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TYPED LETTER SIGNED by the prominent American architect CASS GILBERT, designer of the Woolworth Building, accepting James B. Pond\'s invitation to join his reception committee for Maeterlinck\'s first American lecture and to meet Maeterlinck in the green room prior to the lecture.
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TYPED LETTER SIGNED by the prominent American architect CASS GILBERT, designer of the Woolworth Building, accepting James B. Pond's invitation to join his reception committee for Maeterlinck's first American lecture and to meet Maeterlinck in the green room prior to the lecture.

By Gilbert, Cass (1859-1934). Prominent American architect who was an early proponent of skyscrapers and designed the Woolworth Building, which had the distinction of being the tallest building at the time.

New York, December 29, 1919., 1919.. Very good. - Over 50 words typed on 8-1/2 inch high by 5-1/8 inch wide "244 Madison Avenue" stationery with an attached blank leaf. Having accepted American impresario and lecture agent James B. Pond's invitation to serve on the committee welcoming Maurice Maeterlinck to America, Cass Gilbert is further pleased to accept his invitation to meet Maeterlinck in the green room prior to the lecture. Gilbert writes "...I am pleased to accept your invitation to meet Mr. Maeterlinck in the Green Room and to sit on the stage during the lecture." Signed "Cass Gilbert". Folded for mailing, with a tiny chip to the top left corner. Very good. The American architect Cass Gilbert (1859-1934) was an early proponent of skyscrapers. He designed the Woolworth Building, which was then the tallest building in the world. Gilbert designed numerous museums, libraries, and state and federal buildings, including the United States Supreme Court building. Born in Zanesville, Ohio, he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota with his family and at age 17 joined the architectural firm of Abraham M. Radcliffe. He entered MIT's architectural program in 1878. Returning to Minnesota, he designed numerous buildings including the Minnesota State Capitol and St. Paul's Endicott Building. Moving to New York, he was commissioned to design the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. He went on to design the Woolworth Building, the support towers for the George Washington Bridge, and the U.S. Supreme Court Building among many many others.James B. Pond, the American impresario and lecture agent who headed the J.B. Pond Lyceum Bureau, brought the great Belgian poet Maurice Maeterlinck to America for a series of lectures. The first lecture took place at Carnegie hall on January 2nd, 1920. Unfortunately Maeterlinck failed to carry out his intention to lecture in English because of his labored "phonetic" English. He declared his intention to continue his lectures in French and have the translation read by another person. As a result, the lecture tour was a failure and lawsuits ensued on both sides.

$375.00

TYPED LETTER SIGNED by the prominent American architect CASS GILBERT, designer of the Woolworth Building, in reply to an invitation by James B. Pond to join his reception committee for Maeterlinck's first American lecture.
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TYPED LETTER SIGNED by the prominent American architect CASS GILBERT, designer of the Woolworth Building, in reply to an invitation by James B. Pond to join his reception committee for Maeterlinck's first American lecture.

By Gilbert, Cass (1859-1934). Prominent American architect who was an early proponent of skyscrapers and designed the Woolworth Building, which had the distinction of being the tallest building at the time.

New York, December 10, 1919., 1919.. Very good. - Over 65 words typed on 8-1/2 inch high by 5-1/8 inch wide "244 Madison Avenue" stationery. Cass Gilbert is pleased to accept American impresario and lecture agent James B. Pond's invitation to join as a member of the reception committee welcoming Maurice Maeterlinck to America. Gilbert writes "...it gives me pleasure to advise you of my acceptance and I will endeavor to be present at Carnegie Hall on the evening of the lecture...." Signed "Cass Gilbert". James Pond has penciled "Ans." next to the architect's signature and affixed his dated response stamp at the very top of the page. Folded for mailing, the edges of the letter are soiled and there is a small piece out from the top left corner. Very good. <p>The American architect Cass Gilbert (1859-1934) was an early proponent of skyscrapers. He designed the Woolworth Building, which was then the tallest building in the world. Gilbert designed numerous museums, libraries, and state and federal buildings, including the United States Supreme Court building. Born in Zanesville, Ohio, he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota with his family and at age 17 joined the architectural firm of Abraham M. Radcliffe. He entered MIT's architectural program in 1878. Returning to Minnesota, he designed numerous buildings including the Minnesota State Capitol and St. Paul's Endicott Building. Moving to New York, he was commissioned to design the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. He went on to design the Woolworth Building, the support towers for the George Washington Bridge, and the U.S. Supreme Court Building among many many others.<p>James B. Pond, the American impresario and lecture agent who headed the J.B. Pond Lyceum Bureau, brought the great Belgian poet Maurice Maeterlinck to America for a series of lectures. The first lecture took place at Carnegie hall on January 2nd, 1920. Unfortunately Maeterlinck failed to carry out his intention to lecture in English because of his labored "phonetic" English. He declared his intention to continue his lectures in French and have the translation read by another person. As a result, the lecture tour was a failure and lawsuits ensued on both sides.

