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The Wall-Paper News and Interior Decorator.

By WALL PAPER)

New York.: Clifford & Lawton.. 1911- 1914.. GROUP OF FOUR COPIES OF THE MAGAZINE: March 1911, May 1913, June & July 1914. Illustrated with black and white plates and in-text illustrations throughout. May 1913 has two color sheets, and a black and white supplement laid in. Pictorial paper wrappers as issued (short tear to centre of May 1913 issue), 13 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches. Wear to covers with splitting to spines, previous owner's name to two covers, interiors very good condition. An interesting trade publication covering both the artistic and the business side of the wallpaper world. The supplement to the May 1913 issue pictures the Annual Banquet of the Wall-Paper Manufacturers' Association of the United States" (not a woman in sight), with comments of the Rev. S. Parkes Cadman quoted beneath. In the same issue there is a two page color advertisement by the Robert Griffin Company of New York featuring two pages from their 1913 calendar folder. The cover images include "A Modern Austrian Treatment,"A Modern Viennese Interior" and "A Hoffman Interior." The magazine sub-title elaborates: "for the dealer or decorator primarily interested in wall and ceiling decoration. A companion journal to "The Upholsterer," published for the dealer or decorator primarily interested in furnishings." .

$145.00

In the Life of a Baby.
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In the Life of a Baby.

By FURNITURE)

Heywood-Wakefield Company.. No date. Ca. 1926.. Booklet, black and white illustrations, 62pp, 8 x 5 1/2 inches, color pictorial wrappers. Crease to cover and some faint soiling to covers; very good condition. A guide to child rearing along with a catalog of lovely furniture, including strollers, bassinets, high chairs, hampers, and living room furniture. .

$30.00

The Baronial Halls, and Picturesque Edifices of England.  Volumes I and II.
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The Baronial Halls, and Picturesque Edifices of England. Volumes I and II.

By GREAT BRITAIN - ARCHITECTURE) Harding, J.D.; C. Cattermole, S. Prout, W. Muller, J. Holland et

London.: Chapman and Hall.. 1848.. Two leather bound volumes, 72 black and white plates (lithotints) with tissue guards, in text black and white wood engravings, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches, elaborate embossed gilt decorative leather bound boards. The volumes have been recased with original gilt decorative boards and spine; both volumes have new endpapers. Title page of both volumes have some insect damage at right edge and scattered foxing; a diagonal crease to title page and first text page; light stain to tip of upper right edge of first few pages; light scattered foxing to some plates; small crease to Haddon Hall Long Gallery print; small spot in upper margin of two plates in volume II (Holland House and Ingestrie Hall). Good, tight condition. A handsome set with bright gilt decorative leather binding. Particularly handsome illustrations using the lithotint process developed by Hullmandel, often used to great effect in the contrast of light and shade on the edifices. A collection of beautiful views celebrating the architecture and interior design of country estates across England with extensive text and small black and white illustrations describing interior and exterior features. Homes include Holland House, Kirby Hall, Warwick Castle, Fountains Hall. .

$325.00

Il Vignola Illustrato da Giambattista Berti Architetto Vicentino.
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Il Vignola Illustrato da Giambattista Berti Architetto Vicentino.

By ARCHITECTURE - ITALIAN) Berti, Giambattista.

Padova (Padua), Italy.: Presso I Fratelli Gamba Editori.. First Edition.. 1822.. Volume entitled "Il Vignola. Illustrated by Giambattista Berti, Architect, of Vicentino," 11 x 8 inches, 103 numbered pages plus 33 pages of delicately rendered architectural plates by Berti. The impression made by the copper engraving plates is clearly present on each page, but for reasons unknown the 33 architectural pages have been folded into quadrants, presumably following the printing and prior to binding. Some pages have short breaks in the horizontal fold at the free edge, and the last eight pages have an 8 inch triangulated fold extending from the middle of the free edge to the page bottom, close to the bound edge. Text at beginning of volume printed on laid paper, while the architectural plates are printed on wove paper. The volume has suffered from unfortunate maintenance, with small soiling spots on two plates. Amazingly, the other 31 plates remain, overall, in good condition. An impressive architectural study. .

$245.00

Lumberman's House Plan Book.
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Lumberman's House Plan Book.

