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Architecture

Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to architecture – the planning, designing, and construction of buildings and other physical structures – including landscape architecture.

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

    Chicago : 1956

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author and signed by Mies van der Rohe on the title page, dated September 1960, and 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... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 110932

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

    London : 2005

    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 sheets of the 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps, the Architect's staff hand-coloured... Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 104909

  3. An History of the Mitred Parliamentary Abbeys, and Conventual Cathedral Churches.
    WILLIS, Browne. An History of the Mitred Parliamentary Abbeys, and Conventual Cathedral Churches.

    London : 1718-9

    First editions. Educated Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford, "through his father Willis inherited Whaddon Hall, where he was to live until his death, together with the adjoining manor and advowson of Bletchley. He also owned the manor of Burlton in Burghill, Herefordshire, and his estate was augmented by the dowry of 7000 obtained through his marriage...... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 139647

  4. Fetes a l'occasion du mariage de S. M. Napoleon,
    (NAPOLEON.) GOULET, Nicolas. Fetes a l'occasion du mariage de S. M. Napoleon,

    Paris : 1810

    First edition of this elegant fete book commemorating the extraordinarily lavish wedding festivities of Napoleon and Marie-Louise of Austria, the religious ceremony taking place at the Salon Carré chapel in the Louvre on 2 April 1810. The French painter Pierre-Paul Prud'hon played a leading role in designing the pageant and worked closely with the... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 139510

  5. The Mosques of Egypt from 21 H. (641) to 1365 H. (1946).
    (EGYPT.) CRESWELL, K. A. C., & Ahmad Hassan Al-Bâkourî. The Mosques of Egypt from 21 H. (641) to 1365 H. (1946).

    Giza : 1949

    First edition in English of this landmark publication, a lavishly illustrated monograph described justifiably by Creswell in his preface as "the finest piece of book production achieved in Egypt"; this copy in the highly uncommon de luxe morocco-grain roan binding. It was first published in Arabic in 1948.

    The British architect and engineer Sir... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 138671

  6. The Dwellings of the Labouring Classes,
    ROBERTS, Henry. The Dwellings of the Labouring Classes,

    London : 1867

    First collected edition, the fourth overall, later printing (sixth thousand on title page). This is a compilation of three titles: The Dwellings of the Labouring Classes, published in 1850, The Essentials of a Healthy Dwelling, published in 1862, and The Benefits of a Healthy Dwelling, also of 1862. Roberts was best known as the influential architect... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 129175

  7. Life and Human Habitat. Mensch und Wohnen.
    NEUTRA, Richard. Life and Human Habitat. Mensch und Wohnen.

    Stuttgart : 1956

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the Austrian born architect on the front free endpaper, "To R. Thomas Davidson, for a bright future in a wonderful, loveable profession, practised amongst a creative group of friends and collaborators, most cordially, Richard Neutra, '59." The recipient was a chemist at Miami University,... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 118473

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

    London : 1789

    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 a drawing by Thomas Lancey. Lancey was placed at the Hospital school... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 85988

  9. An Account of a Roman Pavement, Lately found at Stunsfield in Oxford-shire, Prov'd to be 1400 Years Old.
    POINTER, John. An Account of a Roman Pavement, Lately found at Stunsfield in Oxford-shire, Prov'd to be 1400 Years Old.

    Oxford : 1713

    First edition of this treatise on the recently discovered Roman pavement in Stonesfield (using the archaic name Stunsfield) in Oxfordshire, by the antiquary John Pointer (1668-1754). A tenant farmer, George Handes, found the pavement in 1712, which attracted the interest of various antiquaries in nearby Oxford. However, Handes quarrelled with the landowner,... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 137682

  10. Osservazioni sul musaico di Palestrina.
    PIERALISI, Sante. Osservazioni sul musaico di Palestrina.

    Rome : 1858

    First edition, presentation copy from the prince of Palestrina, Enrico Barberini-Colonna (1823-1889), inscribed on the front wrapper to the French politician Frédéric-Alfred-Pierre, comte de Falloux (1811-1886), instigator of the Falloux Laws, which promoted Catholic education in French schools under Napoleon III. A large and well-illustrated study... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 137227

  11. Le citoyen désinteressé, ou diverses idées patriotiques,
    DUSSAUSOY, Maille. Le citoyen désinteressé, ou diverses idées patriotiques,

