Paris: OTUA (L'Office Technique pour l'Utilisation de l'Acier), 1935. 164p, illustrations, area plans, elevations, plans, perspectives. 54x43cm. Black morocco back, lithographed paper boards in a modernist design by Cassandre, edges lined with white leather. Copy 67 in an unknown edition, signed by Doniaux, the director of OTUA. The work documents a design competition organized by the OTUA for a new exposition center showcasing the use of steel. Three projects are published and information for all 13 projects is given.The judges awarded the grand prize to the firm of Tournon & Chappey. The firms of Alex & Pierre Fournier, Molinie, Nicod & Boulanger, Umbdenstock, R. Expert, and Charles & Daniel Letrosne were also awarded prizes. The project was not constructed. Spine dry, chipped, edges well worn. In good condition only.
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[Wheeling (VA): Curtis, Printer, 1827]. 16p. Disbound. Caption title as issued. First leaf has a corner fox blotch and a small tear at blank lower corner, else scattered mild foxing. A scarce and interesting plea for federal protection from ruinous foreign competition in the production and sale of agricultural products. Absent tariffs, "the greatest and most important branch of business, the agricultural, will fail to produce a reasonable profit to land owners and those who till the soil; and a comparative state of want, (in the present condition of society,) become the portion of this chosen and peculiarly valuable people-- the free cultivators of their own lands-- the best depository of the morals, the rights and the liberty of their country-- the class which must mainly defend our institutions at arms." This call for federal intervention to protect the idealized Jeffersonian yeoman was at odds with the free-trade position of much of the South, which opposed the protectionist lobbies of northern manufacturers. In good condition.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1924-1930. Thirty volumes complete in original wrappers, issues 1-120. The successor to the Smart Set for Mencken and George Jean Nathan, Knopf gave them editorial control of a magazine that published some of the great authors of the twentieth century: Eugene O'Neill, Sherwood Anderson, Carl Sandburg, Theodore Dreiser, James M. McCain, Sinclair Lewis, William Faulkner, Vachal Lindsay, Edgar Lee Masters, Countee Cullen, James Weldon Johnson, Margaret Mead, Lewis Mumford, Louis Untermeyer and many others. Each issue also included Mencken's biting editorials. As Mencken stated, "The editors are committed to nothing save this: to keep to common sense as fast as they can, to belabor sham as agreeably as possible, to give a civilized entertainment." Includes the famous "Hatrack" issue, April1926, for which Mencken was arrested in Boston, and the US Post Office refused to deliver. Truly the Mencken era of The American Mercury, a complete run in wrappers, with little wear, one loose cover, and in very good condition.
Hartford : Printed by Hudson and Goodwin, 1799. Volume 1: 348p; volume 2: 352p. 22cm. Leather covers with red and black morocco labels. Professionally conserved, reattaching the covers, not too detracting tape stains remain on the covers at the joints; tops of spines worn, some edge wear; bottom of front free endpaper and bottom of title page of volume 2 missing but professionally repaired with Japanese tissue paper; bookplates; prior owner's signature. A very attractive set in better than good condition. Pictures available.
Baltimore: The Etchcrafters Art Guild, 1939. 425p, 100 tissue guarded plates, index. 40cm. First edition. Bound in black morocco back and blue buckram covers with titling in gilt on the spine. In an edition of 200 copies (of which only 150 to 160 were actually published), this is copy 64. Prefaces signed by Don Swann and Don Swann Jr. With 100 artist's proofs, each signed by Don Swann, with typography by Norman T. A. Munder, set in Old Style Caslon and printed at the Monumental Printing Company in Baltimore on Rives woven imported paper; bound by the Elliott Bookbinding Company in Baltimore. Professionally conserved and polished. Housed in a new beige cloth, custom clam shell presentation box with paper spine label. Exceptional, beautiful, a trophy for any Maryland library.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1921. 2 volumes. Volume 1, xviii, , 260p, illustrations; volume 2, frontis, ix, 238p, appendix [Plan of Manilla, Plan of Baguio, Buildings of Burnham & Root, Buildings of D.H. Burnham, Buildings of D.H. Burnham & Co, (list of) City Plans]. 28cm. Green cloth with titling and decorations in gilt. Reproduces one of the more famous Guerin paintings from the Chicago Plan, Treatment of the Lake Front. Burnham's Chicago Plan (1909) has become an iconic document in American city planning. Burnham's plan and is beautifully rendered in Guerin's work. Prior owner's signature on the front free endpaper; still, the covers are very bright and the set is in near fine condition.
