London: John Murray, (1840). First edition of this impressively beautiful folio of thirty plates illustrating the author's theories about Norman architecture in Sicily. Henry Gally Knight (1786-1846) was a member of parliament, traveler, and writer. After early unsuccessful attempts to write poetry, he studied and wrote about architecture. He made tours of Sicily and Normandy to study the architecture of those regions. Knight wrote in his preface: "It is the object of this Work to afford a view of the Architecture of the Normans in Sicily, of the singular difference of the style which they employed in Sicily from that which they employed in any other country, and to explain how that difference arose. The Drawings were taken from the buildings themselves by a professional architect and have, at least, the merit of exact fidelity." He believed that the Normans adopted the pointed arches of Sicily rather than building the round arches of France. The stunning lithographic plates include illustrations of landscapes, buildings, details of exteriors and interiors and doors. Three of the plates are hand-colored. Bound in contemporary three quarter black leather with multi-colored marble boards. Leather is chipped, rubbed, and bumped. Gilt ruling and titling to spine. Marbled boards are scuffed and rubbed. Evidence of label having been removed from spine and glue remains from signout card on rear free endpaper. Light spotting to interior pages generally not affecting images. The front pastedown provides some provenance information. Bookplate of Frances Mary R Richardson Currer (1785-1861), A British heiress and important book collector in her time. She died at Eshton Hall [Wikipedia]. There is a handwritten note affixed under her bookplate saying the book was bought by Sir John Horsfall at the sale of the Eshton Hall collection at Christie's London 1916. Given by Sir John to Mr. FW Petty, Given by Mr. Petty to Geo Turner Conoley (?) in 1916. A very good copy. Measures 15 x 22 inches. Pages 1-6 with preface, list and description of plates. All plates present without original tissue guards. ARCH/042021.
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New York: Rizzoli, 1991. Hardcover. "This fully illustrated survey of Nash's works includes all of his known and attributed works. Michael Mansbridge's superb photographs of Nash's extant buildings are complemented by contemporary views and old photographs of demolished buildings, and by original sketches of designs never executed" (dust jacket). Quarto. Very good in maroon cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Clean and bright with many photographic illustrations. In very good illustrated dust jacket with white spine panel title in maroon. Slight evidence of dampstaining to foot of jacket and minor wear to edges. 336 pages. ARCH/042321. Very Good / Very Good.
London: George Allen, 1893. Hardcover. This text is substantially a reprint of essays originally published in Loudon's Architectural Magazine beginning in 1837. The essays are in two parts: the first describing the cottages of England, France, Switzerland, and Italy. The second part is on the villas of Italy and England. The illustrations are taken from drawings by Ruskin, done as a series of plates "executed in the best possible style of photogravure" [Introduction]. There are fourteen plates, a color frontispiece, and fourteen text illustrations. Bound in full dark blue leather with raised bands on spine with gilt titling and fleurs de lis. On the cover is a gilt oval seal with a figure in the middle and the words "Deo Dante Dedi" [I have given to God] encircling it. The leather is somewhat worn and the spine has faded . Marbled endpapers and paper edges. The front hinge is cracked and weak, and a previous owner used non-archival tape along the hinge to strengthen it. Rear joint and hinge are also tender. Interior pages are quite clean. Save for binding issues in very good condition. Measures 8.5 x 11 inches. viii; 261 pages. ARCHITECT/092821. Very Good.
London: Printed at the University Press in Cambridge by Richard Watts for Longman, Hurst, Orme and Rees, 1807. Hardcover. Scarce first edition of this influential work that was based upon studies undertaken by Wilkins during a four year tour of Greece, Italy and Asia Minor from 1801 to 1805. The book was greatly influential in the revival of the Greek Revival style in English architecture. A folio volume bound in later green buckram with tears along spine, bumping, rubbing, and soiling. The book shows moderate wear, with moderate foxing and age toning, particularly in the margins. A few of the plate images are also affected but for the most part the images themselves are clean. There are 73 engraved plates including one fold-out, eleven vignettes, and three in text maps. Twenty-one of the plates are sepia acquatints. Despite condition issues this is still a nice copy of this important book. ARCH/041321. Very Good -.
London: T. Cadell, W. Davies, and J. Murray, 1816. Hardcover. First edition. From title page: " With descriptions of its monumental structures, and an account of its chapels, altars, shrines, and chantries. Also comprising biographical sketches of the lives of the archbishops and deans of Canterbury; and historical notices of the celebrated Convent of Christchurch; with lists and interesting particulars of its deans, priors, and distinguished monks." This extensive history of this famed cathedral includes twenty beautiful plates of exteriors and interiors that were engraved by Woolnoth from drawings by T. Hastings. Bound in three quarter brown leather with red and and blue marbled paper boards. Leather is scuffed, soiled and paper boards are scuffed and scraped. Interior pages have offsetting from the plates and browning around edges of plates, not affecting images. With book plate of John W. Davis on front pastedown along with a penciled note stating that the book was acquired at a Sotheby's sale of [?} Newman's stock of books August 1877. Folio in very good condition. Very Good.