New York. The Co-Operative Building Plan Association, Architects. 1889. (No. 13 July, August, September).
Vol. III, No. 4. Whole No. 13. Black and white illustrations with house plans, xi+74-96pp, 14 x 10 3/4 inches, pictorial paper wrappers. Front cover detached along spine, rear cover starting to detach; short edge tear to fore edge throughout but well outside text/image, interior in good, clean condition. In his fascinating study, "Houses from Books," Daniel Reiff writes: "Shoppell issued low-cost catalogues of a wide range of house designs, from which one could order drawings and specifications at reasonable rates.... Shoppell's 'Modern Houses' began in January 1886 and ran for twenty-two years, until it became a monthly magazine ('Shopppell's Homes--Decorations--Gardens'), which did not sell mail-order house plans" (p.11). The present issue (No. 13) depicts plan Design No. 588 - 607, through line drawings and floor plans, homes ranging from modest to opulent; also business premises and an extraordinary two page design for a large hotel at Newport, RI. Extensive period advertising (Porcelain lined Iron Bath Tubs from Standard of Pittsburgh, asbestos pipe coverings, metal shingles, etc.) with a Classified List of Advertisements with headings including Earth Closets, Metal Roofing and Wood Working Machinery. An uncommon publication; WorldCat lists broken runs at a number of libraries. Item #51516