1) Gustav Stickley by David Cathers|
This book is the most complete and authoritative biography of Gustav Stickley ever published. David Cathers, acclaimed dean of Gustav Stickley scholars, spent years researching and compiling this book, and it shows. The hardcover edition (now out of print) was published in 2004. This more affordable softcover edition presents the same text and lavish illustrations, and is essential for anyone who wants to understand the life and work -- and philosophy -- of the man acknowledged as the leader of the Arts and Crafts movement in America. Softcover, 240 pp, see below to order.
2) The Manufacture of Arts & Crafts Furniture by Gustav Stickley by W. Michael McCracken
Here is a book for serious Arts & Crafts collectors who want to know exactly how Gustav Stickley manufactured and finished his furniture. Drawing on the business records of Gustav Stickley's firm that repose in The Winterthur Library, the author describes how Gustav Stickley organized his factory, how many workers he employed and what they did in the factory, what machinery the factory utilized, how the furniture was finished, and how much furniture the factory produced. The book discusses, among other topics: What "handmade" meant in the context of furniture in the early 1900s; how Gustav Stickley's designs evolved to reduce the cost of production; how Gustav Stickley modified his finishes over the period of his production; the process of fuming; how Gustav Stickley colored, finished, and coated his furniture; the Nitrocellulose Lacquer Mystery; and the author's "Grove Park Inn experiments." The book also discusses the finishes of other leading Arts & Crafts furniture manufacturers such as the L.&J.G. Stickley Company, the Roycrofters, Stickley Brothers of Grand Rapids, and the Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair Company ("Life-Time"). The 325-page book is lavishly illustrated with black and white and color photographs, including over fifty color samples illustrating Gustav Stickley's different finishes. For the handy craftsman or refinisher, the book includes an invaluable glossary of early 1900s finishing terminology, and an appendix containing the formulas or recipes for the stain samples shown in the book. Softcover 325 pp, see below to order.
3) Stickley's Craftsman Homes by Ray Stubblebine
The culmination of 10 years of research (and searching all over the country for authentic Gustav Stickley designed homes), this nearly seven pound book is the definitive source of information about the hundreds of houses designed by Gustav Stickley between 1902 and 1916. The author, a professional photographer, provides hundreds of photos as well as excerpts from the Craftsman Magazine to document the breadth of Gustav Stickley's architectural creativity. Hardcover 528 pp, see below to order.
4) Collected Works of Gustav Stickley
This is a comprehensive book compiled from several original catalogs and issues of Gustav Stickley’s The Craftsman magazine. It provides illustrations showing the full range of Gustav Stickley’s production of furniture, metalwork, and lighting as well as many of the inlaid pieces designed by Harvey Ellis. This book is an essential reference work for understanding the American Arts and Crafts Movement. An Introduction by Robert Edwards discusses the social implications of the Movement, the “Craftsman” philosophy, and some of the historical influences in the development of this style. The text also includes information about Gustav Stickley’s fuming techniques, wood finishes, and construction features. This edition also contains a section on fireplace accessories and photos of some exceptional examples of Gustav Stickley’s work in private collections. Softcover 176 pp, see below to order.
5) The Early Work of Gustav Stickley
This book was prepared in response to the tremendous interest in Gustav Stickley’s earlier furniture designs. It is a compilation of rare drawings from the 1901 Chips from the Craftsman Workshops, 1902 retailers’ plates, Gustav Stickley’s 1901 catalog, and the Supplement to Catalogue D from 1905. The material is arranged in chronological order. The original pages have been reorganized in some instances in the interest clarity and appearance. The book includes some contemporary photos of rare and important examples of Gustav Stickley’s work from before 1905, as well as illustrations of lamps, shades, hangng fixtures, and wicker furniture pieces. This book should help to resolve some questions regarding the design, design evolution, and production of Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman furniture. Softcover 176 pp, see below to order.
6) Gustav Stickley after 1909
This volume deals with the later period of Gustav Stickley’s mission furniture production, a time in his career when he enjoyed his greatest commercial success. The rare 1909 Craftsman Furniture Catalogue is reproduced in its entirety. In addition, the book contains selected designs that first appeared after 1909, together with a compilation of items from the 1910-1913 period, for a more complete presentation of Gustav Stickley’s later work. An interesting Foreward by William Porter, an industrial designer and scholar, provides insights and historical perspective. The book also features the sixteen-page “Safecraft” catalog of Gustav Stickley’s cabinet work for the Herring-Hall-Marvin Safe Co. (circa 1906). Softcover 160 pp, see below to order.
