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  1. 117060

    The Stones of Venice.

    First edition of Ruskin's magnum opus, one of the key texts of the aesthetic movement. Ruskin's The Stones of Venice and The Seven Lamps of Architecture "with their obsession with the function and aesthetics of architecture, over and beyond its history and practice… proved a revolutionary success" (PMM). "The importance of The Stones of Venice lies … in its celebration of the Byzantine and the Gothic, which had an immediate effect on Victorian architects, who began to introduce Romanesque forms and Venetian and Veronese colour and sculptural features into their designs" (ODNB). Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1851-1853

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 117060

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  2. 116954

    Mission Santa Cruz

    Two photographs, numbered four and five, of seven, taken by Frances Rand Smith, of the architect's model of the Mission Santa Cruz. Frances Rand Smith was a local historian of Californian missions and published a manuscript on the history and original architecture of the Mission Santa Cruz in 1916. It is thought that this work triggered the 1918 renovation work carried out on the building. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: [c.1918?]

    Published: Santa Cruz

    Stock Code: 116954

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  3. 116769
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    The Stones of Venice.

    Signed limited edition, one of 1,500 copies signed by the author at the end of the preface. Ruskin's magnum opus, one of the key texts of the aesthetic movement, was first published 1851–53. Ruskin's The Stones of Venice and The Seven Lamps of Architecture "with their obsession with the function and aesthetics of architecture, over and beyond its history and practice… proved a revolutionary success" (PMM). Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1873-74

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116769

    Signed: Yes

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  4. 116581

    The Seven Lamps of Architecture.

    With illustrations, drawn and etched by the author.
    First edition. The first of Ruskin's works to carry his name, and the first to be illustrated, this essay introduces his principles of architecture and is important for laying the foundations for Ruskin's later work, The Stones of Venice. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1849

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116581

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  5. In English Homes.

    In English Homes.

    The Internal Character, Furniture & Adornments of Some of the Most Notable Houses in England, Historically Depicted from Photographs Specially taken by Charles Latham,
    First edition of the third volume, second of the second, and third of the first (which was first published in 1904). A handsomely bound set featuring the great historic estates of England. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115351

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    Poems and Drawings.

    First edition, presentation copy inscribed by Albers, one of 500 copies printed, in the very scarce dust jacket. This copy has a rare inscription by Albers to front free endpaper, "Margaret Schaack, with pleasure my A." We must assume Albers was here incorporating his initial into a sarcastic "With pleasure my A[ss]". This bilingual edition of Albers poems, accompanied by full page drawings, "is the first time that Albers has authorised a collection of his poems, almost all of them unpublished, and to accompany them he has chosen the largest number of his drawings yet to be reproduced as a group" (Jacket front flap). Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1958

    Published: New Haven, Connecticut

    Stock Code: 113800

    Signed: Yes

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    Genius and the Mobocracy.

    First edition. This copy inscribed on the title page, "To Albert Sincavitch, Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, ‘49". Excellent copy of Wright's combined biographical essay on his mentor Louis H. Sullivan and malediction on modern America, publishing a group of previously unseen drawings by Sullivan: "The true basis of every living culture will be found above and beyond this sham wherein both authority and education, for their own safety, are ever ready to combine against the inspiration of a man like Louis H. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1949

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 113647

    Signed: Yes

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  8. Italian Backgrounds.
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    Italian Backgrounds.

    Illustrated by E. C. Peixotto.
    First edition, first printing, signed by the illustrator on the front free endpaper; a collection of Wharton's impressionist essays on Italian architecture, landscapes and daily life, praised on publication for its "brilliant style, historic research, and a catholicity of taste" (Nation, 80, 22 June 1905, 508). Learn More
    £625

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 113512

    Signed: Yes

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  9. Presentation volume commemorating the opening of King Abdulaziz International Airport.

    Presentation volume commemorating the opening of King Abdulaziz International Airport.

    King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, was opened in 1981, and was the first airport in the world to contain a Hajj terminal specifically for Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca. It was designed by the noted Bangladeshi-American engineer Fazlur Rahman Khan, and was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1983 chiefly for its innovative tent-like roofing system. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: [1981]

    Published: Riyadh

    Stock Code: 113447

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  10. Probes. Reconnaissance for the American Embassy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    Probes. Reconnaissance for the American Embassy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    Unusual booklet intended for circulation among the staff of American architectural firm Caudill Rowlett Scott to encourage ideas for the design of the new American embassy building in Riyadh. The resulting design was approved in 1981, and building was completed in 1986. It was described in an issue of Aramco World (May 1988) as a "fortress-like structure, with huge triangles framing a courtyard set with palm trees and a fountain", and was by a distance the largest site in Riyadh's diplomatic quarter. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1980

    Published: [Houston, TX

    Stock Code: 113437

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  11. "Master Plan for the New Campus of Umm Al-Qura University. Makkah al-Mukarramah, Al-A'abidiya District, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

    "Master Plan for the New Campus of Umm Al-Qura University. Makkah al-Mukarramah, Al-A'abidiya District, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

    An attractively presented and exhaustively documented architectural master plan, an interesting record of modern Islamic architecture, untraced in libraries or commercial records. "The Master Plan is influenced by three considerations: The Islamic Tradition, including the Saudi heritage status of Makkah Al-Mukarramah … The Climate and Ecology of the Region … [and] the specific operational needs as defined in the functional Space Program … reflect[ing] a commitment to establishing an Islamic university of world rank" (p. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: [Chicago

    Stock Code: 113436

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    Colour and Pattern in the Home.

