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21 de Rupé, G., architect and artist. Heliographs by B. Rôze & Cie. H. Fléchelle Album de Bois Découpés 1875 2e Partie. Kiosques.
Paris Imprimerie Jules Boyer 1875 Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Cloth spine Very Good Plus 
Scarce album of designs for kiosks, chalets and small villas -- lovely pleasure pavilions and follies, many can be. No copies whatsoever found on OCLC or elsewhere. Folio, 35 by 27 cm. Secondary title page (front cover serves as the primary title page), followed by 30 plates, each with a single design. Each plate is dominated by an elevation of the design, below which is a ruled scale and a simple architectural design outline -- as most of these are single room, this amounts to a geometric shape and little more in those instances. Quite extraordinary architectural "trade catalogue" -- besides being scarce in itself, it is a type of catalogue that was also uncommon at the date of its issue. Light wear. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Des Principes de l'Architecture, de la Sculpture, de la Peinture, et des Autres Arts Qui en Dependent.  Avec un Dictionnaire des Termes propres a chacun de ces Arts., Felibien, M.
22 Felibien, M. Des Principes de l'Architecture, de la Sculpture, de la Peinture, et des Autres Arts Qui en Dependent. Avec un Dictionnaire des Termes propres a chacun de ces Arts.
Paris Chez la Veuve & Jean Batiste Coignard, fils 1699 Troisieme Edition Full Calf Very Good 
8vo. 23.5 by 18 cm. [23], 542 pp. 65 copper engraved plates. Contemporary, or nearly so, full calf. Leather rubbed along joints, edges, perimeter of boards. Spine with vertical cracks. Boards have slight curvature --- they aren't fully flat. Marbled endpapers but no FEPs, which may be how the copy was originally bound. Leaves generally clean, and overall, an attractive copy. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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British Castles; or, A Compendious History of the Ancient Military Structures of Great Britain. Illustrated by Numerous Views of Some of the Most Interesting Castles in Great Britain., Fielding, T.H.
23 Fielding, T.H. British Castles; or, A Compendious History of the Ancient Military Structures of Great Britain. Illustrated by Numerous Views of Some of the Most Interesting Castles in Great Britain.
London Howlett and Brimmer 1825 First Edition Half Morocco. Very Good 
Oblong 4to, 21 by 27 cm. vi, 72, [1] pp. 25 hand-colored aquatint plates, including frontis, of ultra-Romantic castles, many of which were by then ruins, all of which were set in bucolic surroundings, whether by the windswept sea, a hillock, a meadow, etc. The work bespeaks the new-found fascination with the British architectural past and the incipient historicism, as perhaps captured well in the frontis comparison of arches from different periods. Contemporary half red-morocco, with title label on front board. Light to moderate foxing on text leaves and tissue guards. Plates are clean. Overall, a bright, lovely copy of a comparatively uncommon color plate book of that era. 
Price: 1350.00 USD
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Les Epis du Franc-Port.  1898, Gradue, Ler (?)
24 Gradue, Ler (?) Les Epis du Franc-Port. 1898
1898 Half Morocco, Marbled Boards Very Good 
Folio, 33.5 by 25 cm. Title, following by eight plates of original pen and ink drawings of turrets or spires, each with elaborate urns and other ornamental work. An unusual and striking collection of artwork all rendered with great exactitude. Inscribed to a Monsieur Saisan by the presumed artist, whose stylized signature we could not fully make out. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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25 Isaac D. Smead Ventilation and Warming of Buildings, Upon the Principles as Designed and Patented by Isaac D. Smead, Now owned and controlled (under 13 patents)
Toledo, OH Isaac D. Smead & Co. Printed by Henry O. Shepard & Co., Chicago 1889 First Edition Cloth Very Good 
Inscribed by Snead under his frontis portrait (possibly holographic) and FFEP. 4to. 154 pp. With fourteen pages of chromolithographs, some full page plates, and many other illustrations of schools, heating systems and the like. The primary thrust of this promotional book is the application of the heating system to schools, but even those not particularly fascinated by the topic will find the illustrations pleasing, and as a sales-oriented book this one stands out as especially elaborate for its day. The work also addresses other piquant topics such as "The Dry Closet System of Disposing of Excrement," "The Physiology of Respiration", etc. Much of the text is presented as a dialogue, making this work a precursor of sorts for the modern day infomercial. Referred to in Romaine,Guide to American Trade Catalogs, p. 263. A few shallow blisters of cloth, and some other light, inconspicuous soiling of boards. Generally clean and tight. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacobs, Jane
26 Jacobs, Jane The Death and Life of Great American Cities
New York Random House 1961 First Cloth Near FIne Very Good Jacket 
8vo. 459 pp. Minor corner bump to cloth binding. A light soil spot on front cover of cloth. Inked owner's former owner's name at center of FEP, with light fade spots around this inscription. DJ has toning. A few very tiny edge chips and a short closed tear, upper edge. DJ is not price clipped, showing price of $5.95. Overall an attractive copy of this classic influential work that bucked the urban renewal orthodoxy of the day. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Kohler Plumbing Fixtures of First Quality.  Kohler of Kohler, Kohler Co.
