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Art / Architecture

- A Collection of Paintings By Zhang Anzhi

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Many colour illustrations of the artist's paintings with title in Chinese and English. Short biography of the artist in English.
Published : 1990,

- A Collection of Paintings in Dong Fang Hotel

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in the original glacine wrapper. 145 pages. Numerous illustrations, mostly in colour. Text in Chinese and English.
Published : People's Fine Arts Publishing House, Beijing 1986, First Edition

- A Dictionary of Painters, Sculptors, Architects and Engravers, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Most Celebrated Artists, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time; to Which is Added an Appendix ----

Hardback. A good copy in a green, full leather binding blocked in gilt and decorated in gilt on spine. Lacks title-piece although the title can still be seen on the leather. Some wear to spine ends and edges. Marbled edges and end-papers. No ownership inscription. A little foxing to early and late pages.,484. The title continues: "To Which is Added an Appendix comprising the substance of Walpole's Anecdotes of Painting in England from Vertue, Forming a complete English School."
Published : Gale and Curtis, London 1810, First Edition

- A Tribute Offered By the University of Aberdeen to the Memory of William Kelly, LL.D., A.R.S.A.

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a little torn at top of spine. Bookplate. 90pp + 32 pp illustrations. Frontispiece. Kelly was an Aberdeen architect.
Published : Aberdeen University Press 1949, First Edition

- An Inventory of the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Roxburghshire - Volumes I and II

Hardbacks, 4to. A near very good two volume set in good dustwrappers, the wrapper of volume I having a chip on the rear panel. Both wrappers are now protected in a clear removable sleeve. Moderate superficial damp-fading to the outer edge of the boards of each volume. 506 pages in total. 618 plans and illustrations. Map in pocket at the end of Volume II.
Published : Her Majesty's Stationery Office, Edinburgh 1956, First Edition

- An Inventory of the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Selkirkshire with the Fifteenth Report of the Commission

Hardback. 4to. A good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. Fairly extensive, but superficial, damp-staining, to the boards which does not affect the book internally and which is concealed by the good, complete, dustwrapper. Some foxing to spine of wrapper. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. A very good copy internally. Pp.xxiv,185. 142 plans and illustrations. Folding map in pocket at rear.
Published : Her Majesty's Stationery Office, Edinburgh 1957, First Edition

- An Inventory of The Ancient And Historical Monuments of the City of Edinburgh

4to A very good copy in a rather chipped and torn dustwrapper. Ends bumped. Pp. lxviii +289. 431 plans and illustrations. An inventory in the series produced by the Royal Commission on the Ancient Monuments of Scotland.
Published : HMSO, Edinburgh 1951, First Edition

- Edward Bawden a Seventy-Fifth Birthday Exhibition 20 February - 10 March 1978

A near fine copy in paper wraps. This is number 336 of 800 copies of this exhibition catalogue. Includes an Appreciation by Carel Weight. Unpaginated but 16 pages including four pages of black and white illustrations.
Published : The Fine Art Society, London, First Edition

- John Gardiner Crawford Acrylic and Watercolour Paintings

Softback. Oblong 4to. A very good copy. Signed by the artist. Unpaginated but 72 pages. 14 colour plates + 13 black and white plates, all full page + cover illustration in colour. Introduction by James D. Boyd. Biographical details and bibliography of the artist. This was a catalogue for an exhibition of Crawfords's works in Glasgow.
Published : William Hardie Gallery, Glasgow 1993, First Edition

- Stone Cleaning in Scotland : Research Commission Investigating the Effects of Cleaning of Sandstone

Softback. 4to. A fine copy. 93 pages. 36 plates, including colour. 11 figures. Summarises the result of research into the cleaning of sandstone.
Published : Historic Scotland and the Robert Gordon University, Edinburgh 1992, First Edition

- Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal Vol. 4 1998

Softback 4to.. A very good copy with many black and white and a few colour illustrations. Contents include papers on a small Mesolithic site at Craighead Golf Course, Fife Ness, Fife; Excavations on the Roman temporary camp at Longforgan, near Dundee; Excavations at Green's Playhouse, 106-110 Nethergate, Dundee; Four small excavations in Arbroath in the early 1980's etc. 326 pages.
Published : Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee, Glenrothes 1998, First Edition

