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[Cooke, Jay]
[BOUND VOLUME OF VERY DETAILED ARCHITECTURAL PLANS FOR JAY COOKE'S OGONTZ MANSION, OUTSIDE PHILADELPHIA]
[Philadelphia, 1865. [7] leaves of manuscript tabbed index; forty- four hand-drawn plans, irregularly paginated, plus juvenile sketches to last seven pages. Textured black split-grained leather, gilt lettering on front board ("Jay Cooke's Mansion"), brass clasps, a.e.g. Front board and first few leaves detached (but present). Boards rubbed, worn at the extremities, spine partially perished. Some tanning and light soiling to the text, occasional pencil annotations, else quite clean and very good internally. A portable version of the architectural plans for Jay Cooke's palatial Ogontz Mansion in Elkins Park, just outside of Philadelphia. The nearly four dozen plans contained herein give a detailed vision of the design and construction of Cooke's estate, built in part with the money he made in securing funds for the Union effort during the Civil War. Perhaps created by or for the foreman from a blank sketchbook, the volume begins with a tabbed index (the tabs cuts by hand and labeled in manuscript), noting page numbers for the various room and floor plans. Each plan was sketched in black and red ink on white or tan drafting paper, which was then trimmed and pasted onto the pages of the book. Each plan is labeled with the name of the room or rooms and their specific features, along with measurements. The plans start with the "Cellar Rooms" with spaces for "Coal" and "Furnaces," then the "Plan. First Story" and an additional plan for detail of the stairways leading up from the first story, along with plans detailing features for each room. The second and third story follows … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]
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