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Sir Charles Allom [Sir Charles Carrick Allom] (1865-1947), British architect and decorator, knighted for his work on Buckingham Palace: Seven Typed Letters Signed (one 'Charles Allom' and the other six 'Chas. C. Allom') to various secretaries (Wood, Menzies and Perry) of the Royal Society of Arts.
1914, 1916, 1918 and 1921; all on letterhead of 15, George Street, Hanover Square, London W. All seven items 4to, 1 p. Each good, on lightly-aged paper. All bearing the Society's stamp, and six docketed. Letter Two to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Three to Six to G. K. Menzies, and Seven to W. Perry. Letter One: 9 July 1914. Querying whether members of the Society can describe themselves as 'Fellows'. Letter Two: 22 March 1916. Being 'unable to get an earlier passage [to America] owing to cancellation of boats', he will be delighted to preside over a meeting. 'I have delayed answering your invitation on account of the uncertainty of being able to book a passage at the present time, other than on an English boat, which is naturally extra dangerous.' Letter Three: 4 February 1918. He feels that 'there is an immense field open to the Society of Arts in drawing attention especially to the lamentable lack of taste in our architecture & in the education of the public taste. I am sorry to tell you that in my opinion, as one who has been through the Arts Schools and having a very practical knowledge of the subject that many of those whose opinions are guiding us to-day are the opinions of men very little fitted to lead the public in matters of taste.' Letter Four: 16 February 1918. He proposes a meeting to 'talk over the question of improving design.' 'With regard to lord Leverhulme's paper, it was at first magnificent, but I feel, and I am sure many others present felt, that it was lamentably weak at the end, in fact, most impracticable.' He would 'like one day to meet lord Leverhulme and see if my own views grated on to his, would not make a totally different plant of it. The first two-thirds of his paper were truly splendid, and all the time I was wishing that the working men and the members of the Cabinet were there to hear it'. He suggests that 'in future very ancient speakers should if possible be avoided, as these are days when the more brilliant thoughts of some younger men with newer ideas, might be of much more value'. Letter Five: 19 Febuary 1918. Suggesting lunch at the Devonshire Club. Letter Six: 14 March 1918. Regarding an invitation to join the 'Industrial Arts Committee'. Letter Seven: 23 February 1931. Sixteen lines. Regarding the woods used by his company. It disappoints him 'that pine, of which we use a good deal, is being severely reduced in value by that which comes from Russia, and upon which, I understand, prison or forced labour is employed. We also use oak, mahogany, walnut, a little teak, and a certain amount of deal, [...]'. (Book ref. 8469) £165.00
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Sir Aston Webb: Three Autograph Letters Signed and two Typed Letters Signed to Sir Henry Trueman Wood (named one letter) and G. K. Menzies (one letter), Secretaries, Royal Society of Arts.
1917 to 1919; on letterheads '19, QUEEN ANNES GATE, | WESTMINSTER, | LONDON, S.W.' British architect (1849-1930), noted for his work on Buckingham Palace, Admiralty Arch, the Victoria & Albert Museum, etc. All five items very good, though dusty. Two docketed and all five bearing R.S.A. stamp. ITEM ONE (one page, quarto, 5 January 1917): 'I have had the possibility of a paper on Charing Cross Bridge before me since you mentioned it. The matter is coming up in Parliament next Session & I think it would be extremely difficult for me to read such a paper just as a Parliamentary discussion or Committee is coming on. I feel sure you will see my position in the matter. There is also as you say practically very little fresh that can be said otherwise I would very willingly do it'. ITEM TWO (two pages, 12mo, 12 February 1918): '[A] very important engagement' will prevent him from taking the chair at 'Mr. Maurice B. Adams' lecture on the 20th. inst.' He has told Adams and asked 'Mr. John Slater' if he would take his place. ITEM THREE (one page, 12mo, 28 June 1918): Accepting the position of R.S.A. Vice President. ITEM FOUR (one page, 12mo, typed, 30 April 1919): 'I very much regret that owing to pressure of work I shall be unable to preside at your Meeting on the 21st May.' ITEM FIVE (one page, 12mo, typed, 26 June 1919): Accepting once again position of R.S.A. Vice President. 'I shall be obliged for summonses to your meetings, which I hope to attend if I possibly can.' (Book ref. 3873) £180.00
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Maurice Everett Webb [Sir Aston Webb; Royal Society of Arts]: Ten Typed Letters Signed to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.
