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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : FIRST AND LAST LOVES.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : FIRST AND LAST LOVES.

London : John Murray, (1952). First edition. Betjeman on Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Cheltenham, Leeds, London Railway Stations, the Isle of Man, Padstow, Sidmouth, Weymouth, the Isle of Wight, and many other places, as well as on Nonconformist Architecture, Victorian Architecture. Numerous illustrations – many by John Piper.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). (xii),244pp. Numerous illustrations, including a folding panorama of Cheltenham by Piper. Original cream canvas, blocked and lettered in blue; top edge pink; a very good, clean and sound copy in the striking Piper dust-jacket – the jacket also very good.

£125

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CHERRY, Bridget & PEVSNER, Nikolaus, 1902-1983 : DEVON.

CHERRY, Bridget & PEVSNER, Nikolaus, 1902-1983 : DEVON.

London : Penguin Books, (1989). Second edition : combines and much amplifies the original North Devon and South Devon volumes published in 1952. In the celebrated “Buildings of England” series.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 976pp. Plates. Map. Original rexine; very good in a just slightly used dust-jacket.

£25

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CROSBY, Theo, 1925-1994 – editor : LE CORBUSIER : ARCHITECTURE : PAINTING : SCULPTURE : TAPESTRIES.

CROSBY, Theo, 1925-1994 – editor : LE CORBUSIER : ARCHITECTURE : PAINTING : SCULPTURE : TAPESTRIES.

Liverpool : Walker Art Gallery / London : Building Centre, (1958). First edition. The illustrated catalogue of the exhibition held in Liverpool and London in the winter of 1958-1959. Includes Herbert Read on Le Corbusier as a poet, further essays, a chronology, a bibliography, and numerous illustrations.
Medium 8vo (23cm). 120pp. Photographs. Illustrations. Advertisements. With the separately printed lecture list loosely inserted. Original wrappers; spine faintly tanned, but otherwise a very good copy.

£15

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GODFREY, Walter H. (Walter Hindes), 1881-1961 : A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE IN AND AROUND LONDON : ARRANGED TO ILLUSTRATE THE COURSE OF ARCHITECTURE IN ENGLAND UNTIL THE END OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, WITH A LIST OF PRINCIPAL TWENTIETH-CENTURY BUILDINGS.

GODFREY, Walter H. (Walter Hindes), 1881-1961 : A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE IN AND AROUND LONDON : ARRANGED TO ILLUSTRATE THE COURSE OF ARCHITECTURE IN ENGLAND UNTIL THE END OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, WITH A LIST OF PRINCIPAL TWENTIETH-CENTURY BUILDINGS.

London : Phoenix House, (1962). First edition thus. A wholly revised edition of Godfrey’s classic “A History of Architecture in London” (1911), extending his original text on into the twentieth century and the geographical coverage out to a radius of forty miles from the capital. A richly illustrated history of English architecture as demonstrated in surviving London buildings – “no major building of architectural merit from Norman to our own time is overlooked”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xx),264pp. Plates. Illustrations. Original cloth gilt; a very good copy in a lightly worn dust-jacket.

£25

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[GOLDRING, Douglas, 1887-1960] – “FRANCIS, Raymond” : LOOKING FOR ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND.

[GOLDRING, Douglas, 1887-1960] – “FRANCIS, Raymond” : LOOKING FOR ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND.

London : Macdonald & Co. (Publishers), (1954). First edition. A delightful and well-illustrated personal quest for echoes of the Elizabethan age in brick, stone and local memory – not just the great aristocratic houses, but the manors, farms, inns and homes of the less exalted. With chapters on Devon; mansions and manors; grammar schools; Shakespeare country; Gayhurst and Buckinghamshire; Elizabethan Kent; East Anglia; the Cotswolds; the Elizabethan inn, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 238,[ii]pp. Ninety-seven photographs. Original boards; a very good copy in the original Roy Sanford dust-jacket – just lightly used, but also very good. Although not so marked, this copy comes from the library of the book’s editor, John Foster White (1921-1997), who was responsible for collecting and choosing the illustrations.