- The Glasgow Boys 1880-1900 Part Two the History of the Group and Illustrations

Softcover. A very good copy of Part Two of this exhibition catalogue. 121 pages. 99 black and white plates.
Published : Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh 1971, First Edition

- The Rudiments of Architecture, or, the Young Workman's Instructor

Hardback. A very good copy in pretend marbled boards and leather spine. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. A little browning to page edges. This edition is limited to 300 copies and is a facsimile reprint, with a new Introduction, of the second printing of 1778. The main interest of the book today lies in the plates (of doors, windows, columns etc) and the 23 Designs of houses.
Published : Black & Harris 1992,

- Turner 1775-1851

4to. Substantial soft-cover exhibition catalogue. 200pp. Many illus. including full-page colour plates.
Published : Trustees of the Tate Gallery, London 1975,

Anderson William J. - The Architecture of the Renaissance in Italy

A fair copy. Spine worn and marked. Front hinges cracked. Prize label. 185pp. Frontispiece and 63 plates. Many illustrations in text. This is a good reading copy.
Published : B. T. Batsford Ltd, London 1901,

Anglesey, the Marquess of (Introduction) - All the Queen's Horses : The Art of Lynne Gleason

Illustrated by Lynne Gleason.
Hardback. A fine copy in dark blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. In a very good slipcase. No. 438 of 950 copies. SIGNED by the artist. Pp.v,182 + list of subscribers, a photograph of the artist and threee fold-out plates at the end. The book is a record of two years work by Lynne Gleason with The Household Cavalry, The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery and The Royal Mews and includes all of the series of paintings which she produced. The text is provided by the Marquess of Anglesey who is the official biographer of the British Cavalry. The Foreword is by Princess Anne. A corrigenda slip is loosely inserted. "This limited edition beautifully presented book will be treasured by all who love horses, art, or who appreciate a very special record of some of the finest traditions still extant at the end of this millennium."
Published : Alexander Associates, Fowey, Cornwall 1997,

Armour George Denholm - Bridle and Brush : Reminiscences of an Artist Sportsman

A good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Some fading to spine but lettering quite readable. Corner crease in rear board. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. Not foxed. Pp.xiv,390. 4 colour plates and 127 drawings in black and white by the author, Joseph Crawhall, Phil May, Maurice Greiffenhagen and Major C.A. Rickards.
Published : Eyre & Spottiswoode, London 1937, First Edition

Bain, George - The Methods of Construction of Celtic Art

Hardback. 4to. A good copy in cream cloth boards decorated in gilt on the upper board and lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine. Bookplate. 166 pages. Numerous illustrations throughout + 40 plates at the end including three in colour. Colour frontispiece and further colour illustration of the Tara Brooch. An important and influential book which contributed to the revival of interest in Celtic art.
Published : William MacLellan, Glasgow 1951, First Edition

Baird William - John Thomson of Duddingston: Pastor and Painter a Memoir with a Critical Review of His Works

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's red cloth with title and vignette in gilt on front board and title in gilt on spine. Top edge gilt. Spine slightly faded. 12 plates including frontispiece. Gift label from the Ebenezer P.S.A. Brotherhood on front free endpaper. Protected in a removable cover.
Published : Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier, Edinburgh 1907,

Bakker Boudewijn (Introduction and Notes) - Amsterdam in the Eighteenth Century

Nd.1970s? Oblong folio. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which is a little rubbed. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription, foxing or other internal marking. Unpaginated. 59 illustrations + dustwrapper and end-paper illustrations of Amsterdam in the 18th century selected from "the superb collection of drawings, watercolours and gouaches" in the Amsterdam municipal archives. With "an informative general introduction and full notes on each of the plates." Text in English.
Published : Uitgeverij Elmar, Delft,

Banksy - Wall and Piece

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 207 pages. Illustrated throughout with many in colour.
Published : Century, London 2005,

Bateman Robert - The World of Robert Bateman

4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 168pp + Appendix. More than 90 colour plates. Black and white illustrations. A celebration of Bateman's wildlife art.
Published : Viking 1985, First Edition

Beard Geoffrey - The Work of Robert Adam

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 244pp. 60 colour plates. 181 black and white plates.
Published : Bloomsbury Books, London 1992,

