Boston, MA: George H. Polley & Co., 1901. First edition. Cloth over Boards, Portfolio. Folio, 45 full page plates; originally 70 plates of b/w photographs, but missing plates 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 17, 19, 24, 33, 35, 39, 40, 44, 46, 52, 55, 60, 61, 63, 64, 66, 67, 69. Fair; 2" x 2" piece of spine missing; cover badly sunned, significant damage to corners and edges of cover, plate pages are crumbling at the edges. Item #19917
William Ralph Emerson was an American architect and cousin of Ralph Waldo Emerson. He is best known for his Shingle Style houses and inns, many of them in Bar Harbor, Maine. In this book, he highlighted "original creation[s] [where] Roman and Moorish domes, Spanish towers, and bell turrets are united in one picturesque group." This book contained sketches of buildings with details that also appear in some of his buildings. While not much about Emerson's life is known, his few writings allow a glance into his philosophies. Very scarce; we've never seen this one before.