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Biddle's Young Carpenter's Assistant

by Owen Biddle

Reproduced from a rare 1805 edition, this handsome volume, with text and 135 illustrated details, describes typical building materials, styles, architectural ornamentation, and interior designs of public structures...


Somewhere in the Night

by Nicholas Christopher

Film noir is more than a cinematic genre. It is an essential aspect of American culture. Along with the cowboy of the Wild West, the denizen of the film noir city is at the very center of our mythological iconography....


The Rape of the Lock

by Aubrey Beardsley & Alexander Pope

Current publication reproduces "ideal" 1896 edition in which text, typography, and illustration complement each other. Ten great illustrations capture the mock-heroic, delicate fancy of Pope's poem.


The Human Form in Art

by Adolphe Armand Braun

This dramatic compilation of 166 studies — photographs, line drawings, and sculptures — serves as both an exhilarating exhibition and an important reference for anatomy, proportion, and motion.


Old Mexico: An Architectural Pilgrimage

by Alfred C. Bossom

Facades, courtyards, gateways, towers, doors, balconies, windows, stairways, and other architectural elements are graphically preserved in this excellent record of classic Latin American architecture. 110 illustrations....


Old-Time Frames and Borders in Full Color

by Carol Belanger Grafton

12 full-page and 24 half-page frames feature colorful collages of flowers, cherubs, butterflies, heart-felt messages, and more. Ideal for framing a variety of graphic projects or accenting collectibles in scrapbooks....


Medieval Ornament and Design

by Jules Gailhabaud

Encompassing a broad range of architectural styles and elements, this impressive sourcebook contains 200 striking illustrations — from decorative panels and gawking gargoyles to exquisite stained glass and...


Geometric Themes and Variations: 4,300 Designs and Motifs

by Miguel Angel Sánchez Serrano

In this amazing cache of designs, 41 original black-and-white motifs are spun into three pages of adaptations, offering strikingly different variations. More than 4,300 images form kaleidoscopic designs, optical...


The Art of Fresco Painting in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

by Mrs. Mary P. Merrifield

Recognized authority in the field discusses painting methods used by such masters as Alberti, Cennini, Vasari, and Borghini; also comments on causes of fresco destruction and how to restore works of art.


Masterpieces of American Architecture

by Edward Warren Hoak & Willis Humphrey Church

Splendid survey of buildings from 1900 to 1930 features works by McKim, Mead & White; Pope; Platt; Gilbert; others. The Boston Public Library, Lincoln Memorial, Woolworth Building, many more. 189 photos. 77...


Authentic Victorian Villas and Cottages: Over 100 Designs with Elevations and Floor Plans

by Isaac H. Hobbs

Wide array of magnificent homes of the period, among them an ornate Gothic suburban residence, with parlor, sitting room, dressing rooms, six bedrooms, and two baths for $33,000. 122 engravings.


Best Homes of the 1920s

by Standard Homes Company

Scores of excellent photographs, drawings, and floor plans depict standardized homes of wood, brick, stucco, and stone, perhaps the most carefully planned of their time. Eight-room "Homestead," colonial-style...


Great Drawings of Nudes: 45 Works

by Carol Belanger Grafton

An impressive sampling of life drawings by 45 of the art world's greatest masters, from Dürer and Michelangelo to Modigliani and Derain. Other artists include Raphael, Rubens, Gauguin, Matisse, Rodin, and others....


Victorian Woodturnings and Woodwork

by Blumer & Kuhn Stair Co.

Reproduced from a rare original, this 1893 catalog provides nearly 800 detailed illustrations of stair railings, mantels, gables, moldings, and ornaments. Varied, unusual examples make it an inspiring, instructive...


The Chinese on the Art of Painting: Texts by the Painter-Critics, from the Han through the Ch'ing Dynasties

by Osvald Sirén

Comments by noted landscapists, poet-painters, historians, and theoreticians; discussions of Ch'an Buddhism and its relation to painting; methods of study and aesthetic principles, more.


Treasury of Medieval Illustrations

by Paul Lacroix & Carol Belanger Grafton

The realms and reveries of the Middle Ages unfold in more than 750 black-and-white illustrations. Includes magnificent renderings of warriors, scholars, musicians, architecture, business and recreation, mythical...


Persian Designs and Motifs for Artists and Craftsmen

by Ali Dowlatshahi

Outstanding collection of 400 motifs: floral designs, geometrics, arabesques, mythical creatures, rosettes, paisley patterns, palmettes, medallions, border and marginal decorations, scrolls, curves, and hunting...


Northwest Coast Indian Designs

by Madeleine Orban-Szontagh

Over 270 designs from art of Nootka, Kwakiutl, Tlingit, other groups. Stylized plants, abstracts, repeating patterns, totemic images, more.


100 Small Houses of the Thirties

by Brown-Blodgett Company

Exterior photographs and floor plans for 100 charming structures. Illustrations of models accompanied by descriptions of interiors, color schemes, closet space, and other amenities. 200 illustrations.


Great Self-Portraits

by Carol Belanger Grafton

Unique volume of 45 splendid self-portraits encompasses pen, ink, and charcoal renderings as well as etchings and engravings. Includes works by da Vinci, Dürer, Whistler, Rodin, van Gogh, Beardsley, and many...