£25

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[GOLDRING, Douglas, 1887-1960] – “FRANCIS, Raymond” : LOOKING FOR GEORGIAN ENGLAND.

[GOLDRING, Douglas, 1887-1960] – “FRANCIS, Raymond” : LOOKING FOR GEORGIAN ENGLAND.

London : Macdonald & Co. (Publishers), (1952). First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed and signed by the author (under his real name) to John Foster White (1921-1997), the editor of the book and responsible for collecting the photographs with which it is illustrated. “A well-written non-technical survey by one who loves buildings and can express delight in them. It is illustrated with well chosen photographs of such places as Brighton, Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Newcastle, Blandford, Farnham, Ramsgate, and many towns with unsuspected Georgian beauty” (John Betjeman).
Demy 8vo (23cm). (244)pp. Over 100 photographs. Original cloth; a very good copy in the original Roy Sanford dust-jacket – the jacket lightly worn, a touch dulled and a little marked.

£25

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THE ANTIQUARIAN ITINERARY, COMPRISING SPECIMENS OF ARCHITECTURE, MONASTIC, CASTELLATED, AND DOMESTIC; WITH OTHER VESTIGES OF ANTIQUITY IN GREAT BRITAIN. ACCOMPANIED WITH DESCRIPTIONS.

[GREIG, John] : THE ANTIQUARIAN ITINERARY, COMPRISING SPECIMENS OF ARCHITECTURE, MONASTIC, CASTELLATED, AND DOMESTIC; WITH OTHER VESTIGES OF ANTIQUITY IN GREAT BRITAIN. ACCOMPANIED WITH DESCRIPTIONS.

London : for the Proprietors, by William Clarke; J. Murray; S. Bagster [and others], 1815-1818. First edition. A charming compilation, originally published in monthly parts, bringing images and descriptions of out of the way architecture and antiquities throughout England, Wales and Scotland. The images, many of them the earliest known of the various towns, buildings and architectural features, were supplied by an array of local and travelling artists, including principally John Hassell, George Arnald, Frederick Wilton Litchfield Stockdale, Luke Clennell and William Deeble – the plates engraved by Greig himself, some from his own designs, as well as Thomas Higham, Edward John Roberts, William Wallis, John Charles Varrall, Deeble himself and numerous others. Although generally ascribed to Greig’s former partner, the artist and engraver James Sargant Storer, Storer was by now working with his son on other projects – his name appears nowhere in the credits and the work would appear undoubtedly to be Greig’s, he himself engraving around one third of the plates. The engraved plates are supplemented by hundreds of anonymous but exquisitely worked head and tailpieces giving further detail.
Seven volumes. Foolscap 8vo (157 x 99mm). 336 engraved plates. Head and tailpieces. Bound in a stylish nineteenth-century half tan calf, banded and richly gilt; burgundy labels; marbled sides; sprinkled edges; some minor rubbing; a few faint signs of age and use; some browning and spotting, but a very pretty set. Ownership inscription of J. Atkins in each volume.

£500

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GRIMES, Brendan, 1945- : IRISH CARNEGIE LIBRARIES : A CATALOGUE AND ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY.

GRIMES, Brendan, 1945- : IRISH CARNEGIE LIBRARIES : A CATALOGUE AND ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY.

Dublin : Irish Academic Press, (1998). First edition. A detailed and well-illustrated study of the eighty Irish libraries (sixty-two of which survive) founded through the benevolence of Andrew Carnegie, with pictures, plans, etc., and introductory material on Carnegie, James Bertram (his private secretary), the library movement in Ireland, planning, equipment, management, etc.
Crown 4to (26cm). (xii),278,[vi]pp. Numerous illustrations, plans, etc. Original boards; very good indeed in the dust-jacket – the jacket also very good.

