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The House Beautiful (1896-1898)

 
  INTRODUCTION    COPIES    THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL 1895    THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL CELLOTYPE 1897  
  THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL No. 69    WILLIAM C. GANNETT    THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL 1963    THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL 1996  
  THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL 2006    RELATED BOOKS AND ARTICLES  
 
Introduction
 
"I was about 27 and I had built the Winslow house in River Forest. In the basement of the house Mr. Winslow - who was fond of avocations - set up a printing press... I brought out a copy of William C. Gannet's (Sp) 'The House Beautiful,' an essay which I admired very much and which had been delivered in All Souls' Church. It was a charming thing, it charmed me, and so I suggested we print it. So we printed it, working evenings and Sundays, and finally had it bound with a square green board cover. I went out and gathered seed pods and deduced from them a certain ornament with which I embellished the volume, and bound some photographs which I myself made of the weeds in the beginning of the book, with a little cover and a quotation in gold letters from Shakespeare." October 25, 1955 in a talk to the Taliesin Fellowship.(3)
        The Auvergne Press was
established in February 1896 by two of Wright's clients William Herman Winslow and Chauncey L. Williams and create hand printed, limited edition books. The Winslow Residence (1894 - S.024) was Wright's first independent commission after leaving Sullivan's office.
        Their first endeavor, their "first born" was "
The Eve of St. Agnes" (copy No. 14). They asked Wright to design the title page, and proceeded to produce 65 copies on a "hand press for
  pleasure and friends... (using) hand-made paper". They were so pleased with there first project, completed on the 19th day of December 1896, that they began contemplating their second. Wright had been "charmed" by 'The House Beautiful', an essay published a year earlier, which he admired very much. While Williams' interest faded, Wright and Winslow's hastened.
        From its conception in
1896 to its completion in 1898, Frank Lloyd Wright and William Herman Winslow printed ninety copies of The House Beautiful on a hand press in Winslow’s now-famous River Forest, Illinois home, for which Frank Lloyd Wright was the architect. 
        Although most were given away to friends, relatives and colleagues, they set the original price in 1898 at $6.00, the actual material and printing costs for each.
(4 p.64)
        In 1900
Robert C. Spencer, Jr. published "The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright" in the June issue of Architectural Review. He used seven elements in the article from his personal copy of "The House Beautiful".
        Although others were planned, The Eve of St. Agnes and The House Beautiful were the only two Winslow/Wright collaborations produced by the Auvergne Press.
       
Text by Douglas M. Steiner, Copyright April 2010.
     
The House Beautiful (1896-8). Frank Lloyd Wright designed the books, framing the text by William C. Gannett with intricate, tapestry-like patterns. The book was printed in black with red accents and bound with green endsheets.  The boards were covered with the same paper as the endsheets and bound with a leather spine.  Attached to the front endsheet was a booklet of twelve gravures of weeds and wildflowers - arranged and photographed by Wright - printed on mitsumata, a handmade Japanese paper.  Wright contributed a frontispiece statement that read in part: "Appreciation of the beauty in his (Gannett’s) work we weave, - in part ourselves to please, yet may we fare, and, weaving so, with you our pleasure share."
       The boards were covered with the same paper as the end sheets, with the spine and one-third of the front and back covers in leather. The leather on the front and back covers have a gilt border. The title on the front cover is gilt. There are 18 sheets of paper folded once, creating four pages per sheet and sewn together. Wright designed the book, framing the text by William C. Gannett with intricate, tapestry-like patterns. The pages were printed in black with red accents on heavy handmade paper watermarked "JWHATMAN" (small hatman). Attached to the front endsheet is a booklet of twelve photogravures of weeds and wildflowers arranged and photographed by Wright. There are seven sheets, folded once and bound together with a string. The first sheet is a blank end sheet. Each of the twelve photographs are printed one side only, with a red border printed on the verso. The last six borders printed on the verso, include Wright’s logo bottom left hand corner, a cross within a circle within a square. They are printed on mitsumata, a handmade Japanese paper.
Sheet 1: Green end sheets matching the same paper on the cover. Attached to the front end sheet is a booklet. The cover of the booklet is a single sheet of the same green paper, folded once. The cover has two quotes in gilt lettering. "But flowers distilled, though they with winter meet. Leese but their show; their substance still lives sweet." and, "Then let not winter’s ragged hand deface In thee thy summer, ere thou be distilled. Make sweet some vial; treasure thou some place With beauty’s treasure, ere it be self-killed." (William Shakespear.) Sewn inside the booklet are twelve gravures of weeds and wildflowers, arranged and photographed by Frank Lloyd Wright, printed on mitsumata, a handmade Japanese paper.

