1 p.l., 89 pp. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers, uncut. [London]: Messrs. Puttick & Simpson, 20-25 July 1865.
A lovely copy in original state. 1778 lots including many of the great folio architectural works. We have been unable to determine the architect whose library is being sold here.
❧ Not in BM English Book Sales.
1 p.l., 89 pp. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers, uncut. [London]: Messrs. Puttick & Simpson, 20-25 July 1865.
99 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Joullain, 1778.
The uncommon sale catalogue, fully priced throughout, of a noteworthy collection, devoted primarily to Italian art and sculpture. Bourlat de Montredon (?-1777), was an influential amateur and collector who resided in Constantinople for forty years.
The catalogue thoroughly describes 695 lots, many of which are composed of numerous items. Lots 579-671 are Bourlat de Montredon’s impressive group of books of prints, mostly focused on the architecture and decorative arts of Italy, including a number of works by Piranesi. The descriptions offer occasional notes on...
Lithograph frontis. port. of the collector. 2 p.l., 14, , 166 pp. 8vo, attractive antique half-calf paste-paper boards, red morocco lettering-piece on spine, spine gilt. Paris: J.S. Merlin, 1824.
The uncommon sale catalogue of Hurtault (1765-1824), Architecte du roi, member of the Institut, and inspector general of public works, who conducted significant restorations of the Tuileries and Fontainebleau. He was especially interested in English architecture — demonstrated by the numerous British books in his collection — and designed several gardens in the English style, including one at Fontainebleau.
This was one of the finest professional libraries of architecture of the early 19th century and its...
2 p.l., 35 pp. 8vo, modern wrappers. Paris: A. Aubry, 1853.
A very rare sale catalogue. Huvé (1783-1852), was a leading architect of his time who was chosen to complete la Madeleine after its original architect, Vignon, died. At the height of his career, Huvé was president of the Société centrale des architectes, professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and a member of the Institut, having replaced Charles Percier. He was closely associated with many aristocratic families in France, including that of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, an employee at Huvé’s firm. A staunch adherent of the neoclassical style, he designed hospitals, theaters and churches...
40 pp. 8vo, late 19th-century calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece. Paris: J.B. Coignard, 1742.
An extremely rare catalogue of “one of the most important and renowned collections of antiquities assembled in the 18th century.”–Astrid Dostert, “La description historique des antiques du cardinal de Polignac par Moreau de Mautour…”, Journal des savants, 2001, Vol. I, pp. 93-152–(an extremely informative article).
Cardinal Polignac (1661-1742), an influential diplomat and art connoisseur, played an important role in the negotiation of the Treaty of Utrecht as well as maintaining close ties between France and the Vatican. Pope Alexander VIII is believed...
1 p.l., vi, 40 pp. 8vo, antique marbled paper wrappers. Paris: Bréart & Lebrun, [“1811“ supplied in manuscript].
The very rare auction catalogue, fully priced and oftentimes with buyers’ names in a contemporary hand, containing a rich library on architecture and engineering. Raymond (1742-1811), chief architect of the Louvre and one of the original architects of the Arc de Triomphe selected by Napoleon, won the Grand Prix of the French Académie d’Architecture in 1766 and completed numerous projects throughout France. He began as a pupil of Blondel and Soufflot, and spent eight years in Italy, where he became an admirer of Palladio...
1 p.l., 288 pp. Large 8vo, orig. printed wrappers bound in, cont. dark green half-morocco, cloth sides, spine gilt, t.e.g. London: 1874.
A handsome copy, ruled in red with prices and buyers' names in a contemporary hand. Tite was a noted architect whose principal work was the remodeling of the Royal Stock Exchange (1844). He was a strenuous opponent of the Neo-Gothic style as practiced by Sir George Gilbert Scott (see D.N.B.). "Among the contemporaries of Henry Huth was a notable bibliophile, the enthusiastic architect Sir William Tite (1798-1873), whose fine and valuable library brought nearly £20,000, a large sum...
1 p.l., 288 pp. Large 8vo, orig. printed wrappers bound-in cont. dark green half-morocco, cloth sides, spine gilt, t.e.g. London: 1874.
A handsome copy, ruled in red with prices in a contemporary hand. Tite was a noted architect whose principal work was the remodeling of the Royal Stock Exchange (1844). He was a strenuous opponent of the Neo-Gothic style as practiced by Sir George Gilbert Scott (see D.N.B.). “Among the contemporaries of Henry Huth was a notable bibliophile, the enthusiastic architect Sir William Tite (1798-1873), whose fine and valuable library brought nearly 20,000 pounds, a large sum for the early...
