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Barcelona: El Balneario Casino "San Sebastian"
1 Barcelona: El Balneario Casino "San Sebastian"
Barcelona L. Roisin, Fotografo [ca. 1928] NO Unstated Softcover Good+ 
[oblong folio (9-1/2" x 12") with printed card covers; string-bound, split along spine with about 2/3 of the spine covering missing and some additional paper loss extending into the corners of the front cover, but with the double-hole-punched pages still firmly held together by the binding cord; otherwise, the covers are edgeworn and age-browned, but the interior photographic plates are clean and in excellent condition]. (photographs) A photographic souvenir booklet of this Barcelona resort/casino, which opened in 1928. There is a one-page introduction, in Spanish, and the remainder of the book is photographic. Although most of the 14 full-page sepia-toned plates are shots of empty rooms (the main Hall, the Brasserie, the Salon de Fiestas, etc.), meant to show off the opulence of the place, a number are "populated" with bathers, diners, etc., and give a good sense of the resort activity. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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The Brickbuilder [bound volume, 1903-1904], (Architecture)
2 (Architecture) The Brickbuilder [bound volume, 1903-1904]
Boston Rogers & Manson 1903-1904 NO (Vols. 12-13) Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid binding but much external wear, including fraying at several corners, spotting on front cover, etc.; internally quite clean, and firmly bound with the exception of one loose page]. (B&W photographs, plates, diagrams, plans, etc.) Bound volume of 24 monthly issues of this large-format architectural trade periodical (approx. 13" x 10-1/2", containing about 550 pages altogether), "devoted to the interests of architecture in materials of clay." The publication contains a wealth of information regarding architectural and construction practices of the period, primarily in the U.S., although there are a number of features focusing on British architecture, and occasional coverage of notable structures in Spain, Germany and elsewhere. Designs are presented and discussed for nearly every type of private and public building: single-family homes, hotels, department stores, train stations, apartment houses, office buildlings, clubhouses, hospitals, churches (including Westminster Cathedral in London), etc. Many topics are treated in-depth in multi-part articles: "The Planning of Apartment Houses"; "The Business Side of an Architect's Office"; "Hospital Planning" (there's a LOT about hospitals); "Interesting Brick and Terra-Cotta Architecture in St. Louis"; "Brickwork on the Pacific Slope" (mostly dealing with San Francisco -- before the 1906 earthquake, of course); etc. (An article on "Brick Architecture in and about Chicago," in the September 1903 issue, features photos of several Frank Lloyd Wright houses.) As one might imagine, there is a great deal of attention paid to "fireproof" construction, including several articles of the "lessons learned" variety in the wake of various notable urban fires, e.g. the Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago in December 1903. Especially notable in this regard is an extensive 52-page report on the Great Baltimore Fire of February 1904, issued as a special supplement to the March 1904 issue; it describes and discusses the fire's causes and effects in great detail, and is illustrated with numerous "aftermath" photos of various buildings. (This is considered the third most destructive urban fire in American history, surpassed only by Chicago's 1871 blaze and the San Francisco earthquake and fire in 1906.) Indexes to both volumes are bound in at the front. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Iranian House, Ghazbanpour, Jassem (compilation and pictures) (translated by Mino Alian)
3 Ghazbanpour, Jassem (compilation and pictures) (translated by Mino Alian) Iranian House
Tehran Tiss Publication 1380 [2001] 964-92475-1-3 / 9789649247519 Unstated edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[very slight fraying to cloth at top of spine, otherwise a nice copy with no discernible wear; jacket has a handful of small edge-tears with occasional associated creasing (all pretty minor)]. (color photographs, floor plans) A photographic survey of many different styles of Iranian houses. Text and captions in both English and Persian (Farsi). PLEASE NOTE that additional postage will be requested for this very heavy book if shipping to a destination outside the U.S. (Domestic Media Mail shipping is at no charge.) 
Price: 200.00 USD
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California Romantica, Keaton, Diane; text by D.J. Waldie
4 Keaton, Diane; text by D.J. Waldie California Romantica
New York Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. 2007 0-8478-2975-8 / 9780847829750 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj 
[brand-new book, both book and jacket in perfect unblemished condition]. A gorgeous photo-book, created by the author "to share the magic I'd felt within the aura created by the presence of Spanish architecture in Southern California." The book "is an expression of wonder and an ode to an extraordinary tradition in architecture marked by white-washed stucco and plaster walls, wrought iron, arches, towers, balconies, patios, terraces, window grills, tile work, stout doors; houses enveloped by and frequently cast in profound shadow and light; houses that are at once mediations on the past and also abiding evocations of a way of life that is so much of the present." ***Additional shipping charges for this heavy book will apply for non-U.S. customers; please inquire before placing your order.*** 
Price: 95.00 USD
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The Culture of Silence: Architecture's Fifth Dimension, Quantrill, Malcolm, and Bruce Webb, eds.
