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    Brunelleschi's Dome by Ross King

    Ross King was born in Canada in 1962 and completed a PhD in English Literature at York University in Toronto. He is the author of two novels, Domino , soon to be made into a film, and Ex-Libris . He lives near Oxford.

    The Death and Life Of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs

    Jane Jacobs was born on May 4, 1916, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Her father was a physician and her mother taught school and worked as a nurse. After high school and a year spent as a reporter on the Scranton Tribune , Jacobs went to New York, where she found a succession of jobs as a stenographer and wrote free-lance articles about the city's many working districts, which fascinated her. In 1952, after a number of writing and editing jobs ranging in subject matter from metallurgy to a geography of the United States for foreign readers, she became an associate editor of Architectural Forum . She was becoming increasingly skeptical of conventional planning beliefs as she noticed that the city rebuilding projects she was assigned to write about seemed neither safe, interesting, alive, nor good economics for cities once the projects were built and in operation. She gave a speech to that effect at Harvard in 1956, and this led to an article in Fortune magazine entitled "Downtown Is for People," which in turn led to The Death and Life of Great American Cities . The book was published in 1961 and produced permanent changes in the debate over urban renewal and the future of cities. In opposition to the kind of large-scale, bulldozing government intervention in city planning associated with Robert Moses and with federal slum-clearing projects, Jacobs proposed a renewal from the ground up, emphasizing mixed use rather than exclusively residential or commercial districts, and drawing on the human vitality of existing neighborhoods: "Vital cities have marvelous innate abilities for understanding, communicating, contriving, and inventing what is required to combat their difficulties.... Lively, diverse, intense cities contain the seeds of their own regeneration, with energy enough to carry over for problems and needs outside themselves." Although Jacobs's lack of experience as either architect or city planner drew criticism, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was quickly recognized as one of the most original and powerfully argued books of its day. It was variously praised as "the most refreshing, provocative, stimulating, and exciting study of this greatest of our problems of living which I have seen" (Harrison Salisbury) and "a magnificent study of what gives life and spirit to the city" (William H. Whyte). Jacobs is married to an architect, who she says taught her enough to become an architectural writer. They have two sons and a daughter. In 1968 they moved to Toronto, where Jacobs has often assumed an activist role in matters relating to development and has been an adviser on the reform of the city's planning and housing policies. She was a leader in the successful campaign to block construction of a major expressway on the grounds that it would do more harm than good, and helped prevent the demolition of an entire neighborhood downtown. She has been a Canadian citizen since 1974. Her writings include The Economy of Cities (1969); The Question of Separatism (1980), a consideration of the issue of sovereignty for Quebec; Cities and the Wealth of Nations (1984), a major study of the importance of cities and their regions in the global economy; and her most recent book, Systems of Survival (1993).

    Building Construction Illustrated by Francis D K Ching

    Includes bibliographical references and index.

    Architecture by Francis D K Ching

    Includes bibliographical references (p. 409) and indexes

    Experiencing Architecture by Steen Eiler Rasmussen

    2nd Edition

    The Architecture Of Happiness by Alain De Botton

    Alain de Botton is the author of three works of fiction and five of nonfiction, including How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, and The Art of Travel. He lives in London.

    Design Of Cities by Edmund N Bacon

    "The major contemporary work on urban design . . . Splendidly presented, filled with thoughtful and brilliant intuitive insights." — The New Republic In a brilliant synthesis of words and pictures, Edmund N. Bacon relates historical examples to modern principles of urban planning. He vividly demonstrates how the work of great architects and planners of the past can influence subsequent development and be continued by later generations. By illuminating the historical background of urban design, Bacon also shows us the fundamental forces and considerations that determine the form of a great city. Perhaps the most significant of these are simultaneous movement systems—the paths of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, public and private transportation—that serve as the dominant organizing force, and Bacon looks at movement systems in cities such as London, Rome, and New York. He also stresses the importance of designing open space as well as architectural mass and discusses the impact of space, color, and perspective on the city-dweller. That the centers of cities should and can be pleasant places in which to live, work, and relax is illustrated by such examples as Rotterdam and Stockholm.

    City Of Quartz by Mike Davis

    Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums , City of Quartz , Ecology of Fear , Late Victorian Holocausts , and Magical Urbanism . He was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Papa’aloa, Hawaii.