    Paris : 1767-8

    First edition of Dussausoy's programme of public works, the main purpose of which was to provide labour for the idle masses and to inspire patriotism by installing honorary monuments of monarchs and men of military and political renown across Paris, with chapters on the causes of depopulation and the degeneration of the French nation (and how to remedy... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 122620

  12. Fantastic Architecture.
    VOSTELL, Wolf, & Dick Higgins. Fantastic Architecture.

    New York : [1971]

    Early English language edition, first published in 1969, following the German edition of the same year by Droste, Düsseldorf, as Pop Architektur. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 99705

  13. Arkhitekturnie pamiatniki Samarkanda [i.e. The Architectural Monuments of Samarkand]
    POLUPANOV, Stefan Nikolaevich. Arkhitekturnie pamiatniki Samarkanda [i.e. The Architectural Monuments of Samarkand]

    Moscow : 1948

    First edition. "Official" study of the ancient mosques of Samarkand, suggestive of then current developments in Soviet architectural doctrine. The author Stefan Polupanov (1904-1957) was a leading Tashkent-based architect; "A graduate of the Kharkov Artistic-Construction Institute, Polupanov enjoyed a long career in Tashkent city planning " (Stronski,... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 133933

  14. Architecture and History, and Westminster Abbey.
    MORRIS, William. Architecture and History, and Westminster Abbey.

    London : 1900

    First edition of the lectures William Morris gave before the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings on July 1884 and July 1893, printed using the Golden Type of the Kelmscott Press. With the black morocco bookplate of the prominent American book collector Henry William Poor (1844-1915), who made his fortune in banking and used the funds to... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 131407

  15. Plans, Elevations, Sections, and other Ornaments of the Mansion-House, Belonging to the Corporation of Doncaster.
    PAINE, James. Plans, Elevations, Sections, and other Ornaments of the Mansion-House, Belonging to the Corporation of Doncaster.

    London : 1751

    First edition of the architect's first major work, featuring designs for Doncaster Mansion House, modelled after Inigo Jones's unexecuted design for a royal palace at Whitehall for James I, and now one of only three such Mansion Houses in England. From the library of the architect's father-in-law Richard Beaumont, with his ownership inscriptions to... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 129991

  16. Jerusalem: The City of Many Sieges.
    WILLIAMS, Robert. Jerusalem: The City of Many Sieges.

    Alexandria : 1918

    First edition. Scarce with COPAC showing only two copies, at the National Library of Wales and UCL, OCLC adds only one at the University of Pisa. The last book published by Williams, an architect who had written several books on slums and working class housing in Britain. He was working as as a consultant for the Egyptian Government when he died in... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 127768

  17. Muqarnas.
    GRABAR, Oleg; Gülru Necipoglu; et al. (eds.) Muqarnas.

    New Haven & Leiden : 1983-2015

    First editions, a few issues signed by contributors and editors, including several by the founding editor, Oleg Grabar. This journal aimed to "provide a regular vehicle for scholarship and critical essays on Islamic art... and to make scholarship and discussions as widely available as possible, especially in Muslim countries" (vol. 1, p. ix). was founded... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 127347

  18. Classical Excursion from Rome to Arpino.
    KELSALL, Charles. Classical Excursion from Rome to Arpino.

    Geneva : 1820

    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "The Rev. Ed. Hornby from the Author". The book was then re-presented, with an inscription below reading "George Hornby given me by my sister November 1826". This Italian grand tour account by the architect Charles Kelsall (1782-1857) is characteristically wide-ranging... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 126956

  19. A Complete Body of Architecture.
    WARE, Isaac. A Complete Body of Architecture.

    London : 1756

    First edition, first state, with engraving on title page, plate numbers within the plate-line and with plates 70/71 reading "Warwick Shire", as called for by Fowler. Isaac Ware (1704-1766) was responsible for a number of expensive and impressive works on architecture in the second quarter of the 18th century including overviews on Inigo Jones and Palladio.... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 126969

  20. Ghastly Good Taste.
    BETJEMAN, John. Ghastly Good Taste.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first state, the Hungarian-born architect Ernö Goldfinger's copy, with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Having immigrated to England during the 1930s, Goldfinger became a prominent member of the London-based Modern Architectural Research Group (known as MARS), of which Betjeman was also a member. "The force of Goldfinger's... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 123746

