Some Scarce & Unusual Titles 1 – 57
Architects – UK 58 – 97
Architects – Foreign 98 – 217
General Accounts 218 – 278
Building, Building Types 279 – 324
Design & Interiors 325 – 373
Trade Literature 374 – 382
Gardens & Landscapes 383 – 388
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SOME SCARCE AND UNUSUAL TITLES
1.BEHRENDTWalterCurtModernBuilding: its Nature, Problems, and Forms.
London, Martin Hopkinson,nd, c1936, 1st British ed. xiii, 241pp, 57 b&w illustrations, bibliog. Cloth, 24x16. End papers slightly browned, bookplate, vg. Few ink underlinings. £40.00
One of the first books to describe the construction principles of modernist buildings. Excellent illustrations. The author was the first editor of ‘Reform’, the organ of the Deutsche Werkbund. He was admired by Lewis Mumford and Bruno Zevi amongst others
2.Belgium. BOURGEOIS Victor (ed)Belgique
Paris, Albert Morance ("L'Architecture Vivante" series),1958. 103pp, mostly plans, photos and elevations. Spiral-bound inside hard cover, 28x24. Cover a little rubbed else vg. £75.00
Surveys modernist building in Belgium. Includes houses, factory buildings, offices etc. Very well produced.
3.BERGER & WIRTHBerger & Wirth Farbenfabriken Leipzig
Leipzig,1900. c160 single sided sheets of colours in two card covered folders with colour number and name. Striking coloured embossed hard cloth folder, 19x13. Vg. £125.00
Beautiful publicity colour specimens in two booklets, one giving shades of red, the other blue, green and yellow. The hues are very subtle and are presented in an attractive, well designed hard cover folder.
Garden Design – a 1930s Handbook
4.CANE Percy SGarden Design of Today
London, Methuen,1934. Frontis, xv, 221pp inc 30 line drawings and plans by Harold White, plus 54 high quality photogravure plates on 32 pages. Inscribed by the author to a Captain & Mrs Langen on end paper. Cloth, 22x19. Good condition in foxed and chipped but still attractive dust wrapper. Some pages uncut. £75.00
Percy Cane was one of the leading garden architects of his day. This work gives a very good overview of his design philosophy. Uncommon, especially in dust wrapper.
5.CASSON HughIndian Sketchbook
Self published,1979. 16pp sketches concertina-folded. Stiff card cover, 13x10. Vg.£25.00
Casson's father was an Indian civil servant. This book records a visit Casson made to India. Charming little book of drawings. Scarce.
Between modernism and socialism
6.Czechoslovakia. DOSTAL O, PECHAR J et alModerni Architektura v Ceskoslovensku. Modern Architecture in Czechoslovakia [also title in 4 other languages]
Praha, Nakladatelstvi C.V.U.,1967 248pp, 296 illustrations (photos, plans architect's drawings etc) Patterned cloth. 27x23. Front hinge a little tender, else a fair copy. Dust wrapper has been tipped-in, in two parts in between the front and back end-papers. £75.00
A very interesting survey. Naturally there is an emphasis on the post-war Socialist achievements, but there is also a good deal on Czech nationalist sources and the early modernist are quite well featured: Kotera, Gocar, Krejcar etc. [Texts in 6 languages, including Czech and English]
7.Dali. LIVINGSTON LidaDali. A study of his Art-in-Jewels.The Collection of the Owen Cheatham Foundation.
Greenwich, Conn., New York Graphic Society,1959. 67pp + 28 tipped-in colour plates with 2 loosely-inserted booklets: 1) 4pp pamphlet on the 29th object d’art in the collection, the Angel Cross. 2) 8pp cord tied booklet on the jewels (this has with some pencil marks). Boards, cloth spine, 29x23. Vg. Original slip-case, this bumped bottom corner with small tear, £55.00
Nicely produced work on the artist’s surrealist jewels. Each plate has a quote from Dali on the facing page. If only I had the money.
