Embellished by more than one thousand illustrations
by R. W Shoppell.
New York: Cooperative Building Plans Association, c. 1887. Massive old hardcover tome...360 pages of contemporary homes with plans, and some advice on budgeting. There is a playing card on the third photograph to give an idea of size. There are some quite attractive modern Victorian homes, and some amazing huge ones. Based on a careful examination of the page numbers three pages have been neatly removed...there were (I believe) two lithographs and a 'birds-eye view of Long Island' that are gone, but the rest is here. I have included some sample pictures below. Most of the book is made up of house facades and plans, with several short sections on decorating, the history of the home, examples of contracts with builders, examples of fences, gates and furniture, even advice on making a paper model of one of the homes. The book has been rebound at some point in the past...repaired while preserving the original covers. The covers show general wear, scuffing along top edge (visible in first photo) and corners. The pages are generally very good with some minor issues (an old, quite faint damp stain along bottom edge, some tape repairs to last two pages, other infrequent closed tears.