Beard, Geoffrey - The Work of Robert Adam

Hardback. 4to. Signed by the author and quarter bound in green morocco leather this is number 11 of 150 copies in the special 250th anniversary binding. A fine copy in a very good slip-case. Pp.x,244. 60 colour plates. 181 black and white plates.
Published : John Bartholomew & Son, Edinburgh & London 1978, First Edition

Benedite Leonce (Introductory Essay) : Millet Jean Francois - The Drawings of Jean Francois Millet with Fifty Facsimile Reproductions of the Master's Work

Hardback. Folio. A very good copy in vellum boards (a little soiled) lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated in gilt on the upper board. All edges gilt.This is no.13 of 50 copies.,36 + 49 tissue-guarded tipped-in plates at the end. Coloured tipped-in frontispiece. Photographs available on request.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1906, First Edition

Betjeman John - Vintage London

4to. A very good copy in a poor dustwrapper which lacks its spine panel. Some damp spotting to front end-papers. 24pp. 11 attractive tipped-in colour plates. 12 text illustrations.
Published : William Collins Sons & Co Ltd, London 1942, First Edition

Bianco Pamela and De La Mare Walter - Flora a Book of Drawings

Nd. c. 1919. 4to. Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a little chipped at the spine ends. No ownership inscription. 45 pages. Many illustrations including eight in colour. The book grew out of an exhibition in 1919 of the paintings of Pamela Bianco, a child of 12 years old. Walter De La Mare was inspired by the drawings to write the poems which accompany them in the book.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1919, First Edition

Billcliffe, Roger - The Scottish Colourists: Cadell, Fergusson, Hunter, Peploe

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a price-clipped but otherwise fine dustwrapper. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve.176 pages. 136 colour plates.
Published : John Murray, London 1990,

Billings Robert William - Architectural Antiquities of the County of Durham

4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. One small damp stain at foot of lower board. 64pp + 64 engravings. First published in 1846.
Published : Frank Graham, Newcastle Upon Tyne 1974,

Blackwood John - London's Immortals: The Complete Outdoor Commemorative Statues

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in publisher's dark blue cloth with title in gilt on front board and on spine. INSCRIBED by the author on front free end-paper.. Profusely illustrated in colour and black and white. 380 pages. Very good dustwrapper, (depicting the statue of Sir Winston Churchill,) which is not price-clipped.
Published : Savoy Press, London 1989, First Edition

Bourne Patrick (Introduction) - The Glasgow Boys 1885-1895

4to. A very good copy. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Colour frontispiece and 20 colour plates with some accompanying text. Unpaginated - c.40 pages.This is an exhibition catalogue which includes works by E. A. Hornel, Sir John Lavery, Arthur Melville and others.
Published : Bourne Fine Art and the Fine Art Society, Edinburgh and London 2004,

Braun Hugh - An Introduction to English Mediaeval Architecture

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. This is the Faber edition with a Readers Union label affixed to the title page. 297pp. Frontispiece and 214 illustrations. 43 line drawings in text.
Published : 1968,

Briggs Martin S. - Wren the Incomparable

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has some fading to spine. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 292pp. Frontispiece and 62 plates. 31 figures. A comprehensive study of the life and achievement of Sir Christopher Wren.
Published : George Allen & Unwin, London 1953, First Edition

Brigham John E. (Translator) - The Graphic Work of M.C. Escher

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. Bookplate. 22 pages text + 69 plates including colour. Escher is described as "one of Europe's most original graphic artists".
Published : Oldbourne, London 1967,

Brockie Keith - The Silvery Tay Paintings and Sketches from a Scottish River

4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Would be near-fine but lower ends are a little bumped. 150 paintings, sketches and drawings of the birds, animals, flowers and plants that are to be found along the River Tay.
Published : J.M. Dent & Sons, London 1988, First Edition

Brockie, Keith - Mountain Reflections

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a very good dustwrapper which has one small tear at the head of the spine. 128 pages. Illustrations, mainly in colour, throughout of the birds and animals of mountain country, in particular the ptarmigan and the mountain hare.
Published : Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh 1993, First Edition

Brogden W.A. - Aberdeen an Illustrated Architectural Guide

Softback. A very good copy. 152 pages. Many black and white illustrations. Maps. Signed by author.
Published : Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, Edinburgh 1986, First Edition

Brown J. Hullah - Water-Colour Guidance for the Student the Amateur and the Occasional Colourist