"Dear Owens:- My best thanks for the handsome notice of the American Mercury. God, it appears, was with us, despite the absence of the usual signs and portents. The magazine went out of print two days after publication and we are now on the press with a second edition. Knopf has bought five new yellow neckties. The second number, now made up, shows a few holes in the falseface. By no. 6 we should be in the hands of the Department of Justice. I enclose a copy of William Feather's Magazine, just in. A good specimen of his stuff starts on page 7. If the thing interests you, ask him for it, and he will be tickled to death. I'll see you in a day or two." The first issue of the American Mercury was published in January of 1924.
"Dear Hamilton:- In connubial confidence Sara has told me of the noble contribution you and Olga have made to our armory. My very best thanks. I hope to eat regularly, and if so I'll need tools. The two of you must be the first martyrs to face the new cook. She is a Baptist from South Carolina. The weather along the St. Lawrence was infernal, so we came here hoping to smell a breeze. Unluckily, it is almost as hot. I begin to suspect that God is up to His old tricks. Perhaps it would be discreet for me to say a kind word now and then for the Twelve Apostles and to lay off greasing Pontius Pilate. I hope, this afternoon, to compose a piece for you on the state of Christian culture in Montreal. The town has some merit. Married life is grand. So long as man obeys his wife there can be no reason for discord. More of this anon," Mencken and Sara Haardt were married in Baltimore on August 27, 1930 and left the city bound for Montreal and Quebec on their honeymoon. They enjoyed Montreal but found Quebec to be hot and crowded. Bode writes: "They decided to move on to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the weather was much cooler and the streets less crowded. After a few days at the Lord Nelson Hotel and another comfortable stay in St. John's, New Brunswick, they were ready to come home. "I begin to feel like an old married man already," Mencken wrote a friend.
Paris: Morel et C. ie. 1875. 10 volumes bound in three quarter green morocco with titling in gilt on the spine and marbled paper boards; original wrappers bound; untrimmed. 26cm. With numerous illustrations. In an edition of 100 sets printed on handmade paper, this is copy 17/100. With the bookplate on Leolyn Louise Everett Spelman on the front cover paste down of each volume. A fine set. Born in Cleveland, Leolyn (1888-1971), was the daughter of Henry A. Everett, a railroad industrialist who introduced the street railway to Cleveland. After returning from Italy in 1914, she lived in New York City where she met Timothy Mather Spelman (1891-1970), a musician and composer. As an accomplished poet and author, she often contributed to Timothy's compositions. In 1931 they purchased Villa Razzolini in Florence, and returned to it after the war in 1947. The Spelmans bequeathed the Villa to Johns Hopkins University and it became the Charles S. Singleton Center for Italian Studies. The university recently sold the property.
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1846. xxiv, 1317p, [32p catalog], illustrated, indexed. 23cm. Green cloth over boards, border and illustration embossed on the front cover; titling in gilt on the spine. Prior owner's neat, small signature in several places; cloth torn at spine edge front cover, edges worn, corners skinned; still, in very good condition.
Colorado Springs: Department of Public Works and Property, May, 1912. 71p, illustrations, fold out map. 24x13cm. Tied brown cloth back and gray paper boards with brown titling. Minor wear to two corners. An exceptional, bright copy in near fine condition. In his plan for Colorado Springs, Robinson states: "I have endeavored to be practical, concerning myself with the problem of what improvements are desirable and possible in the established city of Colorado Springs. The result cannot be an ideal city plan...but I have endeavored to make it ...a sane and rational ideal of what can be and should be done in and for Colorado Springs." He further emphasizes citizen involvement in the plan.
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1899. xvii, 893p, 121 plates [fold outs, double page, several in color], index, [10p catalog]. 30cm. Brown cloth with titling in gilt on the spine. Text block almost cracked after the first signature, held together by binding cords; covers slightly rubbed; evidence of damp stain along bottom edge; plates and pages adhered along bottom and fore edge, with few corners lost when separated; slight stain on front cover. In better than good condition.
