71 pp. volume comprised of two-page preface by Buck followed by plans for designs of domestic, school, and church buildings, including large and small Victorian-style homes, cottages, and stables, the designs including elevations, floor plans, dimensions, and building cost, as well as some mentions of materials and ornamentation together with brief discussions of ventilation, interior arrangements, drainage, some for existing homes built in locations such as New Britain, CT, and Brooklyn, Staten Island, South Oyster Bay and Long Island, NY, with 14 pages of advertisements for New York-area businesses at the back. Illustrated profusely throughout from elevations and floor plans. 8vo. Original sewn paper wrpps., stitching coming loose. Some dust-staining, toning, edgewear, chipping at spine, overall good. Brooklyn, New York (C.C. Buck, Architect) n.d. (circa 1880s).
In the preface to this volume, Buck writes "In presenting this, my first work on Designs in Architecture, I have endeavored to introduce a variety of styles and arrangements of buildings suited to the tastes of the Farmer, the Village and the City people. It has been my aim...to give the proper distribution and exact proportion of their several parts, the combination of which produces a practical and beautiful design, convenient, which renders assistance to the housewife in the discharge of her duties. Solid and practical in their construction, which my endeavors are apparent in the attainment of a common sense inexpensive design, beautiful and graceful in appearance. The paramount object of this work is to show to whoever is the possessor of this book, ideas, which will not only be suggestive, but will be useful in assisting them if they propose to erect a buildling, in deciding upon the arrangement of their plans, the expression of eternal beauty, and for the purpose to which the buildling is intended. The plans which follow are not intended to supersede the employment of an architect...the prices given will vary according to the locality, style of finish, the facilities in obtaining material, etc."
The volume includes a tipped-in slip behind the title pages which indicates that plans, specifications, details, and drawings can be sent "to any address." Scarce; although OCLC locates numerous holdings of the microfilm version of this work, as of September 2021 we could only find five holdings of the physical book in North American institutions.
Book ID: 51611