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Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2021 Issue

Architecture Shaping Our World from Zephyr Used & Rare Books


Architecture Shaping Our World.

Zephyr Used & Rare Books has issued a catalogue entitled Architecture: Shaping Our World – 2021. This is architecture in its broadest sense. It covers not just building designs and plans but detailed parts, such as sections on paint, wallpaper, lighting, construction materials, etc. The first section looks back with some books and photo albums featuring ancient architecture, but as we move to the “modern” era, most of what we find is very specific promotional material for various products created by their manufacturers or designers. They provide a contemporary view of styles as they were seen in their day, appearances that might look dated today come back to life, their beauty as was seen by their contemporaries. This is an exciting catalogue that makes the past new again. Here are a few samples.


We begin with a collection of architectural plans and illustrations for the construction of the famed Sun Valley Lodge in Idaho, still a premier destination for skiing and luxury. The lodge was commissioned by Union Pacific Railroad Chairman W. Averell Harriman, later an important American diplomat and Governor of New York. Harriman sought out a perfect skiing destination, a place that, naturally, would be serviced by the Union Pacific Railroad. The lodge was designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood in 1936. The collection includes five large reproduced blueprints, 65 blueprint negatives, original plans for the Sun Valley Lodge and nearby Challenger Inn, and a pencil view panorama of the main lodge. They are kept in a lidded black vinyl box with the Sun Valley lettering and logo on the cover. Item 82. Priced at $750.


The Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915 was one of a handful of major American world-type fairs. It was intended to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal, but had a secondary purpose. Taking place in San Francisco a decade after that city's great earthquake, it was designed to show the city's amazing recovery. Item 149 is an album of 52 large photographs displaying the fantastic lighting at the fair. Electric lighting had only been introduced to the public at the 1893 Chicago fair. For 1915, Walter D'Arcy Ryan introduced lighting on a different level from what had previously been used – bare light bulbs. Here we see recessed lighting, floodlights, colored lights, tricks that turned plain light into something that illuminated the park and its buildings so they became a thing of beauty. It was a light show! Ryan was the Director of General Electric's Illuminating Engineering Laboratory. He had previously run the project of lighting up Niagara Falls, so he had perfected the use of light as art. His talents are well-displayed in these photographs. $6,000.


While the previous item focused on architectural beauty, this one is strictly on practicality. There is no beauty here, and in reality, there wasn't as much practicality as was believed at the time. Item 17 is five volumes published between 1950-1967 from the U. S. Department of Defense, Office of Civil Defense. They provide instructions on how to prepare for and react during a nuclear attack. Here you will learn how to build your fallout shelter, how to stock it with supplies, where to place it in your 1950s split level house. I don't imagine they tell you how to shoot your neighbors if they try to get into your shelter, but you can figure that part out by yourself. They do reassure you that “chances of surviving an atomic attack are better than you thought,” and that you had a better than 50-50 chance or surviving even with exposure to severe radiation, which I fear is unrealistically optimistic. Two of these volumes are first editions, the others revised editions. Item 17. $100.


If you are into minimalist architecture, you won't get more minimal than this. Item 46 is Catalogue No. 14 circa 1910 from The Ohio Metal Products Co. It contains descriptions and pictures of Ohio Portable houses (and garages). They provided the corrugated metal pieces and framing that could easily be assembled and bolted together to make your structure. They estimated two or three workers could build your house in less than five hours. Imagine... a new house built in less than 5 hours! These were not the most beautiful of houses, not very luxurious, and quite small. The house doesn't look much larger than the one-car garage (but that is one classic car they show parked in it). It measures 12 x 20. However, they were built to last, guaranteed not to rust out even in 50 years. $295.