Sheet 2: Pages i-iv. Page iv is the Half Title, "The House Beautiful." The inside single sheets (sheet 2-17) are heavy handmade paper watermarked "J WHATMAN" and each is folded once creating four pages.

Sheet 3: Pages v-3. Pages 1-2 are the Title Pages. Page 3: "Flower in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies, I hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower—but if I could understand. What you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is." (Alfred, Lord Tennyson.) Wright would use this quote again with a sculpture in the Dana House.

Sheet 4: Pages 4-7. Page 4: "The modern eye with clearer light surveys and then demands a greater harmony; The touch of reason, logic, – all unbend, – and fired with sympathy, arouse a fresh incense of spirit, free and fair... W. H. W." (William H. Winslow.) Page 5 and 6: Wright’s illustrations. Page 7: "With nature-warp of naked weed by printer -craft imprisoned. We weave this interlinear web. A rythmic changing play of ordered space and image-seeking trace our fabric makes, to clothe with chastity and grace our author’s gentle word. Appreciation of the beauty in his work we weave, - in part ourselves to please, yet may we fare, and, weaving so, with you our pleasure share. F. L. W." (Frank Lloyd Wright.)
Sheet 5: Pages 8-11. Page 8: A repeat of Frank Lloyd Wright’s illustration from pages 5 and 6, with the addition of a small decorative design, first seen on the title page, printed in red, signifying the end of a section or chapter. Pages 9-11: Chapter One, "The Building of the House." The first page of each chapter includes a small decorative design, printed in red, and is consistent throughout the book. Each chapter’s large illustration, bordering the text, is different, but is consistent throughout the chapter. This illustration is repeated six times in chapter one, and also includes Wright’s logo in the bottom left, a cross within a circle within a square.
Sheet 6: Pages 12-15. Page 12-14: Conclusion of text for Chapter One, "The Building of the House." Each chapter’s large illustration, bordering the text, is different, but is consistent throughout the chapter. This illustration is repeated six times in chapter one, and also includes Wright’s logo in the bottom left, a cross within a circle within a square. Page 15: A repeat of Frank Lloyd Wright’s illustration from pages 5 and 6, with the addition of a small decorative design, first seen on the title page.
Sheet 7: Pages 16-19. Page 16: Conclusion of Chapter One with a repeat of Frank Lloyd Wright’s illustration from pages 5 and 6. Pages 17-19: Chapter Two, "House Furnishing." The first page of each chapter includes a small decorative design, printed in red, and is consistent throughout the book. Each chapter’s large illustration, bordering the text, is different, but is consistent throughout the chapter. This illustration is repeated five times in chapter two, and also includes Wright’s logo in the bottom left.
Sheet 8: Pages 20-23. Page 20-21: Conclusion of text for Chapter Two, "House Furnishing." Page 22: Conclusion of Chapter Two with a repeat of Frank Lloyd Wright’s illustration from pages 5 and 6. Page 23: Chapter Three, "The Ideal of Beauty." Each chapter’s large illustration, bordering the text, is different for each chapter, but consistent throughout the chapter. This illustration is repeated seven times in chapter three, and also includes Wright’s logo in the bottom left.
Sheet 9: Pages 24-27. Page 24-27: Continuation of the text for Chapter Three.
Sheet 10: Pages 28-31. Page 28-29: Conclusion of text for Chapter Three, "The Ideal of Beauty." Page 30: Conclusion of Chapter Three with a repeat of Frank Lloyd Wright’s illustration from pages 5 and 6, with the addition of a small decorative design, first seen on the title page, printed in red, signifying the end of a section or chapter. Page 31: Chapter Four, "Flower Furniture."Each chapter’s large illustration, bordering the text, is different for each chapter, but consistent throughout the chapter. This illustration is repeated twice in chapter four, and also includes Wright’s logo in the bottom left.
Sheet 11: Pages 32-35. Page 32: Conclusion of text for Chapter Four. Page 33-34: Conclusion of Chapter Four with a repeat of Frank Lloyd Wright’s illustration from pages 5 and 6, with the addition of a small decorative design, first seen on the title page, printed in black. Page 35: Chapter Five, "Book Furniture and Our Guests."Each chapter’s large illustration, bordering the text, is different for each chapter, but consistent throughout the chapter. This illustration is repeated five times in chapter five, and also includes Wright’s logo in the bottom left.
Sheet 12: Pages 36-39. Page 36-39: Conclusion of text for Chapter Five.
Sheet 13: Pages 40-43. Page 40: Conclusion of Chapter Five with a repeat of Frank Lloyd Wright’s illustration from pages 5 and 6, with the addition of a small decorative design, first seen on the title page, printed in red, signifying the end of a section or chapter. Pages 41-43: Chapter Six, "The Dear Togetherness." Each chapter’s large illustration, bordering the text, is different for each chapter, but consistent throughout the chapter. This illustration is repeated eleven times in chapter six, and also includes Wright’s logo in the bottom left.
Sheet 14: Pages 44-47. Pages 44-47: Continuation of Chapter Six.
Sheet 15: Pages 48-51. Pages 48-51: Conclusion of text for Chapter Six.
Sheet 16: Pages 52-55. Page 52-54: Conclusion of Chapter Six and the book with a repeat of Frank Lloyd Wright’s illustration from pages 5 and 6 on three pages. The additional small decorative design, first seen on the title page, printed in red, on page 53. Pages 55: The Auvergne Press printer’s device, which was designed by Wright, and includes overlapping Ws which represented the partners. This is the same drinters devise used when they printed "The Eve of St. Agnes" but lacks the text "AD GUSTUM". "We Have Printed Ninety Copies of This Book. This is Copy No..." Signed W. H. Winslow and Frank L. Wright."
Sheet 17: Four black pages.
Sheet 18: Green end sheets matching the same paper on the cover.
     
