New York: The Architectural Book Publishing Company, no date. Hardcover. Circa 1910. Includes all drawings, some of which fold out. There are really fewer than 60 drawings as each fold out is numbered as two drawings. Each details the facades and architectural details of Italian buildings in Venice. Ex-library in later binding of tan cloth spine that appears to be hand lettered in gold and dark brown over Italian patterned paper. Decorative strips of blue ribbon and tan bookcloth adorn both covers. The cloth covering the spine is split along both bottom hinges; however, the binding remains strong. Chipping and wear to edges of boards and spine ends. Closed tears to edges of several pages, one illustration is affected. Minor chipping to edges of first few pages. Minor browning to edges of pages. Occasional smudge marks / light soiling to margins of some pages. 60 pages. A elephant folio sized heavy book that may require an extra shipping fee. ARCH/040219. Very Good.
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L'Architecture, 1931. Hardcover. Includes all twelve issues from 1931. Ex-library with stamps and label to endpapers, title page, and some interior pages. Bound in black cloth with brown leather title label to spine. Rubbing to title label and wear / fraying to spine ends and corners of boards. Browning and chipping to edges of some pages. Clean overall aside from library stamps. Includes many black and white photographic illustrations. 360 pages plus 456 pages. ARCH/050619. Very Good.
L'Architecture, 1932. Hardcover. Includes all twelve issues from 1932. Ex-library with stamps to title page and some interior pages. Bound in black cloth with brown leather title label to spine. Rubbing and chipping to title label. Fraying and wear to book cloth along both hinges, corners, and edges of boards. Front hinge is starting. Browning and chipping to edges of some pages. Clean overall aside from library stamps. Includes many black and white photographic illustrations. 384 pages plus 468 pages. ARCH/050619. Very Good.
L'Architecture, 1933. Hardcover. Includes all twelve issues from 1933. Ex-library with stamps to title page and some interior pages. Bound in black cloth with brown leather title label to spine. Rubbing to title label and wear / fraying to corners of boards. Minor rubbing and wear to boards. Browning and chipping to edges of some pages. Clean overall aside from library stamps. Includes many black and white photographic illustrations. One page of contents is detached but present and laid in. 380 pages plus 464 pages. ARCH/050619. Very Good.
Paris: Societe des Pieux Franki, 1928. Hardcover. 12 issues bound together with supplement / table of contents for the year. Includes articles about architects and construction projects worldwide. Marbled paper covered boards with maroon cloth spine titled in gilt. Wear to edges of boards and corners. Rubbing and scuffing to boards. Occasional pencil markings to margins, but clean and bright overall. Original paper wrappers are bound in. Minor browning to wrappers and to margins of some pages. Many photographic illustrations, diagrams, and plans. Page edges trimmed slightly when rebound into this thick book. Text in French. 756 pages. ARCH/050619. Very Good.
1812. A leaf from The History of the Abbey Church or St. Peter's Westminster: Its Antiques and Monuments, by Rudolph Ackermann. In 1795 Ackermann set up a lithographic press and opened a business in copper lithographs. Ackermann was a creative and efficient publisher, who brought innovative techniques to the commercial production of color plate books as well as an uncompromising attention to detail which ensured uniform high quality. Print method is Engraving-Aquatint on India paper, measuring 343 x 278 mm. or approximately 13 1/2 x 11 inches. Archivally matted. #48642. Very Good.
1812. A leaf from The History of the Abbey Church or St. Peter's Westminster: Its Antiques and Monuments, by Rudolph Ackermann. In 1795 Ackermann set up a lithographic press and opened a business in copper lithographs. Ackermann was a creative and efficient publisher, who brought innovative techniques to the commercial production of color plate books as well as an uncompromising attention to detail which ensured uniform high quality. Print method is Engraving-Aquatint on India paper, measuring 343 x 278 mm. or approximately 13 1/2 x 11 inches. Archivally matted. #48672. Very Good.