Once upon a time... Item 85 is a photo album tracing the construction of the J. H. & C. K. Eagle Silk Mill and associated buildings in Shamokin, Pennsylvania, from 1916-1924. You may not have heard of the Eagle Silk Mill or even Shamokin, PA., but this was once a major industrial town and the Eagle Mill the largest textile building under one roof in America. In contained 500,000 square feet of space. At its peak, it employed 3,300 people with a monthly budget of $5 million. The Eagle brothers were wealthy New Yorkers who decided to build the nation's largest textile factory in Shamokin. It was a growing city ideally located along a railroad. It was a great success for several years, but nothing lasts. Charles suffered terrible insomnia which led to his killing himself in 1928. The mill survived that tragedy, but not the Depression, which was followed by the development of artificial fibers such as nylon and rayon, inexpensive substitutes that decimated the market for silk. In 1938, the mill filed for bankruptcy. It reopened for a few years under new ownership but by 1942 was closed again. A realty company took over and rented space out, and for a while Arrow shirts were made there, but that stopped too. Today the massive structure is long gone, Shamokin is a distressed city, three quarters of its population from the 1920s gone, the railroad no longer stopping there. It is the story of the decline of America's once great industrial towns. However, with this album you can relive this tale from its heyday, while the land was being transformed into a great mill, before it returned to dust. 5,200.


