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Winter is in full swing here at Steven Schuyler Bookseller World
Headquarters. We survived the first appearance of the Polar Vortex with
no trouble, and have managed to brave its second visit to New England.
In between rounds of shoveling snow, we've been adding new arrivals to
our catalog and making plans for the rest of the Winter season.
On the Road Again
Although the year is still young, we're already planning our appearances
at several Winter shows and expos. At the top of our itinerary is the Designer Craftsmen & Historic Home Show
in beautiful Valley Forge, PA. The show takes place on the weekend of
February 28-March 2, 2014, and is sure to be a great event!
Next on the docket is another of our favorite shows, the NH Old House and Barn Expo
in Manchester, NH on the weekend of March 15-16. This event, put on by
the good folks at the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, brings
together suppliers of repair and restoration products and knowledgeable
experts in the field in one place. Friend of the shop, author and
architectural historian Thomas C. Hubka, author of Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn and the recently published Houses Without Names, will be there this year. Please drop by our booth and say Hello if you attend either of these shows!
This Month's Featured Title
We are also pleased to feature the revised and expanded second edition of Virginia Savage McAlester's influential book, A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture.
This book is an essential text for anyone interested in American
architecture. The author and this new edition were recently featured in a
New York Times article. For more information about this book, check out our Featured Titles of the Month section below.
Speaking of great books on American domestic architecture, we
still have some signed copies of the companion book to "Selling the
Dwelling: The Books That Built America's Houses, 1775-2000", the
marvelous exhibit of material showing the development of domestic
architecture in the U.S. and how it was marketed. The exhibit is
currently showing at the Grolier Club in New York City, and was recently reviewed in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
The exhibit closes on February 7th, so there's still some time to
see it in person, but if you can't make it to the Grolier Club
yourself, you can still get copies of the exhibition book. This is a
beautifully produced book, containing a wealth of information and
wonderful illustrations. In the photo above, exhibit curator Richard
Cheek signs copies of his book for us. Click here to order your copy of this book--they're selling fast!
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Featured Titles of the Month - A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture, Second Edition by Virginia Savage McAlester; and Goldrausch & Werther: Antiquarian Catalogs - a Special Case in Cover Design by Jürgen and Waltraud Holstein.
The newly released, fully expanded and updated edition of Virginia Savage McAlester's pictorial glossary of American domestic architecture is an essential text on the subject. The book now includes homes built after 1940, which make up the bulk of the current stock of American houses, and a new section on how to "read" a neighborhood. This long-awaited new edition is a treasure trove of information on American houses, and well worth having even if you already own the original edition.
McAlester, who was in treatment for
myelofibrosis, a form of leukemia, during the writing of this new edition, is a noted historical preservationist in her home town of Dallas, TX, as well as an architectural historian. She studied architecture at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, and went on to spearhead the preservation of numerous old houses in Dallas that were in danger of being lost to development. The first edition of her book proved to be a vital guide to help preservationists identify the features of old houses and make a case for their renovation instead of destruction. This new edition and its author were featured in a recent New York Times article.
This book is still an indispensable resource for architects and historical preservationists, as well as a thorough and engrossing guidebook for house lovers and ordinary Americans interested in learning more about their own homes.
Click the book image above to order your copy of this book.
Goldrausch & Werther is a beautifully produced volume on the cover designs and content of rare and antiquarian booksellers' catalogs, primarily from the 20th century. The
book title references the range of subject matter reflected in this collection of antiquarian book catalogs, from books on the California Gold Rush to
material related to and contemporary with Goethe's novel, Werther, which caused a
sensation when first published, apparently inciting many readers into a
fevered state from their emotional reactions to the text.
visually rich collection of catalog covers, arranged by decade,
presents a retrospective of the art and design of these specialty
publications. Each section includes pages featuring designs from specific booksellers, giving readers additional insight into the way these catalog covers express both the nature of the content within them and the visual "brand" identity of the booksellers. With more than 800 annotated examples of antiquarian book catalog covers, this well-researched, visually impressive work provides historians, designers, and bibliophiles with an invaluable resource on the subject.
is the fourth in a series on books and book catalogs produced and
privately printed by the authors, Jürgen and Waltraud Holstein, and featuring selections from their own extensive collection of such catalogs. The text is primarily in German, but has English translations of the Foreword, Introduction, and essays, making this work more accessible to English language readers.
For a glimpse into the pages of this beautiful book, see Jürgen Holstein's Web page (text in German). Scroll down the page to view the images.
To order your copy of this book, please click the book image above.
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Old House Journal/Old House Interiors Reference Library Collection
Steven Schuyler Bookseller is proud to be the owner of the entire reference library of the famed period home restoration magazine Old House Journal and its sister publication, Old House Interiors. The collection, which starts off with a copy of Palladio Londoniensis: or the Art of London Building from 1734, and runs through to the latest publications from 2009.
Clem Labine, the magazine's originator, and his successor Patricia Poore generally bought visually interesting books with no thought of their potential value. But many of the titles in the collection have become quite rare. The collection offers an array of period works, from early Sweet's catalogs and nineteenth century pattern books to obscure titles on building materials and technologies, all gathered around the period house and its grounds.
If you have a particular
interest or "want", please let us know--we
may already have the item in stock (cataloged or not) or we may be able to find just the item you've been