  21. Les Grands Chateaux de France.
    FOUQUIER, Marcel. Les Grands Chateaux de France.

    Paris : 1907

    Limited edition, one of 600 copies on deluxe paper, this copy unnumbered. A pleasingly bound copy of this richly illustrated account of the great houses of France. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 123252

  22. Shakespeare's England.
    WINTER, William. Shakespeare's England.

    New York and London : 1892

    Limited edition, one of 250 unnumbered copies, finely printed with wide margins. Unique extra-illustrated copy with five original unsigned watercolours and fine pen-and-ink sketches, showing charming scenes of Stratford and other sites linked to Shakespeare's life. Winter's account of the landmarks and rustic architecture of Shakespeare's country was... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 123301

  23. A collection of views of different places, seen during a tour on the Continent, February 1852.
    AMHERST, William Amhurst Tyssen-. A collection of views of different places, seen during a tour on the Continent, February 1852.

    France and Italy : 1852

    An attractive Grand Tour album, consisting largely of architectural subjects and views in Nîmes, Arles and Rome amongst others, together with "types" and scenes of local life, compiled by the seventeen year-old William Amhurst Daniel-Tyssen, later William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst, 1st baron Amherst of Hackney, art collector, bibliophile and politician.... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 122697

  24. Where Shall I Live?
    (CITY PLANNING.) NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY. Where Shall I Live?

    Nottingham : 1978

    First edition, first impression, of the Gallery's pamphlet about the world's first garden city designed by Raymond Unwin, produced to accompany the exhibition of the same name which ran from 25 May - 14 June 1978. "Students of architecture and planning may turn again for inspiration to the deep roots of our national tradition in city design, and Letchworth... Learn More
    £30.00

    Stock Code: 119042

  25. Underground Design, Folio X.
    PAOLOZZI, Eduardo. Underground Design, Folio X.

    London : 1986

    First edition, signed limited issue. This work contains a catalogue and 19 loose plates, including a colour plate signed by the artist. It was produced to coincide with an exhibition of Paolozzi's Tottenham Court Road underground station mural project which ran at the Royal Academy of Arts from 4 February to 3 March 1986. The plates show a variety of... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 118809

  26. Mission Santa Cruz.
    [SMITH, Frances Rand.] Mission Santa Cruz.

    Santa Cruz : [c.1918]

    Two photographs, numbered four and five of seven, of architect Henry A. Minton's model of the Mission Santa Cruz. The photographer, 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... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 116954

  27. In English Homes.
    LATHAM, Charles. In English Homes.

    London : 1909

    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
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 115351

  28. A History of Garden Art.
    GOTHEIN, Marie Louise. A History of Garden Art.

    London : 1928

    First edition in English, originally published in German in 1913. With a superb provenance: from the library of the artist Walter Beck (1864-1954), with his delightful "Singing Trees" bookplates (designed by him and wood-engraved by T. Cole) and captioned "Innisfree" after his celebrated gardens at Millbrook, New York; both volumes - but particularly... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 114828

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

    Riyadh : [1981]

    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... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 113447

  30. Splendours of Venice.
    ROMANELLI, Giandomenico. Splendours of Venice.

    London : 1997

    First edition in English, first published in Italian the previous year. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 110785

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

    Stuttgart : 1894

    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,... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 110081

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

    Dublin : 1964

    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... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 109702

  33. The Caliph's Design.
    LEWIS, Wyndham. The Caliph's Design.

    London : 1919

    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... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 106471

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

    Copenhagen : 1904

    First edition of this 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 anthropological study of the Siaposh and the mountain... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 103825

  35. Nuova Descrizione del Duomo di Milano con Prospetti e Tavole incise in Rame.
    ARTARIA, Ferdinando. Nuova Descrizione del Duomo di Milano con Prospetti e Tavole incise in Rame.

    Milan : 1820

    First edition of this attractive grand tour guide book to the duomo in Milan, fairly uncommon in the first edition with just 16 showing on OCLC. This copy with significantly more of the pleasingly sepia-toned plates than any of those listed that offer a collation, most with just 15. From the library of Sarah Frances Bell (1798-1857), with her attractive... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 102865

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

    Paris : 1670

    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 Sun King and Louis XV. "The draughtsman... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 96431

  37. Il Contributo di Mendelsohn alla evoluzione dell'architettura moderna.
    ROGGERO, Mario Frederico. Il Contributo di Mendelsohn alla evoluzione dell'architettura moderna.

