People's Palaces, Victorian and Edwardian Pubs of Scotland
Edinburgh: Paul Harris, 1983 First paperback edition. Paperback 24x19 cm, 110 bw ills, glossary, index Pagination: 167. This is a celebration of the golden age of the Scottish pub (1880-1910) when licensed premises were made to conform to late Victorian standards of beauty and utility with elaborate wrought-iron signs, stained glass windows and resplendent gas lamps. Some architects made a speciality of pub design and the best craftsmen were used to carry out their strikingly effective schemes. This book not only considers the design of the public house, with examples drawn from all over Scotland, but also the wider social background highlighting attitudes and opinions on strong drink many of which persist to this day, unlike many of our finest pubs which have been torn down.. Book: corners of covers sl bumped, two v small stains to lower edge, spreading slightly to margins of a few pages, v small patches of surface loss to lower edge of a few plates, VG, Jacket: n/a (Book ref. 3033) £12.00
DECORATIVE GLASS of the 19th and early 20th Centuries - A Source Book.
Newton Abbot. David & Charles. 1996. lst edn. HEAVY large square hardback which will require extra postage. Before ordering please contact us direct for a postage quote. 192 pages. Over 150 specially commissioned photographs in colour. B.w. diagrams. Fine in black boards with gilt lettering to spine, in a fine d.w. Ex shop stock. Unread book. Demonstrates the role of decorative glass in architecture throughout the Victorian and Edwardian eras and will prove indispensable to anyone seeking to restore period authenticity to their home. ISBN: 0-7153-0497-6. (Book ref. 3367) £19.95
EDWARDIAN ARCHITECTURE AND ITS ORIGINS.
Architectural Press Limited 1975. 1st Ed. 4to. 504pp. Profusely ills. Original bright boards, spine sl. bumped, sl. rubbed and chipped d/w. A collection of essays which include appreciations of Webb, Nesfield, Shaw, Voysey, Mackintosh, Lutyens, and various of their contemporaries. US$109 (Book ref. 212439) £70.00
EDWARDIAN ARCHITECTURE. A Biographical Dictionary. Foreword by Nicholas Taylor.
Wordsworth Editions 1988. Reprint. 4to. 421pp. Profusely illus. with photos. by Jean Nicholas Breach and drawings by Charlotte Halliday. Good in d/w. Lavishly illustrated historical survey. US$39 (Book ref. 211644) £25.00
Rise of the Nouveaux Riches : Style and Status in Victorian and Edwardian Architecture
John Murray, U.K., 1999 First Edition. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. xiv, 354 pages, size 9.25 inches tall by 6.5 inches with an index. Profusely illustrated with black and white photographs. 'There have been many books about Victorian and Edwardian houses, but this is the first to concentrate on the taste of the nouveaux riches. Not just the rich but the very rich: millionaires and multi-millionaires who grew wealthy in the aftermath of the Industrial Revolution. Lancashire cotton mills and Liverpool shipping; Welsh and Scottish iron and steel; North American real estate; South African diamonds and gold; Irish beer; Glasgow chemicals; Anglo-German banking; and stock market speculation in London and New York - that was how they made their money. But what did they do with it? Where and how did they live? This book describes the houses of the richest nouveaux riches - the Rothschilds, the Guinnesses, the Beits and the Brasseys, the Barings, the Wernhers, the Tenants, the Sassoons - and explains the economic and social context which sustained their extraordinary lifestyles. The impact of their wealth on the fabric of fashionable society was striking. In effect, this book tells the story of the re-making of the British ruling class. Mansions in Mayfair, shooting boxes in the Highlands, houses in the home counties and the shires: with numerous photographs and quotations from novels, diaries and memoirs, this eye-opening study recreates a vanished epoch - the gilded world of the nouveaux riches.' Book - in Fine [much better than Very Good] bright black boards with silver lettering. Contents, Fine. Dust Jacket - [SEE SCAN] - Fine. An Attractive Copy. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Architecture; History; ISBN: 0719560403. Inventory No: 004595. (Book ref. 004595) £25.00
Victorian and Edwardian Windmills and Watermills from old photographs.
