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"Constructional Toys" by Basil Harley, Shire Album no. 248
published by Shire Publications Ltd, England, 1990
This little book is a nice introduction to constructional toys, covering basic building blocks and the main architectural sets along with Meccano and Lego.

"Architecture and Childhood" by Stuart Durant and Elizabeth Darling
published to accompany an exhitibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects' Heinz Gallery, London in 1993
This is a catalogue of the exhibition with a few black and white reproductions of illustrations accompanying building sets.

"Bauklotze Staunen: 200 Jahre Geschichte der Baukasten" by Annette Noschka and Gunter Knerr
published to accompany an exhibition at the Deutches Museum in Munich in 1986
A large hardback book, written in german, covering both architectural building kits and Meccano-like toys. It has a wealth of wonderful photographs and illustrations which recommend it even to non german speakers.

"Buildings in Boxes"
published to accompany an exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture from 27 November 1990 to 31 March 1991
"Potential Architecture"
published to accompany an exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture from 4 December 1991 to 8 March 1992
"Toys and the Modernist Tradition"
published to accompany an exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture from 15 December 1993 to 1 May 1994
"Dream Houses, Toy Homes"
published to accompany an exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture from 8 November 1995 to 31 March 1996
"Toy Town"
published to accompany an exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture from 22 October 1997 to 31 May 1998
These terrific bilingual exhibition catalogues all contain colour photographs and a substantial essay and can be ordered by email from the CCA bookshop.

"The Art of Lego"
published by Clwyd County Council, Wales, 1988 to accompany an exhibition of Lego pieces made by artists and designers
Although primarily devoted to the various weird and wonderful things the contributers to the exhibition did with Lego, there is a very short historical section on the history of construction toys.

"Architectural Building Blocks"
published by the San Francisco Airports Commission, 1994 to accompany an exhibition from October 1994 to February 1995
This little book contains eleven postcards, each a photograph of a building set, preceded by a short essay on the general history of building toys. All the toys are from the collection of Paul Neuman in New York. The book can be ordered from the San Francisco Airports Museum gift shop.

"Architectural Toys"
Pentagram Papers 22, published by Pentagram Design, 1995
A lovely little book of photographs of toys in Paul Neuman's collection, each with a name and date caption. There is a certain amount of overlap with the previous book.

"Baukasten! Technisches Spielzeug vom Biedermeier bis zur Jahrtausendwende" by Ulf Leinweber
published by the Staatliche Musseen, Kassel, 1999
A large book containing lots of terrific photographs, text (in german) and an extensive listing of manufacturers and their trademarks.

"Zum Bauspiel"
published to accompany an exhibition at the Stadtmuseum, Esslingen in 1995-6
Constains some photographs, essays (in german) and a catalogue of the exhibition contents.


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