    The Poetics Of Space by Gaston Bachelard

    Design With Nature by Ian L McHarg

    The Arts by Hendrik Willem Van Loon

    Early American Inns and Taverns by Elise Lathrop

    Fundamentals Of Building Construction by Edward Iano, Joseph Allen

    Ghosts Along the Mississippi by Clarence John Laughlin

    Skyscraper by Karl Sabbagh

    The Timeless Way Of Building by Christopher Alexander

    The King's England by Mee Arthur

    Make Your Own Handcrafted Doors & Windows by John Birchard

    Architecture Without Architects by Bernard Rudofsky

    Modern Architecture by Kenneth Frampton

    An Age Of Barns by Eric Sloane

    Space, Time and Architecture by Sigfried Giedion

    A History Of Architecture by Spiro Kostof

Architecture Books & Ephemera



    Barns and Farms II: A Collection of Photographs throughout Kansas with Sketches by Zygmond, Leslie

    Larned, KS: Creative Copy. Very Good+. 1984. Paperback. 102 pages .



    Building Plans for a Building for Walter H. Sullivan, President of Investment Properties, on Folsom St. between Folsom and Clementina St., San Francisco by Hjul, James H

    San Francisco: James H. Hjul, Structural Engineer, May 28, 1923. Original pencil drawings on tracing paper. Sheet size primarily 22" x 42". 2 sheets. Job #108. James Hansen Hjul (1882 - 1957), a structural engineer, constructed many buildings in San Francisco. He was the founder of the J.H. Construction Company and was listed as a contractor, civil engineer, structural engineer and construction engineer in San Francisco City Directories from 1907 to 1958. Most of his work occurred in the South of Market area on warehouses and industrial buildings.



    Domestic Architecture of H. T. Lindeberg by Lindeberg, Harrie Thomas

    New York: Acanthus Press, 2003. Hardcover. New/New. 2nd reprint edition, enlarged printing; in shrinkwrap. <p>With an introduction by Royal Cortissoz and a new introductory essay on the life and works of H. T. Lindeberg by Mark Alan Hewitt. A reprint of the rare 1940 monograph, enlarged by previously unpublished drawings. Virtually all of his major commissions are represented here in large-format photographs and plans.</p>



    Year Book of the Twenty Fifth Annual Architectural Exhibition held by The Philadelphia Chapter of The American Institute of Architects and The T Square Club of Philadelphia

    Philadelphia: Philadelphia Chapter AIA and T Square Club, 1922. Hardbound. G- (Shows moderate age, soiling and edge wear; pages are generally clean and clear.). Brown paper over boards, 256 pp. with mostly bw illustrations and advertisements throughout, 1 color plate as frontispiece. Title on spine: Philadelphia Architectural Exhibition, 1922. Represents the work of architect and designer members of the clubs. Includes vintage photos of various buildings, interiors and exteriors and some floor plans, predominantly in the Philadelphia and Main Line area, but others are included as well. Many advertisements appear as well. Fun browsing.



    The Garden Design Primer by Ashmun, Barbara

    Lyons & Burford. Near Fine. 1993. First Paperback Edition. Trade Paperback. 1558213880 . Full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. No spine crease.. 236 pages. How to make a garden that looks good. A practical book, written with an appealing directness.-- Allen Lacy. Diagrams and color photographs. .



    Victorian Comfort: A social History of Design from 1830-1900 by John Gloag

    Black, 1961. Hardcover. Good/Acceptable. 1961. First Edition. 252 pages. Pictorial purple dust jacket over red cloth boards. Contains line drawings. Pages and binding are presentable with no major defects. Minor issues present such as mild cracking, inscriptions, inserts, light foxing, tanning and thumb marking. Overall a good condition item. Boards have mild shelf wear with light rubbing and corner bumping. Some light marking and sunning. Clipped jacket has light edge wear with minor tears and chipping. Mild rubbing and marking.



    American Oratory or Selections from the Speeches of Eminent Americans by A member of the Philadelphia Bar

    The book pictured (5) is the copy being sold. There is a nameplate, a bookstore stamp, and a name on the inside cover, otherwise unmarked; the hinge paper is cracked front and back, but the hinges are secure; 531 pages. My special collection includes several historic, classic, and/or of special interest books. List prices are very competitive; many under $25. Check them out at



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    Renovating Old Houses by Nash, George

    Newtown, CT: Taunton Press. Fine. Paperback. 1998. 1561583251 . 343 pages. For Pros By Pros Series .