8.ERICKSON ArthurThe Architecture of Arthur Erickson
Montreal, Tundra,1975, 2nd printing 1976. 228pp, copious illustrations, many colour, chron of works. Boards. 27x27. Fine in dust wrapper. £70.00
Beautifully produced study, prepared by Erickson himself. 14pp plans and sections. Wonderful photos emphasising the way in which his projects fit with the landscape, which, being Canadian, includes huge sweeping vistas. Some take your breath away. Very imaginative and modernist use of the local materials, especially wood. The most ambitious work on the architect up to this date.
9.FERRARIO L (curator)Dopo l'Architettura Post Moderna
Roma, Kappa,1983. 131pp incl plans, drawings, photos etc. Italian and English text. Wraps, 24x22. Vg. £50.00
Published for an exhibition at the Centre International d'Experimentation Artistique Marie-Louise Jeanneret. Writings and projects by Gregotti, Botta, Portoghesi, Krier etc. A highly significant post-modernist anthology. Scarce.
Designing Italian Liners
10.FINALI Gustavo PulitzerNavi e Case. Architetture Interne 1930-1935.
Milano, Hoepli,1935. xi, 213pp, mostly photos. Intro by Antonio Maraini. Decorated silver boards, cloth spine, 28x23. Lettering a little faded on spine, boards trifle rubbed, front end paper a little grubby, generally good and contents vg. £450.00
A very significant pre-war Italian, work, describing interior designs for five Italian liners, as well as six office buildings and apartments, including the Trieste stock exchange and the Italian tourist office in London. Gustavo Finali (1887-1967) was a notable Italian architect and designer born in Trieste. He was especially well known for his sumptuous cruise ship interiors, the most famous of which was perhaps the motorship 'Vittoria', which is presented in detail in this book. Finali also designed the interiors of warships, hotels, offices, cafes etc.
11.Gocar. BENESOVA MarieJosef Gocar.
Praha, Nakladatelstvi CVU,1958. 54pp, 75 illustrations (photos, plans etc), chronology, list of works, bibliography. Boards, cloth spine. 30x22. Vg copy, in nice pictorial dust wrapper. £85.00
Attractively produced monograph on Gocar (1880-1945), best known of the Czech modernist architects. The illustrations are very informative. Also includes some material on his town planning schemes. Scarce. [Czech text]
12.Happold. WALKER Derek and ADDIS BillHappold. The Confidence To Build
London, by the authors,1997. 176pp inc photos, plans etc, selected writings by Happold, list of projects with Ove Arup and Buro Happold. Cloth, 30x24. Fine, dust wrapper. £50.00
Monograph on the life and work of Sir Edmund Happold (1930-1996). He was head of the School of Architecture and Building Engineering at Bath. His firm, Buro Happold, Consulting Engineers, were involved in the design of the Pompidou Centre and buildings in the Middle East, Hong Kong, Munich etc. He worked extensively with Ove Arup, Trevor Dannat, Otto Frei. The scarcer original Happold Trust edition in hardback.
13.HERTLEIN HansSiemensbauten:neue Fabrik-und Verwaltungsgebäude Wohlfahrtsanlagen des Siemenskonzern.
Berlin, Wasmuth,c1926, 2nd Auflage. 128pp, mostly high-quality b&w photos + 4 beautiful full-page artist’s impressions. Gilt lettered and patterned cloth. 32x25. Ex British Architectural Library copy, withdrawn duplicate, vg. £100.00
Most of this fine book is high-quality images of Siemens' structures, particularly outside Berlin: company works, the Siemensstadt model village for workers, the great Schaltwerk-Hochhaus etc. Many of these were designed by Hertlein (1881-1963). He had been hired by Siemens and Halske in 1912 and became their chief architect, with overall control of construction. A superb book with very powerful images.