Austin: Press Intermezzo, 1998. Frontispiece engraving of John Muir, 141p, illustrations, printed in red and black. 21cm. Octavo. One in an edition of 30 unnumbered copies. Signed by the printer, Randolph Bertin on the colophon. Printed on Hahnemühle Schiller. Bound by Don Rash in full deer vellum sewn on five vellum strips with rules in blind on the covers creating a grid pattern; the title on the spine stamped in red and black on dyed handmade paper, cut, and applied over the binding strips; tea dyed alum goat hinges; handmade paper endsheets with tea-dyed pastedowns and fly leaves; top edge colored brown with acrylics. Housed in a clamshell box of linen sides, with a stamped handmade paper label on the spine and lined with brown suede. Bound in 2005-2006 and signed by Don Rash with his stamp on the bottom cover pastedown. In fine condition.
London: H. Greville Montgomery, 1925. xvi, 449p, plates, indexed. 32cm. Green cloth with titling and illustration in gilt. Re-cased using the original gilt covers and backstrip, and sympathetic green cloth with corners reinforced, new endpapers; slight rubbing; minor wear to the fore edge. A very attractive copy with bright gilt in better than very good condition.
[Frederick, MD]: L.R. Titsworth, 1910. 2 volumes: Frontis, 1635p, illustrations, indexed. 26cm. Recently rebound in black leather retaining elements of the original bindings with new black spine labels and cover labels in gilt; all edges gilt; original ribbon markers. Minor rubbing of corners of covers and edges with short section of fore edge of volume two skinned; otherwise a very attractive set of this scarce county history in near fine condition.
Danbury, Connecticut: Published by the author, 1910. Frontispiece, 408p, index. 23cm. Newly rebound in three quarter black morocco with red morocco covers. Copy 292 signed by John Tweedy on the limitation slip. Original front free endpaper slightly foxed, last few pages chipped along the fore edge. In fine condition.
Boston: The Riverside Press, 1907. 54p. 25cm. Octavo. In an edition of 385 numbered copies, this is copy 14. Reproduces the text of the first edition printed in 1658. Bound by Don Rash in full gray Harmatan morocco with urn-shaped insets of puckered terra cotta Harmatan morocco over simplified skeletal imagery; the covers and cover edges tooled in blind utilizing tools cut by the binder; the spine titling in palladium leaf; the endbands made of red-orange embroidered silk. Housed in a clamshell box of black cloth sides and terra cotta Harmatan morocco spine with titling in palladium leaf, lined with gray suede. Bound in 2010 with Don Rash's stamp and date on rear pastedown. In fine condition.
Baltimore: Joseph Robinson, 1835, 1836. 19 & 18cm. Volume one in blue cloth back and green paper boards with green paperboards and paper title label on the spine; volume 2 in brown cloth back and green paper boards with paper spine label. Edges rubbed, skinned, slightly soiled, labels chipped but titling still evident; foxing; bookplates. Signature of “John Ridgely, Hampton” on the title pages and pastedowns.
New York: Gotham Book Mart, 192? Volume X. Title page and 30 loose brightly colored pochoir plates mounted individually or in groups on black card, blue label in the corner of each mount with volume and plate number. Complete. 31cm. Housed in a portfolio of green binder's tape back and card. Missing the original portfolio. Former library copy with marks on portfolio only; mounts are chipped as usual; plates are exceptional. Produced in Germany by Christian Stoll and H. Scmittner, published by Christian Stoll. Plates provide samples of wallpaper patterns and exemplify contemporary German design.
Paris: Ch. Delagrave, 1901. Engraved frontispiece, vii, 130p, illustrations, 27 plates, index. 33cm. Original art nouveau wrapper with stylized illustrations on the front and back covers, titling on the spine. Frontispiece by Jean Patricot. Over 50 million people attended the Exposition to partake in an event that spanned over two miles in central Paris. Participants experienced the high point of the Art Nouveau movement especially through the works of Tiffany, Lalique, and many other studios. Marx's La Décoration, captures the decorative arts exhibits with full page plates and in text illustrations. Patricot's gravure of Lalique's Devant de Corsage, and Chauvet's La Blanche Vigne, are both well worn at the fore edge with some thinning of paper, stains and tears. There is a small tear in the half title page and a pin sized hole through several last pages with little impact. The frontispiece and all plates are detached. Edges are chipped. Spine creases and short tears at the spine ends. Otherwise the folio is complete and the wrapper exceptional. Uncommon in any condition.