San Francisco: Printed by Taylor & Taylor for Gladding, McBean &Co., (1923).. (1923).. Good. - Quarto, 12-1/4 inches high by 9-1/2 inches wide. Violet boards titled in burgundy on the spine and with a color illustrated paper title label on the front cover. The edges of the slightly warped covers and the spine are faded. The edges and corners are rubbed & worn and there is a 3 inch piece missing from the tail of the spine. 87 &  pages, illustrated with a full-page color frontispiece, a title vignette, 112 black & white photographic illustrations, a floral decorated initial and 7 pages of architectural drawings and details. A previous owner's bookplate is mounted on the front pastedown. The text block is starting to crack opposite the title page. There is a tiny stain to the bottom front corner of the title page. Good.
First edition. RARE.
"In the year 1913, Willis Polk returned from Spain filled with enthusiasm over the picturesque tile roofs of the Latin countries. Convinced the same artistry of from and color was possible in a modern medium, he took his problem to Peter McGill McBean, who at once undertook the task of its solution, which culminated in the creation of the Cordova Tile, the first of the Latin Tiles. Gadding, McBean & Co. developed a clay mixture and method of burning which gave a wide variation of color under the fire of the kilns, in a strong, dense tile and in 1915 they patented a method of manufacture." First Edition.
ARCHITECTURE; MANUFACTURING; ILLUSTRATED; ILLUSTRATIONS; COLOR FRONTISPIECE; PHOTOGRAPHIC; ROOF TILES; FIRST EDITION; 1ST EDITION; 20TH CENTURY; TWENTIETH CENTURY; GLADDING, MCBEAN & CO.; CLAY TILES; ROOFING; SAN FRANCISCO; TAYLOR & TAYLOR.