1924 to 1927; on letterheads of Sir Aston Webb & Son, '19, QUEEN ANNE'S GATE, | WESTMINSTER, | LONDON, S.W.1.' Architect (1880-1939), son of Sir Aston Webb, designer of Admiralty Arch, the Victoria Memorial, etc. All ten items very good. Five docketed and six bearing R.S.A. stamp. All ten signed 'Maurice E. Webb'. An interesting and important correspondence, mainly concerning the renovation of the R.S.A.'s Adelphi building. ITEM ONE (15 May 1924, one page, 12mo): He is writing on behalf of his father, who is 'not yet able to answer his letters himself', 'to thank your Council for the kind expression of sympathy with him in his accident [...] the doctors consider that he is making as good progress as can be expected in the circumstances, but it is a very slow and tedious illness for him'. ITEM TWO (26 June 1924, one page, quarto) is on the same subject. ITEM THREE (8 January 1926, one page, quarto): He has not heard further from Sir Frank Baines, but revises the estimate 'for the work on the lines of the enclosed sketch shewing the arch brought into the centre, which I think probably Sir George Sutton will like to see.' ITEMS FOUR to SEVEN (21 and 25 January, 27 February and 10 June 1926, all one page, 12mo) mainly concern the same subject. (Item seven: 'We cannot find an original Adams' figure, but this is a model by Mr. Walter Gilbert from some Adams' drawings.' [not present]) ITEM EIGHT (19 October 1926, one page, quarto) gives three prices, involving Messrs Dove Brothers, Messrs Jacksons and Messrs Bradford (the last 'very good people'). ITEM NINE (12 November 1926, one page, 12mo): 'As you know on the original drawing on the front of the Royal Society of Arts the title is in Latin | "SOCIETATIS AUTIUM DOMUS" | Shall we use this for the back or put it in English?' ITEM TEN (3 February 1927, one page, 12mo) discusses a meeting with 'the Westminster City Council's Surveyor at the Society of Arts this morning'. See also Aston Webb, #3873. (Book ref. 3862) £210.00
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Le Roy & Cie, Brussels, Belgium [architecture; architectural design; interior decoration; furniture; nineteenth century albumen print photography]: 66 albumen print photographs of Belle Epoque decorative mouldings [moldings] and other architectural features; with one drawing of an overmantel.
Brussels, Belgium. Undated [Edwardian?]. Stamped on front pastedown 'LE ROY & CIE. | DECORATION GENERALE | 58, Avenue Fonsny, 58 | TEL. SABLON 2061'. In a landscape 12mo (roughly 12 x 17 cm) album of 29 leaves, bound in coarse brown cloth. The majority of the photographs are in good condition though lightly aged, with around 20 showing varying degrees of damage involving staining and chipping. The album itself is worn and aged, in a binding heavily-worn at spine and corners, and with spotted and aged leaves. Both sides of every leaf originally carried photographs (ranging in size from 15.5 x 11 cm to 7 x 5 cm), but the glue used to lay them down has become brittle, and 17 are now loose. Each page carrying pencil and ink numeration. An impressive and evocative record of the work of one of the leading firms in the field, providing a nice range of features, mostly in the Belle Epoque style, including overmantels, fireplaces and pieces of furniture. The items include an ornate plinth carrying a small sculpture, and a columned fireplace beneath a classical frieze, with the words 'Vrede Baart Vrede' carved into it. A few items are photographed with paintings (including a Gainsborough copy) and sculptures. A couple of items are photographed in situ, with the rest placed against a black backdrop. The drawing, on a piece of paper roughly 15 x 11 cm loosely inserted, is a simple design for an overmantel, with an illegible line with the reverse carrying five illegible words in English and what seems to be a signature. (Book ref. 6449) £200.00
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MODERN BRITISH DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE AND DECORATION Special Summer Number of 'The Studio' A.D. 1901
The Studio 1901 Large softback, pp32, followed by b/w plates and drawings. Ex-library, lacking rear cover, front cover very worn. A working copy. (SHELF 130) NOTE: Heavy Book, [1.1 kg+] might require special shipping arrangements (Book ref. 31276) £30.00
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Glasstone, Victor: Victorian and Edwardian Theatres: An Architectural and Social Survey
London: Thames & Hudson, 1975 A4 hardback, 136pp. Profusely illustrated with b&w and colour photographs. An important architectural survey of historic theatres. Very good condition. (Book ref. 13879) £20.00
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Fellows,Richard Edwardian Architecture Style and Technology
