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London: Cadell and Davies, 1809.
Reynolds on painting, in a "chaste" bindingThree volumes, octavo, aquatint frontispiece portrait; fine in contemporary sprinkled calf, spines simply ruled in gilt, red morocco lettering pieces and circular green volume labels. Fourth edition, corrected, in a restrained contemporary binding: the works of Sir Joseph.....
London: James Carpenter, 1830. Quarto, lithograph title and 96 lithograph plates; possibly lacking additional letterpress title (?), in modern quarter calf. Third edition of this classic architectural pattern book. Robinson (1776-1858) was a prolific and versatile designer of country mansions and picturesque cottages. In the present work he provides sixteen.....
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1836. Quarto, lithograph title and 96 lithograph plates; original quarter roan. Third edition "greatly improved" a re- issue of the 1830 edition by Bohn, with a new preface. Robinson (1776-1858) was a prolific and versatile designer of country mansions and picturesque cottages. In the present work.....
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1836. Quarto, decorative lithographed title, 96 plates; in original quarter morocco with morocco label on upper board. Fourth edition of the first of Robinson's six pattern-books. Peter Frederick Robinson (1776-1858) was a very successful architect as well as a prolific writer on architectural styles. As a......
London: James Carpenter, 1837. Quarto, plates; original publisher's quarter calf. Fourth edition of Robinson's fourth pattern-book, including designs for all types of village buildings from an Anglo-Norman church to a pump. The last of the high-quality plates is a view of the village street which emphasises the irregularity and varied.....
London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1808-09.
Pugin and Rowlandson collaborate with Ackermann to depict all of LondonThree volumes quarto, with 104 hand-coloured aquatint plates; engraved dedications with vignette head-pieces; in a superb binding of dark red straight-grained morocco, sides with geometric borders, spines with complex panelling between raised bands, all in.....
Paris & Brussels: G. van Oest, 1925. Folio, with 70 fine photogravure plates, three of them in colour, and a map; contemporary quarter vellum. A scarce book, evidently produced in quite a limited printing. This is an important study of the Buddhist sculpture of Thailand, handsomely produced and well illustrated.....
Vicenza: Giovambattista Vendramini Mosca, 1761.
Guide to Palladio's built VicenzaSmall quarto, engraved frontispiece portrait of the dedicatee, Mario Capra, title vignette, 36 fine etched and engraved plates by Cristoforo dall'Acqua after the author, (the majority folding); contemporary mottled calf, spine renewed. An architectural guide to Vicenza (arranged as a......
London: n.d., but, 1794.
Laying out the settlementsOctavo, large folding plate of plans with early handcolouring in red; bound in original heavy pink card wrappers, a bit faded, with early manuscript title to front. Very scarce first edition of this model for the planning and building of an ideal.....
Paris: G. Van Oest, 1929-1930.
Buddhist arts of China and Central AsiaFour volumes, large quarto, with a total of 476 photographic plates, uncut as issued in the publisher's card covers with printed dust-jackets; covers and jackets worn and chipped, (some splitting at covers and spines), nonetheless a very good.....
Paris: Dondey-Dupré père et fils, 1826-1827.
A Russian envoy to ChinaTwo octavo volumes bound in one, and a quarto atlas with lithographic title page, large folding map, two folding plans and eight lithographic plates; matching later quarter crimson morocco. First French edition, recounting the experiences of a Russian envoy.....
London: circa 1870. Large thick octavo, with 61 fine steel-engraved views including a vignette title-page; a very good copy in contemporary red morocco ornately gilt, gilt edges. First edition in this form: another edition appeared in 1857. Turner's illustrations and Ritchie's text first appeared in slightly different form in 1833.....
Siena: Pazzini Carli, 1791-1794.
Eighteenth-century edition of the classic account of artists of the Italian RenaissanceEleven volumes, octavo, with 159 engraved plates; the text printed on pale blue tinted paper; an excellent set in contemporary quarter calf and glazed boards, spines gilt with crimson morocco labels. A most attractive.....
Probably Venice: variously dated from 1795 to 1825.
Fine Commedia dell'arte watercoloursOblong small quarto album, 185 x 275mm, containing forty-six watercolours of various sizes and shapes ranging from delicate circular vignettes to larger scenes of urban and theatrical life, elegantly bound in nineteenth-century ochre morocco with ornate gilt decoration.....
Naples: Stamperia Simoniana, 1758.
Large format VitruviusFolio, with engraved frontispiece and 25 plates, woodcut diagrams and vignettes throughout; contemporary vellum. Splendid edition of Vitruvius, published in large format with 25 detailed plates specially prepared for this edition. This is the best textual edition of Vitruvius, translated and edited by.....
Brussels: Librairie Historique, 1844.
One of the great works on the costumes of the worldFour volumes, large octavo, with a total of 204 finely handcoloured costume plates; contemporary half crimson roan, flat spines ornately gilt. Scarce and beautiful work on the costumes of the world, finely illustrated with a......
Lisbon: Imprensa Lusitana Typographia Lisbonense, 1872-, 1873.
Portuguese version of Wahlen's costumesThick octavo, 153 highly-finished handcoloured engravings; red blind-panelled morocco, all edges gilt. Rare Portuguese edition of Wahlen's Moeurs, Usages et Costumes de tous les peuples du monde… (Brussels, 1844), published well after Wahlen's death in 1850. Wahlen's is.....
London: Hurst and Blackett, 1865.
Life of JosiahTwo volumes, thick octavo, two engraved portrait frontispieces, double-page pair of chromolithograph plates of borders, numerous wood engravings in the text; ALS from Josiah Wedgwood II (son of Josiah Wedgwood) attached to verso of frontispiece in first volume; in striking three-quarter red.....