A LIST OF BOOKS, ARTICLES, BIBLIOGRAPHIES, AND WEBSITES FOR THE STUDY OF THE ARCHITECTURE, FURNITURE, AND DECORATIVE ARTS OF THE FEDERAL PERIOD IN AMERICA, 1780-1820.

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I. GENERAL FEDERAL STYLE ARCHITECTURE

Architects’ Emergency Committee. Great Georgian Houses of America, volume 1, Dover Publications, NY, 1970. Reprint of original title, The Editorial Committee of The Great Georgian Houses of America for the benefit of The Architects’ Emergency Committee. Published by The Kaklhoff Press, Inc., NY., 1933.

Architects’ Emergency Committee. Great Georgian Houses of America, volume 2, Dover Publications, NY, 1970. Reprint of original title, The Editorial Committee of The Great Georgian Houses of America for the benefit of The Architects’ Emergency Committee. Published by The Scribner Press, NY, 1937.

Boyd, Sterling M. The Adam Style in America, 1770-1820, Garland Publishing, Inc., NY and London. 1985. A dissertation presented to the faculty of Princeton University in candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. September 1966.

Chamberlain, Samuel. Beyond New England Thresholds, Hastings House, NY, 1937.

Chamberlain, Samuel. Boston Landmarks, Hastings House, NY, 1946.

Chamberlain, Samuel and Narcissa. Charleston Interiors, Dover Publications, NY, 2002. Reprint of the 1956 edition.

Chamberlain, Samuel. Historic Boston in Four Seasons, Hastings House, NY, 1938.

Chamberlain, Samuel. Historic Salem in Four Seasons, Golden Hind Press, Madison, NJ, 1938.

Chamberlain, Samuel. New England Doorways, Hastings House, NY, 1939.

Chamberlain, Samuel. New England Rooms, 1639-1843, Architectural Book Publishing Company, Inc., CT, 1993.

Chamberlain, Samuel. Open House in New England, Stephen Daye Press, Brattleboro, VT, 1937.

Chamberlain, Samuel. Salem Interiors, Hastings House, NY, 1950.

Cousins, Frank and Riley, Phil M. The Colonial Architecture of Salem, Dover Publications, NY, 2000. Reprint of 1919 edition published by Little, Brown, and Company.

Eberlein, Harold Donaldson and Hubbard, Cortlandt Van Dyke. Colonial Interiors, Federal and Greek Revival, Third Series, Bonanza Books, NY, 1923.

French, Leigh Jr. Colonial Interiors, Colonial and Early Federal, First Series, Bonanza Books, NY, 1923.

Garrett, Wendell. Classic America, The Federal Style and Beyond, Universe Publishing, NY, 1995.

Howells, John Mead. Lost Examples of Colonial Architecture, Buildings that have disappeared or been so altered as to be denatured, Dover Publications, NY, 1963.

Kelly, J. Frederick. Early Domestic Architecture of Connecticut, Dover Publications, NY, 1963. Reprint of the first edition, 1924.

Kimbal, S. Fiske. Domestic Architecture of the American Colonies and of the Early Republic, C. Scribner’s Sons, NY, 1922.

Moore, Barbara W. and Weesner, Gail. Beacon Hill, A Living Portrait, Century Hill Press, Boston, MA, 1992.

Morrison, Hugh. Early American Architecture, From the First Colonial Settlements to the National Period, Dover Publications, NY, 1987.

Pierson, William H. Jr. American Buildings and their Architects, The Colonial and NeoClassical Styles, Oxford University Press, NY, 1986.

Sale, Edith Tunis. Colonial Interiors, Southern Colonial and Early Federal, Second Series, Bonanza Books, NY, 1923.


BIBLIOGRAPHIES

Hitchcock, Henry-Russell. American Architectural Books: a list of books, portfolios, and pamphlets on architecture and related subjects published in America before 1895, University of Minnesota Press, MN, 1962.

Montgomery, Charles F. A List of Books and Articles for the Study of The Arts in Early America, The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE, 1970.

Montgomery, Charles F. and Kane, Patricia E. American Art: 1750-1800 Towards Independence, New York Graphic Society, Boston, MA, 1975. Section titled, “Suggestions for further reading”.


CHARLES BULFINCH

Kirker, Harold. The Architecture of Charles Bulfinch, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1969.

Kirker, Harold and James. Bulfinch’s Boston 1787-1817, Oxford University Press, NY, 1964.

Place, Charles. Charles Bulfinch, Architect and Citizen, Da Capo Press, NY, 1968. Reprint of the 1925 edition published by Houghton Mifflin Co., NY.


FURNITURE

Barquist, David L. American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garavan and other collections at Yale U., Yale U. Art Gallery, CT, 1992.

Dunbar, Michael. Federal Furniture, Taunton Press, Newtown, CT, 1986.

Fairbanks, Jonathan L. and Bates, Elizabeth Bidwell. American Furniture 1620 to the Present, Richard Marek Publishers, NY, 1981.

Kane, Patricia E. 300 Years of American Seating Furniture, Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garavan and other collections at Yale University, Little, Brown, and Co., NY, 1976.