London: Country Life Ltd, 1929. Hardcover. Quarto. Black cloth spine with grey cloth boards. Gilt title to spine and black and gilt title label to front cover. Front hinge cloth is split, but board remains attached. Soiling to front cover. Bookcloth on rear cover is lifting where the grey cloth meets the black cloth spine. Fading and some discolored spots to spine. Pen inscription to front endpaper, else clean interior. Filled with black and white photographic illustrations. Interior hinges are starting. 196 pages. DEC/102618. Very Good.
New York: Rizzoli, 1981. Hardcover. Navy blue cloth boards with white title to spine and front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Rubbing and a few scuff marks to covers. A few splits to binding; although, all pages remain bound. Clean interior. Filled with photographic images and diagrams. No jacket. 400 pages. ARCH/102618. Very Good.
Verona: Per Pierantonio Berno Stampatore, e Librajo nella Via de' Leoni con Licenza de' Superiori, MDCCXXXVIII (1738). Hardcover. A scarce copy of this monumental work. of Bianchini’s First edition, published posthumously by Bianchini's son Giovanni. This unfinished work was based on Bianchini's excavations made between 1720 and 1727 for Duke Francesco I of Parma on his Farnese estates, which included a part of the Palatine Hill [Royal Academy] Folio volume with parallel Italian and Latin text, title printed in red and black with engraved arms of the dedicatee Louis XV by M. Pitteri after A. Balestra, 20 engraved plates (most folding).Two foldouts have tear in plate; one foldout with soiling along fold; one foldout with small hole around fold. Other plates are in very good condition. Some signatures have pulled away from spine but still a tight text block. Contemporary full vellum boards with gilt and leather title label to spine, which reads: "Monsign Frances Bianchin Palazzo de Cesar." Vellum has a fair amount of wear, with soiling, bumping, light tears to spine. Some weakness to hinges. A very nice copy of this sumptuous book. Folio measures 447 x 312 mm. 304 pages. Very Good.
1715. Hardcover. Third edition of this magnificent book that, despite its title, describes the building of St. Peter's Basilica, based on the plans of Michelangelo, illustrated by gorgeous and detailed plates of his plans for the interior and exterior. The first edition appeared in 1696. This edition has seven additional plates. The author, Filippo Bonanni (1638-1723) was an important Jesuit scholar. His many works included treatises on fields ranging from anatomy to music. He created the earliest practical illustrated guide for shell collectors in 1681, for which he is considered a founder of conchology. He also published a study of lacquer that has been of lasting value since his death. This book comprises 36 chapters with 92 plates. The plates are numbered 1-86; however, two plates have multiples with the same number and there are actually 92 total plates.The plates are stunning. Many were engraved by the famed Hieronymus Frezza, Arnoldo Van Westerhout, or Alexander Specchi. There are illustrations of architectural renderings, statuary, sepulchres, doorways, the Vatican Palace, and much more. Bound in contemporary vellum with red leather spine label. The vellum is soiled, stained and bumped, and the spine label is chipped. As is typical with vellum, the front board curls out. The title page is lightly foxed, as are a few text pages, but the rest of the interior pages and plates are in very good to near fine condition. Notable is that none of the several fold-out plates has any damage as is often the case with fold-out illustrations and maps. A treasure of a book. Folio measuring 14.5 x 9.25 inches. 218 pages plus plates. ARCH/011621. Very Good.
New York: Architectural Book Publishing Co., Inc., 1929. Hardcover. Folio. Dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Minor fraying to spine ends, bumping to top front and rear bottom corners, and light scuff mark to front board. The interior is very clean overall with a few smudge marks. Illustrated with sketches in pen, pencil and drypoint, and photographs by the author. Includes beautiful engraved frontispiece. 246 pages. ARCH/092707. Very Good Plus.