    New Hampshire Covered Bridges (Images of America) by Glenn A Knoblock

    charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.: Arcadia Publishing (SC), 2002. Appears unread. No marks or inscriptions. Crease to lower corner of front cover, none to spine. A very clean very tight copy with bright unmarked boards, damp effect to upper corner throughout book and no bumping to corners. 128pp. Dating from 1827 onwards this mainly photographic study tells the story of many of the nearly 400 covered bridges built in New Hampshire in America.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good. 9.25 x 6.5 inches.



    John Nolen & Mariemont: Building a New Town in Ohio by Rogers Jr, Millard F

    Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. Near Fine in Fine dust jacket. Tiny amount of wear on spine edge . 2001. . First Edition. Hardcover. 0801866197 . Brown cloth with gold title and author on spine; Full number line 2 4 6 8 9 7 5 3 1 . 260 pages. To city planners, landscape architects, and historians, John Nolen is as important a figure in design and planning as was Frederick Law Olmsted, Jens Jensen, or Lewis Mumford. Scholars, however, have only recently begun to explore the extensive Nolen archives. Relying on rarely published materials from these archives and other sources, John Nolen and Mariemont: Building a New Town in Ohio details the planning and initial development of the community of Mariemont, outside Cincinnati. Hired by philanthropist Mary Emery, Nolen worked to transform farmland into a community of mixed-income housing complete with commercial space, playgrounds, and a village green. This is the first book to examine the planning and building of Mariemont and one of the few books to focus on the process of American town planning in the early twentieth century. Regarded in the 1920s as an exemplar of planned communities, Mariemont remains one of America's most livable suburbs and has drawn great interest from the New Urbanism movement .



    Travaux d'Architecture et de Décoration by Helion, M., H. Pelleray, & A. Chalverat

    32 pp. volume showcasing the most noteworthy buildings and businesses in the environs of the town of Dieppe, in the Normandy region of France, designed by the architects Helion, Pelleray, and Chalverat, including churches, schools, private villas, civil buildings, and assorted businesses including a bank, a Renault showroom, a patisserie, a cafe, and a bookstore, index of collaborating tradesmen, and 8 pages of vintage advertisements at the back, illustrated profusely throughout with reproductions of black-and-white photographs depiciting primarily the exteriors of the buildings. Foxing to title page, other very minor foxing and staining scattered throughout. 4to. Orig. printed wrpps., vertical crease running down front cover and creased lower right corner. Strasbourg (EDARI - Edition d'Architecture, d'Industrie et d'Economie Rurale S.A.R.L.) n.d. (circa 1930s). An interesting survey of a wide range of public and domestic architecture in one single small town in pre-war France. Very scarce; as of July 2015, WorldCat locates only one holding in a North American institution.



    Mexican Houses; a Book of Photographs & Measured Drawings by Garrison, G. Richard; George W. Rustay

    New York; (1930): Architectural Book Pub Co. Quarto. [3]-173 pages including frontispiece, illustrations, plates. Garrison's book showed the beauty of the architecture not rooted in the Spanish Colonial style. He found anonymous and rural buildings which were not only neglected by the professionals but which were of influence in the Southwestern U.S. His extensive measurements and detailed drawings make this an essential contribution to the field. Southern California was greatly influenced by this architecture. Bound in black cloth lettered in gilt, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, decorative endpapers, wear to spine ends and corners. A good copy.



    Churches in Rock, Early Christian Art in Ethiopia by Gerster, Georg

    (New York, 1970): Phaidon. Thick Quarto. 148pp., with 143 black and white plates, 68 color plates and 123 line drawings. The author tells how he has found Christianity alive in the rock, in churches hidden below rock ledges or inside caves; in sanctuaries hewn our of the rock like gigantic sculptures or free-standing with only their bases rooted in the bedrock.A very good copy bound in brown cloth, spine lettering gilt, small stain to upper board, in unclipped pictorial dust jacket with edge wear and a few chips.(extra shipping cost over seas).



    Historic Churches of Texas: The Land and the People by Driskill, Frank A.; Grisham, Noel

    Austin, TX: Eakin Press. Fine in Fine dust jacket. (1980) 1994. Revised Edition. Hardcover. 0890152675 . County map of Texas on front endpapers . 373 pages .



