London: Published by the author, 1845-1852. Hardcover. An impressive work with 240 steel engravings taken from Billings's exquisite architectural drawings of Scotland's splendid castles, cathedrals, and churches. Robert William Billings (1812 – 1874) was a British architect and author. He trained as a topographical draughtsman, wrote and illustrated many books early in his career, before concentrating on his architectural practice. . He produced important works on Carlisle Cathedral and Durham Cathedral, published in 1840 and 1843, and Illustrations of the Architectural Antiquities of the County of Durham (1846). The work for which he became best known was The Baronial and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Scotland, published in four volumes between 1845 and 1852, which contained 240 illustrations, with explanatory text. The work was a great success and was reprinted several times. In the 1901 edition it was revealed that all the commentaries were written by John Hill Burton, the edition included a foreword by Robert Rowand Anderson. Anderson wrote in the foreword of the work being "in the front rank of Architectural publications, and from this position it has yet to be displaced." [Wikipedia] Bound in three quarter brown leather with brown pebbled cloth covers. Spine with five raised bands, titling and small ornaments in gilt. Leather is scraped, rubbed and bumped. Joints are rubbed and hinges are tender. All edges gilt. Evidence of ex-library with probable removal of signout card on rear free endpaper and unobtrusive date stamp on ffep. Text blocks tight. Interior pages of engravings are near fine. Each is protected by a tissue guard. Large quartos. Unpaginated, with engravings and variable explanatory texts. Very good condition. ARCH/042822. Very Good+.
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London: George Allen, 1893. Hardcover. This text is substantially a reprint of essays originally published in London'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.