Engraved allegorical frontis. 1 p.l., vi, 93 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. N.p.: 1751.
First edition. Bachaumont (1690-1771) was an influential noble who grew up at the court of Versailles during the height of its significance as the political and cultural nucleus of France. He frequented the salons of Paris and was entangled in several controversies, one in particular regarding a journal filled with gossip ascertained at the salon of Madame Doublet de Persan, for which he may have been partially responsible. By the end of his life, he was known...
2 p.l., 124 pp. Large 8vo, cont. red cloth-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. [Paris]: Rapilly, .
(—). Catalogue de Dessins anciens, Architecture, Décoration, Ameublement, Orfèvrerie…Dont la Vente aura lieu…les samedi 21, lundi 23, mardi 24, mercredi 25 février 1891… 4 p.l., 104 pp. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers (spine slightly defective). [Paris]: M. Delestre & S. Mayer, .
Two fine allegorical frontis., five engraved plates (3 are folding), 65 engraved vignettes in the text, & four folding printed tables. 4 p.l., 160, 42,  pp.; 2 p.l., 160 pp. Two vols. in one. Large 4to, cont. marbled calf (lower cover with two small gouges), sides ruled in gilt, spine nicely gilt, green morocco lettering pieces on spine. Amsterdam: M.M. Rey, 1775.
First edition in French (1st ed., in Russian: St. Petersburg, 1774), edited by Diderot, and a very handsome copy with 65 delightful engraved vignettes. Betskoi (1704-95), social reformer, served at the highest levels of government for much of his long life. He also spent...
Four hand-colored folding engraved maps & one fine engraving. 11 pp. 4to, cont. crushed green morocco, sides bordered in gilt, spine gilt. [Strasbourg: F.G. Levrault, 1804].
First edition of this rare and handsomely illustrated work. In order to celebrate Napoleon’s coronation in 1804, the city of Strasbourg initiated a series of a civil engineering and public works projects. The explanatory text details the planned bridge over the Rhine connecting Strasbourg with Kehl, an orangerie dedicated to Empress Josephine, a canal to protect against flooding and to circumvent a turbulent part of the Rhine, a performance hall, and the extension of a central...
An elaborate album of photographs of drawings of the celebrated brewery at Klein-Schwechat, founded in 1632, and today one of the leading breweries of Austria, producing a lager, a light smooth premium beer called Hopfenperle, and a super-premium called Steffl. The album was prepared for the renowned Viennese brewer August Deiglmayer (1827-83), who was at that time, managing director of the brewery and one of the great innovators of 19th century brewing. Deiglmayer spent much of his professional career at the Klein-Schwechat brewery.
The drawings were executed at the request of Georg Wieninger (1832-87), scion of the Schärding family of...
Ten folding engraved plates. viii, 368 pp. Large 4to, orig. paste-paper wrappers (a bit frayed), printed paper label on spine, uncut. Paris: Bachelier, 1821.
First collected edition and quite scarce on the market. “Coulomb’s collected memoirs on mechanics. The first of these deals with simple machines and won the Academy prize of 1779. The second is a study of friction at pivots, and the third deals with torsion and the elasticity of metal wire. In the fourth memoir Coulomb discusses man’s ability to perform work, quoting Daniel Bernoulli and d’Alembert. The fifth memoir is devoted to windmills and the force of their...
Woodcut printer’s vignette on title, two engraved head-pieces, one folding engraved plate with two images (sometimes divided making two plates), & numerous engravings in the text. 4 p.l., 198,  pp. 12mo, cont. red polished morocco, triple gilt fillet round sides, gilt fleurons in each corner, spine nicely gilt, arms in gilt of Sébastian Le Prestre, Seigneur de Vauban on each cover (Olivier, pl. 343), a.e.g. Paris: the Widow of J.B. Coignard & the Son of Coignard, 1693.
Second edition (1st ed.: 1689), revised, with considerable additions. This is one of the best contemporary explications of Vauban’s “first system” of fortification...
83 engraved plates. xxvii, 100 pp.; 175 pp.; 61,  pp. Three parts in one vol. Large 4to, cont. sheep-backed marbled boards (headcap & one corner a little worn), flat spine gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine. [Paris]: l’Auteur, la Veuve Hérissant, & T. Barrois, 1782.