    The Complete Home Decorating Book by Barnard, Nicholas

    New York: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 1994. 1st American Edition . Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Near Fine/Very Good condition. First American Edition.



    Nineteenth-Century Lights: Historic Images of American Lighthouses by Clifford, J. Candace; Clifford, Mary Louise

    Alexandria, VA: Cypress Communications. Near Fine. 2000. First Edition. Paperback. 0963641239 . No spine crease. Full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. B/w photos. Bibliography, index . 304 pages .



    A Treatise Containing the Emementary Part of Fortification, Regular and Irregular. by Muller, John

    Ottawa: Museum Restoration Service, 1968. Facsimile reprint of this 1746 text on defensive structures. Number 274 of only 700 copies printed. Hardcover, brown imitation leather blocked in red with gilt titling in the manner of an eighteenth century binding. Light wear to book, minor rubbing to jacket, couple of short tears, minor creasing. Text clean; [2], xvi, 232 pages, well-executed plates.. Reprint. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 6¾" by 10¼".



    The Alphabet and Elements of Lettering: Revised and Enlarged by Goudy, Frederic W

    New York: Dover. Near Fine. 1963.. First Edition. Paperback. 0486207927 .



    Piet Stockmans by Poma, Karel; Smets, Francis

    Museumfoundation, Brussels, 1983. 48 pages. Softcover monograph bound in stiff paper covers. Very minor and slight soiling to the white paper covers, with a crisp and tight binding and otherwise clean interior free of markings. Texts in Dutch, with translations into French, German, and English. Well illustrated mostly in black and white.. Wrappers. Fine Condition.



    Decorating 1-2-3: Faux Painting, Wallpapering, Window Treatments, Molding & Trim, Lghting, Step-by-step by The Home Depot

    Des Moines, IA: Meredith Books. As New. Hardcover with No dust jacket as issued. 2000. First Edition. 0696211076 . 416 pages .




    London: Victor Gollancz, London, 1983., 1983. 160 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H). Profusely illustrated in b&w with photographs, reproductions, plans, elevations, maps. "From the 1690s to the First World War, British maritime power, though often challenged, ruled supreme. It was a key factor in the nation's commercial growth which fuelled and underpinned industrial and imperial expansion. Central to the creation and maintenance of that supremacy were the royal dockyards, and the naval hospitals. Without these there could have been no Royal Navy, and Britain's modern history would have been very different. (This book) concentrates on the period from 1700 to 1900, with particular emphasis on the dockyards built to service the sailing navy. They are rich in naval and architectural history and were industrial centres in England well before the Industrial Revolution. They go far towards explaining how it was that Britain was able to maintain and sustain one of the greatest navies the world has seen. With numerous illustrations featuring surviving buildings in Chatham, Sheerness, Portsmouth, Devonport, Harwich, Gibraltar, Minorca, Malta, Bermuda and Antigua, (it) is a fascinating and important book." Tiny corner bumps, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good.



    Collins Guide to Cathedrals, Abbeys, and Priories of England and Wales by Thorold, Henry; Burton, Peter (photographs); Piper, John (foreword)

    London: Collins. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1986.. First Edition. Hardcover. 0002172410 . 332 pages. Shows and describes the history of churches and Monasteries of each English and Welsh diocese, and discusses the architectural highlights of each structure .



    Topeka, Kansas: A Capital City Illustrated, 1911. Embracing the Banks and Financial Institutions, Manufacturing and Jobbing Interests, Public and Commercial Buildings, and All Places of Interest In and about the City by [Jennings, A. Owen]

    Topeka: A. Owen Jennings, 1911 47+ pages, string tied in paper wrap covers. Tied with red cord. Brown paper covers with black and grey illustration, and real photo of the "Kansas State House" on front. Covers show a few wrinkles and small tears on edges. Photo is good, though shows a few small chips on edges. Contents show deterioration of paper on edges of the first three, and the last, leaves. Damage is only on the edges and does not affect any of the text or illustrations. Four pages with text, and all others are photos of the city, including many residential. . First Edition. String Tied Paper Wraps. Good/No Jacket.



    American Classicist: The Architecture of Philip Trammell Shutze by Dowling, Elizabeth Meredith

    New York: Rizzoli, 1989. 1st . Soft cover. New. in shrinkwrap.

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