New York [etc]: George A. Fuller Company, 1937. 322pp. Small quarto. Cloth and boards, t.e.g., others rough-trimmed. Heavily illustrated with gravure photographs. Some hand smudges to spine, two letters in envelopes tipped to endsheets, pencil inscription on prelim, a few minor marks to boards; a very good or better copy in edgeworn slipcase. Item #WRCLIT83087
First edition of this testament to the firm's decades of involvement in the construction of some of the best known buildings and monuments of their generation. One of 1000 numbered copies printed for "gratuitous" distribution, signed by the President, Lou R. Crandall, with the recipient's name inserted. The original recipient was J. F. Manning, general manager of marble quarrying for the firm, and two t.ls.s. from Crandall to him are enclosed in envelopes tipped to the endsheets, accompanied by a carbon of one response written on Manning's behalf due to his illness. The first letter 3 May 1938, forwards the book, noting the number of the projects illustrated that were favored by the recipient's involvement (including the Supreme Court Building and the Lincoln Memorial). The second letter, 11 May 1938, treats at some length the dismal situation of the construction business due to the Depression.