Avery Classics Acquisitions Highlights 2007-2008


Marshall Furnace Co., The new combination folding bath tub (Marshall, Mich., ca. 1890)

Folding chromolithographic brochure for the bath equivalent of a Murphy bed.
Gift of Preservation Alumni in Honor of Adolf K. Placzek

W. S. Blunt, Report on “Jennings closets” [to col. Geo. E. Waring Jr] (New York, January 20, 1876)

Illustrated manuscript document recommending improvements to the first toilet.
Gift of Preservation Alumni in Honor of Adolf K. Placzek

Joseph A. Leonard, A home in Alameda / Joseph A. Leonard, real estate agent, Alameda (n.p., 1890).
Urban Realty Improvement Co., The Urban Realty Improvement Co.: its story in brief (n.p., 1910).

Two unrecorded chromolithographic real estate brochures from California Bay Area architect and developer Joseph A. Leonard.
Gift of Andrew Drabkin & Brian Hughes in Honor of Herbert Mitchell

Additions to the Robert Biggert Collection of architectural vignettes on commercial stationery (United States of America and U.S. possessions, 1850-1920).

Gift of Robert Biggert in Honor of Lisa Ann Riveaux

Christine Kermaire, The silent host : de zwijgende menigte : la multitude silencieuse (Charleroi, Belgium, 2008)

No. 18 of 300 copies of this artist’s book documenting the Ardennes American Cemetery at Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium.
Gift of Christine Kermaire


Grégoire Huret, La règle précise pour descrire le profil eslevé du fust des colonnes suivant une hauteur, grosseur, & retréissement donné à discrétion, démonstrée géométriquement, ce qui a ésté inconnu jusques à présent à tous ceux qui ont traité de l'architecture (Paris, 1665).

Very rare treatise on drawing columns. From the Earl of Macclesfield library.

David Gilly, Anleitung zur Anwendung der Bohlen-Dächer bey ökonomischen Gebauden und insonderheit bey den Scheunen (Berlin, 1801).

Rare, late publication by the German architect and educator.

Sir John Soane, Civil architecture: designs for completing some of the public buildings in Westminster, and for correcting defects in others . . . (London, 1829).

Scarce privately printed Soane publication, in its original wrappers with label.

Camille Silvy, Album de la Chapelle Royale Saint Louis, à Dreux, Eure et Loir. Photographié et publié par M. Camille Silvy, 38, Porchester Terrace, W. (London, 1867).

Ten cabinet cards with printed pamphlet in original mailer. Extraordinary survival of one of the earliest publications to use magnesium lighting to photograph the interior of a building, the neo-Gothic family mausoleum of King Louis-Philippe.

Les travaux publics de la France, sous la direction de Léonce Reynaud (Paris, 1883).

250 collotypes in five portfolios documenting the roads and bridges, rivers and canals, ports, railroads, and lighthouses of France.

The Sherwin-Williams paints for exterior and interior use on structures, vehicles, etc., etc. manufactured by The Sherwin-Williams Co., Cleveland,Chicago, New York. Clemens’ map of theUnited States of America.

Clayville, N.Y. : E.J. Clemens, [between 1887 and 1893]
Rare surviving jigsaw puzzle map with advertisement on verso.

J. Craig Annan, Glasgow International Exhibition 1901.

Deluxe album of 20 platinum prints, bound in red morocco, with the arms of the City of Glasgow in gilt on cover.

José Padro e Hijo, Fabrica de bovedillas portatiles con patente de invención en España y en el extrangero (Barcelona, 1907).

Rare chromolithographic trade catalog by a competitor of the more well-known Guastavino firm.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Teikoku Hoteru heimenzu (Tokyo, 1923)

Japanese publication on Wright’s Tokyo Imperial Hotel. Only one other copy located outside Japan.

Antonin Raymond, Work from people around Wright (Kenchiku jidai, no. 19) (Tokyo, 1931).

No copy located outside Japan.

Le Corbusier & P. Jeanneret (Boulogne [sur Seine], 1932).

Rare hors-série number of L’architecture d’aujourd’hui, with original spiral binding.

Der deutsche Gedanke: Organ der Situationistischen Internationale fur Mitteleuropa, no. 1 (Brussels, 1963).

Excessively rare only issue of German-language Situationist periodical.

Federatie van Anarchisten in Amsterdam. Provo: is een maandblad voor anarchisten, provoos, pleiners, opruiers, bajesklanten... (Amsterdam, 1965-1967).

Complete run with special issues of this architecturally influential anarchist publication.

Guy Debord, Société du spectacle (Paris, 1967).

Pristine copy of the first edition of the Situationist classic, with publisher’s bellyband.