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  1. The Jerusalem Windows.

    The Jerusalem Windows. 1962

    £1,200

    First edition in English, with two original lithographs prepared by Chagall for this edition, and with numerous beautiful chromolithographic reproductions of the artist’s work. It was issued the same year as the first edition in French, entitled Vitraux Pour Jerusalem, and features various stages of …Read more

  2. In English Homes.

    In English Homes. 1909

    £850

    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. Read more

  3. Colour and Pattern in the Home.

    Colour and Pattern in the Home. 1954

    £225

    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 …Read more

  4. The Jerusalem Windows.

    The Jerusalem Windows. 1962

    £1,250

    First edition in English, with two original lithographs prepared by Chagall for this edition, and with numerous beautiful chromolithographic reproductions of the artist’s work. It was issued the same year as the first edition in French, entitled Vitraux Pour Jerusalem, and features various stages of …Read more

  5. Poems and Drawings.

    Poems and Drawings. 1958

    £875

    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 …Read more

  6. Genius and the Mobocracy.

    Genius and the Mobocracy. 1949

    £2,000

    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: …Read more

  7. Italian Backgrounds.

    Italian Backgrounds. 1905

    £625

    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, …Read more

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

    Presentation volume commemorating the opening of King Abdulaziz International Airport. [1981]

    £475

    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 …Read more

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

    Probes. Reconnaissance for the American Embassy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 1980]

    £750

    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 …Read more

  10. 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. 1991]

    £2,500

    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 …Read more

  11. Mies van der Rohe.

    Mies van der Rohe. 1956

    £7,500

    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 …Read more

  12. The Caliph’s Design.

    The Caliph’s Design. 1919

    £425

    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 …Read more

  13. Mamluk Jerusalem.

    Mamluk Jerusalem. 1987

    £350

    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 …Read more

  14. Splendours of Venice.

    Splendours of Venice. 1997

    £150

    First edition in English, first published in Italian the previous year. Read more

  15. English Homes.

    English Homes. 1921–37

    £6,500

    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 …Read more

  16. Gargoyle, Guignol, False Closet.

    Gargoyle, Guignol, False Closet. 1964

    £1,750

    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, …Read more

  17. English Homes.

    English Homes. 1920–37

    £6,000

    First editions, with the exception of Periods I and II, Volume II, which is a second edition copy. An attractively bound set of this richly illustrated overview of the development of the architecture and garden planning of English homes, written by the architectural editor of …Read more

  18. Untersuchungen über des gleichseitige Dreieck als Norm gotischer Bauproportionen.

    Untersuchungen über des gleichseitige Dreieck als Norm gotischer Bauproportionen. 1894

    £375

    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 …Read more

  19. Phoenix at Coventry.

    Phoenix at Coventry. 1962

    £275

    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. …Read more

  20. The Second Danish Pamir-Expedition.

    The Second Danish Pamir-Expedition. 1904

    £2,750

    First edition. An important architectural study from the two Danish Pamir Expeditions. Olufsen commanded both of these trips into Central Asia, 1896-9, during which the team visited Bokhara as a guest of the Emir; carried out exhaustive scientific surveys throughout the Pamirs; made the first …Read more

  21. The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939-1945

    The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939-1945 2005

    £1,375

    First edition. “During the Second World War the War Damage Section of the Architect’s Department of the London County Council recorded the degree of damage due to enemy action to buildings across the 117 square miles of the Administrative County of London. Using the relevant …Read more

  22. Lambeth Palace

    Lambeth Palace 1806

    £375

    First edition of this beautifully illustrated history of the Archbishops of Canterbury’s London residence. With three additional plates loosely inserted. Read more

  23. American Scenery;

    American Scenery; c.1845

    £1,250

    Finely bound early edition of this important work of Americana. Bartlett made four trips to America starting in 1836, producing topographical views which were to serve as illustrations for this work. Originally published by George Virtue in 1840. Rarely found in such nice condition. Read more

  24. The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939–1945

    The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939–1945 2005

    £1,375

    First edition. “During the Second World War the War Damage Section of the Architect’s Department of the London County Council recorded the degree of damage due to enemy action to buildings across the 117 square miles of the Administrative County of London. Using the relevant …Read more

  25. Maniere de fortifier de Mr. de Vauban.

    Maniere de fortifier de Mr. de Vauban. 1689

    £1,250

    Second edition, first published in Paris 1681, under the title Manière de fortifier selon la méthode de monsieur de Vauban. One of the most popular and influential early interpretations of Vauban’s theories: “Numerous editions of this work by DuFay and le Chevalier de Cambray, a …Read more