$375.00

THE SOCIAL CRISIS IN ENGLAND: A Letter Addressed by Permission to The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Shaftesbury, K.G., &c.,&c. by W. Martin.
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THE SOCIAL CRISIS IN ENGLAND: A Letter Addressed by Permission to The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Shaftesbury, K.G., &c.,&c. by W. Martin.

By Martin, William. (1829-1900).

Manchester, England: Beresford and Havill, Printers, 1872., 1872.. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in cream-colored printed self-wrappers. 18 pages plus 1-page ad & rear blank. The text block is detached from the wrappers. The page edges are a bit darkened & there is foxing to the title page & rear blank. Good. Martin writes: "I do wish through your Lordship, and by your Lordship's name, to call the public attention, and, if possible, to rouse the national conscience to consider the most menacing evil of our time, viz., the over-crowded, ill-lighted, ill-ventilated, and, as it would seem, God-forsaken dwellings of our labouring classes, where drunkeness, pauperism, disease, and crime are chronic and rampant." He quotes "the late Mr. Charles Dickens" in "The Old Curiosity Shop" on the virtues engendered by the love of home and hearth which is lacking in the very poor "when they live in dense and squalid masses, where social decency is lost...."William Martin (18291900) was a Victorian architect who worked in Birmingham, England, particularly in the practice Martin & Chamberlain.

$35.00

PENCIL POINTS. An Illustrated Monthly Journal for the Drafting Room. [Volume XIII, Number 3, March, 1932].
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PENCIL POINTS. An Illustrated Monthly Journal for the Drafting Room. [Volume XIII, Number 3, March, 1932].

By Whitehead, Russell; Reid, Kenneth; and Cleaver, E.L., editors.

New York: Pencil Points, 1932., 1932.. Very good. - Quarto, 11-7/8 inches high by 8-3/4 inches wide. Softcover, bound in printed white wrappers, titled in black on the front cover and with pictorial black & white ads on the verso. The covers are foxed. There are minor chips to the spine. Pages 1-38; 145-212; and 43-82, with sections of pictorial ads at the front and rear. The periodical is profusely illustrated in color and black and white, including several full-page illustrations and plans, including a full-page color plan titled "Anaconda" advertising the American Brass Company and a color frontispiece depicting a High School in Lyons, Kansas designed by Mann and Company. Very good. The contents include William Adams Delano's "My Architectural Creed", George W. Smith's "Silhouette of Otho McCrackin", Walter K. Smith, Jr.'s "The Charcoal 'Smooch' Technique", Arthur L. Guptill's "Cut-outs in Rendering", and Eugene B. Church's "Economic Heights of Buildings", etc.

$25.00

PENCIL POINTS. An Illustrated Monthly Journal for the Drafting Room. [Volume XIII, Number 9, September, 1932].
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PENCIL POINTS. An Illustrated Monthly Journal for the Drafting Room. [Volume XIII, Number 9, September, 1932].

By Whitehead, Russell; Reid, Kenneth; and Cleaver, E.L., editors.