5 Quantrill, Malcolm, and Bruce Webb, eds. The Culture of Silence: Architecture's Fifth Dimension
College Station TX Texas A&M University Press (c.1998) 0-89096-785-7 / 9780890967850 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean copy, just the teensiest bit of handling wear to book and jacket]. (Studies in Architecture and Culture, No. 4) Series (B&W photographs, architectural drawings) "The intent of these essays is to explore the notion of a 'culture of silence' through the basis of the architectural culture of modern Finland." Architects whose work is discussed and analyzed in connection with this theme include Alvar Aalto, Reima Pietilš, Juha Leiviska, Gunnar Asplund and Renzo Piano. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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California Moderne and the Mid-century Dream: The Architecture of Edward H. Fickett, Rapaport, Richard
6 Rapaport, Richard California Moderne and the Mid-century Dream: The Architecture of Edward H. Fickett
New York Rizzoli International Publications 2014 0847842487 / 9780847842483 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj 
[brand-new book, but with a couple of very slightly bumped corners; jacket is flawless]. (color and B&W photographs) Survey of the mid-century houses of architect Edward H. Fickett. "Fickett's innovative designs were profoundly in sync with Los Angeles's ascendance from second city into one of the world's great metropolises with innovative postwar tract houses, glamorous garden apartments in Hollywood in the 1950s, and ambitious houses in Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Malibu spanning from the 1950s through the 1980s. [This book] is not only a portrait of a beloved architect's enduring work, but also of a place and time that continues to capture the imagination." ***Additional shipping charges for this heavy book will apply for non-U.S. customers; please inquire before placing your order.*** 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Offices in the Sky, Shultz, Earle, and Walter Simmons
7 Shultz, Earle, and Walter Simmons Offices in the Sky
Indianapolis Bobbs-Merrill (c.1959) NO First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[terrific copy, tight and clean, appears unread, no discernible wear; jacket shows very light edgewear, minor scuffing to spine]. (B&W photographs) "The story of the American tall building, its development, its history, its mission -- a big story underlying the advance of business and industry and the growth of cities." (++) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Evolution of an Architect [*SIGNED*], Stone, Edward Durell
8 Stone, Edward Durell The Evolution of an Architect [*SIGNED*]
New York Horizon Press 1962 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dj Signed by Author
[light shelfwear, slight fading to cloth along top/bottom edges; jacket well-worn, paper loss at both ends of spine (about 1" at bottom), chipping along top edge of rear panel, 4" ragged closed tear at top left corner of front panel, various other small tears and creases, general soiling]. (B&W photographs, drawings) INSCRIBED ("To _______ with gratitude for his fine work and best wishes for the future") and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Stone (1902-1978), a native of Arkansas who studied architecture at various institutions in and around Boston (although he never received a degree), became one of the earliest American proponents of modern architecture during the 1930s and 1940s. Early in his career, he was involved with the planning of Rockefeller Center (as principal designer of the Radio City Music Hall), and he was subsequently tapped as the design architect for the Museum of Modern Art. He eventually joined the faculty at Yale University, and his prominence as both a working architect and an academic broadened his influence. Although he turned away from a purely modernist approach beginning in the mid-1950s (and was subsequently shunned by the architectural establishment as a result), his firm was prominent and successful, and he continued to receive major commissions into the early 1970s. Among his major projects of the 1960s was the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the commission for which he received in 1959, when it was still known as the "National Cultural Center"; various plans and renderings for the building are presented on pages 210-215 of this book. Another notable building from this period was the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, a building still in use today, which won praise from Frank Lloyd Wright and earned Stone the American Institute of Architects' First Honor Award in 1961. (I suspect the inscription -- to someone with an Indian-sounding name, thanking him "with gratitude for his fine work" -- is connected with the latter project.) Signed by Author 
Price: 150.00 USD
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The Small Home of Tomorrow, Williams, Paul R.
9 Williams, Paul R. The Small Home of Tomorrow
Hollywood CA Murray & Gee, Inc. 1945 NO First Edition Softcover Very Good 
[some light spotting/soiling to front cover, small tear at bottom of rear cover, paper spine covering starting to split at both ends of spine (binding itself fully intact), internally very clean]. Trade PB (floor plans, sketches) Sketches and basic floor plans for forty basic "modern small homes," targeted to meet the demands of the anticipated post-World War II building boom, by this influential Southern California-based African-American architect. (If you doubt his influence at all, just take a drive around any part of the San Fernando Valley -- I guarantee you'll encounter multiple examples of every single home-plan illustrated in this book. There's even one called "The San Fernando.") Issued in simultaneous hardcover and softcover editions, this copy being the latter. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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