  26. Saint Sophia in Istanbul.

    Saint Sophia in Istanbul. 1965 & 1986

    £3,250

    First edition, complete in both instalments – published over twenty years apart – and uncommon thus. This apparently number 96 of 750 copies. “So seldom in the history of architecture has there appeared, seemingly without precedent, a monument of such remarkable scale and structural form …Read more

  27. Grotesque Architecture, or Rural Amusement;

    Grotesque Architecture, or Rural Amusement; 1767

    £2,750

    First edition. Wrighte’s striking designs for rustic architecture and gardens are innovative in English garden design by introducing Islamic motifs to the existing modes of Chinese and Gothick, with seven plates of designs for garden buildings inspired by mosques. The author refers the reader for …Read more

  28. Optique de portraiture et peinture, en deux parties,

    Optique de portraiture et peinture, en deux parties, 1670

    £5,000

    First edition, with an appealing near-contemporary French provenance: bookplate and ownership inscription of Hieronimus (Jérôme) Beausire. The Beausires were a famous French architectural dynasty – our Beausire may be Jérôme (1708-1761) architect and son of Jean Beausire, chief of public works in Paris under the …Read more

  29. From Bauhaus To Our House.

    From Bauhaus To Our House. 1982

    £45

    First UK edition, first impression. First published in the US the preceding year. Read more

  30. English Homes.

    English Homes. 1920–37

    £5,500

    First editions of this richly illustrated overview of the development of the architecture and garden planning of English homes, written by the architectural editor of Country Life, H. Avray Tipping (1855–1933). Read more

  31. The Dream of the Factory-Made House.

    The Dream of the Factory-Made House. 1986

    £125

    First edition, second printing of Herbert’s comprehensive study of the failed attempt to manufacture and market a prefabricated home. First published in 1984. Read more

  32. Il Contributo di Mendelsohn alla evoluzione dell’architettura moderna.

    Il Contributo di Mendelsohn alla evoluzione dell’architettura moderna. 1952

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by Erich Mendelsohn on the front free endpaper, “To Alexander and Cally Cochran, Erich Mendelsohn, [VII ?] 53”, and with the recipients’ bookplate on the front pastedown. Alexander Cochran was an American architect, who founded the firm Cochran, …Read more

  33. The Caliph’s Design.

    The Caliph’s Design. 1919

    £125

    First edition, first impression. A typical Lewisian rant about the state of British architecture, with customary swipes at Fashion, Political Apathy, Picasso, Lions, Parisian Realism and so forth. Read more

  34. An Historical Account of the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, M,DCC,LXXXIX.

    An Historical Account of the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, M,DCC,LXXXIX. 1789

    £750

    First edition. Uncommon. Reprints in full the original grants of William and Mary for the establishment of the Hospital, and offers a detailed description of the building works, and the finished structure, accompanied by a spectacular folding engraved plate of a river view taken from …Read more

  35. Murray’s Berkshire Architectural Guide.

    Murray’s Berkshire Architectural Guide. 1949

    £425

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by Betjeman on the front free endpaper, “To the Master, Incumbent, & Sibyl, from John Betjeman. XIV.IX.MCMXLIX”. The recipient was most likely the Reverend Harton, vicar of Baulking Church, in Betjeman’s home village, and his wife Sibyl. Betjeman …Read more

  36. Das Gesamtschaffen Des Architekten. Skizzen, Entwürfe, Bauten.

    Das Gesamtschaffen Des Architekten. Skizzen, Entwürfe, Bauten. 1930

    £975

    First edition, first printing. An important monograph with drawings, plans and extensive photographs of models and completed structures. Read more

  37. Uncommon Places.

    Uncommon Places. 1982

    £475

    First edition, first printing, trade issue (there was also a deluxe, slipcased edition of 100 with a print). Uncommon. Read more

  38. This Is Tomorrow.

    This Is Tomorrow. 1956

    £1,500

    First edition, first impression. Edition of 1300 copies. Catalogue issued to coincide with the show at The Whitechapel Art Gallery, August 9 – September 9, 1956. The driving force behind the exhibition was Theo Crosby; there was no curator as such. Bryan Robertson was Director …Read more

  39. Decorating the Small Apartment.

    Decorating the Small Apartment. 1949

    £150

    First edition, first impression. An attractive book on modern, minimalist decorating for small living spaces. Read more

  40. The People’s Album of London Statues.

    The People’s Album of London Statues. 1928

    £375

    First edition, first impression, one of a limited edition of 116 numbered copies signed by the author and illustrator on the limitation leaf. Nina Hamnett’s copy, inscribed by her on the front free endpaper, “Nina Hamnett, November 1928”. Read more