New York: Pencil Points, 1932., 1932.. Very good. - Quarto, 11-7/8 inches high by 8-3/4 inches wide. Softcover, bound in printed white wrappers, titled in black on the front cover and with pictorial black & white ads on the verso. The covers are foxed with some stains to the front cover. There are minor chips to the spine. Pages 1-16; 597-652; and 25-46, with sections of pictorial ads at the front and rear. The periodical is profusely illustrated in color and black and white, including several full-page illustrations and plans, including a full-page plate of Edward D. Stone's pastel drawing of a "Preliminary Sketch for Roxy Theatre at Rockefeller Center, New York". The front hinge is cracked with rust stains from the staples to the inner edges of the first and last page. Very good. The contents include Dwight James Baum's article "This Modernism", Samuel Chamberlain's "The Sketches and Woodcuts of Charles Hallo", Dorothy Brink Ingemann's "Shop Signs of Stockholm", Arthur Bates Lincoln's "A Plumbing System for the House", etc.

$25.00

UNBUILT NETHERLANDS: Visionary projects by Berlage, Oud, Duiker,Van den Broek. Van Eyck, Hertzberger and others.
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UNBUILT NETHERLANDS: Visionary projects by Berlage, Oud, Duiker,Van den Broek. Van Eyck, Hertzberger and others.

By Nooteboom, Cees.

(New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.), (1985)., (1985).. Very good. - Quarto [11-1/4 inches high by 8-5/8 inches wide], blue cloth with architectural drawings in white on the covers, in a dust wrapper. 112 pages. Profusely illustrated with architectural drawings in color and black & white. There is light offsetting from the dust wrapper's flaps to the endpapers. Near fine. First American edition.

$10.00

IL NOVECENTO A GORIZIA: Ricerca di una identita. Urbanistica e architettura.
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IL NOVECENTO A GORIZIA: Ricerca di una identita. Urbanistica e architettura.

By Arioka, Kana; Castellan, Francesco; Codellia, Luisa; et al.

(Venizia, Italy): Marsilio Editori, (2000)., (2000).. Very good. - Quarto [11 inches high by 8-1/4 inches wide], softcover bound in pictorial black-and-white wrappers. There are 2 price-stickers on the rear cover. 127 pages plus colophon. Profusely illustrated with black-and-white photographic illustrations and with maps & plans in color. There is the remnant of a price-sticker on the front endpaper. Near fine. Catalog of an exhibition shown in Gorizia at the Musei Provinciali from 26 February to 7 May 2000. After 400 years of belonging to Austria, Gorizia became part of Italy at the end of the First World War. The exhibition dealt with themes of planning and reconstruction of cities, the restoration of monuments destroyed by war and the construction of new public and private buildings.The text is in Italian.

$25.00

LA SCENA VEGETALE A PIACENZA DAL BAROCCO ALL\'ETA ROMANTICA.
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LA SCENA VEGETALE A PIACENZA DAL BAROCCO ALL'ETA ROMANTICA.

By Mastroviti, Anna Coccioli.

(Piacenza,Italy): Edizioni Tip.le.Co., (1995)., (1995).. Very good. - Quarto [11-5/8 inches high by 8-3/8 inches wide], green cloth titled in gilt in a dust wrapper. The dust jacket is lightly rubbed with a price-sticker on its rear panel. Title & 181 pages plus colophon. Profuse illustrations in color and back & white, including architectural drawings. There is the remnant of a price-sticker on the front endpaper. Very good. "Con un saggio di Stefano Fugazza".Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same title shown at the Galleria Ricci Oddi, Piacenza from April 8 to June 18, 1995. The exhibition was organized by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Piacenza e Vigevano and was curated by Anna Coccioli Mastroviti and Stefano Fugazza.The text is in Italian.

$35.00

GAETANO CIOCCA: COSTRUTTORE, INVENTORE, AGRICOLTORE, SCRITTORE.
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GAETANO CIOCCA: COSTRUTTORE, INVENTORE, AGRICOLTORE, SCRITTORE.

By Schnapp, Jeffrey; editor.

(Milano): Skira, (2000)., (2000).. Very good . - Quarto [10-1/2 inches high by 8-1/4 inches wide], softcover bound in pictorial cream wrappers. There is some soiling with a small sticker to the rear cover. 191 pages. 8 pages of black & white illustrations with profuse textual illustrations in black & white. The contents are fine. Very good. Quaderni di Architettura 3. The text is in Italian.

