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.
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.
Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1925. Later edition of this handsome book first published in 1917. Bound in black cloth with gilt decorated cover and gilt titling to spine. Spine is faded and covers a bit dulled. Interior is near fine with 23 illustrations protected by tissue guards. Octavo. 326 pages. FRE/022421.
London: A. Bettersworth and C. Hitch, W. Innys and R. Manby, J. and P. Knapton, 1738. Hardcover. Scarce second edition of this important book on architectural drawing. The work explained how to draw the Classical orders and related details and was used well into the 19th century. James Gibbs (1682 –1754) was one of Britain's most influential architects. Born in Scotland, he trained as an architect in Rome, and practiced mainly in England. He is an important figure whose work spanned the transition between English Baroque architecture and Georgian architecture heavily influenced by Andrea Palladio. Among his most important works are St Martin-in-the-Fields, the cylindrical, domed Radcliffe Camera at Oxford University, and the Senate House at Cambridge University. His architectural style did incorporate Palladian elements, as well as forms from Italian Baroque and Inigo Jones, but was most strongly influenced by the work of Sir Christopher Wren, who was an early supporter of Gibbs. Overall, Gibbs was an individual who formed his own style independently of current fashions. Architectural historian John Summerson describes his work as the fulfillment of Wren's architectural ideas, which were not fully developed in his own buildings. Despite the influence of his books, Gibbs, as a stylistic outsider, had little effect on the later direction of British architecture, which saw the rise of Neoclassicism shortly after his death [Wikipedia]. Folio volume bound in brown leather with red title label to spine. Leather is rubbed and bumped, and spine is chipped. Pastedowns are stained and free endpapers are torn. Interior pages are clean but there is light dampstaining throughout along the upper and lower right of the pages. The drawings are affected but the stains do not detract from their legibility and usefulness. With 40 text pages and sixty-four numbered plates. Bookplate of James Jackson affixed to front pastedown. Very good minus. 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.
Rome: 1596, 1604. This monumental work in three folio volumes was the achievement of two Jesuit priests and scholars, John Baptist Villalpando and Jerome de Prado. Villalpando (1552- 1608) was an architect in addition to his other scholarly pursuits. He studied geometry and architecture with Juan de Herrera, the architect of Philip II of Spain. King Philip apparently ordered Villalpando to work on the undertaking of this work as far as the descriptions of the Temple of Solomon and the city of Jerusalem. However, Prado died before the completion of the exegisis of the Book of Ezekiel. Villalpando completed it and has since often credited with the entire opus. Jerome de Prado (1547?-1595) was a Biblical scholar and exegete. He spent sixteen years on his exegisis. It was published in 1596 as Volume I and was his most important work. The second volume has Villalpando's detailed archaeological study of the Temple of Jerusalem. He continued the work of Prado in volume III to provide additional commentary on Ezekiel. There is also a detailed study of Jewish coins, weights, and measures. Volume I has two plates each comprising two pages. Volume III has nine foldout plates. Bound in contemporary brown leather. Bumped, worn, and rubbed. Still very good condition. Will require extra postage because of weight. REL/031521.
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.