  41. A Series of Picturesque Seats

    A Series of Picturesque Seats [c.1890]

    £975

    First published in parts under the title The County Seats of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland. Read more

  42. Mission San Juan Capistrano.

    Mission San Juan Capistrano. [c. 1910]

    £750

    One of a series of photos taken by William Amos Haines (1877–1953), who travelled through the United States in the first decades of the 20th century making early panoramas with a rotating Kodak Cirkut camera. He was particularly interested in California’s Spanish missions, and took …Read more

  43. Mission San Fernando Rey de España.

    Mission San Fernando Rey de España. [c. 1910]

    £750

    One of a series of photos taken by William Amos Haines (1877–1953), who travelled through the United States in the first decades of the 20th century making early panoramas with a rotating Kodak Cirkut camera. He was particularly interested in California’s Spanish missions, and took …Read more

  44. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tulsa.

    Mission San Luis Obispo de Tulsa. [c. 1910]

    £750

    One of a series of photos taken by William Amos Haines (1877–1953), who travelled through the United States in the first decades of the 20th century making early panoramas with a rotating Kodak Cirkut camera. He was particularly interested in California’s Spanish missions, and took …Read more

  45. Mission San Francisco de Solano.

    Mission San Francisco de Solano. [c. 1910]

    £450

    One of a series of photos taken by William Amos Haines (1877–1953), who travelled through the United States in the first decades of the 20th century making early panoramas with a rotating Kodak Cirkut camera. He was particularly interested in California’s Spanish missions, and took …Read more

  46. Mission San Juan Bautista.

    Mission San Juan Bautista. [c. 1910]

    £375

    One of a series of photos taken by William Amos Haines (1877–1953), who travelled through the United States in the first decades of the 20th century making early panoramas with a rotating Kodak Cirkut camera. He was particularly interested in California’s Spanish missions, and took …Read more

  47. Bath, illustrated by a Series of Views,

    Bath, illustrated by a Series of Views, 1806

    £13,500

    First edition, a very good, complete copy – “The half-title is frequently missing. Some copies have the vignettes uncoloured” (Tooley) Abbey suggests that although no precedence can be proved “it is probable that the coloured vignettes were issued after the completion of the parts as …Read more

  48. The History of the Royal Residences.

    The History of the Royal Residences. 1819

    £6,850

    First edition of the finest contemporary record of the royal residences in a splendid series of aquatints. This set with the bookplates of Sidney Herbert Lord Elphinstone. Read more

  1. The Jerusalem Windows.
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    CHAGALL, Marc. CHAGALL, Marc.

    The Jerusalem Windows.

    £1,200

  2. In English Homes.
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    LATHAM, Charles. LATHAM, Charles.

    In English Homes.

    £850

  3. Colour and Pattern in the Home.
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    CARRINGTON, Noel. CARRINGTON, Noel.

    Colour and Pattern in the Home.

    £225

  4. The Jerusalem Windows.
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    CHAGALL, Marc. CHAGALL, Marc.

    The Jerusalem Windows.

    £1,250

  5. Poems and Drawings.
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    ALBERS, Josef. ALBERS, Josef.

    Poems and Drawings.

    £875

  6. Genius and the Mobocracy.
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    WRIGHT, Frank Lloyd. WRIGHT, Frank Lloyd.

    Genius and the Mobocracy.

    £2,000

  7. Italian Backgrounds.
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    WHARTON, Edith. WHARTON, Edith.

    Italian Backgrounds.

    £625

  8. Presentation volume commemorating the opening of King Abdulaziz International Airport.
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    (SAUDI MINISTRY OF DEFENCE AND AVIATION.) (SAUDI MINISTRY OF...

    Presentation volume commemorating the opening of King Abdulaziz International Airport.

    £475

  9. Probes. Reconnaissance for the American Embassy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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    CAUDILL, William Wayne. CAUDILL, William Wayne.

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

    £750

  10. Master Plan for the New Campus of Umm Al-Qura University. Makkah al-Mukarramah, Al-A’abidiya District, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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    (PERKINS AND WILL.) (PERKINS AND WILL.)

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

    £2,500

  11. Mies van der Rohe.
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    HILBESEIMER, L. HILBESEIMER, L.

    Mies van der Rohe.

    £7,500

  12. The Caliph’s Design.
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    LEWIS, Wyndham. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    The Caliph’s Design.

    £425

  13. Gargoyle, Guignol, False Closet.
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    MAILER, Norman. MAILER, Norman.

    Gargoyle, Guignol, False Closet.

    £1,750

  14. English Homes.
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    TIPPING, H. Avray. TIPPING, H. Avray.

    English Homes.