    Milan : 1952

    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, Stephenson and Donkervoet. This monograph, to... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 91743

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

    Berlin : 1930

    First edition, first printing. An important monograph with drawings, plans and extensive photographs of models and completed structures. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 88365

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

    New York : 1949

    First edition, first impression. An attractive book on modern, minimalist decorating for small living spaces. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 79758

  40. A Series of Picturesque Seats
    MORRIS, Francis Orpen. A Series of Picturesque Seats

    London : [1880]

    First edition in book form; "the book's publishing history is complicated. It is described as having been issued in parts between 1864 and 1880, but selections from it like The Ancestral Homes of Britain of 1868 also appeared during this period" (Ray). Morris's Seats offers an unparalleled survey of British and Irish country houses in their late Victorian... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 67808

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

    [c. 1910]

    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 photographs of a number of these sites around 1910. Mission San Juan... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 64948

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

    [c. 1910]

    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 photographs of a number of these sites around 1910. Mission San Luis... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 64969

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

    [c. 1910]

    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 photographs of a number of these sites around 1910. Founded in 1823,... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 64970

  44. A Survey of British Industrial Arts.
    DOWLING, Henry G. A Survey of British Industrial Arts.

    1935

    First edition, first impression. With an attractive inscription and drawing of a spark plug by the author on the front pastedown "K. L. G. Campbell A. I. B. D. With the very best wishes & congratulations of the author - H. G. D '36". Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 60963

  45. Half A Dozen Hints on Picturesque Domestic Architecture,
    HUNT, T. F. Half A Dozen Hints on Picturesque Domestic Architecture,

    1825

    First edition, first impression of the author's first book, a pattern-book of "fanciful estate buildings in the 'Olde English' style" with lithographs by the author (OED). Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 49312

  46. Designs for Lodges and Entrances to Parks, Paddocks, and Pleasure-Grounds,
    DEARN, Thomas Downes Wilmot. Designs for Lodges and Entrances to Parks, Paddocks, and Pleasure-Grounds,

    London : 1823

    The architect Thomas Dearn (1777-1853) practised at Cranbrook in Kent, one of his only known completed designs being a lodge (illustrated as plate 9) at nearby Angley for Sir Walter James, the dedicatee of Designs for Lodges. A reprint of the 1811 edition, this work includes fine aquatint views, with ground plans, for lodges in a variety of picturesque... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 49315

  47. The Art of Working in Pasteboard, upon Scientific Principles:
    BOILEAU, D. The Art of Working in Pasteboard, upon Scientific Principles:

    London : 1827

    First English language edition, first impression. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 48975

  48. Autograph letter, with original captioned ink sketch, to Henry Ridgard Bagshawe.
    PUGIN, Augustus Welby Northmore. Autograph letter, with original captioned ink sketch, to Henry Ridgard Bagshawe.

    Ramsgate, Kent : 1841

    A wittily satirical sketch by Pugin, the Roman Catholic architect, sent to his friend Henry Ridgard Bagshawe (1799-1870), a prominent Catholic lawyer. Bagshawe sat on the committee of the Lincoln's Inn Fields district New Church Erection Fund. That area already had the Sardinian Chapel, well-known as the oldest Roman Catholic chapel in London and restored... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 46369

  49. The Church of England. [St Paul's Cathedral].
    BENINGTON, Walter. The Church of England. [St Paul's Cathedral].

    [1903]

    A vintage print in exceptionally large format, signed on the mount by the photographer, of St Paul's Cathedral taken from the south bank of the Thames. Benington was part of the Pictorialist school and best known for his portraiture. His friend and associate Alvin Langdon Coburn made very similar images of London a few years after Benington and that... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 35953

  50. English Homes. Period IV-Vol. I, Late Stuart, 1649-1714.
    TIPPING, H. Avray. English Homes. Period IV-Vol. I, Late Stuart, 1649-1714.

    1929

    Very Scarce in dust-wrapper. 2nd Impression. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 24651

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