27 Kohler Co. Kohler Plumbing Fixtures of First Quality. Kohler of Kohler
Kohler, WI 1950 Wraps. Brochure. Fine 
4to. 25.5 by 18.5 cm. 24 pp., including cover. Bright full color illustrations of bathrooms, and one kitchen, with Kohler fixtures, and many B/W illustrations of the various models of sinks, showers, toilets, etc. A handsome sales catalogue. Small stamp of business name on rear cover. Otherwise, clean. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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28 Langlois, Léon Nouvelles Habitations Rurales et Constructions Agricoles avec Plans, coupes, élévations et détails cotés par Langlois (Two volumes)
Paris Monrocq 1891 First edition Hardcover folio folders. Cloth spines. Ribbon t Very Good 
Folio, 33 by 26 cm. Fifty plates, each of which is folded into four pages but when open measure 65 by 50.5 cm, with a single design fleshed out in chromolithographic illustrations. Condition: plates are age toned, sometimes heavily so. Wear to folios, with some tearing along joints. Paper flaps to hold in plates are brittle, with a few tears and one such flap detached. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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Album of 39 Engraved Plates, Le Pautre, Antoine
29 Le Pautre, Antoine Album of 39 Engraved Plates
Full Leather Very Good 
Circa mid-1700s. Small 4to. With 39 engravings of vases, grand interiors and other architectural elements. A real schmorgesborg of Le Pautre's output. Le Pautre (1621–1679) was a leading architect during the reign of Louis XIV. He is now most appreciated, though, for his spectacular engravings. These engravings were published by Pierre Mariette, Nicolas Langlois and others. 
Price: 800.00 USD
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Göteborg.  Aqvarelle Lithografier af O. A. Mankell, Mankell, O.A.
30 Mankell, O.A. Göteborg. Aqvarelle Lithografier af O. A. Mankell
Stockholm 1884 Portfolio, cloth. Near Fine 
Folio, 42 by 30 cm. 20 chromolithographic plates on heavy stock, loose as issued. Lovely architectural illustrations. With two pages text leaf. Publisher's gilt and black stamped cloth portfolio. Clean and complete. Light wear to spine extremities and corners of boards. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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The Architect and Builder's Miscellany, or Pocket Library: containing original picturesque designs in architecture, for cottages, farm, country, and town houses, public buildings, temples, green houses, bridges, lodges and gates for the entrances to parks and pleasure grounds, stables, monumental tombs, garden seats, &c., Middleton, Charles
31 Middleton, Charles The Architect and Builder's Miscellany, or Pocket Library: containing original picturesque designs in architecture, for cottages, farm, country, and town houses, public buildings, temples, green houses, bridges, lodges and gates for the entrances to parks and pleasure grounds, stables, monumental tombs, garden seats, &c.
London Printed for J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library 1799 Full Calf Near Fine 
8vo. 19 by 11.5 cm. 52 of the sixty plates have hand-coloring of building facades and other architectural features, with usually the lower half of the plate devoted to floor plans. The eight other plates are entirely floor plans of prior plates which are entirely given over to hand-colored renderings of buildings. The structures are varied, with the classical style of the day the most pronounced, but with whimsical touches of the incipient Romantic period surfacing in such things as the pleasure pavilions. A most beautiful, exquisite collection of plates and architectural drawings. Clean and tight within. Recased, with lovely calf binding. Light soiling of the title page. 