By ARCHITECTURE - HOUSE PLANS BOOK)

Chicago, Illinois.: Radford Architectural Company.. 1907.. Hard cover book (paper-covered boards) 8 ¾ x 6 inches, 210 numbered pages plus 8 unnumbered pages estimated costs and another 6 unnumbered pages of Radford advertisements. Each house plan features a sepia illustration of the house plus a floor plan and text describing dimensions of the house. Very good clean condition. .

$175.00

Color and Style in Bathroom Furnishing and Decoration.
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Color and Style in Bathroom Furnishing and Decoration.

By CATALOG OF BATHROOM FIXTURES)

Pittsburgh, PA.: Standard Plumbing Fixtures.. 1929.. Catalog, 12 x 10 inches, 55 pp., with extensive color illustrations of the Standard Company’s bathroom product line. Pictures conjure a deco world of opulent luxury, with illustrations that capture the elegance of spacious deco bathroom interiors. Booklet provides a listing of 10 colors available for fixtures; floorplans for 10 bathrooms; color illustrations of hardware plus numerous color illustrations of luxurious interiors. An uncommon and beautifully illustrated item; there appear to be no WorldCat listing for this publication. .

$285.00

Alabastine Home Color Book.
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Alabastine Home Color Book.

By INTERIOR DESIGN / COLORING BOOK)

Grand Rapids, Michigan.: Alabastine Company.. 1928.. Rectangular coloring book for children 8 ¼ x 10 ¼ inches; 20 pp. including covers. The book features eight color images of various rooms in a home with, next to the image, a black and white replica of the room for a child to color, following the palette of the original. A child has attempted to color one of the eight black and white illustrations, but evidently gave up early on, understandably. Other than the "experiment," the coloring book is in very good clean condition, and offers interesting images of 20’s interiors. The Alabastine Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan manufactured a gypsum plaster wall covering. Rear cover of coloring book features a full page "Questions Regarding Alabastine and Their Answers," for example: "Can Alabastine be used over Papered Walls?" The happy answer: "Yes." .

$38.00

Your Home.
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Your Home.

By 1940s HOUSE PLANS) Howard H. Riley, Architect.

Seattle.: National Home Advisory Association.. First Edition.. No date. Ca. 1940.. Booklet in paper wraps, 10 ¾ x 8 ¼ inches, 48 pp., picturing, through floorplans and a drawing of each home’s exterior, a variety of inexpensive ($6,000.00 or less) homes. Booklet in good condition, with discoloration and light soiling to rear cover. Contents clean and bright. The plans for the homes are the work of Howard H. Riley (Architect) with headquarters in Seattle’s Vance Building. Riley had earlier (1937) published a collection of home plans titled "Small Homes" which can be viewed on-line. As no mention is made of shortages of building materials, as would be the case following WWII, it is assumed the booklet predates the U.S. entry into that war (circa 1940). Decorating ideas are provided by the department store Frederick & Nelson, long out of business. Homes pictured and described range in size from 550 square feet to over 1100 square feet. An interesting collection of West Coast small home designs emerging at the end of the Great Depression. Modest in size, home ownership is stressed as affordable to a wide public with the advent of financing through the Federal Housing Administration (1934). Good condition with cover issue noted. A useful collection of affordable homes available to the general public as the Depression morphs into the War economy of the 1940s. .

$65.00

Latest Book of New Houses.
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Latest Book of New Houses.

By 1940s HOUSE PLANS)

New York.: Authentic Publications.. First Edition.. 1949.. Magazine format house-plan catalog; 10 ¾ x 8 ¼ inches; 48 pp. Text on the interior of front and rear covers printed upside down; evidently nobody noticed or cared. Covers show wear; spine is frayed; creasing and short tears with 1½ inch tear to rear cover featuring tasteful photo-illustrated ad for another Authentic Publications magazine: "1949 Hair-Do…63 Different Styles." Magazine’s short chapters ostensibly provide all you need to know about having a home built to your specifications. Page after black-and-white page picture homes of various styles identified with catchy names. Each page, in addition to the home illustration, provides a floor plan with dimensions, and ground-level elevations (or profiles) of the home. Most homes feature a one car garage appended to the main structure, occasionally appearing as an afterthought. What is quite interesting among the squatty structures of "modern design" are "sun decks" situated on the asbestos-sheeted garage roof, accessed from an exterior staircase (so handy!) Paragraphs at front of booklet discuss Selection of a Lot, Planning the Home, Costs and Budget, Contractors, etc. while chapters at rear focus on Interior Decorating. Special attention is given to what is termed "Occult Balance" in décor—an arcane if not unique term of art presumably employed by decorators. Magazine is published by Geographica Map Company, Inc., whose full-page listing of maps and atlases appears upside down on verso of front cover. A gem. .