7) Gustav Stickley - His Craft
The catalog for a comprehensive exhibition held at Craftsman Farms in Parsippany, New Jersey, from November 15, 1992 to January 31, 1993, this informative book is again available. Patricia Bartinique authored the text. Other Arts and Crafts authorities have contributed essays to highlight the distinctive elements of Gustav Stickley’s designs and finished products. The book includes illustrations of all Gustav Stickley’s marks, providing insight into the dating of pieces. Collectors from all over the United States lent rare pieces from their collections for the exhibition. Consequently, the book contains photos of early and rare pieces of Gustav Stickley furniture that most enthusiasts would otherwise never have an opportunity to see. This book is an important record of a unique exhibition that will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Softcover 120 pp, see below to order.
8) What is Wrought in the Craftsman Workshops
First published by Gustav Stickley in 1904, this is a rare and important contemporary explanation of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. This facsimile was originally produced by John Crosby Freeman of the American Life Foundation in 1982. The text by Gustav Stickley sets forth his philosophy of art, architecture, and interior design and decoration, enabling a greater understanding of the man and his life’s work. The influence of Harvey Ellis on Gustav Stickley’s early works can be seen in many of the furniture sketches and room schemes. This book is a primary source and a must-have reference for serious students of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Softcover 96 pp, see below to order.
9) Craftsman Fabrics and Needlework
This previously obscure catalog issued by Gustav Stickley provides insights into the extended range of textiles and other “soft goods” that he offered for sale as accessories to his furniture. In this book, Stickley provides descriptions and his recommendations for use of his fabrics as portieres, window curtains, upholstery, table scarfs, and centerpieces. His call for the arrangement of color, form, and texture in the selection of furniture and accompanying accessories, based on the principle of maintaining a complementary foreground-background relationship, anticipated what many Arts and Crafts collectors are now seeking – a sensitivity to and a sensibility about harmonious integration of all elements in one’s living space. Softcover 124 pp, see below to order.
10) Craftsman Furnishings for the Home
This newly republished 64-page reprint of a 1912 Gustav Stickley catalog features all manner of Craftsman furnishings for the home - everything needed to accessorize the Arts and Crafts home - including: table lamps, floor lamps, hammered metal lanterns, fireplace tools, metal umbrella stands, hammered copper desk sets, tea services, smoking sets, willow (wicker) furniture, curtains, portieres, table scarves, bedspreads, pillows, rugs, and willow baskets - even Craftsman Lustre, Gustav Stickley's own furniture polish. Where else, for example, will you find 50 different designs and styles of Arts and Crafts curtains, 12 different patterns of rugs, and 21 different Craftsman lamps? This catalog is packed with beautiful things. Softcover 64 pp, see below to order.
11) Craftsman Metal Work
In his lifetime, Gustav Stickley published two catalogues dedicated solely to Craftsman metal work - in 1905 and in 1906. This book is a faithful reprint of the 1906 catalogue and is a companion to two complementary catalogues that appeared at about the same time - Craftsman Fabrics and Needlework, and Craftsman Home Furnishings.
Craftsman Metal Work illustrates eight different fireplace hoods, several sets of andirons and fireplace tools, and a wide range of other Craftsman metal work, including candlesticks, wall sconces, chandeliers, table lamps (oil and electric), lanterns, newel post lamps, jardinieres, umbrella stands, trays, ashtrays, cigar boxes, and wall plaques. The catalogue also features seven pages of Craftsman hardware such as hinges, pulls, escutcheons and hooks for sale to amateur cabinet makers who delight in making the furniture with the same metal trim that we use ourselves." Softcover 64 pp, see below to order.
12) CRAFTSMAN NEEDLE-WORK
This compact volume is an exact facsimile of Gustav Stickley's 1905 catalogue with photos of Craftsman table squares, table scarfs, luncheon sets, pillows, portieres, window draperies and rugs. The catalogue also features kits that were available for working at home and includes a brief description of stitches and the method of applique. Softcover 64 pp, see below to order.
13) Craftsman Houses - A Book for Home-Makers
Not to be confused with Gustav Stickley's two other books, Craftsman Homes and More Craftsman Homes, this book is Stickley's well-illustrated 1913 catalogue offering his company's real estate services to subscribers of The Craftsman magazine. The book describes the architectural, real estate (buying and selling), and agricultural and landscape services offered and provides a number of floorplans for houses and bungalows. There are also illustrative photos of the interiors and exteriors of houses that Gustav Stickley's company built from Craftsman plans. However, the real value of this book comes from the several chapters devoted to articulating the Craftsman philosophy behind the various elements of a Craftsman house. Thus there are separate chapters on the door, the vestibule, the hall, the staircase, the living room, the Craftsman fireplace, porches, sun rooms and balconies, windows, the exterior, and the Craftsman garden-in short, everything you need to know to plan a true Craftsman home. This is must reading for architects, contractors, and anyone planning to build or remodel a Craftsman house. Softcover 62pp, see below to order.