£40

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HOLMES, Michael, 1931- : THE COUNTRY HOUSE DESCRIBED : AN INDEX TO THE COUNTRY HOUSES OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND.

HOLMES, Michael, 1931- : THE COUNTRY HOUSE DESCRIBED : AN INDEX TO THE COUNTRY HOUSES OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND.

Winchester : St. Paul’s Bibliographies, in association with the Victoria & Albert Museum, (1986). First edition. An alphabetical listing of more than 4,000 country houses, with full listings of the literature relating to them culled from books and magazines. With illustrations and a bibliography.
Demy 4to (29cm). viii,328pp. Twenty-nine illustrations. Original boards; a very good copy in the pictorial dust-jacket, also very good.

£40

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MERCER, Eric (William Eric John Barbour), 1918-2001 : ENGLISH VERNACULAR HOUSES : A STUDY OF TRADITIONAL FARMHOUSES AND COTTAGES.

MERCER, Eric (William Eric John Barbour), 1918-2001 : ENGLISH VERNACULAR HOUSES : A STUDY OF TRADITIONAL FARMHOUSES AND COTTAGES.

London : Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, (1979). A reprint of the original 1975 edition. A monumental county-by-county study of the smaller rural houses, from the Middle Ages through to the nineteenth century – the study supported by close analysis of over 500 buildings, over 500 line-drawings and plans, plus over 500 photographs. “One of the most profound and thought-provoking studies of historical architecture that has ever been published” (Journal of the British Archaeological Association).
Demy 4to (29cm). xxii,246pp. Illustrations. Plates. Original red armorial buckram gilt; just a touch bruised, but still a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket just lightly marked, but also very good.

£50

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OSBORNE, A.L. (Arthur Leslie) : A DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE.

OSBORNE, A.L. (Arthur Leslie) : A DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE.

London : Country Life, (1954). First edition. A neatly worked dictionary of architectural terms, attractively illustrated with explanatory drawings.
Crown 4to (26cm). (112)pp. Illustrations. Original boards; a few slight spots; mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good copy in a slightly chipped, lightly nicked and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£20

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PEVSNER, Nikolaus (Sir Nikolaus Bernhard), 1902-1983 : MIDDLESEX.

PEVSNER, Nikolaus (Sir Nikolaus Bernhard), 1902-1983 : MIDDLESEX.

London : Penguin Books, (1951). First edition : the wrappers issue. Pevsner incisive on the merits and demerits of the built heritage of the much abused county. In the celebrated “Buildings of England” series.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 204,[iv]pp. Plates. Map. Original wrappers; a little rubbed and sunned; one of the blank pages supplied for making notes has been so used; a good copy.

£20

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PEVSNER, Nikolaus (Sir Nikolaus Bernhard), 1902-1983 : SHROPSHIRE.

PEVSNER, Nikolaus (Sir Nikolaus Bernhard), 1902-1983 : SHROPSHIRE.

London : Penguin Books, (1958). First edition : the hardback issue. In the celebrated “Buildings of England” series.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 368pp. Plates. Map. Original cloth; very good in a just lightly used dust-jacket.

£25

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RICHARDS, J.M. (Sir James Maude), 1907-1992 : THE CASTLES ON THE GROUND.

RICHARDS, J.M. (Sir James Maude), 1907-1992 : THE CASTLES ON THE GROUND.

London : Architectural Press, (1946). First edition. “Ewbank’d inside and Atco’d out, the English suburban residence and the garden which is an integral part of it stand trim and lovingly cared for in the mild sunshine ... ” – Richards’ faultless homage to and defence of suburbia, written while he was serving overseas. If not regarded as a minor classic, then it should be. Illustrated with memorable two-colour lithographs by John Piper.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 86pp. Eight plates. Original brown cloth, lettered in gilt; a touch bruised; a few spots to edges and endleaves, but otherwise a very good copy in the original Piper dust-jacket – a pictorial design in pink, white, black and grey – lightly worn, slightly sunned, and a little spotted on rear panel and flaps, but complete and with just one short nick.

