Catalogue of the Andrew Alpern Collection of Drawing Instruments

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This elegant volume documents three hundred years of exquisite drawing tools, richly photographed and described, for architects, draftsmen, and engineers.

Crafted in silver, ivory, steel, and brass, the instrument sets catalogued here range from small silver-mounted tortoiseshell pocket étuis to multitiered mahogany cases housing every professional aid imaginable. Computers have supplanted their manufacture and use, yet these exquisite ...

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Overview

This elegant volume documents three hundred years of exquisite drawing tools, richly photographed and described, for architects, draftsmen, and engineers.

Crafted in silver, ivory, steel, and brass, the instrument sets catalogued here range from small silver-mounted tortoiseshell pocket étuis to multitiered mahogany cases housing every professional aid imaginable. Computers have supplanted their manufacture and use, yet these exquisite traditional instruments are still fully functional.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
“An extremely handsome book crammed with photographs of architectural tools of earlier eras....will light up the eyes of steampunk devotees everywhere.”
The Architects Newspaper
“[T]here’s great beauty in these pages, and a sensuality of means that bears appreciation. This book will prove encouraging and even essential to anyone who seeks to understand how architectural practice landed where it is today.”
Contract Magazine's "Talk Contract" blog
“Modern day architects and engineers accustomed to the computer mouse will gain new perspective when exposed to the Catalogue of the Andrew Alpern Collection of Drawing Instruments. While the tools are eloquently described for architects, draftsmen, and engineers, the photographs almost speak louder than the text, with breath-taking color photographs that highlight the details of the exquisite metals and luxurious cases. Although modern technology has made possible some of today’s most prized architecture, this catalogue allows us to thoroughly appreciate the past.”— Zoe Namerow
Zoe Namerow - Contract Magazine's "Talk Contract" blog
“Modern day architects and engineers accustomed to the computer mouse will gain new perspective when exposed to the Catalogue of the Andrew Alpern Collection of Drawing Instruments. While the tools are eloquently described for architects, draftsmen, and engineers, the photographs almost speak louder than the text, with breath-taking color photographs that highlight the details of the exquisite metals and luxurious cases. Although modern technology has made possible some of today’s most prized architecture, this catalogue allows us to thoroughly appreciate the past.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978903732
  • Publisher: Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library
  • Publication date: 9/27/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Andrew Alpern Alpern, Andrew

Instruments, Architects, and Portraits James F. O'Gorman O'Gorman, James F.

Acknowledgments

Catalogue 1

Concordances 128

Referenced Works 130

Index 131

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