History of the United States Capitol (with) a Signed Presentation Photograph of a Portrait Painting of the Author and Both Volumes Inscribed By Brown to His Children
Brown, Glenn

Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1900. F Two volumes; Vol. I xxi + 113 + v page index; Vol. II xi + (114 - 255) pages also with index, for both; prolifically illustrated throughout with the architectural details of the most important buildings of the U.S. capitol; Volume I inscribed on the title page, "May my children Elizabeth and Bedford remember me when they look thro. this book is the wish of Glenn Brown" - Vol. II similarly inscribed and signed; (with) a 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" black and white photograph of a portrait of Brown by S.B. Pinker(?) and inscribed in the bottom margin, "To Bedford & Elizabeth Glenn Brown AIA"; each volume approx. 12 1/4" x 15 1/4" size; a large and heavy set, approx. 25 pounds with the shipping; bound in the original red beveled-edged cloth boards, gilt cover and spine titles and design, top edges gilt; patterned-paper endpapers; some edge, tips wear and spine end fraying to the cloth; gilding dulled; contents loosening in the boards, still firmly bound and the contents very clean; a good set and especially appealing for the authorial presentation to his children; Glenn Brown (1854 - 1932) American architect, born in Fauquier County, Virginia, whose "...contributions to the political influence and organizational development of the American architectural profession were formidable...Brown's emergence as a leader of the architectural profession was built on his national reputation as a scholar and his prolific writing ability...The centerpiece of Brown's writing career was his two-volume History of the United States Capitol (1900-1903). No American work preceding Brown's History had provided as extensive an array of architectural drawings, prints, and photographs or narrative documenting the historic design evolution of a national monument and its site..." (William Bushong in the ANB) Very Good Hardcover (Item ID: 23478)


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