Menlo Park, California: Lane Publishing, 1958. Stated First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Quarto, Descriptions, Floor Plans, and profusely illustrated with black and white photographs, mostly by Maynard L. Parker. Nearly immaculate white woven cloth cover, with red lettering to front board and spine. In the scarce, original dustjacket with original $7.50 price on inside flap. Edgewear, a small closed tear, and a small chip to dustjacket. Book chapters: 1) Ranch House Classic; Lake-View Ranch House; Traditional Ranch House for a Working Ranch; Ranch House for a Half-Acre; Desert Ranch House; Midwestern Ranch House; Hilltop Ranch House; Ranch House for a City Lot; Ranch House among the Trees; Studio Ranch House; Compact Ranch House; The Courtyard Ranch House; Experimental Ranch House; Ranch House for a Growing Family; Indoor-Outdoor Ranch House; Sky-Lit Ranch House. Fine in Good Dust Jacket. Item #75322
Sunset Magazine "ttakes you on a house tour of...17 houses...the best of Cliff May's work, ranging in size from 1500 square feet to over 8700, from "no-budget" homes to those needing to meet a strict budget. "For 125 years the Western ranch house has been one of the most livable types of homes that can be built...". Author Cliff May was named by Life Magazine, was named "dean of modern ranch house architects"...this book evaluates his 25 years of work,thinking and building ranch houses in all parts of the West, much of the United States, and abroad. In addition to numerous commercial buildings, Cliff May designed over 1000 custom private residences. In a 1936 interview he wrote: "The early Californians had the righ idea. Thjey built for the seclusion and comfort of their families, for the enjoyment of relaxation in their homes. We want to perpetuate these ideas of home building." Cliff emphasized "livability rather than form and facade". (Wikipedia, Liner Notes, Foreword).