London, B.T. Batsford Ltd., 1983. 4to, cloth, original illustrated price-clipped dustwrapper, with a frontispiece and 136 illustrations, a very good copy. (Book ref. 32137) £6.50
Edwardian Architecture - A Handbook to Building Design in Britain 1890-1914
Oxford University Press 1977 New York pp 216 241 platesService index bibliogr. paper covers Very Good (Book ref. 2384) £5.00
The Book of the Edwardian & Interwar House
London: Aurum Press, 2009. Cloth. New/New. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 9781845133405 Heavy Item Postage Quote Over a million houses were built in Britain during the Edwardian period and another four million in the years between the two World Wars; most of these are still in use as homes today. This book explains to current owners of such houses why and by whom their properties were built, how the original occupants would have decorated, furnished and used them, and the development of the distinctive architectural styles of the time. The leading architects of the Edwardian period were enthusiasts for a return to English vernacular styles, in contrast to what they considered the dry rigidities of classicism and the extravaganzas of the Gothic revival and they were also obliged for the first time to address the changes necessary to incorporate innovations such as modern sanitation, bathing facilities and the use of electricity into their designs. The first half of the book looks at the styles which these men created for showpiece developments such as Hampstead Garden Suburb and Letchworth Garden City and the way in which their designs were copied by speculative builders and adapted for the first council houses as the suburbs started to spread ever-outwards along the railway lines and the new arterial roads from the centre of London and other great cities. There are also chapters on the gardens of the period. In the second half of the book individual chapters are devoted to the various elements of the house - fireplaces and chimneys, doors and windows, kitchens, bathrooms and WCs, staircases, etc – to the methods and materials used in their construction and to the decorative styles and materials fashionable at the time. For anyone who now owns or lives in a house built between 1900 and 1939 and who is interested in its history or in maintaining or restoring its period character this book will be an invaluable resource. Richard Russell Lawrence is the co-author, illustrator and designer of The Period Home: Style, Detail and Decoration 1774-1914 and the co-author or editor of six other books. 264pp. (Book ref. 027316) £20.00
The House Beautiful and Useful - Being practical suggestions on furnishing and decoration
London: Cassell, 1907. paperback. Good+. Pale green cloth wrappers; worn, but intact; spine worn, but intact. Colour frontispiece, with tissue guard. Stitched binding fragile; contents page loose, but rest of pp intact. B/w illustrations. Owner's name on front endpaper. Quite wonderful guide to middle-class existence in that long, golden Edwardian afternoon before the Great War shattered European civilization forever. ; 4to (9" x 11"); 224 pages (Book ref. 16174) £40.00
Victorian and Edwardian Town Halls
Routledge & Kegan Paul Books, 1981. 071000723x Hardback. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Vg/vg, grey/green cloth with gilt lettering, pinkish illustrated jacket with green text, a little sunned along spine and top edge, otherwise, boards, jacket, pages, text and b&w photos and illustrations, crisp, unmarked and bright. ; 10 x 8 x 1.5"; 332 pages (Book ref. 16129) £17.00
Note, in a secretarial hand, signed by Blomfield ('Reginald . Blomfield'), to Dollman.
7 November 1906; on letterhead of 1 New Court, Temple [London]. 12mo, 1 p. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. From the context of other items in the same collection, this letter relates to an 'Artists general Benevolent Banquet' (for which Dollman was acting as steward). Blomfield would be pleased to join Dollman, but has 'already promised my subscription to Pomeroy' (presumably acting as steward for a rival dinner). Addressed to Dollman at Hove House, Newton Grove, Bedford Park. (Book ref. 8790) £33.00
Autograph Letter Signed ('P Watts') to Archibald Hurd, 5 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London N.W.
20 [corrected from 18] October 1909; on embossed Admiralty letterhead. 4to, 2 pp, 25 lines. Good, on slightly discoloured and grubby paper. Watts takes issue with 'The statement of British Shipbuilding Programmes since 1889' which Hurd has forwarded. 'It was found more convenient to draw up the table again', and Watts is sending 'the result of the investigations which have been made' (table not present). He is in 'complete agreement' with the 'statements under the headings of Battleships, Armoured Cruisers and 1st. class Cruisers', but 'Under the headings of 2nd. and 3rd. class Cruisers, Destroyers, Torpedo Boats & Submarines the figures required a good deal of correction.' Watts presumes a statement by Hurd refers to '18 Torpedo gunboats of the Sharpshooter class built under the Naval Defence Act'. He questions the accuracy of Hurd's title 'because the actual Programmes included certain ships which were never built; whereas the figures given include ships only which were actually built.' Hurd, who was with the Telegraph between 1899 and 1928, had been editor of the Naval and Military Record between 1896 and 1899, and would be joint editor of Brassey's Naval Shipping Annual between 1921 and 1928. (Book ref. 6495) £100.00
Autograph Letter Signed ('Herbert Baker') to 'Dear Lady' (i.e. Bower's wife), regarding elections in the Cape Colony. With fragment of another autograph letter, signed 'H. B.'
16 August 1898; on letterhead of The Grotto, Rondebosch [Cape Town, South Africa]. 12mo, 6 pp. Bifolium and single leaf. Text clear and complete. Good, on aged paper. Begins with apology over 'a stupid mistake about your parcel'. 'I was awfully depressed at leaving England - in June too - but the dulness of the voyage made me forget what I left and I really did feel pleased to see table mountain again - this side of it at least.' Complains about the 'wretched elections', which have 'absorbed everything'. 'I was very sorry to find feeling so very bitter, race sentiments so strong and most people so personal'. 'Merriman' (John Xavier Merriman, last Prime Minister of the Cape Colony) has 'gone too far', and 'the vulgar crowd of newspaper readers look upon him as a political villain and Sir James as a paragon of virtue; so much for popularity'. He declines to 'prophecy', but finds that 'the dutch are solid anti-Rhodes being more united than they have ever been and Rhodes party seems very doubtful as to the result'. He is 'settling down to Colonial life again' and is 'still at the Grotto', having 'no money to build a house elsewhere'. The accompanying fragment, without date, place or name of recipient, consists of a 12mo leaf, with one page of text signed 'H. B.' In poor condition, with loss to five lines. (Book ref. 8679) £125.00
Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed correspondent.
January 1881; on letterhead 'CROWN HILL, | NORWOOD. S.E.' Architect and engraver (1839-1922). One page, 12mo. With mourning border. In good condition, but with evidence of previous mounting on brown paper on reverse. Addressed to 'Dear Doctor'. He thanks him for his 'kind care of us' ('your crippled patient gave you much trouble') and asks him to accept a copy of his 'Belgium' ('Etchings in Belgium. With descriptive letterpress', 1878), which he is sending through the '<post?>' and 'will probably arrive someday'. Signed 'Ernest George'. Docketed in ink on reverse. (Book ref. 3642) £40.00
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
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
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
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
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
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