Architectural Graphic Standards for Architects, Engineers, Decorators, Builders and Draftsmen, 1932 Edition (A Reissue of a Design Classic) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471247623
ISBN-10: 0471247626
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Published in 1932, the first edition of Architectural Graphic Standards revolutionized the practice of architecture. Now for the first time, design professionals and others with an interest in architectural history can purchase their own copy of this landmark publication in an affordable paperback edition.

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The reissue of a design classic—the book that revolutionized the practice of architecture.

When it was published in 1932, this cornerstone edition of Ramsey and Sleeper's Architectural Graphic Standards was the very first book to present the accepted architectural practices of the time in a clear and accessible graphic form.

Now finally available in paperback, this landmark reference still has much to offer us today, with beautifully illustrated practical information on traditional architectural standards, methods, and materials that cannot be found elsewhere.

Covering all facets of building construction from foundations to interior finishes, it will be valued by a new generation of architects, design professionals, and others involved in the restoration and renovation of historic buildings as well as anyone with an interest in architectural history.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 13, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471247626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471247623
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.5 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ramon J. Cook on June 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
This text is a coffee-table book or a teaching library text, suitable for impressing novices to architecture how things were actually drawn to be built in 1932. It has no current value, unless one is renovating a building of that era. No code or other standards are included.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mike Banks on October 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
The early editions of this book are must-haves for architects. Much of the information, especially residential details, is relevant today. As a literal graphic standard, this work presents visual information that was the genesis of modern professional working drawings. The clarity and richness of information as presented here can stand up in as well as inform today's CADD environment. One note: With a little effort, you can find an original(2nd or 3rd)edition in good condition for less than the cost of this reprint.The first three editions contain nearly identical information.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 2003
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If I had read some of the reviews I would never had purchased the book. When I looked at it closely I realized that it was something I really couldn't use because it did not include the up to date building requirements. If the title shown had mentioned 1932 edition it would have helped in my decsion whether to purchase the book or not. One thing I learned was that I need to check and double check before I purchase.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Dan Johnson on February 9, 2004
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I bought this book thinking that it was the recent version, but it's a reissue of the 1932 edition! The publishing date is 1998 and the title makes no mention of the antiquated material. This book is an interesting historical work but is useless as a contemporary reference. Make sure you get the "10th Edition" published in 2000 if you want the recent one. I'm trying to return my 1932 antique now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 1999
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This book is reviewed in The Earth Times, issue of Dec. 1-31, 1999, by Louis Silverstein, executive editor of the publication, who calls the 1953 edition the book he values more than any other in his possession. "If you need to build a home or a small city from scratch ... there is one one book of instruction you would need."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrea di Pietro della Gondola on November 27, 2005
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This is an excellent resource for anyone looking to understand traditional building materials and methods. The printing is excellent. The actual plates from the original work are valuable not only for the technical information they contain, but the artistry with which they were composed is superb.

If you already have a copy of the 2nd or 3rd edition (perhaps even 4th?, but I only have seen the former), this book is superfluous. The material contained herein is essentially the same and in the next two additions. If you can find a copy of the 3rd edition, I would recommend that to anyone looking for an old Architectural Graphics Standards, as it contains some additional information.

About the contents: This book is particularly useful regarding masonry construction, including terra-cotta facades. It also shows traditional woodwork details, but only to the extent that the modern AGS editions do--that is to say, there is something to be desired. If that is your interest, there are numerous other books on that subject available on Amazon (just search for them).
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2000
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The book is fine. ()It only contains standards from 1932.This book is not very usefull to anyone building to current standards.
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