    £6,000

  15. Untersuchungen über des gleichseitige Dreieck als Norm gotischer Bauproportionen.
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    DEHIO, Georg Gottfried Julius. DEHIO, Georg Gottfried...

    Untersuchungen über des gleichseitige Dreieck als Norm gotischer Bauproportionen.

    £375

  16. Phoenix at Coventry.
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    SPENCE, Basil. SPENCE, Basil.

    Phoenix at Coventry.

    £275

  17. The Second Danish Pamir-Expedition.
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    OLUFSEN, Ole. OLUFSEN, Ole.

    The Second Danish Pamir-Expedition.

    £2,750

  18. The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939-1945
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    SAUNDERS, Ann. SAUNDERS, Ann.

    The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939-1945

    £1,375

  19. American Scenery;
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    WILLIS, N. P. WILLIS, N. P.

    American Scenery;

    £1,250

  20. The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939–1945
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    SAUNDERS, Ann. SAUNDERS, Ann.

    The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939–1945

    £1,375

  21. Saint Sophia in Istanbul.
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    VAN NICE, Robert L. VAN NICE, Robert...

    Saint Sophia in Istanbul.

    £3,250

  22. Grotesque Architecture, or Rural Amusement;
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    WRIGHTE, William. WRIGHTE, William.

    Grotesque Architecture, or Rural Amusement;

    £2,750

  23. Optique de portraiture et peinture, en deux parties,
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    HURET, Gregoire. HURET, Gregoire.

    Optique de portraiture et peinture, en deux parties,

    £5,000

  24. From Bauhaus To Our House.
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    WOLFE, Tom. WOLFE, Tom.

    From Bauhaus To Our House.

    £45

  25. English Homes.
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    TIPPING, H. Avray. TIPPING, H. Avray.

    English Homes.

    £5,500

  26. The Dream of the Factory-Made House.
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    HERBERT, Gilbert. HERBERT, Gilbert.

    The Dream of the Factory-Made House.

    £125

  27. Il Contributo di Mendelsohn alla evoluzione dell’architettura moderna.
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    ROGGERO, Mario Frederico. ROGGERO, Mario Frederico.

    Il Contributo di Mendelsohn alla evoluzione dell’architettura moderna.

    £1,250

  28. The Caliph’s Design.
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    LEWIS, Wyndham. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    The Caliph’s Design.

    £125

  29. An Historical Account of the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, M,DCC,LXXXIX.
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    COOK, John, & John Maule. COOK, John, &...

    An Historical Account of the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, M,DCC,LXXXIX.

    £750

  30. Murray’s Berkshire Architectural Guide.
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    BETJEMAN, John, & John Piper, eds. BETJEMAN, John, &...

    Murray’s Berkshire Architectural Guide.

    £425

  31. Das Gesamtschaffen Des Architekten. Skizzen, Entwürfe, Bauten.
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    MENDELSOHN, Erich. MENDELSOHN, Erich.

    Das Gesamtschaffen Des Architekten. Skizzen, Entwürfe, Bauten.

    £975

  32. Uncommon Places.
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    SHORE, Stephen. SHORE, Stephen.

    Uncommon Places.

    £475

  33. Decorating the Small Apartment.
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    OGG, Elizabeth. OGG, Elizabeth.

    Decorating the Small Apartment.

    £150

  34. The People’s Album of London Statues.
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    HAMNETT, Nina & Osbert Sitwell. HAMNETT, Nina &...

    The People’s Album of London Statues.

    £375

  35. A Series of Picturesque Seats
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    MORRIS, F. O. MORRIS, F. O.

    A Series of Picturesque Seats

    £975

  36. Mission San Juan Capistrano.
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    HAINES, William Amos. HAINES, William Amos.

    Mission San Juan Capistrano.

    £750

  37. Mission San Fernando Rey de España.
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    HAINES, William Amos. HAINES, William Amos.

    Mission San Fernando Rey de España.

    £750

  38. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tulsa.
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    HAINES, William Amos. HAINES, William Amos.

    Mission San Luis Obispo de Tulsa.

    £750

  39. Mission San Francisco de Solano.
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    HAINES, William Amos. HAINES, William Amos.

    Mission San Francisco de Solano.

    £450

  40. Mission San Juan Bautista.
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    HAINES, William Amos. HAINES, William Amos.

    Mission San Juan Bautista.

    £375

  41. Bath, illustrated by a Series of Views,
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    NATTES, John Claude. NATTES, John Claude.

    Bath, illustrated by a Series of Views,

    £13,500

  42. The History of the Royal Residences.
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    PYNE, W. H. PYNE, W. H.

    The History of the Royal Residences.

    £6,850

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