    First edition, first impression, of this 1950s title on interior design with wonderfully vibrant illustrations by Roland Collins (1918-2015). Noel Carrington (1895-1989), brother of Dora, published several books on design and became one of the most influential children's books publishers as the instigator of Puffin Books. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1954

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112863

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  13. Mamluk Jerusalem.
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    Mamluk Jerusalem.

    An Architectural Study. With additional historical research by D. S. Richards.
    First and only edition, first impression, 3,000 copies printed, this copy from the collection of historian Greville Freeman-Grenville (1919-2005), with his ownership inscription dated 1987 to the front free endpaper verso, and a publisher's compliments slip, inscribed "To Dr Greville Freeman-Grenville, Here is a copy of Mamluk Jerusalem for your kind attention and favours of review in the J. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1987

    Published: [London]

    Stock Code: 111996

    Signed: Yes

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  14. Mies van der Rohe.
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    Mies van der Rohe.

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to an unknown recipient and signed by the architect on the title page, dated September 1960. It is also signed by over 80 other architects on the front free endpaper who were associated with Mies, either working for him, taught by him, or were associated with him in a professional capacity. Though the exact date of the ceremonial signing is unknown, in 1960 Mies was awarded the AIA Gold Medal - the highest award given by the American Association of Architects - and it is likely connected to this occasion. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1956

    Published: Chicago

    Stock Code: 110932

    Signed: Yes

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  15. Splendours of Venice.

    Splendours of Venice.

    Photography by Mark E. Smith. Edited by Cesare M. Cunaccia.
    First edition in English, first published in Italian the previous year. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1997

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110785

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  16. English Homes.

    English Homes.

    Norman and Plantagenet; Medieval and Early Early Tudor; Early Tudor; Late Tudor and Early Stuart, 2 volumes; Late Stuart; Sir John Vanbrugh and his School; Early Georgian; Late Georgian.
    First editions, first impressions (save for volume II of periods I and II, Mediaeval & Early Tudor - which was published out of sequence in 1936, this an early impression dated 1937), and an extraordinary set in the original dust jackets. Remains a foundation text for the study of English domestic architecture. In reviewing the issue of volume I, Architecture ("The Professional Architectural Monthly") commented on the scope and ambitions of the series; "This volume forms, it might be said, the undercroft on which the upper stories of English architectural development are reared. Learn More
    £6,500

    Date of Publication: 1921

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110273

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  17. Untersuchungen ber des gleichseitige Dreieck als Norm gotischer Bauproportionen.

    Untersuchungen ber des gleichseitige Dreieck als Norm gotischer Bauproportionen.

    First edition of this unusual work by the Baltic German art historian. Dehio (1850-1932) was born in Reval, now Talinn, Estonia, he was the founder of the Handbuch der deutschen Kunstgeschichte, still publishing to this day. In the present work he sets out his theory of the equilateral triangle as the proportional basis of Gothic architecture. Uncommon, 5 copies only on Copac - BL, Oxford, V & A, Warburg, and Society of Antiquaries. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1894

    Published: Stuttgart

    Stock Code: 110081

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  18. Gargoyle, Guignol, False Closet.
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    Gargoyle, Guignol, False Closet.

    First separate edition, one of 100 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by Mailer on the front cover to Herb Yellin (1935-2014) the American book collector and founder of the Lord John Press in 1976 to publish signed limited editions of significant American authors: "For Herb Yellin, cheers, cheers. Norman Mailer, March 1992." Yellin published two of Mailer's works: Of a Small and Modest Malignancy, Wicked and Bristling with Dots in 1980, and How the Wimp Won the War in 1992, the year Mailer inscribed this offprint. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1964

    Published: Dublin

    Stock Code: 109702

    Signed: Yes

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  19. Phoenix at Coventry.
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    Phoenix at Coventry.

    The Building of a Cathedral.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to "John Crittall, with my grateful thanks for your contribution to the Cathedral, Basil Spence, Christmas 62" on the title-page. Crittall Windows provided the bronze frame for the engraved-glass nave screen designed by John Hutton. "Spence learned, in August 1951, that he had won the competition to rebuild the cathedral at Coventry which had been reduced to a shell by incendiary bombs in 1940. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1962

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109654

    Signed: Yes

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  20. The Caliph's Design.

    The Caliph's Design.

    Architects! Where is your Vortex?
    First edition, first impression, 1,000 copies were printed. With the rare publisher's flyer for Lewis's debut novel Tarr, "some were laid into copies of The Caliph's Design" (Morrow & Lafourcade). "In The Caliph's Design: Architects! Where is Your Vortex?, Lewis offers the most sustained and considered of his early critiques of the art scene of the early twentieth century. Learn More
    £425

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106471

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