Ketchum, William C. Jr. American Cabinetmakers Marked American Furniture, 1670-1940, Crown Publishers, NY, 1995.

Montgomery, Charles E. American Furniture, The Federal Period, Viking Press, NY, 1966.

Nutting, Wallace. Furniture Treasury, volumes I and II in one. Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., NY, 1974. Reprint of 1928 edition.

Sack, Albert. The New Fine Points of Furniture, Early American, good, better, best, superior, masterpiece, Crown Publishers, NY, 1993.

Stoneman, Vernon C. John and Thomas Seymour Cabinetmakers in Boston, 1794-1816, Special Publications, Boston, MA, 1959.

Ward, Gerald W.R. American Case Furniture in the Mabel Brady Garavan and other collections at Yale University, Yale University Art Gallery, CT, 1988.


MEASURED DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS). American Memory, Library of Congress Website, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/hhquery.html.

Howe, Lois L. and Fuller, Constance. Details from Old New England Houses, The Architectural Book Publishing Company, NY, 1913.

Kettell, Russel Hawes. Early American Rooms 1650-1858, Dover Publications, NY, 1967. Reprint of the 1936 edition.

Miner, Robert G. Architectural Treasures of Early America Series, 8 volumes consisting of material originally published as The White Pine Series of Architectural Monographs. Prepared by the staff of The Early American Society. Arno Press Inc., NY, 1977.

Mullins, Lisa C. Architectural Treasures of Early America, 16 volumes. From material originally published as The White Pine Series of Architectural Monographs. National Historical Society, Harrisburg, PA, 1987.

Wallis, Frank E. American Architecture, Decoration, and Furniture of the 18th Century, Paul Wenzel, NY, 1896.

Wallis, Frank E. Old Colonial Architecture and Furniture, George H. Polley and Co. Publishers, Boston, MA, 1887.

Ware, William Rotch. The Georgian Period, a collection of papers dealing with Colonial or 18th. Century architecture in the United States, together with references to earlier provincial and true colonial work, Boston, MA, American Architecture and Building News Co., 1899-1902. 3 volumes in 12 parts. Reprinted in 1922 and 1923.

Whitehead, Russel F. The White Pine Series of Architectural Monographs, 17 volumes of 6 issues each. White Pine Bureau, St. Paul, MN, Published from 1915.


MUSEUMS

Hipkiss, Edwin. Three McIntire Rooms from Peabody, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1931.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. Measured drawings of Woodwork displayed in the American Wing, NY, 1925.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. Period Rooms in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harry Abrams, Inc., NY, 1996.

Sweeney, John A.H. The Treasure House of Early American Rooms, A Winterthur Book. Viking Press, NY, 1963.


PAINTING

Flexner, Ernst Richard. America’s Old Masters: Benjamin West, John Singleton Copley, Charles Wilson Peale, and Gilbert Stuart, Dover Publication, NY, 1995.


PATTERN BOOKS

Benjamin, Asher and Raynerd, Daniel. The American Builder’s Companion, Etheridge and Bliss, 1806, published in Boston, MA.
Online Copy.

Benjamin, Asher and Raynerd, Daniel. The American Builder’s Companion, Da Capo Press, NY, 1972. Reprint of 1st. edition, 1806, published in Boston, MA.

Benjamin, Asher. The American Builder’s Companion, Dover Publications, NY, 1969. Reprint of the 6th. edition of 1827.

Benjamin, Asher. The Country Builder’s Assistant, Da Capo Press, NY, 1972. Reprint of 1st edition, 1797, printed in Greenfield, MA, by Adolf K. Placzek.

Smith, Lawrence D. Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820, John Wiley & Sons, NJ, 2005.

PRESERVATION

Maycock, Susan E. and Zimmerman, Sarah J. Painting Historic Exteriors: Colors, Application, and Regulation. A Resource Guide for Historical Commissions, Historical Societies, Historic House Museums, Historic District Commissions, and Preservation Planning Staff, Cambridge Historical Commission in cooperation with the Bay State Historical League, Cambridge, MA, 1998.

Moss, Roger W., editor. Paint in America: the colors of historic buildings, The Preservation Press, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Lexington, MA, 1989.


SAMUEL McINTIRE

Kimbal, Fiske. Mr. Samuel McIntire, Carver, The Architect of Salem, Peter Smith, Gloucester, MA, 1966. Reprint of 1940 edition published by The Southworth-Anthoensen Press, Salem, MA.


SILVER

Falino, Jeannine and Ward, Gerald W.R.. New England Silver and Silversmithing, 1620-1815, The Colonial Society of Massachusetts. University Press of Virginia, Charlotteville, VA, 2001.

Phillips, John Marshall. American Silver, Dover Publications, NY, 2001.

Rhode Island School of Design Museum. The New England Silversmith, An Exhibition of New England Silver from the Mid-17th Century to the Present. Selected from New England Collections, Providence, RI, 1965.


TEXTILES AND FLOORCOVERINGS

Fleming, Ernst Richard. An Encyclopedia of Textiles from the Earliest times to the beginning of the 19th Century, E. Weyhe, NY, 1927.