     
     
The House Beautiful: Copies Known to Exist
 
Because only 90 original copies were printed, only about two dozen originals can be accounted for today. The following museums and individuals are known or thought to have copies of this book:
No. 1: Hasbrouck, William (individual). Used for the 1963 Facsimile Edition.
No. 4: Library of Congress. Acquired 1980. (6)
No. 5: Domino's Pizza Collection (2)
No. 7: Chicago Historical Society (originally Edward C. Waller Family copy, donated by daughter Mrs. George Langhorne.)
No. 8: University of Illinois (originally owned by Wright's sister Jane Porter)
No. 9: James L. Yedor, Santa Ana, CA
No. 10: Harvard University; Houghton Library (donated by W. H. Winslow's son Alan)
No. 12: Canadian Center for Architecture. "To Geo Niedecken, with compliments of Frank Lloyd Wright, March 31, 1904." "Property of George M. Niedecken" "Property of Robert L. Jacobson. Gift from George M. Niedecken, March 1945."
No. 18: Rev. Jenkin Lloyd Jones, Wright's Uncle, and a gift from Wright. Used for the 1996 Edition. Now owned by John Arthur (individual).
No. 22: Avery Architecture Library, Columbia University (Two copies, one of which was originally owned by John Lloyd Wright, No. 52 or 57.)
No. 30: University of Madison-Wisconsin, Kohler Art Library.
No. 35: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale (Two copies, one was Frank Lloyd Wright's, the second No. 68 was originally Andrew Porter’s Copy)
No. 39: Fordyce, Robert P. Exhibited at the Chapin Library, Williams College, June-Sept 2006. (8) 
No. 40: The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Acquired in 1987.
No. 43: Listed as item #19 in "Important 19th and 20th Century Architectural Objects and Designs" Hindman, 1990, pages 19.
 