$25.00

(CAUCASUS). KAVKAZ: KISLOVODSK, PYATIGORSK, ESSENTUKI, ZHELEZNOVODSK, OKRESNOSTI KISLOVODSKA. (Titled in Cyrillic).
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(CAUCASUS). KAVKAZ: KISLOVODSK, PYATIGORSK, ESSENTUKI, ZHELEZNOVODSK, OKRESNOSTI KISLOVODSKA. (Titled in Cyrillic).

By (Ogiz: Izogiz).

Moscow and Leningrad: Ogiz: Izogiz, 1931., 1931.. Good. - Oblong octavo [6 inches high by 9 inches wide], softcover bound in printed wrappers. The binding is darkened and heavily creased & chipped with pieces out of the head & tail of the spine. The top right corner of the front cover is torn & is reinforced on the verso with linen tape. Some form of customs or shipping label is mounted on the front wrap, obliterating the cover illustration & part of the titling. 22 pages plus 72 pages of sepia-toned photographic illustrations. Despite the condition of the covers, the binding is tight & the contents are very good. Good First edition.The book is a pictorial work on sanitoriums and health resorts in the Caucasus Mountain region. Kislovodsk is a spa city in the North Caucasus region between the Black and Caspian Seas. Pyatigorsk is a resort city with an important spa. It is the tourist center of the Caucasian Mineral Waters. Essentuki [Yessentuki] is a city at the base of the Caucasus Mountains. It has been recognized as one of he best health resorts for the treatment of the digestive organs. Zheleznovodsk is a town whose name translates as "Iron Water Place" as the mineral waters are believed to have a high iron content. Kislovodska is a spa city in the North Caucasus region.The introductions and captions are in Russian, English and German.Rare.

$350.00

A VISION TAKES FORM: A GRAPHIC RECORD OF THE BUILDING OF THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE DURING STAGES ONE AND TWO BY ROBERT EMERSON CURTIS.

By Curtis, Robert Emerson.

Sydney, Australia: A.H. & A.W. Reed, (1967)., (1967).. Very good. - Quarto, 11-1/8 inches high by 10-3/4 inches wide. Tan cloth titled in gilt on the spine with a vignette in gilt on the front cover, in a color pictorial dust wrapper. The dust jacket is rubbed and stained with numerous chips and tears to the edges. 83 & [1] pages, with profuse textual illustrations and tipped-in color plates. Near fine in a good dust wrapper. <p>First edition.<p>Introduction by Professor H. Ingham Ashworth and an Historical Foreword by Roger Covell.

$20.00

ADOLF LOOS: A Private Portrait.
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ADOLF LOOS: A Private Portrait.

By Loos, Claire Beck.

Los Angeles, CA: DoppelHouse Press, (2011)., (2011).. Fine. - Octavo, gray cloth titled in gilt in a dust wrapper. The top corner of the front cover is lightly creased. 200 pages, Black-and-white illustrations. Near fine. <p>First edition in English, edited by Carrie Paterson.<p>Claire Beck Loos, a Czechoslovak writer and photographer, was the last wife of Adolf Loos.

$25.00

MODERN ARCHITECTURE IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA AND OTHER WRITINGS.

By Teige, Karel.

(Los Angeles, CA): Getty Research Institute, (2000)., (2000).. Fine. - Small quarto [10 inches high by 7 inches wide], softcover bound in decorative green & black wrappers. [x], 367 & [4] pages. Numerous black-and-white illustrations. Near fine. <p>First edition.<p>A title in the series "Texts and Documents". Introduction by Jean-Louis Cohen. Translations by Irena Zantovska Murray and David Britt.

$35.00

L'ARCHITETTURA DELLE MACCHINE: IL RINASCIMENTO. A cura di Piero Giangaspro. Scritti di Dante Giacosa e Agnoldomenico Pica.

By (Giangaspro, Piero; Giacosa, Dante; and Pica, Agnoldomenico).

(Milan): Gabriele Mazzotta editore in collaborazione con FIAT spa, (1982)., (1982).. Very good. - Quarto, 13-1/2 inches high by 10 inches wide. Light gray boards with an elaborate illustration on the front cover. The covers are slightly soiled and rubbed. 157 pages plus the colophon, with profuse full-page black & white illustrations of structures, machines and mechanical devices throughout. Very good. <p>Originally published in 1536.<p>The text is in Italian.

