The Elements of Urban Form Through History
Moving from the historical and cultural overviews of the city, Kostof descends into the streets, sidewalks, squares, markets, and waterfronts and presents a detailed urban anatomy. The book is organized thematically around the structural phenomena of cities — the city edge, the street, public space, the marketplace, and the realities of cultural and economic segregation. It explores the customs, practicalities, and biases behind the elements of the city. The City Assembled is a fascinating account of the urban experience, written, like The City Shaped, for general and professional readers alike.
Loads of illustrations and photos. Not a dry book at all.
This hardcover edition is in very good vintage condition. The only thing is that the very first page of the book -t he one which is usually a blank before an actual title page- appears to be cut out. Why? I do not know. Please see the photo below. Comes with its original jacket intact. It is listed on Ebay and Amazon for sky high prices. Most listing are at the $90 mark. I assume they are holding out for that one architectural student doing their thesis…
Bullfinch Press/ 1992/ 320 Pages
I picked up this set in a church sale as I just loved the flowers. Little did I know I had found a really interesting piece. Turns out it is Bavarian in origins, dated 1857-1920. However, I believe this to be no later than the early 1900′s. The reason being that it was most probably sold as a ‘blank’ set which was then coloured in by the purchaser. A bit like the do it yourself mugs and such we have today.
This was a popular past time in the Victorian era. It would also explain the very non-German sounding name signed at the back- ‘Coltart’. As well, the set is not very refined. When I purchased it I was thinking the gilt was a bit sloppy in areas and such.
Both pieces are in very good vintage condition. There is a yellow circular stain at the back of the plate. Background colour is a very pale yellow, which does not come across in some of my photos.
Hutschenreuther/ Made in Selb,Germany/ Signed
$10 for the set.
“This is the concentration camp and crematorium at Auschwitz. This is where people were turned into numbers. Into this pond were flushed the ashes of some four million people. And that was not done by gas. It was done by arrogance. It was done by dogma. It was done by ignorance. When people believe that they have absolute knowledge, with no test in reality, this is how they behave.”
― Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man
Lauded by critics and devoured by countless readers as a companion to the acclaimed PBS series, this work traces the development of science as an expression of the special gifts that characterize man and make him preeminent among animals. Bronowski’s exciting, splendidly illustrated investigation offers a perspective not just on science, but on civilization itself.
This vintage hardcover edition is in very good condition. It comes with its original jacket intact. Pages are yellowed, but in great overall shape.
Little, Brown/ 1973/ 448 Pages
This was a wedding gift to a friend who is currently downsizing. It was purchased in the 1960′s at an antique shop in Toronto. )See the photo of the card which came enclosed with the gifted dish).
Circa 1840, this plate is in good antique condition. There is one spot where the enamel has worn away and pattern has been re-painted. This is how it came to my friend. The error does not really show in photos, for some reason.
Very beautiful and delicate. Called a ‘cake plate’, but is fairly small for such purposes. Please see measurements.
Measurements: 10″ x 9″.
Signed, ‘Ridgway’. Numbered ’249′.
This piece is from my friend’s living estate, and originally came from Europe. I do not know the date of production, but I feel it is an antique.
It is a very fine example of hard paste porcelain, with no nicks or chips. There are some darker spots from age, which could be cleaned off professionally, though it is not actually necessary.
I have priced this set at a low cost as I do not know the date of production or country of origin. My gut says that it is from the late 1800′s and Austrian or German. (Based on others I have seen).
Perfect little pot for holding jam or even larger flaked fancy salts.
A rare set to come by, and really very special. Beautiful floral detailing.
A companion volume to the Larousse Encyclopedias of Prehistoric and Ancient Art and Byzantine and Medieval Art edited by M. Huyghe, the former curator of the Louvre. Here once again, densely illustrated and intensively indexed, this reference work achieves a detailed, visual panorama of these centuries in which spiritual and material security contributed to the immense cultural achievement. The encyclopedia deals with both major and lesser art forms all within the context of the political, social and intellectual mood of the period. An authoritative list of contributors include Germain Bazin, Maroel Brion, and the late Lionello Venturi.
1000 illustrations, 45 plates in full color all numbered for reference in the text.
This large hardcover volume in in very good vintage condition. The pages and the cover are starting to yellow. Binding is intact. Come with its original jacket, though it does have damage to it. Has a name and date inscribed inside.
