Saturday, November 14, 2009

Auction of Architectural Books from PAB at Hindman Auctioneers on Thursday

This Thursday, November 19th at high noon, at 1338 West Lake, Leslie Hindman will be auctioning off over 50 lots of rare architectural books from the famed, late, lamented Prairie Avenue Bookshop. You can review the entire catalogue, which also includes such literary items as first editions of This Side of Paradise, Catch-22, In Our Time, and The Sun Also Rises, as well as antique volumes such as a 1692 London edition of Aesop, and a selection from Rainer Maria Rilke's stash of losing lottery tickets, on-line here.

Among the many architectural items of interest:

  • Harold Bradley's Directory to Apartments of the Better Class on the North Side of Chicago. Chicago, 1917.
  • David Adler. The Architect and His Work. New York, (1970). With 1 other copy of the same
  • Edward H. Bennett. The Plan of Minneapolis, 1917.
  • Charles Garnier. Le Nouvel Opera de Paris. Paris, 1878-1881. 4 vols. (2 text, 2 atlas).
  • Walter Gropius. Bauhaus Bucher #4. Munich, 1924. With 3 other books.
  • Josef Maria Olbrich. Architektur von Olbrich. Berlin, (c. 1904). 150 plates.
  • An extensive archive of maps, printed documents and legal papers pertaining to the North Shore Syndicate. The North Shore Syndicate, which focused on the residential development of Lincoln Park between Belmont and Diversey, was chaired by John G. Shortall and Charles L. Strobel during years 1890-1932. Residents included Oscar Meyer and Chicago author Arthur Meeker, both of whom lived on what was then called Meatpackers' Row which is now Wellington Avenue between Lake Shore Drive and Sheridan Road.
  • Seventeen volumes, 1904-1912.,(49-65) , of the Engineering Record.
  • The National Builder, A Journal Devoted to the Builder Interest. Chicago, 1885-1887, 1910-1911. 6 vols.
  • A similar lot.
  • Extra string . . . in abundance.
The items to be auctioned can be previewed Saturday, November 14 from 10:00 a.m., to 3 p.m., Sunday the 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 17, from 10:00 a.m., to 6:00 p.m., and Wednesday the 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 312/280.1212



I wish I had money. I would be all over those books!


adgorn said...

I just happened to get the "Directory of apartments of the better class" through an interlibrary loan. It is about 130 pages and is very interesting. I have been looking on google maps to see how many of the buildings are still there, and many are. Do you think it would be worth scanning to share with others? I don't think there would be a copyright problem since it is from 1917. Alan