19 cm. Unpaginated, with over 100 mantels. Mantels are pictured in B/W photos on rectos, with standard dimensional specifications on verso, with a statement accompanying every one that the dimensions can be varied to suit the particular situation. The catalogue dates from the period in which monied New Yorkers were moving away from Beaux Arts ornateness to a more restrained elegance associated with the late eighteenth century. Many of these mantels survive today in townhouses and Park Avenue apartments. The limp cloth cover has a vertical crack. The leaves are age toned. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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[Trade Catalogue] The Home Fires.  A few suggestions in Face Brick Fireplaces.  American Face Brick Association
17 [Trade Catalogue] The Home Fires. A few suggestions in Face Brick Fireplaces. American Face Brick Association
Chicago American Face Brick Association. Printer: Columbian Colortype Company 1925 Wraps Near Fine 
4to. 48 pp. Frontis, then 18 plates, each depicting a different design with tan tinting, specifications provided in corner. Second half of catalogue filled with photos, one of two per page, showing actual fireplace designs installed in upscale homes and clubs, the majority in the Chicago area (Lake Forest), but also in Scarsdale, Marblehead, etc. Very appealing architectural catalogue that promotes what loosely might be regarded as part of the Colonial Revival movement. Condition: light wear. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster; with the Charter-House, the School of St. Paul’s, Merchant Taylors, Harrow, and Rugby, and the Free-School of Christ’s Hospital, Ackermann, Rudolph
18 Ackermann, Rudolph The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster; with the Charter-House, the School of St. Paul’s, Merchant Taylors, Harrow, and Rugby, and the Free-School of Christ’s Hospital
London R. Ackermann 1816 First Edition Full Calf Very Good 
Folio-sized. 34.5 by 28 cm. 48 hand-colored plates, 44 of which are views, four, costume. Pagination is separate for each of the schools: vi (including list of subscribers), 56, 72, 40, 32, 43, 34, 34, 27, 22, [1] pp. The greatest number of plates are devoted to Eton and Winchester, which get ten each, with the other schools genreally receiving five each. The plates capture the architectural glory of these institutions, as well as the romance that had already gathered around them, with nary an acknowledgment of the underside of their strict and spartan regime. Scattered foxing, heavy at times, but most leaves and plates are in fact clean. Sometimes heavy offsetting from the plates onto the facing pages. Full contemporary calf with gothic architectural motive and border decoration blindstamped. Rebacking, with original spine preserved and laid on. Some small chips and scuffs to the leather. Notwithstanding its wear, it remains decidedly handsome. 
Price: 3750.00 USD
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I Quattro Primi Libri di Architettura di Petro Cataneo Senese, Cataneo, Pietro
19 Cataneo, Pietro I Quattro Primi Libri di Architettura di Petro Cataneo Senese
Vinegia (Venice) Aldus. In casa de' figliuoli di Aldo 1554 First Full Morocco Very Good 
Folio, 34.5 by 24 cm. [116] pp. (2 unnumbered leaves, including title, 54 numbered leaves, 2 unnumbered leaves.) Title vignette with Aldus anchor emblem. Repeated on last page. 42 woodcut illustrations, seven of which are full page, in addition to 53 woodcut letter devices, each with a small vignette illustration. Condition: later brown morocco rubbed heavily in corners, less so, along joints, and slight starting upper front joint. Title and next two leaves with expert paper repair in upper corner, with in one case, addressing a closed tear --these repairs are comparatively inconspicuous. One small minor marginal hole. 
Price: 4500.00 USD
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Murs et Toits Pour Les Pays de Chez-Nous (Three Folios or Volumes), Charles Letrosne.
20 Charles Letrosne. Murs et Toits Pour Les Pays de Chez-Nous (Three Folios or Volumes)
Paris Chez Dan 1923, 1924, 1926 First Very Good 
Three oblong volumes full of architectural plans, line sketchings of the elevations of those plans, and color plates with more elaborate realizations of some of the structures in their settings. Covered are all kinds of public buildings throughout France -- city or town halls, schools, courts, theaters, festival halls, train stations, post offices, hotels, hospitals, factories -- as well as farm houses, barns, houses. Many of the designs are picturesque and easy on the eye. Accompanying each design is a textual description and explanation, often placing it in its local context, and fitting into the surroundings is a virtue strenuously advocated by the work. Overall this is an ambitious work that surely was intended for a wider audience than the profession, and it is something one can easily enjoy as a coffee table book in the best sense. Spine cloth has been repaired on two volumes. Some general wear to the boards, and the marbling, already dark, may have darkened on the paper pastedowns, and the gilt, bright on one of the volumes, is dulled on the other two. In one volume the leaves, held together by cord, are loose on the front side because of typical tears between the holes for the string and the edges. Each volume measures 39 by 29 cm, or 15.5 by 11.5 inches. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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