Architecture and related subjects, Catalog One ; American architecture the nineteenth century (Catalog Two) ; American art & architecture (Catalogue 3).
South Woodstock, Connecticut nd, 1967, nd.
8vo. Catalogues 1-3. 51 + (1)pp (pagination includes front and back covers) ; 55 + (1)pp ; 36pp. Each catalogue is in its original printed wrappers (Catalogue 2 has remains of a plain paper adhesive label pasted to its upper cover).
The first three of the long series of printed catalogues, now numbering 160, issued by the American architectural bookseller Charles B.Wood III from the late 1960s onwards. At the time of these catalogues’ publication, the US market in antiquarian books on architecture was dominated by Geoffrey Steele, much liked by every one and an excellent judge of which books to buy and which not, but Geoffrey Steele’s duplicated lists of books from his stock were utilitarian and unmemorable, and Charles Wood’s catalogues represented a very definite advance in terms both of production and of cataloguing standards. It is also pleasing to see that our friendly competitor’s interest in previously unregarded books on nineteenth century American architecture, the techniques of drawing and painting, surveying and measuring, and so on, was evident from the very start.