14.HOFFMANN Herbert (bearbeitet)Neue Villen: 124 grosse und kleine Einfamilienhäuser von 84deutschen und ausländischen Architekten......
Stuttgart, Julius Hoffman ("Haus und Raum" I),1934. 120pp (+ interesting publisher's adverts)+ 8 plates and incl a great many high-quality photos, plans. Marshall Sisson's copy. Stiff card wraps. 29x23. Vg, in pictorial dust wrapper, this with chip on back and long tear on front (without loss and now protected). £95.00
Important collection, including examples by Breuhaus, Le Corbusier, Lurçat, Mallet-Stevens, R. M. Schindler, Thomas Tait, Ernst May and other modernists.
Pre-War Modernism in Britain
15.HOLME GeoffreyIndustrial Design and the Future.
London, The Studio,1934. 160pp, being 80pp text and 80 high-quality b&w plates of modernist products. Lovely patterned boards, 25x19. End paper slightly browned and owner's signature inside front cover. An unusually nice bright copy. £75.00
Influential modern movement survey - a breath of fresh air in 1930s Britain. Includes examples by Teague, Jensen, Behrens etc. etc..
16.Hospitals. SCHMIEDEN Heinrich (ed)Krankenhausbau in der Neuer Zeit.
Kirchhain, Kurt Schmersow,1930. vii, 280pp incl very many plans, photos, drawings, elevations etc. Open-weave cloth, 29x23. Cover a little dusty, rear inner hinge cracked, binding tight and contents vg £100.00
A splendid survey of then recent hospital architecture; many of these buildings are in the Modern Movement style. Most examples are from Germany, with some from other countries. Beautifully produced book, printed on art paper.
Swedish Social Housing
17.HSBHyresgästernas Sparkasse-Och Byggnadsförening
Stockholm, Hyresgästernas,1937. 128pp, mostly photos. Cloth, 24x27. Modern red binding with original front cover bound in. Vg. £75.00
Essentially a photographic record of the work of this Swedish housing association. Each image is accompanied by long captions, some also with plans. Much of their work is in the modernist style and the Association contributed a great deal to Swedish functionalism. The fine photos images are by Andreas Feininger. Some of the images show life in these settlements. It looks quite idyllic.
18.HSBHyresgästernas Sparkasse- Och Byggnadsföreningars Riksförbund
Stockholm,1954. 291pp inc hundreds of photos, plans etc. Original bookmark, a small ruler and note signed by the directors loosely inserted. Boards, 30x22. Vg. £45.00
Publicity book for this famous Swedish tenants' co-operative, founded in 1923. Much of the book is organised by city. Many notable architects worked for the co-operative: Elgqvist, Markelius et al.
19.KEELEY Cecil J. H.A Book of Bungalows and Modern Homes.A series of typical designs and plans.
London, Batsford,1928. Colour frontis, 80pp inc drawings, plans plus 2 plates.19pp publisher's adverts. Cloth, 23x15. End-papers a little browned and covers lightly mottled, but a good tight copy with bright contents, still in its pictorial dust wrapper (a bit dusty and with minor chips, now protected). £38.00
An attractive pattern book of 36 designs of bungalows and houses, each with an exterior drawing and plan, estimated costs of building in wood or brick. Two pages of interior designs. All are detached houses, some quite elaborate. Unusual to find in a dust wrapper.
Glass in the Modern Movement
20.KORN ArthurGlas im Bau und als Gebrauchsgegenstand.
Berlin, Ernst Pollack,nd c1928. 254pp, including a great many b&w photos, also plans. Gilt lettered publisher's cloth. 31x22. Good copy. Foxing on inner edge. £250.00
First edition of this famous work on the uses of glass in modernist buildings. Architects featured include Breuer, Le Corbusier, Gropius, Mies, Sartoris etc. Arthur Korn (b Breslau, 1891-1978) was an important figure in the international modern movement. He was a member of CIAM, the MARS group etc. He emigrated to Britain in 1937, not returning to Europe until just before his death. A fine survey, more international than German in focus and a lovely piece of 1920s mise-en-page. All the examples are by named architects.