London: Lund Humphries, 1995. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good+/Very Good+. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 0853316538 This is a Very Good + Copy of this Book in a Very Good + Dust-Jacket,with NO chips or tears to the outer edges of the dust wrapper.Not price clipped.This copy was acquired from the impressive private library of Roy Ward Baker who started in the film industry as a tea boy and his first jobs were menial,but by 1938 he had risen to the level of as assistant director on Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938).He served in the Army during World War II, transferring to the Army Kinematograph Unit in 1943. One of his superiors at the time was novelist Eric Ambler who insisted on Baker being given his first big break directing The October Man, from an Ambler screenplay, in 1947.Ambler also adapted Walter Lord's A Night to Remember for Baker's 1958 screen version.His next two films, The Weaker Sex (1948) and Paper Orchid (1949) were popular but overshadowed by the success of Morning Departure (1950), also featuring John Mills.Morning Departure drew international attention to Baker's talent and prompted Darryl Zanuck, production head of 20th Century Fox,to invite him to Hollywood, though his first film for the company was made in the UK.During the early 1950s, Baker worked for three years at Fox where he directed Marilyn Monroe in Don't Bother to Knock (1952) and Robert Ryan in the 3D film noir Inferno (1953). He returned to the UK in 1953 and continued to work on films.He worked for television during the 1960s. He directed episodes of The Avengers, The Saint, The Persuaders! and The Champions all adventure series created with an eye on the American market.He directed, among others, Quatermass and the Pit (1967) The Vampire Lovers (1970) and Scars of Dracula (1970) for Hammer, and Asylum (1972) and The Vault of Horror (1973) for Amicus. He also directed Bette Davis in the black comedy The Anniversary (1968).In the latter part of the 1970s he returned to television, and throughout the 1980s continued to work on shows such as Minder. He retired in 1992.4to 160pp First Edition 1st Impression (Book ref. 58058) £10.00
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Middleton, G MODERN BUILDINGS, Their Planning, Construction & Equipment
Caxton Publishing, London 1910s ? "Six 200pp folios complete. Many ills including color plates. Gilt decorated art nouveau bindings. Slight wear to head of backstrips else fine. Sections include ""School and Hospital Planning"", ""The Law of Easements"", ""Heating, Ventilating, and Lighting"", ""Steel Construction"", ""Town Houses, Shops, and Offices"", ""The Planning of Cottages and Country Houses"", ""Public Buildings"", ""Ecclesiastical Buildings"", ""Armoured Concrete and Masonry Construction"", ""Australian Planning and Construction"", ""South African Planning and Construction"" and a section on miscellaneous buildings including fire houses, theatres, hotels, stables, dairies, library fittings, laundry fittings, fire stations, etc. Color plates include ""Aldershot Fire Station"" and ""Suggestions for Ornamental Tiles by the Pilkington Tile & Pottery Co."" Double page illustrations iclude ""Design for a Draper's Shop"", ""Design for a Mineral Spring and Swimming Baths at at Spa"", ""Joiners Details of Door and Window"" and an illustration showing domestic interiors." (Book ref. 33941) £250.00
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Mark Camp & Barbara Birchwood Harper The Book of Looe : Tourism, Trawlers & Trade
UK: Halsgrove, 2007. First Edition. Cloth. As New/As New. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 9781841146218 Signed by Author The story of Looe in pictures and early photographs contributed by local people, in particular Rex Raddie of the 3rd generation of the family to run a photographic shop in the town. Here can be seen the development of Looe and the life of its people, esp. during the last 150 years -- how they have earned a living (fishing , lime, copper, tourism) and amused themselves in both war and peace; the changing scene (sailing-ships in the river, bathing huts on the beach), the churches, bridges and buildings. Here is where what you see today came from out of the mists of history and the many past lives of its people... If you have lived or holidayed in Looe and love the place, then this is a cornucopia of interesting fact, explanation, nostalgia and invocation of the spirit of the town. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Signed by authors on f.fep. 160 pages, incl. index. DJ unclipped. Book tight and clean. (Book ref. 003625) £21.00
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Hilary Hockman Edwardian House Style
UK: David & Charles, 1994. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 071530206X Text in English. HB. Orange cloth boards with white lettering to spine. 192 pages incl. index & numerous mostly photo. illus. mostly in colour. There is a brown (watercolour paint?) stain approx. 1 x 0.5 inch on b.fep and just visible on previous biblio. page thus rendering Condition VG rather than Fine. DJ unclipped, in its own transparent protective cover. Book tight and clean. (Book ref. 003597) £34.00
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Cyril Bainbridge Pavilions on the Sea : a History of the Seaside Pleasure Pier
London: Robert Hale, 1986. First Edition. Cloth. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 0709027907 HB. Blue cloth boards with silver lettering to spine. 221 pages incl. fwd., intro., index , gazetteer of surviving piers, chronology of piers, 26 colour plates, numerous intext b&w illus. DJ unclipped with only very slight wear around edges and corners and in its own transparent protective cover. Book tight and clean. (Book ref. 003566) £27.00
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GLADWIN, D.D. Victorian and Edwardian Canals from Old Photographs.