$35.00

WOODEN CHURCHES: TRAVELLING IN THE RUSSIAN NORTH.
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WOODEN CHURCHES: TRAVELLING IN THE RUSSIAN NORTH.

By Davies, Richard; and Moreton, Matilda.

(London): White Sea, (2011)., (2011).. Very good. - Quarto, 12-1/8 inches high by 10-1/4 inches wide. Light gray cloth titled in gilt on the spine and in blind on the front cover, in a color illustrated white dust wrapper. The dust jacket is very slightly soiled with 2 light indentations to the jacket's spine. The bottom front corners of the covers and jacket are lightly bumped. 256 pages, with profuse color illustrations of Richard Davies' photographs. Near fine. <p>First edition.<p>RARE in commerce.<p>Photographer Richard Davies and writer Matilda Moreton traveled thousands of miles through Northern Russia, tracking down and documenting the few survivors of what were once thousands of onion-domed churches built in the period following Prince Vladimir's conversion to Christianity in 988.

$895.00

ARCHITECTURE OF TRUTH: The Cistercian Abbey of Le Thoronnet in Provence.

By Heppenstall, Rayner; Le Corbusier.

New York: George Braziller, (1957)., (1957).. Good. - Quarto [approximately 11 inches high by 8-3/4 inches wide], cream buckram. The tail of the spine is chipped & frayed with a tiny stain and the top corner of the rear cover is frayed. xix & 164 pages. Numerous black-and-white photographic illustrations by Lucien Herve. There is an owner's ink name on the front endpaper & the book is lightly cracked at the half-title. The gutters are slightly darkened. Good. <p>First American edition.<p>"Photographed by Lucien Herve and arranged with quotations and notes by Francois Cali. With a Text by Rayner Heppenstall and a Preface by Le Corbusier.

$15.00

KUNSTLERHAUSER: Ateliers und Lebensraume beruhmter Maler under Bildhauer.

By (Bednorz, Achim). Plachta, Bodo.

(Stuttgart): Reclam, (2014)., (2014).. Very good. - Quarto [11-1/2 inches high by 9-1/8 inches wide], gray boards in a dust wrapper. The bottom corner of the front cover is bumped & there is a small crease to its front edge. 287 pages plus colophon. Profusely illustrated in color. Very good in a fine dust wrapper. <p>A book about painters' and sculptors' studios and living spaces.<p>The text is in German.

$45.00

CESKY FUNKCIONALISMUS 1920-1940.
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CESKY FUNKCIONALISMUS 1920-1940.

By (Urbanek, Gabriel). Rous, Jan.

Praze: Umelecko Prumyslove Muzeum, [1978]., [1978].. Good. - Small quarto [9-1/2 inches high by 8-3/4 inches wide], softcover bound in decorative tan, red & black wrappers. The binding is lightly rubbed & bumped with the spine slightly faded. Illustrated in black & white. The front endpaper is partially detached & the bottom page corners are slightly bumped. Good. <p>The text is by Jan Rous and the photographs are by Gabriel Urbanek.

$35.00

GUSTAV PEICHL: A Viennese Architect.
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GUSTAV PEICHL: A Viennese Architect.

By Steiner, Dietmar.

(Berlin): Ernst Wasmuth Verlag, (1993)., (1993).. Good. - Quarto [11-1/4 inches high by 10 inches wide], black cloth in a dust wrapper. There is light spotting to the binding & the bottom corner of the front cover is bumped. The rear panel of the dust jacket is lightly rubbed & the bottom corner of its front panel is creased. 191 & [1] pages. Profusely illustrated in color and black & white with photographic illustrations and drawings. The contents are very good. Good in a very good dust wrapper. <p>Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same title shown at the Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien. With an essay by Dietmar Steiner.<p>The text is in German with an English translation.

$20.00

SLOWAKISCHE ARCHITEKTUR UND DIE TSCHECHISCHE AVANTGARDE 1918-1939.

By Foltyn, Ladislav.

Dresden: Verlag der Kunst, (1991)., (1991).. Fine. - Quarto [10-3/4 inches high by 9-1/2 inches wide], light gray buckram in a dust wrapper. 235 & [1] pages. Profuse photographic illustrations & architectural drawings in black & white. Fine. <p>The text is in German.

$35.00

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