$65.00

"Modernism" article from Fortune Magazine.

By INTERIOR DESIGN) Rohde, Gilbert (illus).

New York.: Time-Fortune. 11- 1935.. Illustrated article titled "The Modern Interior" from the November 1935 issue of the magazine. The article aims to clarify the term "modernism," with the first paragraph announcing that "many of those who cash in on Modernism and most of those who buy it are still in utter confusion over what it is, and isn’t.... The purpose of the article, thus, is to clarify and rectify this harmful and obstructive confusion." Tracing the origins of modernism to the Bauhaus, founded in Weimar in 1919, the article quickly shifts gears to discuss American furniture manufacturers and retail outlets (Macy’s, W. & J. Sloane), observing of the American public that "a lot of what they think of as modern isn’t modern at all." The article is illustrated with "Modern" color interior designs, the work of Gilbert Rohde in addition to numerous photographs of "modern" interiors. Page size 14 x 11 inches. A fascinating and attractive article with extensive illustrations; very good clean condition. .

$32.00

Planning Your Individual Home (Planning the Individual Home).
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Planning Your Individual Home (Planning the Individual Home).

By 1950s OVERSIZED HOUSE PLANS CATALOG)

Chicago.: National Plan Service, Inc.. 1950.. Massive spiral bound catalog of house plans, 20 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches, faux leather covers, 95 numbered pages plus index. Very light dampstaining in upper margin of first three sheets, soft crease at lower right corner of first few pages, light wear to covers with scattered spotting, but interior pages are very clean and bright. Most plans feature color renderings of the home's exterior, with photographs of interiors and furnishings, again, primarily in color. Houses shown, when single story, are chiefly in the 950 to 1050 square foot category. Most of these homes are two bedroom models, with kitchen, living, dining, and bathroom, in addition to an attached garage. Two story homes feature greater square footage. Many of the homes feature basements. The catalog was produced by NPS for distribution to lumber dealers. A complete set of plans could be acquired for customers desiring to build one of the homes illustrated. The catalog states on the first page what, for many homeowners, would become a rueful never-to-be-forgotten lesson: "Building a home is one of the greatest adventures of your lifetime." On the same page a family of four, parents and two children, peer with unrestrained pleasure at a small model of a one-story home…while a dotted line emanating from the model carries the reader's eye to the image at the bottom of the page - a turreted castle of the imagination. Heartache guaranteed.The huge dimensions of the catalogue permit large and colorful illustrations, detailed floor plans, plus, on many pages, black and white illustrations featuring "rear" and "side" views of each home. Inevitably the homes are pictured in luxuriant surrounds with leafy trees, verdant lawns, and cascading flowers. Occasionally the catalog will feature three homes to a page. Other components of the catalog include a "brick color guide," info on various topics: cedar shingles, woodwork, asphalt roofing, glass blocks ("add charm to modern homes") etc. Additional sections focus on the "concrete house," "wiring for modern living," in addition to individual focus on each room in the house, with particular attention to "your kitchen." The catalog is an amazing and uncommon production. .

$395.00

Anchor Blocks New Series.
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Anchor Blocks New Series.

By ANCHOR BUILDING BLOCKS)

Germany.: Richters Anker-Steinbaukasten.. No date. Ca. 1894.. Staple-bound booklet 13 ½ x 9 ½ inches, 16 pages. Full page color illustrations depicting eight structures (two views of each) that can be built from a box of "Anchor Blocks No. 26A New Series." Letters of the alphabet are posted along the periphery of the buildings illustrated, presumably as a tool for identification of "Anchor Block" components—but perhaps with some other objective intended. In addition to the buildings, various persons engaged in everyday activities and clothed in the fashions of the late 19th century are depicted. The only vehicles shown are horse-drawn, reinforcing an 1890s date of publication. Also included with the booklet is a sheet of folded paper, opening to 15 x 11 inches, featuring a color diagram depicting the proper placement of "Anchor Blocks No.26A" in the storage box designed to hold them. Blocks are in three different colors: grey, light brown, and crayola yellow. They are numbered so as to distinguish the various sizes. Some of the numerals may be prefaced by the letter "D". The box likely contains several hundred blocks. The portfolio of illustrations and the diagram of block placement are both in excellent clean conditon. An excellent web site with extensive discussion and further links regarding "Anchor Blocks" can be accessed at ankerstein dot org .