Price: 2450.00 USD
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Venetian Villas.  The History  and Culture, Muraro, Michelangelo, text by.  Photographs by Paolo Marton
32 Muraro, Michelangelo, text by. Photographs by Paolo Marton Venetian Villas. The History and Culture
Udine Magnus Edizioni 1986 First Hardcover Fine Near Fine Jacket 
Folio. Luxuriously illustrated of opulent Palladian palazzi in the Veneto. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Illustrations of Her Majesty's Palace at Brighton; Formerly the Pavilion: Executed by the Command of King George the Fourth, Under the Superintendence of John Nash, Esq. Architect.  To Which is Prefixed, A History of the Palace., Nash, John.  Brayley, Edward Wedlake
33 Nash, John. Brayley, Edward Wedlake Illustrations of Her Majesty's Palace at Brighton; Formerly the Pavilion: Executed by the Command of King George the Fourth, Under the Superintendence of John Nash, Esq. Architect. To Which is Prefixed, A History of the Palace.
London J. B. Nichols and Son 1838 Half Morocco Near Fine 
Extra-illustrated copy. Elephantine folio, 55 by 36 cm. Wood-engraved title vignette, 31 plates and plans after Augustus Pugin and others (20 present in two states, giving a plate total of 51), comprising aquatints, five with full or partial hand-coloring, line etchings, some on india paper mounted, and some mounted, and two folding, the frontis plate itself opening up to be over 100 cm wide. Attractively bound in half black straight-grained morocco over contemporary marbled paper-covered boards. Spine with seven raised bands forming eight 8 compartments, all decoratively tooled with floral devices in gilt. Condition: occasional spotting, some light marginal age toning. 
Price: 7500.00 USD
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Hints on Ornamental Gardening: Consisting of A Series of Designs for Garden Buildings, Useful and Decorative Gates, Fences, Railings, &c. Accompanied by Observations on the Principles and Theory of Rural Improvement, Interspersed with Occasional Remarks on Rural Architecture, Papworth, John Buonarotti
34 Papworth, John Buonarotti Hints on Ornamental Gardening: Consisting of A Series of Designs for Garden Buildings, Useful and Decorative Gates, Fences, Railings, &c. Accompanied by Observations on the Principles and Theory of Rural Improvement, Interspersed with Occasional Remarks on Rural Architecture
London R. Ackermann 1823 First Edition Half Morocco Very Good 
Large 8vo. 28 by 20 cm. 110, [2] pp. With 28 hand-colored aquatint plates. Additional woodcut diagrams interspersed in text. Abbey Life 46. Handsome half-morocco binding and slipcase with morocco trim by Birdsall of London. Scattered light foxing. Light wear to the leather -- a few minor rub spots. One small loss of marbled paper on the slipcase. Nonetheless a desirable copy of an Ackermann color plate high spot. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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Rural Residences, Consisting of A Series of Designs for Cottages, Decorated Cottages, Small Villas, and Other Ornamental Buildings, Accompanied by Hints on Situation, Construction, Arrangement and Decoration, in the Theory & Practice of Rural Architecture; Interspersed with Some Observations on Landscape Gardening, Papworth, John Buonarotti
35 Papworth, John Buonarotti Rural Residences, Consisting of A Series of Designs for Cottages, Decorated Cottages, Small Villas, and Other Ornamental Buildings, Accompanied by Hints on Situation, Construction, Arrangement and Decoration, in the Theory & Practice of Rural Architecture; Interspersed with Some Observations on Landscape Gardening
London R. Ackermann 1818 First Edition Half Morocco Near Fine 
Large 8vo. 28 by 20 cm. 106, [4] pp. With 27 hand-colored aquatint plates. Abbey Life 45. Tooley pp 187-8. Handsome half-morocco binding and slipcase with morocco trim by Zaehnsdorf. Light wear, mostly clean. 