London: B.T. Batsford., 1976. 1st.. Hard Cover.. VG./VG.. 0713430613 120pp. Fascinating collection of 168 b&w archive photos from public and private collections of the golden ages of Britains waterways. Unread copy, d/j price clipped. (Book ref. 010767) £6.00
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ALASTAIR SERVICE EDWARDIAN ARCHITECTURE: HANDBOOK TO BUILDING DESIGN IN BRITAIN, 1890-1914 (WORLD OF ART)
THAMES & HUDSON LTD Published by Thames & Hudson Ltd in 1977. Paperback.. Number of pages: 216. Condition: Very Good. May show some slight signs of wear. Shipped from UK. Delivery is usually 2 - 3 working days from order by Royal Mail, International Delivery is by Airmail. (Book ref. 8797991) £5.00
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Service, Alastair: Edwardian Architecture
London: Thames & Hudson, 1977 1st. edn. 216 pp. Numerous b/w illus. World of Art Library. Pictorial card covers very slightly rubbed on corners else a fine copy. (Book ref. 1681) £5.00
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Service, Alastair; Pevsner, Nikolaus, [contributor] Edwardian Architecture and its Origins
London: The Architectural Press Limited, 1975. First Edition. Green hardback cloth cover. G : in Good condition without dust jacket. Inner front hinge a little weak. Ex.-lib. 504pp :: Photographs and line drawings :: 300mm x 240mm (12" x 9") :: Contributors include Nikolaus Pevsner and Ernest Newton (Book ref. r0287) £66.00
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"Alexander Stuart Gray,Jean Breach,Nicholas Breach" "Edwardian Architecture: A Biographical Dictionary"
"University of Iowa Press 1986" "Hardback,ex-library, with usual stamps and markings, in fair all round condition, suitable as a study copy. Ships within 24 hours. pp., 1650grams, ISBN:0877451362" (Book ref. 1497650) £38.15
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MINTO C S Victorian and Edwardian Edinburgh from Old Photographs
London: B T Batsford, 1976. 0713403330 Decorated Paper. Very Good. First in This Form. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. illus.,156 photographs (Book ref. 10094) £4.00
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Glasstone, Victor: Victorian & Edwardian Theatres
London:Thames & Hudson, 1975 A4 illus colour softback covers. Very good condition, 136pp, profusely illustrated with b&w and colour photographs. An important architectural survey of historic theatres. (Book ref. 307) £15.00
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----: The Theatres Trust Annual Reports Nos 1-26
London:The Theatres Tust A run of The Theatres Trust annual reports. The Theatres Trust was set up by Act of Parliament for the better protection of Theatres - the reports cover planning issues, restoration projects and theatreconstruction issues, very well illustrated the later ones in full colour, all in fine condition. (Book ref. 2303) £65.00
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Fellows,Richard: EDWARDIAN ARCHITECTURE. Style and Technology.
London: Lund Humphries,1995. 160pp.with many b/w illusts. Nr.FINE in VG++ dw. (Book ref. 12143) £7.50
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