$275.00

Today (Magazine).
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Today (Magazine).

By BRIDGE ARCHITECTURE) Baker, Ernest Hamlin (cover illus).

Greenwich, Connecticut.: Today Associates, Inc.. 11-07- 1936.. Weekly magazine, 8 ¼ x 12 ¾ inches, 32 pp. Cover art by Ernest Hamlin Baker. Printer's ink residue on three pages, not compromising text. Articles of contemporary interest, including profiles of the engineers responsible for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the George Washington Bridge. Overall good condition, with ink soiling noted. .

$35.00

Popular Cape Cod Colonial Homes.  New Ideas by Small Home Architects.
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Popular Cape Cod Colonial Homes. New Ideas by Small Home Architects.

By 1930s HOUSE PLANS)

Providence.: Nationwide Houseplan Service.. No date. Ca. 1938.. Booklet, 7 1/2 x 10 inches, 18 pp,, color pictorial paper wraps, illustrated with black and white renderings featuring exteriors of seventeen different homes, together with floor plans and line drawings detailing aspects of each home's interior. Text mentions "all plans drawn to meet the requirements of the F. H. A..." (established 1934). Very good clean condition. The name of a Connecticut lumber firm is on the front cover, presumably one of the many lumber companies that stocked the brochure obtained from the Rhode Island publisher; only 3 library listings in WorldCat. .

$115.00

Garlinghouse DeLuxe Small Homes.
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Garlinghouse DeLuxe Small Homes.

By 1940s HOUSE PLANS / POST WAR) Lieurance, I G. (designer)

Topeka, Kansas.: L. F. Garlinghouse Company, Inc.. No date. Ca. 1948.. Magazine format home design catalog, 11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches, 72 pp., color pictorial stiff card covers, featuring black and white photos of numerous homes, two or three to a page, together with floor plans. The catalog appears to be a compendium (or potpourri) of house plans that reach back a decade or more in terms of the firm's history. (Several photos show 30's-era vehicles in driveways.) The focus is decidedly on small homes while "traditional" is a useful term in describing the majority of their offerings. Wear and light creasing to covers, light foxing to a few pages at the front and rear, but overall good clean condition. "Compact," "Attractive," "Economical" are buzzwords in the catalog descriptions, while text on verso of front cover states the firm has "more than 1,200 designs from which you may choose." An imposing publication in which the term De Luxe, employed in the publication's title, has exceedingly wide parameters. .

$135.00

Home and Fireside.
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Home and Fireside.

By 1920s HOUSE PLANS)

Chicago.: Wm. A. Radford.. 1925.. Color illustrations with plans, 16pp, 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, in color pictorial wrappers (softbound). Single 3/4 inch tear to left edge of back cover, very good condition. One of a series of such publications from William A. Radford, one of the major firms producing mail-order designs for homes and commercial buildings; the booklets were distributed regionally by building supply firms with that company's imprint appearing on the front cover. The attractive color plates, offering glimpses of furnishings, landscaping, bathroom decor, etc. provide an intriguing entrée into home design of the 1920s. The current example features ten full page 1920s house plans each with a brightly colored artistic rendering of the home with interior views and an historical vignette illustration loosely relating to the style of the home. Each house in this selection has a name beginning with E, from the Elgin to the Exeter. The centrefold illustrates an additional eight houses with plans (four on each page). .

$85.00

Homes for Modern Living.
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Homes for Modern Living.

By 1950s HOUSE PLANS / POST WWII SMALL HOME CONSTRUCTION)

St. Paul, Minnesota.: Weyerhaeuser 4-Square Home Building Service.. No date. Ca. 1950.. Well-illustrated booklet with black and white photos or drawings of small homes, together with floor plans, 11 x 8 1/2 inches, 72 pp., pictorial card covers. Over 35 of the homes are "four rooms--one story" designs, while approximately two dozen are "five room-one story" designs. The basic four room floor plan features living room, kitchen, and two bed rooms plus bathroom, while the five room model adds a third bedroom or a dining room. A scattering of six room models are at the rear of the catalog; these feature four bedrooms or three bedrooms and a study. Interestingly, a garage is not yet integral to every home's design; however, all the homes are pictured in cheerful leafy surrounds with nary a neighbor in sight--a postwar home-owner's paradise, at least on paper. Catalog in very good clean condition. The Weyerhaeuser catalog provides an upbeat look at the variety of housing choices available (at least to some) as America's consumer economy bounces back following World War II. .