No. 45: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson & Burnham Libraries. A gift from Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1926. A trustee for many years and a founder of Burnham Library. Most likely originally a gift from Wright to Shaw. (1 p.158)
No. 47: Oak Park Public Library. Anonymous gift to the library on May 1, 1937.
No. 50: Hodges Special Collections & University Archives at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Given in memory of Anna M. Grove by Mara Clark Brace. (Information provided by Randolph Henning)
No. 52: Wright, John Lloyd. (Note: "My Father Who is on Earth" 1946, pages 42: "I am the proud possessor of number fifty-two." This later became part of the John Lloyd Wright Collection at the Avery Architectural Library. (See No. 57.)
No. 57: Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University (Two copies, one of which was originally owned by John Lloyd Wright, No. 52 or 57.) (Note: Avery indicates they have No. 22 and 57. See No. 52)
No. 68: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale (Two copies, The first No. 35 was Frank Lloyd Wright's, this second was originally Andrew Porter’s Copy) Used for the 2006 Edition.
No. 69: Steiner, Douglas M. and Christine J. (individual) (Partial: Cover, pages)
No. 74: Wright, Frank Lloyd Preservation Trust. Belonged to William Drummond, donated to the library in 1979 by his family.
No. 77: Listed as item #110 in "Important Frank Lloyd Wright & American Arts" Christie's 1988, pages 66-67.
No. 80: Harvard University; Houghton Library
No. __: Gannett, William C. Given to him as a gift on December 27, 1898 from Wright. (3 p64)
No. __: Spencer, grandson-in-law of Wright's friend Robert C. Spencer (individual)
  Please contact us to pass on updates, corrections or additional information. info@wrightlibrary.com
 
 
 
The House Beautiful 1895
   
Date: 1895

Title: The House Beautiful  (Hard Cover)  (Published by James H. West Co., Boston Mass.)

Author: Gannett, William Channing

Description: 1895 Cloth Version, Pre Frank Lloyd Wright.  This was published two - three years before Frank Lloyd Wright published his version. It was a version like this he read. "I brought out a copy of William C. Gannet's (Sp) 'The House Beautiful,' an essay which I admired very much...".(3) There at least two cloth hard cover version published by James H. West Co. This version: white cloth, gold stamped cover. Inside front and back cover white-ivory paper. Original HC List Price Cloth, 50 cents; white and gold, full gilt, in box, 75 cents.   (First Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 6.25.

Pages: Pp 60

S#: 0018.04.0301

   
Date: 1895

Title: The House Beautiful  (Hard Cover)  (Published by James H. West Co., Boston Mass.)

Author: Gannett, William Channing

Description: 1895 Cloth Version, Pre Frank Lloyd Wright.  This was published two - three years before Frank Lloyd Wright published his version. It was a version like this he read. "I brought out a copy of William C. Gannet's (Sp) 'The House Beautiful,' an essay which I admired very much...".(3) There at least two cloth hard cover version published by James H. West Co. This version: white cloth, gold stamped cover. The only difference between this and the above version is that the inside front and back cover is a printed and gold stamped floral patterned paper. Original HC List Price Cloth, 50 cents; white and gold, full gilt, in box, 75 cents.  (Note: water damaged cover) (First Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 6.25.

Pages: Pp 60

S#: 0018.05.1101

   
Date: 1895

Title: The House Beautiful  (Soft Cover)  (Published by James H. West Co., Boston Mass.)

Author: Gannett, William Channing

Description: 1895 Tinted Paper, Choice Edition. Pre Frank Lloyd Wright.  This was published two-three years before Frank Lloyd Wright published his version. It was a version like this he read. "I brought out a copy of William C. Gannet's (Sp) 'The House Beautiful,' an essay which I admired very much...".(3)  "Paper, choice edition, silk-stitched, white of tinted covers, put in entitled envelopes" (inside back cover). Original SC List Price choice edition 15 cents; cheap edition, 6 cents. (First Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 6. 

Pages: Pp 26

S#: 0018.06.1101

 

 
   
 
The House Beautiful Collotype 1897
   
HBPrint 1.jpg (19385 bytes) Date: 1897

Title: The House Beautiful  (Original Collotype Proof)  (Proof photographed and hand printed by Frank Lloyd Wright circa 1896.  Proof on Japanese tissue before publication of "The House Beautiful" by William Channing Gannett. Auvergne Press, River Forest, Ill., 1897. Design: Frank Lloyd Wright.

