DEHIO, Georg Gottfried Julius.
Untersuchungen über 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. Bookplate of the art historian Karl Birkmeyer to the front pastedown, a few pencilled marginalia in German.
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Octavo. Contemporary green half cloth, marbled boards, title gilt to the spine, edges sprinkled brown. 22 plates printed in red and black, 5 of them double-page. A little rubbed, short split across the spine and into the joint, lightly browned throughout, but remains very good.