A very good copy in a good, slightly chipped dustwrapper. Ownership inscription. 302pp. 24 colour illustrations. Many black and white diagrams. A thorough study of water colour painting.
Published : A & C Black, London 1931, First Edition

Brown, Iain Gordon - Building for Books : The Architectural Evolution of the Advocates' Library, 1680-1925

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xx,273. An authoritative study "which makes a fascinating contribution both to the architectural and cultural history of Scotland, and to the history of one of the country's most distinguished intellectual institutions".
Published : Aberdeen University Press 1989, First Edition

Burchard John E. Et al (Editors) - Planning the University Library Building: a Summary of Discussions By Librarians, Architects and Engineers

Hardback. A very good copy in light green cloth lettered in black. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xvii,145. 14 illustrations.
Published : Princeton University Press 1949, First Edition

Burn R. Scott (Editor) - The New Guide to Masonry, Bricklaying and Plastering Theoretical and Practical

Nd. c.1872? Probably first edition. 4to. A handsome volume which has been rebound in a maroon half-leather binding lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine. Five raised bands on spine. New end-papers. Pp.xi,440. Extra illustrated title page. 160 plates at end. 346 wood engravings in the text. Intended to be "the most comprehensive and exhaustive Treatise hitherto issued" relating to "the Building Arts". Includes examples from the Universal Exposition in Paris of 1867. A very nice, clean copy.
Published : McGready, Thomson & Niven, Glasgow, Melbourne and Dunedin,

Bury Adrian (Editor) - Rowlandson Drawings

4to. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper browned, and with minor wear and tear, at the edges. 96pp. 82 black and white drawings by Thomas Rowlandson introduced by Adrian Bury.
Published : Avalon Press, London 1949, First Edition

Bushnell George Herbert - Scottish Engravers a Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Engravers and of Engravers Who Worked in Scotland to the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century

Hardback. Slim 8vo. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A little foxing. Pp.xii,60. A summary of the lives and works of 237 engravers.
Published : Oxford University Press 1949, First Edition

Buxbaum, Tim - Scottish Garden Buildings : From Food to Folly

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 192 pages. Numerous illustrations including colour. Covers pineapple houses, doocots, gatehouses, gazebos, summerhouses etc.
Published : Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh 1989, First Edition

Callow John - Landscape in Water-Colors Vere Foster's Drawing Copy Book L1-9 and L11,12

Nd. c.1870? Consists of eleven paper covered booklets in good condition held loosely within the cloth hardcover binding for this series (Vere Foster's Drawing Series - IV). The binding is a little marked and faded on the back cover. The booklets each have a sepia plate and a water-colour plate and three pages of text. There were 12 booklets in the series. 11 are present here, L10 being missing.
Published : Marcus Ward, London,

Campbell Mungo - The Line of Tradition

4to. Softback. 95pp. 63 illustrations mostly in colour. A catalogue to accompany an exhibition of watercolours, drawings and prints by Scottish artists from 1700 to 1990.
Published : National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh 1993, First Edition

Carli Enzo - Aldo Cortina

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Inscribed presentation copy from Aldo Cortina. 116 pages. A book of colour plates of Cortina's paintings with a short Introduction in Italian.
Published : Edizioni Martello, Milan 1981, First Edition

Cha Louis (Introduction) - Contemporary Chinese Painting

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 143 pages. Illustrates in colour 120 Chinese paintings by 55 artists. Includes brief biographies of the artists. Text in Chinese and English.
Published : The Chinese University Press, Hong Kong 1986, First Edition

Chambers Robert - The Ancient Domestic Architecture of Edinburgh [and] Edinburgh Castle as Before the Siege of 1573

Hardback. This is a bound copy of two papers read before the Archaeological Institute in Edinburgh in July 1856 and probably dates from shotly after that time. Maroon boards with black leather spine lettered in gilt. Horizontal crease across rear board. Pencilled inscription on front fixed end-paper reads "Bought by me at sale of the Powfoulis library." 36 pages. Illustrated. A good copy.
Published : Privately Published,

Clarke Sommers and Engelbach R. - Ancient Egyptian Masonry: The Building Craft

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Some wear to spine ends and edges. Ownership inscription and blind stamp on front end-paper. Pp.xvi,242. Frontispiece and 268 illustrations. A ground-breaking study of the methods employed in the construction of stone buildings in ancient Egypt.
Published : Oxford University Press/ Humphrey Milford, London 1930, First Edition