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Hitler's New German Reichschancellery in Berlin 1938-1945.

By Cowdery, Ray.

Kusnacht, Switzerland: Northstar Maschek AG, 1987. Limited Edition Cloth FINE in Maroon Cloth / gold type, no DJ Folio (11" x 14"), 63 pp. This is NOT the 128 page mass market volume, but.the Limited Edition (Number 275 of 1000 copies) printed on Archival Standard paper with the Infinity TM on the publication data page, in maroon cloth with gold title and author on cover and spine. Helmeted knight in profile with torch and eagle atop wreath circling swastika in gold on front cover. No dj. Metallic grey endpapers with black and grey squares alternating between the helmeted cover image and the Reichs eagle atop a wreath-enclosed swastika. With 12 full-page color photographs, including two of the Herman Gradl paintings that hung in the building's dining hall, and a Paul Herrmann painting titled "You Have Finally Won" ("Und ihr Habt Doch Gesiegt") showing Hitler honoring his fallen comrades at the Point of Honor. There are also 19 full-page and 11 half-page B&W photographs such as the Fuehrer's office and writing desk, the Marble Gallery, the Mosaic Hall, and the Voss Street Entrance, along with a number of smaller B&W photos. There are also three floor plan schematics: the Main Floor, the Lower Floor Under the Reichschancellery including bunkers, and the floor plan schematic of Hitler's Bunker. There is some wear to gold type on spine and very minor wear to the gold letters on the cover. Also tiny fabric glitch on bottom edges of cover. Otherwise the book is AS NEW -- Unmarked, appears Unread, and FINE -- NEARLY AS NEW. Book falls open to pages between signatures but all pages are tight and clean. (h) Regardless of politics, this book is an extraordinary record of an historic building and celebrates one of the most remarkable, historically important visionary works of romantic architecture of the 20th Century.


Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater (Building Block Series).
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater (Building Block Series).

By Stoller, Ezra (Photographs), Introduction by Neil Levine.

New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999. First Edition, First Printing Cloth AS NEW in AS NEW DJ 12mo (5-1/2 x 7-1/4), 90 pp. Hardbound First Edition is FINE -- unmarked, unread, and AS NEW in AS NEW (normal shelf bumps) pictorial DJ. (h) OF all Frank Lloyd Wright's groundbreaking architectural innovations, this was the earliest, most shocking, historically still important structure. Most of the photographs were shot in 1963 on commission by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and have become historical landmarks in their own right. One of the highly-regarded Building Blocks series.


American Architecture Since 1780: A Guide to the Styles.

By Whiffen, Marcus.

Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 1969. First Edition, First Printing Printed Wraps AS NEW in WRAPS 12mo (5-1/2 x7-1/2), 313 pp including Index, Bibliography, and Glossary. Clear, concise, well-written and complete guide to American Architecture. Softcover with plastic spiral/ring binding (no spine, pages all lie flat), front cover is red, back cover is another front cover, but in blue. (h) This seems to be a handmade version of this book, clean, Unmarked, apparently Unread, and AS NEW. Professor Whiffen wrote the book with students of his "History of Architecture" class, few of whom majored in History and none of whom majored in Architecture. He set it up to be a sort of field guide (comparing to such guides for birds, trees, etc), showing and describing the characteristic features of 40 different styles.


Toledo Cathedral (19).

Barcelona, Spain: Editorial Escudo de Oro, S.A., July 1993. Second edition Glossy Pictorial Wraps AS NEW in WRAPS Narrow 8vo (4-1/2 x 7-3/4), 159 pp. Guide book is UNMARKED and AS NEW in bright glossy pictorial covers. There is a tiny bump on the upper corner of the spine, otherwise, as it came from the publisher in 1993. This is a comprehensive guide to this magnificent cathedral with excellent color photographs of the cathedral exterior, interiors, and artworks, tapestries, gold and metal work, crypts, monstrance, and altars with seperate histories for each of the 24 chapels, and a floor plan showing all the rooms and locations of artworks. (h)


The Voices of Silence.
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The Voices of Silence.

By Malraux, Andre. Translated from the French by Stuart Gilbert.

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1978. First Paperback Edition Glossy Pictorial Wraps NEW Large 8vo (6-1/2 x 8-1/2), 661 pp including List of Illustrations and Synopsis. BOLLINGEN SERIES XXIV - A. NEW paperbound book in glossy pictorial wraps UNMARKED except for the small (1" x 1") Metropolitan Museum of Art price label inside front cover. The landmark work that introduced the concept of "Museum without Walls." Original edition was published in 1953 and was based on Malraux's 3 Volume "The Psychology of Art," published as Bollingen Series XXIV in 1949 and 1950.


Gargoyles and Grotesques: Paganism in the Medieval Church.

By Sheridan, Ronald; Ross, Anne.

Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1975. First Edition Cloth Fine in Near Fine DJ 4to (8-3/4 x 11-1/4), 127 pp including Index and Selected Bibliography. Hardbound book is FINE in blue cloth with gold type on spine. DJ is NEAR FINE with no rips,tears, or marks but some slight yellowing on the INSIDE of the DJ, now not visible inside BRO-DART cover.


American Picture Palaces:

By Naylor, David.

New York: Prentice Hall Press, 1981. First Edition Glossy Pictorial Wraps Near Fine in Near Fine Wraps 4to (8=1/2 x 11), 224 pp w/ Appendix (List) of Theaters and Index. Every page has either Color or Black & White photographs or both. Book is clean and pages are tight, but will fall open to places where color photographs (heavier ink density) has put more pressure. No pages are loose, however, so I rate this book -- with that exception, as NEAR FINE / NEAR FINE Glossy pictorial wraps. Price is discounted because of this one aspect. When every movie theater tried to look like Hearst Castle (or perhaps HEart tried to make his castle look like one of the great movie theaters. A delightful look at American history, when movies were worshipful and magical things to be viewed only in the most overdone baroque and rococo venues. B4