Author: Wright, Frank Lloyd

Description: After commissioning Wright to design his home in 1893, William Herman Winslow also charged him with the design of this book, which they printed together by hand. The text is a quintessential expression of Arts and Crafts philosophy, but the design, apart from its great emphasis on decoration does not follow the usual Arts and Crafts lines. Rather it shows the innovative brilliance of Wright, ahead of his time in bookwork, just as he was giving the lead in architecture.   Published in: (Decorative Designs - Hanks, Pg 4), (Arch Rev 6/1900 pg 63), (Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie, Birk, Pg 77). This item was exhibited in Japan from January 2 - July 28, 1991 at four different museums as part of the exhibit titled “Frank Lloyd Wright Retrospective”.  It was also printed in the Guide with the same name, page 225, item #183.  (Sweeney 18)

Size:

Pages: Proof

S#: 0018.01.0101

Photograph printed on "mitsumata", a handmade Japanese paper by Frank Lloyd Wright.  See the second photo below of the original 1896 version, which shows how it was bound into the original book.  
   
   
   
The House Beautiful 1896-98, No. 69 (Partial)
   
Date: 1896-7 Cover

Title: House Beautiful, The (1896-8) (Published by The Auvergne Press, River Forest. The Auvergne Press was established by two of Wright's clients, William H. Winslow and Chauncey L. Williams in the stable designed for Winslow.) Printed by hand by Winslow and Wright.

Author: Gannett, William Channing

Description: Cover Binding - Book #69 of 90. The House Beautiful was produced in a limited edition of 90.  Includes fragments of an original binding of copy number 69 of edition of 90 which were handprinted by Wright. This book was acquired by Kelmscott Gallery, Chicago in the early 1980s from a member of the Fletcher family. Fletcher was W. H. Winslow's business partner and brother-in-law to John Wellborn Root of Burnham & Root. The corner was chewed on by a family dog and the book was incomplete, so the decision was made to disbind it and sell the pages individually. Includes Sheet 1: the front green end papers with fold that held Wright’s collotypes (photos) and one original sheet of rice paper wrap. Also includes Sheet 2: Four pages of the original paper which includes the half title page. Sheet 17: Final blank spread, and Sheet 18: Back green end papers. 11.75 x 14. (First Edition) (Sweeney 18)

Size:

Pages: Pp 55

S#: 0018.00.0806

   

Sheet 1: Green end sheets matching the same paper on the cover. Attached to the front end sheet is a booklet. The cover of the booklet is a single sheet of the same green paper, folded once. The cover has two quotes in gilt lettering. "But flowers distilled, though they with winter meet. Leese but their show; their substance still lives sweet." and, "Then let not winter’s ragged hand deface In thee thy summer, ere thou be distilled. Make sweet some vial; treasure thou some place With beauty’s treasure, ere it be self-killed." (William Shakespear.) Sewn inside the booklet are twelve gravures of weeds and wildflowers, arranged and photographed by Frank Lloyd Wright, printed on mitsumata, a handmade Japanese paper. Sheet 1: 23 x 13.6 folded to 11.5 x 13.6.


Left: Booklet Cover.
Right: Sewn inside the booklet are twelve gravures of weeds and wildflowers, arranged and photographed by Frank Lloyd Wright, printed on mitsumata, a handmade Japanese paper.
Booklet: 10.6 x 13.6 folded to 5.3 x 13.6, Booklet sheet: 9.75 x 12 folded to 4.8 x 12.
   
  .
Sheet 2: Pages i-iv. Pages i-iii are blank.
Page iv is the Half Title, "The House Beautiful." The inside single sheets (sheet 2-17) are heavy handmade paper watermarked "J WHATMAN" and each is folded once creating four pages.
Sheet 2: 22 x 13.6 folded to 11 x 13.6.
   
Date: 1896-98

Title: The House Beautiful, Title Page (1897) (Single sheet, folded, four pages) (Published by The Auvergne Press, River Forest. The Auvergne Press was established by two of Wright's clients, William H. Winslow and Chauncey L. Williams in the stable designed for Winslow.) Printed by hand by Winslow and Wright.

Author: Gannet, William C.

