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An archive of over 60 items drawn by Maine artist and photographer Carroll Thayer Berry. Pencil drawings on paper, board, and lined notebook paper with details on candleholders, commerical signage hardware, andirons, and bootscrapers. Also includes three full size drawings of andiron designs with both front and side views delineated. Smudging and folds to many of the drawings, but a fascinating record of a designer's creative process.
Carroll Thayer Berry (1886-1978) is perhaps best know for his woodblock prints of the Maine coast, especially the communities of Wiscasset, Rockland, Rockport, and Camden. Berry worked in a variety of industries, including as an advertising artist in Chicago before moving back to Maine in the 1930s.
Tokyo: The Hokuseido Press, 1933. Hardcover. First Edition. xi, 141 pp, 8vo. Royal purple cloth covered boards with a red paper title label with gold flecks mounted in inset space on front board, Japanese style binding with yellow braided tassels for ties. Color frontispiece illustration of a boy and a girl doll, 2 fold out plates in color, 1 single color plates tipped in, 81 black & white photographs illustrating various doll vignettes. Rare clamshell box that came with this edition with blue and white design representing clouds in a blue sky, boy and girl doll caricatures printed in brown ink, white paper label with red titling pasted to cover; orners bumped and beginning to split but still tight and useful in housing the book.....
New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1977. Wraps. First Edition. 88 pp. 4to. Silver reflective covers with the image of a tubular steel chair on front and rear. Scuffing to the covers from shelf war, some loss of the reflective cover material along spine front and rear hinge. Clean and tight within. Gift inscription to a previous owner on the first free endpaper.
Catalog that accompanied the exhibition of the same name at The Museum of Modern Art. Heavily illustrated and detailed investigation of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's (1886-1969) iconic work as a furniture designer that supplemented his buildings that ushered in the International Style. Very Good.
Maloof, Sam. Tokyo, Japan: Kodansha, 1988. Wraps. First Edition. First Paperback Edition. First Printing. 223 pp. 4to. Clean, crisp copy with dust jacket which is unusual for a large format paperbound book.
A fascinating look inside the mind and workshop of legendary furniture designer and builder, Sam Maloof (1916-2009). Inscribed by Maloof on the first free endpaper in his distinct script. Fine / fine.