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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.....
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.....
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.
A scarce and beautiful workThick 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 a......