New York: Grolier Club, 2013. First edition, Limited. Cloth over Boards. Quarto, pp. 288. Illustrated with 749 color illustrations. Limited edition of 1,500 copies. New in new dustjacket. Item #19170
A beautifully produced, visually spectacular catalog for the exhibit of the same name, showing at New York's Grolier Club through February of 2014. Written by exhibit curator and architectural photographer Richard Cheek, this book documents the development and influence of the house design book, from early American builders' manuals through the rise of popular pattern books and catalogs for kit homes and house designs. "In this illustrated survey - the first of its kind to showcase the enormous variety and graphic appeal of these materials - Richard Cheek highlights the more visually arresting and socially compelling examples, focusing on books that reveal the character of our country as much as they do the style of our houses." Filled with over 600 examples, this thoroughly researched volume is a significant contribution to the study of American domestic architecture and the influence of published architectural designs on America's homes.