$135.00

Summer Homes and Lodges.
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Summer Homes and Lodges.

By 1930s HOUSE PLANS / VACATION HOMES CATALOG)

Chicago.: National Plan Service Inc.. 1932.. Copiously illustrated catalog, 11 x 8 1/2 inches, 32 pp., pictorial paper wrappers, featuring black and white photographs and line drawings of summer vacation homes of various sizes. The common denominator appears to be the presence of a "screened porch" on virtually all of the "summer homes and lodges" featured in the catalog, although "suburban home" might be a more appropriate term for several of those depicted. At the back of the book are four pages illustrated with line drawings of "lodges," more rustic versions of those pictured and described earlier in the catalog, with the early listings having up to four bedrooms. Text in the catalog doesn't mince words when it describes the designs as ranging from "the most complete summer lodge to the tiny woodland shack." Catalog overall in very good clean condition, some light pencil check marks on selected pages, two loose centerfold spreads. An uncommon item; WorldCat lists only two library holdings for the 1932 edition. In an earlier and much shorter iteration of the catalog, ("Summer Camps and Lodges," with an emphasis on "Lodges,") bathrooms were conspicuously absent in floor plans for many of the structures...a deficiency corrected in this edition, where a toilet has been appended to the lodge, most often at the back, adjacent to the kitchen. Rapturous language, however, continues to hold sway, as was the case with the circa 1925 publication: "Why spend the long, hot days and sultry, sleepless nights in the tiring city, when less than an hour's motoring brings you into the cool, sweet-smelling air? How refreshed you will be..." In the earlier catalog, the "cool, sweet-smelling air" was but a "thirty minute drive." Times have changed, with progress evident in the form of toilets and sprawl. .

$135.00

Our New Book of Summer Camps and Lodges.
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Our New Book of Summer Camps and Lodges.

By 1920s HOUSE PLANS)

Chicago.: [National Plan Service, Inc. (?)]. No date. Ca. 1925.. Oblong illustrated catalog picturing and describing "summer cottages," 11 x 8 inches, 16 pp., pictorial paper wrappers. Catalog held together with staples (not as issued) and REAR COVER is MISSING. Pages are dog-eared and thumbed. Black and white line drawings of the cottages, plus floor plans for each model and descriptive text comprise the catalog's format. Most of the cottages lack bathrooms, while others lack kitchens or offer combined kitchen/living rooms. The cottages' water supply remains a mystery. A number of cottages provide a built-in garage for the owner's vehicle, suggesting the circa 1925 date of publication. Condition is best described as prodigiously used. Interestingly, WorldCat provides two listings for the 16 page catalog, dating one 1910 and the other 1930. Both belong to Columbia University. Lacking substantiation, but acknowledging the presence of a garage for the owner's vehicle, the pre-depression date 1925 seemed reasonable. Certainly the florid text does not hint of hard times: "A half hour's motoring will bring you into the fragrant-smelling countryside - the cooling breeze of the water's edge, or the pungent, health-giving air of the shaded woodland... Build your cottage now!" A 1932 publication put out by National Plan Service, Inc. includes similar illustrations for many of the same cottages pictured in this catalog, with one major difference--a flush toilet has been attached to the back of the cottages in the later publication. (See "Summer Homes and Lodges.") Publisher information is not present in this catalog, but its correspondences to the 1932 catalog support the National Plan Service, Inc. attribution. .

$65.00

Popular Homes.
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Popular Homes.

By 1960s HOUSE PLANS)

Chicago.: National Plan Service.. 1960.. 32 page brochure, 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, featuring contemporary home plans illustrated with line drawings of exteriors. Obligatory leafy surrounds on all home illustrations. Most of the homes feature single level floor plans that include "with" or "without basement" options. A garage or car port figures in most of the plans, and several of the homes feature a second floor with bedrooms and bath. What appears to be a coffee stain the size of a silver dollar is on the booklet's last page with some further staining to verso of rear cover. Owner's name in ink on front cover. Good condition overall. Photo illustrations (black and white) on verso of front cover and page 1 depict aspects of various homes' interiors and exteriors (butterfly chair, LP record player, flying saucer ceiling light, big box tv, wheeled outdoor grill, etc.) The images bring to mind Joseph Conrad's succinct: "The horror! The horror." .

$65.00

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