Description: Sheet 3: Pages v-3. Page v is blank. Pages 1-2 are the Title Pages.
There are 18 sheets of paper folded once, creating four pages per sheet and sewn together. Wright designed the book, framing the text by William C. Gannett with intricate, tapestry-like patterns. The pages were printed in black with red accents on heavy handmade paper watermarked "JWHATMAN" (small hatman). Providence: We acquired this page from an auction house in New Jersey. They sold it for an estate in New York City. It was purchased for the esthetics, decor, not for Wright’s connection. It was framed by Drummond Framing, New York City, at their prior address, pre 2001.

 
Size: 22.75 x 13.4, folded to 11 x 13.6. Frame: 24.75 x 18.75

Pages: Pages v-3

S#:
0018.49.1019




Left: Page 3: "Flower in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies, I hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower—but if I could understand. What
you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is." (Alfred, Lord Tennyson.) Wright would use this quote again with a sculpture in the Dana House.
   

 Pages 20
Date: 1896-1898

Title: The House Beautiful  (Single Sheet, Four Pages, Two Page Spread) (Published by The Auvergne Press, River Forest. The Auvergne Press was established by two of Wright's clients, William H. Winslow and Chauncey L. Williams in the stable designed for Winslow.) Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Printed by hand by Winslow and Wright.

Author: Gannett, William Channing; Wright, Frank Lloyd

Description: Sheet 8: Pages 20-23 - Book 69 of 90. Auvergne Press, River Forest, Ill., 1896-8. After commissioning Wright to design his home in 1893, William Herman Winslow also charged him with the design of this book, which they printed together by hand. The text is a quintessential expression of Arts and Crafts philosophy, but the design, apart from its great emphasis on decoration does not follow the usual Arts and Crafts lines. Rather it shows the innovative brilliance of Wright, ahead of his time in bookwork, just as he was giving the lead in architecture. This copy was given by William Herman Winslow to his partner, John Fetcher, in the Winslow Ornamental Iron Works. Fetcher was also the brother-in-law of the architect John Wellborn Root. It was kept on a lower bookshelf and the binding was chewed by a dog. The entire book was subsequently dismantled. No other disbound copies are known to exist. Printed on both sides. Pages 20-23. Size: (First Edition) (Sweeney 18)

Size: 22x13.6 folded to 11x13.6. Frame 26.75 x 18.25

Pages: Pp 20-23

S#: 0018.02.1200

   
 
 Pages 21-22 (Two page spread)
 
   

Pages 23 (Back side of page 22) 
   

Date: 1896-98

Title: The House Beautiful (Published by The Auvergne Press, River Forest. The Auvergne Press was established by two of Wright's clients, William H. Winslow and Chauncey L. Williams in the stable designed for Winslow.) Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Printed by hand by Winslow and Wright.

Author: Gannett, William Channing; Wright, Frank Lloyd

Description: Half Sheet 14, Pages 46-47 (Possibly from Book 69 of 90.) Auvergne Press, River Forest, Ill., 1896-98. After commissioning Wright to design his home in 1893, William Herman Winslow also charged him with the design of this book, which they printed together by hand. The text is a quintessential expression of Arts and Crafts philosophy, but the design, apart from its great emphasis on decoration does not follow the usual Arts and Crafts lines. Rather it shows the innovative brilliance of Wright, ahead of his time in bookwork, just as he was giving the lead in architecture. Printed on both sides. Pages 46-47. (First Edition) (Sweeney 18)


Size: 11.5 x 13.5

Pages: Pp 46-47

S#:
0018.40.1217



Pages 46 (Left)
   
 
Pages 47 (Back side of page 46)
   
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Sheet 17: Four black pages.
   
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Sheet 18: Green end sheets matching the same paper on the cover.
   
   
   
The House Beautiful 1896-98, No. 9
   
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These three photos are photos of the original 1896 version, No. #9.  Each copy was numbered and signed. Courtesy James L. Yedor, Santa Ana, CA.
 