21.Kotera. SLAPETA Vladimir et al (texts)Jan Kotera 1871-1923.The Founder of Modern Czech Architecture.
Prague, Municipal House Kant,2001. 413pp, a great many coloured and black & white illustrations (photos, plans, drawings etc), chronology, list of works, bibliography, scholarly texts. Cloth. 30x23. Front corners a little bumped, else a vg copy, in good dust wrapper. £70.00
An informative, beautifully produced monograph on this legendary architect. Kotera deserves to be better known outside his native land. Based on a major exhibition at Obecni Dum (Municipal House), Prague.
Le Corbusier – two classic works
22.LE CORBUSIERLa Ville Radieuse:Eléments d'une doctrine d'urbanisme pour l'équipment de la civilisation machiniste.
Paris, Editions de l'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui,1933 347pp, with hundreds of illustrations (photos, drawings by the author) a few in colour. Original boards, cloth spine, possibly professionally re-spined. 23x30. Edges of boards trifle rubbed, page creasing to sides of lower gutter. Generally a good copy of a book more often than not in poor condition - if found at all. £650.00
Original edition of this seminal work, comprehensively illustrated. Le Corbusier presents his ideal rational city, with its separation of functions, and applies these concepts to existing cities including Moscow, Paris, Algiers etc. This copy has a small neat owner stamp on title: "Architect Sam Barkai. Tel Aviv". Barkai was an important modernist architect in Tel-Aviv and much influenced by Le Corbusier.
23.LE CORBUSIERLes Plans Le Corbusier de Paris.[Cover title: Les Plans Le Corbusier de Paris 1956-1922]
Paris, Editions de Minuit,1956. 192pp inc photos, plans drawings etc. Boards, linen spine, 24x31. Some pages a trifle browned, small mark on spine, generally a very good copy. £450.00
A survey of the architect's many projects and plan for Paris. The chronology is reversed. Beautifully produced book; its layout, illustrations and graphics suggest that it was designed by Le Corbusier himself.
Leaded Lights: a nice trade catalogue
24.Leaded Lights. JAMES CLARK & EATON LTDLeaded Lights
London,nd, c1910. 13 single-sided sheets of designs with 68 examples, some in colour. Front inside cover has technical information on the product. Pictoral card folder, 28x22. Card folder rubbed and dusty, some plates also dusty, especially at the top, but generally good condition for its age. £75.00
Very nice publicity sample book for these features, an essential requirement of the Edwardian terraced house of the better type. Such catalogues are now quite scarce.
25.Lescaze. LANMON Lorraine WellingWilliam Lescaze, Architect
Philadelphia, Art Alliance,1987. 216pp, 69 photos & drawings, detailed bibliog, chron. Cloth. 29x22. Vg in dust wrapper. £150.00
This prize-winning study was the first detailed study of Lescaze's life and work and is still the best account. Lescaze (1896-1969), was born in Switzerland. He studied in his native country and in Germany before moving to the USA in the early 1920s and was a pioneering modernist of great distinction. Excellent monograph including full list of works etc. Now becoming scarce.
26.Lorimer. HUSSEY ChristopherThe Work of Sir Robert Lorimer.
London, Country Life,1931. Frontis, xvi, 111pp+ 267 b&w plates and incl list of works. Cloth with paste-on gilt labels on front and spine, top edge gilt, 34x26. Vg. £295.00
The standard work on Lorimer (1864-1929), with a splendid series of high-quality plates and scholarly commentary. Sometimes described as "the Scottish Lutyens", Lorimer designed many country houses, churches and war memorials. He also did a number of garden layouts, including some with Gertrude Jekyll. Scarce.