Price: 3500.00 USD
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Petites Constructions Pittoresques Pour la Décoration.  Parcs, Jardins, Fermes et Basses-Cours . . . ., Petit, Victor
36 Petit, Victor Petites Constructions Pittoresques Pour la Décoration. Parcs, Jardins, Fermes et Basses-Cours . . . .
Paris Monrocq Frères First edition Folio. Heavy card, or slightly limp board. Ribb Very Good 
Folio, 36 by 28 cm. Two titles, four pages of text (with a description of the plates following), then 50 color plates of architectural serendipity -- follies, pavilions, and other more frivolous structures, along with utilitarian buildings, generally of a modest scale but an outsized claim for creating a pleasing, bucolic setting. The folio itself has a considerable amount of soiling, wear, edge roughness. The text pages are heavily age toned. The plates are clean, bright, fresh. 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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The Yale Bowl.  Formally Opened November 21, 1914.  Complete Description of The Bowl Illustrated in Colors, Photography by John M. Walton.  Plates by The Park City Engraving Co.
37 Photography by John M. Walton. Plates by The Park City Engraving Co. The Yale Bowl. Formally Opened November 21, 1914. Complete Description of The Bowl Illustrated in Colors
New Haven, Connecticut The Tuttle Color Printing Company 1914 First Wraps Near Fine 
Oblong, 16 by 24.5 cm. Unpaginated, 16 pp., plus wraps. Four colorized photos, one color illustration. Condition: dampstaining and light abrading on rear cover. Otherwise, fine. Scarce, with OCLC First Search showing just one institutional holding, Notre Dame, and we presume a copy exists at Yale. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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38 Produced by Manz Corporation, Chicago and New York The Age of Color
Cleveland, Ohio The Gliddens Company. 1937 First Edition Wraps Very Good 
4to. 23.5 by 15.5 cm. 31 pp. Colorful interiors and exteriors shown in many illustrations. A variety of styles shown in both. The illustrations have a charm in and of themselves. Created to market paint. Corner creasing and moderate wear. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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The Jumel Mansion, Shelton, William Henry
39 Shelton, William Henry The Jumel Mansion
Boston and New York Houghton Mifflin Company 1916 First Decorated Cloth Near Fine 
4to. Limited edition of 800. Subtitle: Being a full History of the House on Harlem Heights built by Roger Morris before the Revolution. Together with some account of its more notable occupants.Illustrated. xii,257 pp. Large octavo, green cloth, gilt-stamped title to spine, with picture of Mansion on front board, a true delight in this copy, which is bright and vivid. Binding tight, pages clean. One flaw: rear board, one inch down from top, there is a small spot where green cloth worn through. Otherwise, it would be a fine copy. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Rural Cemeteries of America.  Green-Wood Illustrated in a Series of Views Taken Expressly for This Work [together with] Mount Auburn Illustrated in a Series of Views from Drawings by James Smillie. (Two volumes in one), Smillie, James, engraver.  Texts by N. Cleaveland and Cornelia W. Walter, respectively
40 Smillie, James, engraver. Texts by N. Cleaveland and Cornelia W. Walter, respectively Rural Cemeteries of America. Green-Wood Illustrated in a Series of Views Taken Expressly for This Work [together with] Mount Auburn Illustrated in a Series of Views from Drawings by James Smillie. (Two volumes in one)
New York R. Martin 1847 and 1850 First Very Good 
4to. viii, 94, [1], 119, [1] pp. 38 steel engraved plates in all, including frontis maps of cemeteries in their respective volumes. Plus two penciled notes written by the famous engraver, Smillie, presumably. These are written on the backs of two plates, one the frontis map plate of the second part. Cemeteries have long been green oases in densely populated urban areas, and in the nineteenth century a tradition of opulence developed in which the wealthy spared no expense in building mosoleums and memorials to themselves. Thus at least in the more celebrated cemeteries can be found a bucolic beauty enveloping much architectural splendor, and this series captured these attributes for an appreciative audience. Greenwood is a vast expanse in Brooklyn, and Mount Auburn is its equivalent in the Boston area. Smillie (1807 - 1885) was an engraver born in Edinburgh who immigrated to the U.S. as an adult after spending time in Quebec. He is best known today as an engraver who worked with such Hudson River School artists as Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt. His bread and butter work, though, was engraving bank notes. Spine morocco with a few chips now mostly concealed with goup or paint. Front marbled endpapers torn by the hinge. Occasional very light soiling but generally clean. Binding is tight. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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