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The House Beautiful 1963
   
Hb1965 1.jpg (11523 bytes) Date: 1963 Version

Title: The House Beautiful, 1963 Facsimile Edition (Two Copies)  (Hard Cover)  (Published by W.R. Hasbrouck, A.I.A., The Prairie School Press, Park Forest, Illinois)

Author: Gannett, William Channing

Description: Originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright from 1896-8. "This edition is a facsimile of the original. Frank Lloyd Wright's design has been faithfully adhered to. It is printed on eighty pound 'antique' finished paper and bound as was the original. A small folio of photographs, handsewn as was the original, and showing the forms from nature which inspired the page designs, is tipped inside the front cover." Limited to 1,000 copies. Original HC List Price $22.50. Two Copies.  (First Edition)  (Sweeney 1530)

Size:

Pages: Pp 55

S#: 1530.00.1200, 1530.00.0404

   
Date: 1963

Title: "The House Beautiful." (Broadside published by The Prairie School Press, Chicago)

Description: A broadside for the facsimile of the original The House Beautiful," The Prairie School Press, Park Forest, Illinois, Gannett, 1963. "Frank Lloyd Wright designs the setting for The House Beautiful, by William C. Gannett. During the winter months of 1896 and 1897, Frank Lloyd Wright and William Herman Winslow joined together to publish a limited edition of a book, The House Beautiful. This magnificent book, half calf with gilt top, was richly ornamented on every page with Wright’s Sullivanesque designs. The text was by William C. Gannett. It was printed on handmade paper, twelve by fourteen inches, and only ninety copies were made. All were signed and numbered. Today, the few copies existing are highly prized collector’s items..." Gift of Greg Brewer.

Size: 8.5 x 11

Pages: Pp 1

S#: 1565.50.0516

   
Date: 1988

Title: The House Beautiful: Frank Lloyd Wright For Everyone.

Author: Elvehjem Museum of Art

Description: A brochure for an exhibit by the same name held at the Elvehjem Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin - Madison from September 2 to November 6, 1988. Held in conduction with Frank Lloyd Wright and Madison: Eight Decades of Artistic and Social Interaction. Exhibition related to Wright’s "The House Beautiful" (1897), Heritage-Henredon furniture (1955), and Schumacher textiles. Published by the Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Includes eight photographs and illustrations.

Size: 11 x 5

Pages: Pp 8

ST#:
1988.98.0617
   
   
   
The House Beautiful 1996
   
Date: 1996

Title: The House Beautiful (Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright in 1896-1897) (Hard Cover, DJ) (Published by Pomegranate Communications, Inc., Petaluma, CA)

Author: Gannett, William Channing; Arthur, John

Description: This centennial edition is the first trade edition to reproduce the full text, gravure photographs, and Wright's design of the original. Each page of the original was photographed and reproduced (on a slightly smaller scale) to duplicate as closely as possible the delicate, elegant quality of Wright and Winslow's hand printing. The twelve gravure photographs are included in an introductory section, and a foreword by art historian and independent curator John Arthur has been added. (Publisher’s description). Originally designed in 1897 by Frank Lloyd Wright. Original HC List Price $29.95. 9.5 x 11.  (First Edition)

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Pages: Pp 80

ST#: 1996.12.0600

   
   
 
The House Beautiful 2006
   
Date: 2006

Title: The House Beautiful (Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright in 1896-1898) (Hard Cover, DJ) (Published by Pomegranate Communications, Inc., Petaluma, CA)

Author: Gannett, William Channing; Kruty, Paul

Description: With a skilled hand for elegant design, Wright created The House Beautiful for the tiny Auvergne Press in the late 1890s; it was produced in an edition of just ninety copies. The book's author, the distinguished Unitarian minister William Gannett, proposed that spiritual, intellectual, societal, and corporeal health could be augmented by a properly designed and furnished home. This book's complex, exacting drawings--nine of which are in the archives of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, at Taliesin West--surround Gannett's lyrical prose and introduce new chapters. (Photography was one of Wright's interests, and twelve of his nature studies appeared in the book, as they do in this edition.) Once available only to colleagues of Gannett, Wright, and Auvergne's publisher, William Winslow, The House Beautiful epitomizes the cutting edge of avant-garde design, circa 1897. (Publisher’s description). With an essay by Paul Kruty. Original list price $25.00. (First Edition)

Size: 9.5 x 11

Pages: Pp 80

ST#: 2006.31.0410

   
   
 
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