Final and best edition of one of the standard introductory textbooks of architecture of the time; it went through four earlier editions (with different titles) in 1762, 1766, 1768, and 1773. Dupuis (1733-92), was a practicing architect who wrote several other works on various aspects of the subject. He served as architect to the Elector of Cologne for many years.
Very nice copy.
Two double-page plates & 80 engravings in the text. 8 p.l., 196,  pp. Folio, orig. carta rustica (covers a little soiled & spotted, first few leaves a little dampstained in outer lower corner). Rome: G.F. Buagni, 1696.
First edition and a fine fresh copy of this finely illustrated work on baroque hydraulics. Fontana (1638-1714), was the most important Roman architect of his generation.
This book “emerges from an actual design problem. The practical source for this theoretical work was the project for the raising of the water level of Lake Bracciano, necessary since the second fountain in Saint Peter’s square, built by Bernini under...
Lithographed frontis., 45 black & white plates, and two printed tables. 420, ii pp. Large 4to, orig. cloth (extremities with very minor wear, some foxing due to the quality of the paper). New York: D. Appleton, 1852.
“Third edition” of the first great American book on naval architecture (1st ed.: 1849). Griffiths (1809-82), was one of the earliest outstanding naval architects in America and, during the early 1850s, his steamships were the fastest and finest in the world.
“Through his writings Griffiths did more than any one else to put shipbuilding in America on a scientific basis, in place of the ‘rule of thumb’ methods...
12 lithographed plates. xxiv, 650 pp. Thick 12mo, cont. half-sheep & marbled boards, spine gilt. Munich: G. Franz, 1847.
First edition and rare. Hütz and Schmölzl were both members of the Bavarian artillery corps. This is a very complete treatise on the art of gunnery. The plates depict strategic placement of cannons and their correct defensive installations.
Nice copy from the Wittelsbach library of the dukes and kings of Bavaria.
Finely engraved added allegorical title-page (signed by Melchior Küsell) & 27 double-page engraved plates (one folding), with 164 figures. 5 p.l., 98 pp., one blank leaf; 62 pp., one blank leaf; 26 pp., one leaf of index & errata. Folio, cont. vellum over boards, yapp edges. Munich: J. Jäcklin, 1664.
First edition of this beautifully illustrated and important treatise on fortification. Heidemann (fl. mid-17th c.), was a military engineer for the Bavarian court who dedicated this work to Ferdinand, prince-elector of Bavaria.
The present book covers the general principles of regular and irregular fortification, defensive tactics, the organization and infrastructure of cities, the ideal locations...
Japan: late Edo.
A rare survival, a woodblock in excellent condition, used to print an unidentified illustrated travel narrative from the late Edo period. The text in the upper panel mentions Tennoji, a temple in Osaka. The highly detailed image shows three people on the deck of a temple, very likely Tennoji, of which there is a small portion visible in the background. One of these figures is seated on the stairs next to his travelling head-gear (sugegasa) and walking stick, while tying his sandals. The two people standing to the right, a woman in the foreground, the man behind...
Two folding engraved plates from Klenze’s drawings. 86 pp., one leaf of errata. Folio, cont. red sheep maroquiné, sides decorated with gilt fillets, flat spine gilt, green morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Munich: 1821.
First separate edition of one of Klenze’s earliest publications, a separately paginated offprint from Vol. VIII of the Denkschriften der königl. Akademie der Wissenschaften of Munich. This copy, printed on large and thick paper, is finely bound, and comes from the Wittelsbach library of the dukes and kings of Bavaria.
“More than any other architect of the first half of the nineteenth century — with the possible exception of Karl Friedrich Schinkel — Leo von Klenze (1784-1864), formed the image of a German town through his buildings and his plans. With some twenty buildings, he set the monumental scale for the development of Munich into a court city of European rank.”–Placzek, Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects, Vol. II, p. 567.
Finely engraved added allegorical title-page & added engraved port. of the author, 158 engraved plates (numbered 1-54; 1-42; 1-25; 1-15; 1-17; 1-5), five engraved headpieces & four tailpieces in the text, and several finely engraved initials. 8 p.l., 127,  pp., 1 leaf of errata. Folio, cont. red morocco, gilt arms of Nicolas-Joseph Foucault on covers, panelled in gilt, spine gilt, a.e.g. Rome: J.J. Komarek, 1690.
First edition, and a splendid copy in handsome contemporary red morocco with the arms of Nicolas Joseph Foucault, of a “sumptuous work describing and depicting upon the excellent engraved plates a large variety of ancient Roman objects…”–Sinkankas, Gemology...