£100

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ROYAL COMMISSION ON HISTORICAL MONUMENTS (ENGLAND) : AN INVENTORY OF THE HISTORICAL MONUMENTS IN LONDON. VOLUME II. WEST LONDON. EXCLUDING WESTMINSTER ABBEY.

ROYAL COMMISSION ON HISTORICAL MONUMENTS (ENGLAND) : AN INVENTORY OF THE HISTORICAL MONUMENTS IN LONDON. VOLUME II. WEST LONDON. EXCLUDING WESTMINSTER ABBEY.

London : His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1925. First edition. A general historical introduction followed by an illustrated borough-by-borough inventory of all the known survivals dating from pre-1714. Covers rather more of London than the title might imply – Battersea, Chelsea, Finsbury, Fulham, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Holborn, Islington, Kensington, Lambeth, Paddington, St. Marylebone, St. Pancras, Stoke Newington, Wandsworth and Westminster. With supplementary material on the early heraldry, a glossary, index, etc.
Demy 4to (28cm). xxiv,194pp. 235 plates. Folding coloured map in pocket. Original decorative cloth; a very good copy.

£75

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RUSKIN, John, 1819-1900 : THE SEVEN LAMPS OF ARCHITECTURE.

RUSKIN, John, 1819-1900 : THE SEVEN LAMPS OF ARCHITECTURE.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1849. First edition. The Lamps of Sacrifice, Truth, Power, Beauty, Life, Memory and Obedience – the first of Ruskin’s works to bear his name and one of the nineteenth century’s greatest and most influential texts, illustrated with his own stone-etched plates. Although the Gothic Revival was already well underway, it was Ruskin who gave it its moral credo and turned it into a national movement – a book which Marcel Proust claimed to know by heart.
Crown 4to (251 x 169mm). (xii),(206)pp. Fourteen lithographed plates. Errata slip. Bound, without half-title and advertisement leaves, in a lavish near contemporary full vellum, red bands and black labels, heavily worked in gilt, by Henry Stamper (1802?-1887) of Soho; panelled boards; decorated edges and turn-ins; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; some minor wear and light bruising; a few slight marks, but a very good copy in a handsome binding by one of the leading London binders of the period.

£500

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RUSKIN, John, 1819-1900 : THE SEVEN LAMPS OF ARCHITECTURE.

RUSKIN, John, 1819-1900 : THE SEVEN LAMPS OF ARCHITECTURE.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1849. First edition. The lamps of Sacrifice, Truth, Power, Beauty, Life, Memory and Obedience – the first of Ruskin’s works to bear his name and one of the nineteenth century’s greatest and most influential texts, illustrated with his own stone-etched plates.
Crown 4to (27cm). (xii),(206) + 16pp advertisements. Fourteen lithographed plates. Promotional slip for the forthcoming “Stones of Venice”. Original cloth in an elaborate design in blind; top edge gilt; skilfully rebacked and repaired, retaining the original cloth spine; endpapers replaced; corners lightly worn; a few minor marks and spots, but overall still a very good copy.

£200

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REMARKS ON SECULAR & DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE, PRESENT & FUTURE.

SCOTT, Sir George Gilbert, 1811-1878 : REMARKS ON SECULAR & DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE, PRESENT & FUTURE.

London : John Murray, 1857. First edition. More or less a manifesto from the great architect of St. Pancras, the Albert Memorial, the Foreign Office, etc. – modifying the gothic vision by incorporating plate glass and cast iron as he urges a national style.
Demy 8vo (24cm). xii,(286),[ii]pp. Vignette title. Original blind-stamped cloth by Edmonds & Remnants, with their ticket; some wear at head; small label removed from spine, leaving a slight trace; a few slight spots and light creases, but a very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription and armorial bookplate of William Lipscomb – probably the Wakefield magistrate of that name.

£200

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