London: The Architectural Press, 1981. Paperback. Second edition. This new edition includes an index. "The first part [of this book] is an Owner's Handbook which explains briefly teh unique qualities of Edinburgh's New Town and the efforts being made to repair and maintain the buildings, then, with the help of illustrations adn charts, the book identifies the weak spots which need regular attention" (foreword). Brown paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Minor wear to edges of covers. Size: Quarto. 225 pages. ARCH/102618. Very Good.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2010. Hardcover. Number 21 of 30 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. This book was one of six winners of the “Building by the Book” competition sponsored by the Philadelphia Athenaeum and Philadelphia Center for the Book. This work by noted book artist Karen Hanmer is based on Samuel Sloan's 1852 collection of house plans and instructions to contractors titled The Model Architect. Hanmer juxtaposes Sloan's historical text and illustrations with modern text from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's online "Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure." The artist provides commentary in the colophon reflecting on the effects of the 2008 financial collapse in her own neighborhood. She states: "Samuel Sloan's The Model Architect was published at the mid point of a century marked by cycles of rampant speculation followed by financial collapse. The Panic of 1857 came on the heels of publication of Sloan's work, and put a halt to the most active portion of his career. This milieu mirrors what has happened in my own neighborhood of modest homes over the past fifteen years. The transformation began with some owners remodeling their kitchen, or adding a family room or bedroom. Then larger additions came. Ultimately, the houses commanded high prices to be sold as teardowns. Huge new houses were built in their places. The construction proceeded with increasingly grandiose features; portions of the facade faced with thin sheets of stone, wooden garage doors with cast iron-like fittings, decorative copper accents on the roofs, turrets, lions flanking the brick driveways. Now the house across the street, the house next door, and the house next door to that are all in foreclosure, and soon will be uninhabitable. The lawns grow without interruption. Without electricity and heat the basements fill with water, the pipes burst, the mechanicals are destroyed. Few modest, affordable homes remain in the neighborhood." Bound in marbled paper covered boards with black leather spine and red leather title label, titled and ruled in gilt. Bound using the modern drum leaf structure but replicating the look of a 19th century book. Housed in an archival paper case with the edition number and artist's contact information stamped on the front panel. Measures 14 x 11 x .5 inches. 48 pages. ARTB/121212. Fine.
Rotterdam: Nai Publishers, 2000. Hardcover. 4to. SCARCE. "The architecture and architectural culture of the Netherlands have been causing quite a stir in recent years: a great many remarkable new buildings and projects testify to the current flowering in Dutch architecture, urban planning, and landscaping that's so exciting to so many in and out of the field. Artificial Landscape illustrates the results of this late twentieth century surge of creativity and traces the background of its success, examining both the 'Dutch phenomenon' and its socio-historical context to find out what makes it work so well. What we find is that even in a period of globalization there is still such a thing as a Dutch 'climate, ' yet despite this culture's specific national character we have much to learn from it, particularly where its unique synthesis of architecture, urbanism, and landscaping is concerned. This exciting movement is represented by a selection of designs, built works, ideas, plans and manifestoes from such architects and firms as OMA/Rem Koolhaas, Neutelings Riedijk, MVRDV, Maunce Nio, and Max 1, to name only a few. Apart from recording the state of things in Dutch architecture, Artificial Landscape also serves as a survey of contemporary architectural criticism, collecting the most important critiques of Dutch architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture to have appeared in recent years." White cloth boards with yellow title to spine. Clean, bright interior filled with illustrations. White illustrated dust jacket with black title to spine. Small closed tear along top edge of jacket. 299 pages. ARCH/092507. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket.
Paris: Imprimerie Imperiale, 1856. Hardcover. Part of: "Collection de Documents Inedits sur L'Histoire de France Publies par les soins du Ministre de L'instruction Publique". Two volumes bound in cream paper covered boards with black titles to spines. Bumping to corners, rubbing and minor soiling to covers, a few small tears / heavily rubbed spots to paper covering boards. Foxing to both volumes. Browning to second volume along with minor dampstaining along bottom margins of some pages. Filled with architectural drawings and plans. A nice set despite the condition issues noted. Text in French. Quartos. 402 pages in volume I; 562 pages in volume II. May require extra money for shipping as this is a heavy set. ARCH/081220. Very Good.