A great and comprehensive reference to this era in art.
Hamlyn /1974/ 444 Pages
The true story of Judge Isaac C. Parker who ruled the Arkansas frontier with a hangman’s rope.
“Fort Smith in 1875 was the wildest town in the United States. It had a population of 2500 last souls, thirty saloons doing a booming business and a red light section that never closed.
Into this hell on the border of Ihe Indian Territory came Isaac C. Parker like the conscience of the Lord, and as a Federal Judge he proceeded to make himself the most efficient legal executioner in American history. Within four months he had sentenced six men to be hanged and they were all executed at a public hanging to which 6000 people came. Year after year his dance of death went on. It never ceased. By the time his court was finally dissolved, this fanatical judge had actually hanged eighty eight men.
This is the authentic story of those rough days in Arkansas, bloodthirsty and brutal, yet still an exciting and true picture of what the frontier of the United States was really like in its turbulent and roaring heyday.”
Another volume from my grandfather’s collection. This Canadian run first edition is in very good vintage condition. It comes with its original jacket, which does have damage to it. Pages are yellowed, but intact. Cloth cover and binding are in good shape.
Marked ‘First Edition’
Duell, Sloan and Pearce/ 1952/ 278 Pages $5
Dry Guillotine chronicles Belbenoit’s childhood, the commission of two non-violent and relatively minor thefts from employers, his subsequent capture, conviction, and transportation to French Guiana.
Belbenoit actually wrote the manuscript for Dry Guillotine while in prison and carried the work wrapped in oilskins to protect it from the elements. Protected in this manner, the manuscript survived countless rainstorms and unexpected dunkings in the ocean and rivers between Cayenne and California where Belbenoit finally managed to reach the United States and freedom in 1937.
While a prisoner at Cayenne, Belbenoit was introduced to the American author Blair Niles who bought several works from Belbenoit for use in her book titled Condemned to Devil’s Island. Mrs. Niles paid Belbenoit handsomely for his work and it was this money which financed the next two escape attempts Belbenoit made.
Vintage hardcover from grandfather’s collection. The cloth cover has stains to it, pages are yellowed, and first few pages are turned upwards at their bottom. Pages are intact. Sells for $40+ U.S. on rare book sites.
Great black and white plates!
E.P. Dutton and Company, Inc. /1939/ 345 Pages
Beautiful Crown Staffordshire ‘Hollyhocks’ tea cup and saucer. Dates most probably from the 1930′s/40′s. Is hallmarked from 1906 onwards, but I do not believe it to be an antique. This pattern was very popular in the 1940′s.
In excellent vintage condition. There are some small faint black marks on the saucer, which have not come with age or use, rather a flaw of production. No cracks or chips. Both items have been hand painted and are hand numbered.
A beautiful, delicate set from my own collection, which I must downsize due to lack of space.
Crown Staffordshire / Made in England
The Greek Way by Edith Hamilton – 1942 Edition- 347 Pages
“Five hundred years before Christ in a little town on the far western border of the settled and civilizaed world, a strange new power was at work. . . . Athens had entered upon her brief and magnificent flowering of genius which so molded the world of mind and of spirit that our mind and spirit today are different. . . . What was then produced of art and of thought has never been surpasses and very rarely equalled, and the stamp of it is upon all the art and all the thought of the Western world.”
A perennial favorite in many different editions, Edith Hamilton’s best-selling The Greek Way captures the spirit and achievements of Greece in the fifth century B.C. A retired headmistress when she began her writing career in the 1930s, Hamilton immediately demonstrated a remarkable ability to bring the world of ancient Greece to life, introducing that world to the twentieth century. The New York Times called The Greek Way a “book of both cultural and critical importance.”
The Echo of Greece by Edith Hamilton – 1957 Edition- 224 Pages
Fourth-century Athens has a special claim on our attention, ‘ writes the author, ‘apart from the great men it produced, for it is the prelude to the end of Greece… The kind of events that took place in the great free government of the ancient world may, by reason of unchanging human nature, be repeated in the modern world. The course that Athens followed can be to us not only a record of old unhappy far-off things but a blueprint of what may happen again.’
Both hardcover books are in good vintage condition. They come with their original jackets, which are torn in spots. Pages are intact, and bindings are good. The cover corners of both volumes are turned in.
Norton Press Book-of-the-Month Club Editions
$3 for the set.