Featured Acquisitions | Architecture
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Highlights include Robert Wood’s important studies of the archaeological sites of Palmyra and Baalbek (1753-1757); an 1823 illustrated description of Fonthill, the Gothic abbey built by eccentric William Beckford; an important folio of engravings by Robert Adam based on the ruins of Diocletian’s Palace in Dalmatia (1764); a selection of illustrated works showing gardens and country-houses; two 19th-century surveys of Regency architecture in London; and a compilation of engravings showing Raphael’s frescoes in the Vatican Loggia.
ADAM, Robert (1728 - 1792)
By R. Adam F.R.S. F.S.A. Architect to the King and to the Queen. Printed for the author MDCCLXIIII. Elephant folio (564 mm tall), contemporary half-calf over marbled papered boards (worn), spine in compartments with simple gilt rule, contrasting morocco title label, pp. [xii]; 34; 61 fine copperplate engravings, many of which are folding and printed …
PYNE, W. H. (1769 - 1843)
The history of the Royal Residences of Windsor Castle, St. James’s Palace, Carlton House, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court, Buckingham House, and Frogmore.
Illustrated by one hundred highly finished and coloured engravings, fac-similes of original drawings by the most eminent artists. London : A. Dry, 1819. Three volumes, quarto, full straight-grained plum morocco, expertly rebuked, elaborately tooled in gilt with ornamental border and architectural central panels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, vol. I pp. [ii]; ii; [ii]; 188; …
SOANE, Sir John (1753 - 1837); PARKYNS, G. J. (circa 1750 - 1820)
Sketches in architecture. Containing plans and elevations of cottages, villas and other useful buildings. With characteristic scenery.
To which are added, six designs for improving and embellishing of grounds, with sections and explanations. By an amateur. The whole engraved on fifty-four plates. London : J. Taylor, 1798. Folio, contemporary flame calf (a few marks, rebacked, with original spine laid down), pp. [vi]; iv; [iv]; 20; 54 plates in engraving and aquatint, the …
The history of the College of Bonhommes at Ashridge, in the county of Buckingham, founded in the year 1276, by Edmund, Earl of Cornwall (George Canning’s copy)
Compiled from original records and other authentic sources. To which is added, a description of the present mansion, erected on the site of the ancient college. London : printed by R. Gilbert, 1823. Elephant folio (570 mm tall), papered boards with later calf spine lettered in gilt, binder’s ticket of Wilson, bookplates to front pastedown …
NEALE, John Preston
The history and antiquities of the Abbey Church of St. Peter, Westminster : including notices and biographical memoirs of the Abbots and Deans of that Foundation.
Illustrated by John Preston Neale. The whole of the literary department by Edward Wedlake Brayley. London : J. P. Neale, 1818 – 23. Two volumes, quarto, later nineteenth century half-crushed morocco over pebbled cloth (edges rubbed), ruled in gilt, spines in compartments, lettered in gilt, joint to upper board of volume one cracked, top edges …
BRITTON, J.; PUGIN, A.
Illustrations of the public buildings of London : with historical and descriptive accounts of each edifice.
London : J. Taylor; J. Britton and A. Pugin, 1825. Two volumes, octavo, half-calf over marbled boards (rebacked, rubbed), spines ruled and lettered in gilt, bookplates for notable English architect Decimus Burton to front pastedowns, previous owners names to front free endpapers, half-titles, engraved title pages, pp. xvi; (2); 336; xxxii; (4); 330; (2); numerous …
ELMES, James (1782 - 1862); SHEPHERD, Thomas H. (1792–1864)
London and its environs in the nineteenth century; Illustrated with a series of views from original drawings by Thomas H. Shepherd with historical topographical and critical notices
London : Jones & Co., 1829. Quarto, half-calf marbled boards, raised bands with gilt tooling and lettering, engraved half title (marked 1829), title page (marked 1828), pp. vi, 96, , pages with some foxxing. Showing over 100 images of Regency and Adam’s style architecture.
Illustrati per cura di Agostino Valentini. Rome : Agostino Valentini, n.d.. Folio, publisher’s illustrated papered boards (slightly marked but very good), engraved title page, pp. 42; ; 41 steel-engraved plates illustrating Raphael’s frescoes in the Vatican Loggia. Some very light, sparse foxing, else a very good clean copy.
ADAM, Robert & James
Selected from “Works in Architecture” published 1778 – 1822 and photolithographed from the originals. London : B T, Batsford, 1880. Large quarto, decorated papered boards (worn, corners renewed), new endpapers, pp. [vi]; 26 plates of architectural detail (a number detached as usual), a clean copy.
LEYLAND, John; TIPPING, H. Avray (editors)
London : Country Life, [1900 – 1916]. Three volumes, folio, decorated cloth (a few stains, light wear, particularly to joints, but overall good), pp. xl, 346; xxv, 295; xlii, 284; decorated chapter headings by Arthur Rackham et al., profusely illustrated with over 1000 black and white photographs, a very good set. An encyclopedic illustrated record …
Shaftsbury : published by the author, 1823. Quarto, papered boards (marked) with engraved illustration and pink bookseller’s ticket of Duffield’s Public Library, Bath, rebacked, spine replaced, half-title, pp. xxvi; 127; 13 full page engraved plates, including the hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece and two further coloured aquatint plates, 13 woodcut text illustrations, folding lithographed map, publisher’s slip advertising …
WEAVER, Lawrence (editor)
London : Country Life, c. 1910. Quarto, gilt-lettered cloth (rubbed)m top edge gilt, patterned endpapers, pp. x; 224; [8 – adverts], a clean copy. The first volume of what would become a three volume series.
HUMPHREYS, H. Noel
illustrated with engravings by W. B. Cooke, from drawings by eminent artists : accompanied by literary sketches, by H. Noel Humphreys, Esq. London : Charles Tilt, 1840. Quarto, later half-crushed morocco over cloth (edges rubbed), all edges gilt, engraved title page and frontispiece, pp. viii; 216, steel engravings after David Roberts and others. A very …
FEARNSIDE, W. G.
Edited by W. G. Fearnside. London : Tombleson & Co. . Octavo, half-calf over marbled papered boards (rebacked with new spine to match), gilt-lettered morocco title label to upper board, endpapers replaced, engraved title page, large folding panoramic plan of the Rhine; pp. 181; ; engraved plates with tissue guards (some foxing); folding map of the …