Zephyr Used & Rare Books may be reached at 360-695-7767 or zephyrbook@gmail.com

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  • <center><b>Cowan’s<br>American Historical Ephemera<br>& Photography<br>June 25, 2021</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [CIVIL WAR] -- [SHERIDAN, Philip Henry]. Personal headquarters flag of Philip Henry Sheridan used when he led the 2nd Michigan Cavalry. Spring - Summer 1862. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY]. Half plate daguerreotype of firefighter Walter Van Erven Dorens. [San Francisco]: n.p., [ca 1854-1856]. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [LINCOLNIANA]. Abraham Lincoln banner possibly made for the 1864 presidential campaign. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <center><b>Cowan’s<br>American Historical Ephemera<br>& Photography<br>June 25, 2021</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [REVOLUTIONARY WAR - CONTINENTAL CONGRESS]. [HOLTEN, Dr. Samuel]. An archive of letters related to Danvers, Massachusetts, physician and statesman Dr. Samuel Holten. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD]. CARBUTT, John, photographer. Exceptional collection of 27 stereoviews from the series, "Excursion to the 100th Meridian, October 1866." Chicago, [1866]. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [ALASKAN GOLD RUSH]. William Steele West and family, extensive archive of photographs, diaries, correspondence, and personal items. [Ca 19th - 20th century]. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Cowan’s<br>American Historical Ephemera<br>& Photography<br>June 25, 2021</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [TAYLOR, Zachary]. Quarter plate daguerreotype featuring the 12th President of the United States. N.p.: n.p., [ca 1845]. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [WASHINGTON, George]. Signed Society of the Cincinnati document. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed ("A. Lincoln"), as President. [Washington], 29 September 1862. 1 page, 4to, old creases. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <center><b>Cowan’s<br>American Historical Ephemera<br>& Photography<br>June 25, 2021</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> JEFFERSON, Thomas. Autograph letter signed ("Th. Jefferson"), as United States President, to Robert Patterson. Washington DC, 2 July 1805. 1 page, 4to, evenly toned, small tear from seal. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY] -- [ALCOTT, Elizabeth Sewall]. Ninth plate ruby ambrotype attributed to Elizabeth Sewall Alcott. N.p., [ca 1856-1857]. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [WESTERN AMERICANA]. RUSSELL, Andrew Joseph, photographer. <i>Salt Lake City, From the Top of the Tabernacle.</i> [1869]
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Livres et Manuscrits :<br>de Cervantès à Houellebecq<br>18 – 25 June</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 18 – 25 June:</b> Jouve, Paul -- François-Louis Schmied -- Rudyard Kipling. <i>Le Livre de la Jungle,</i> 1919.<br>€ 80,000 to € 120,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 18 – 25 June:</b> Cervantès Saavedra, Miguel de. <i>El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.</i> Bruxelles, 1607.<br>€ 30,000 to € 50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 18 – 25 June:</b> Buren, Daniel - Aimé Césaire. Cahier d'un retour au pays natal. Solstice, 2004. 1/140 ex. Avec 1/20 suites d'œuvres originales.<br>€ 4,000 to € 6,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 18 – 25 June:</b> [Musique] - Gioacchino Traversa. Six sonates à violon seul. [Vers 1770].<br>€ 3,000 to € 5,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> C.F. Payne, <i>Micawber, Imitating Norman Rockwell’s “Triple self-portrait,”</i> mixed media, 2002. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Brian Froud, media illustration published in <i>The Land of Froud,</i> 1977. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Haddon Sundblom, <i>All a Girl Needs,</i> oil on canvas, published in <i>The Ladies’ Home Journal,</i> 1942. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Adrianne Lobel, <i>My One and Only,</i> 26 scenic concept collages for the Broadway musical, 1983. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Charles Schulz, original four-panel pen and ink <i>Peanuts</i> comic strip, 1971. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b>Jack Davis, mixed media cartoon for <i>Playboy,</i> 1959. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Charles Addams, mixed media cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1937. $6,000 to $9,000.
  • <center><b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé<br>Sales Exhibition Catalogue 47<br>Part III<br>Antiquarian Temptations:<br>Rare Books, Atlases & Maps,<br>Photos & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> PIETER MORTIER. “Le Neptune Francois ou Atlas Nouveau des Cartes Marines. Levées et Gravées par ordre Exprés du Roy…” Paris, 1693.
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> MARC CHAGALL illus. SHAKESPEARE. “The Tempest.” Large folio. Monte-Carlo, 1975. Signed by the artist.
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> JOHN SPEED and followers. “A New and Accurate Map of the World.” Hand-colored engraving. London (1626 – 1627 – circa 1650) – 1676.
    <center><b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé<br>Sales Exhibition Catalogue 47<br>Part III<br>Antiquarian Temptations:<br>Rare Books, Atlases & Maps,<br>Photos & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> MATTHÄUS SEUTTER. “The Colossus Series.” Set of 4 prints, contemporary hand-colored engravings, each c. 57x49cm. Augsburg c. 1730
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> (CHARLES LE BRUN). “La Grande Galerie De Versailles, et Les Deux Salons qui L’Accompagnent, peints Par Charles Le Brun premier Peintre de Louis XIV…” Paris, 1752.
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> G. BRAUN – F. HOGENBERG. “Danorum Marca.” Contemporary hand-colored engraving, 33x48cm. Cologne, 1588.
  • <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> LIFE OF OSLER, PRESENTATION COPY TO NEPHEW NORMAN GWYN. CUSHING, HARVEY. 1869-1939. <i>The Life of Sir William Osler.</i> Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1925. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> OSLER TO HALSTED MENTIONING CUSHING AND WELCH. Autograph Letter Signed ("Wm Osler") to William Stewart Halsted on medical matters, 2 pp, January 19, 1919. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> CUSHING PRESENTATION COPY TO LUCIEN PRICE. CUSHING, HARVEY. <i>Intracranial Tumours.</i> Springfield, 1932. $1,000 to $1,500.
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    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> SCULTETUS, JOHANNES. 1595-1645. <i>Cheiroplotheke, seu armamentarium chirurgicum XLIII.</i> Ulm: Balthasar Kühnen, 1655. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> VICQ D'AZYR, FELIX. 1748-1794. <i>Traite d'anatomie et de physiologie.</i> Paris: Didot l'aine, 1786. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> TAGAULT, JEAN. C.1499-1546. <i>De chirugica institutione libri quinque....</i> Lyon: Guillaume Rouillé, 1549. $400 to $600.
    <b>Bonhams, June 30:</b> EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952). Autograph Logs and Journals from his 1927 Alaska Expedition. $7,000 to $ 9,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 30:</b> EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952). Cañon de Chelley, 1904. Oversized orotone, 17 x 22in in original Curtis Studio frame. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 30:</b> EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952). 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI of <i>North American Indian,</i> c.1907, made by Curtis in the field. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 30:</b> EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952). The Vanishing Race, 1904. Oversized orotone, 18 x 24in in original Curtis Studio frame. $20,000 to $30,000.

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