27.Luckhardt. KLIEMANN Helga (intro)Wassili Luckhardt
Tübingen, Ernst Wasmuth,1973. viiipp intro, 80pp, mostly full-page plates, short biography and bibliog. Cloth, 23x27. Vg, dust wrapper. Edges of pages little tanned. £50.00
Wonderful plates showing work before and after the war, with realised projects and competition models. Much of the architect's output was done in collaboration with his brother, Hans.
28.Maillart. BILL MaxRobert Maillart.
Zurich, Verlag fur Architektur,1949. 180pp, 247 illustrations, list of works. Open-weave cloth. 22x22. Vg, in pictorial dust wrapper, this chipped and a little grubby, now protected. £60.00
This was a pioneering monograph on Maillart (1872-1940). His bridge designs combined engineering excellence with a high degree of visual elegance. [All texts in English, French and German].
Thomas Mawson – two key works
29.MAWSON ThomasThe Art & Craft of Garden Making.
London, B.T.Batsford (1900)4th ed, 1912. Coloured frontis, xi, 404pp, 435 figs, incl numerous full-page plates, a few in colour, photo end papers. Patterned cloth, gilt lettered spine, 36x26. Ex library with occasional blind stamps only, spine rebacked retaining original spine strip. Good looking copy thus and contents vg. Some edge browning on cover. £150.00
One of the better editions of Mawsons’s epic work. It was re-edited with new illustrations added to each chapter. A splendid work, providing a comprehensive survey of the grander designs and principles of the period, including some with urban design implications.
30.MAWSON Thomas AThe Life & Work of an English Landscape Architect.An autobiography of Thomas A Mawson.
London, The Richards Press Ltd,nd . Pictoral end papers, tissue-guarded portrait frontis, 368pp, plus 71 plates. Gilt lettered decorated cloth. 25x19. Spine little faded and rubbed top and bottom, corners also little rubbed, inner hinges tender, not too bad, binding tight, overall good copy. £275.00
Mawson’s fascinating, and well written, autobiography. He describes his landscape architecture work as well as his involvement with city planning in Britain and Canada, working with William Lever, post-World War I Greek reconstruction, civic art plans for Northern cities etc. Mawson comes across as a highly significant figure, as shown in Janet Waymark's excellent recent biography. A very scarce and desirable work.
31.Müller. FELDHAUS Erich (intro)Neuere Arbeiten von Prof. Albinmüller.
Berlin, Friedrich Ernst Hübsch,1928. vi pp intro plus 47pp of plates with captions. Library binding, 27x21. Ex polytechnic library, small stamps throughout, tear to half-title. All pages suffer from off-setting which makes them appear grubby. Binding is tight. £50.00
Albin Müller (1871-1941), was architect of the Deutschen Theater-Ausstellung, Magdeburg 1927, with its dramatic brick-built tower. He was a part of the Darmstadt artists' colony and designed buildings in the city, for instance the well-known Darmstâdter Löwentor, close in design to the Pferdetor in Magdeburg, also by him. He also created the Magdeburg room at the St Louis World's Fair in 1904. From 1917 he was commonly known as Albinmüller, and was an innovative and remarkable architect who deserves to be better known.
Nairn’s famous polemics
32.NAIRN IanOutrage and Counter-Attack Against Subtopia.[2 uniform volumes]
London, The Architectural Press (originally published as “Architectural Review” specials, June 1955 & Dec. 1956)1955 & nd (1957?) "Outrage": iv, pp365-456, hundreds of illustrations (photos, line illustrations, maps etc). "Counter-Attack": ii, pp353-436, similarly illustrated. Uniform pictorial boards. 31x25. Nice copies. Dust wrappers have owner's label on front and are generally in poor condition, although now protected. £120.00
'Outrage' was Nairn's famous and highly-influential polemic against Britain’s creeping "Subtopia". 'Counter-Attack' was its sequel and is more positive, with case studies of good practice. Attractive works, with interesting graphics and layout, very 'period'. Now very scarce, especially as here in good condition.