Nylander, Jane C. Fabrics for Historic Buildings: A Guide to Selecting Reproduction Fabrics, Preservation Press, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., NY, 1990.

Von Rosenstiel, Helene and Winkler, Gail Caskey. Floor Coverings for Historic Buildings: A Guide to Selecting Reproductions, The Preservation Press. National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1988.


WALLPAPER

Lynn, Catherine. Wallpaper in America from the 17th. Century to WWI, W.W. Norton, NY, 1980.

Nylander, Richard C. Wallpapers for Historic Buildings, A Guide to Selecting Reproduction Wallpapers, Preservation Press, Washington, D.C., 1992.


WEBSITES

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS). American Memory, Library of Congress Website, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/hhquery.html.

Historic New England (formerly Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities) http://www.historicnewengland.org.


II. GENERAL BACKGROUND ARCHITECTURE BOOKS

ROBERT ADAM

Adam, Robert and James. Ruins of the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian, Royal Institute of British Architecture; Rare Book Collection; Microfilm, 1976. Online Copy.

Adam, Robert and James. The Works in Architecture of Robert and James Adam, edited by Robert Ovresko, St. Martin’s Press, NY, 1975.

Adam, Robert and James. The Works in Architecture of Robert and James Adam, Alec Tiranti Ltd., London, 1959.

Beard, Geoffrey. The Work of Robert Adam, Bloomsbury Books, London, 1978.

Harris, Eileen. The Furniture of Robert Adam, Academy Editions, London and St. Martin’s Press Inc., NY, 1973.

Harris, Eileen. The Genius of Robert Adam: His Interiors, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2001.

King, David. The Complete Works of Robert & James Adam and Unbuilt Adam, Architectural Press, Oxford, England, 2001.

Parissien, Steve. Adam Style, The Preservation Press, Washington, D.C., 1992.

Stillman, Damie. Decorative Work of Robert Adam, Academy Editions, London, 1973.


FURNITURE

Athineos, Doris. Mr. Hepplewhite and Mr. Sheraton Rule, Traditional Home Magazine, July 1998. Pages 44-50.

Hepplewhite, George. The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide, Dover Publications, NY, 1969. Reprint of the 3rd edition, 1794, published in London by I. and J. Taylor. Online Copy.

Sheraton, Thomas. The Cabinetmakers and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book, Dover Publications, NY, 1972. Reprint reproducing material from various editions between 1793 and 1802.


PATTERN BOOKS

Langley, Batty and Thomas. The Builder’s Jewel or the Youth’s Instuctor and Workman’s Remembrancer, Benjamin Bloom, Inc., NY, 1970. Reprint of 1746 edition.

Pain, William. The Builder’s Pocket-Treasure, Gregg International Publishers, Ltd., England, 1972. Printed in London, reprinted in Boston by William Norman, 1794.

Pain, William. The Builder’s Companion and Workman’s General Assistant, found in volume IV of Lisa C. Mullin’s, “The Architectural Treasures of Early America”. Originally published by Pain, 1762.


Pain, William. The Pracitcal House Carpenter, London, William Pain, 1792. Online Copy.

Pain, William and James. Decorative Details of the 18th Century, A. Tiranti, London, 1948.


PERSPECTIVE AND PORPORTION

D’Espouy, Hector. Greek and Roman Architecture in Classic Drawings, Dover Publications, NY, 1999.

Hale, Jonathan. The Old Way of Seeing, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston and NY, 1994.

Pozzo, Andrea. Perspective in Architecture and Painting: An unabridged reprint of the English and Latin edition of the 1693 “Perspectiva Pictorum et Architectorum”, Dover Publications, NY, 1989.


ORDERS OF ARCHITECTURE

Adam, Robert. Classical Architecture, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., NY, 1991.

Brown, Frank Chouteau. Study of the Orders, American Technical Society, Chicago, 1919.

Chambers, Sir William. A Treatise on the Decorative Part of Civil Architecture, Benjamin Bloom, NY and London, 1968. Reprint of the 3rd edition published in 1791 by Joseph Smeeton, London.

Chitham, Robert. The Classical Orders of Architecture, Rizzoli, NY, 1985.

Palladio, Andrea. The Four Books of Architecture, Dover Publications, NY., 1965. Reprint of 1738 edition published by Issac Ware.

Rattner, Donald M. Parallel of the Classical Orders of Architecture, Acanthus Press, NY, 1998.

Tzonis, Alexander and Lefavre, Liane. Classical Architecture, The Poetics of Order, MIT Press, MA, 1986.

Vignola, Giacomo Barozzi da. Canon of the Orders of Architecture, Acanthus Press, NY, 1999. Reprint of 1572 edition.

Ware, William Robert. The American Vignola, A guide to the Making of Classical Architecture, Dover Publications, NY, 1994. Originally published by International Textbook Co., Scranton, PA, 1904-1913.


WEDGEWOOD

Kelly, Alison. Decorative Wedgewood in Architecture and Furniture, Country Life Limited, London, 1965.

Kelly, Alison. The Story of Wedgewood, Viking Press, NY, 1975.

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