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BARCLAY, Robert.  AN APOLOGY FOR THE TRUE CHRISTIAN DIVINITY.
            
London: T. Sowle Raylton and Luke Hindle, 1736. 8vo. Contemporary full-calf. (xiv), 574, (28) pages, Sixth edition.
 
Barclay was a Scottish Quaker who became their best known apologists.  He was an ardent theological student and soon came prominently forward as the leading apologist of the new doctrine.  His greatest work, 
An Apology for the True Christian Divinity , was published in Latin in Amsterdam in 1676, was an elaborate statement of the grounds for holding certain fundamental positions laid down in the theses.  It was translated into English in 1678 and went through numerous editions well into the nineteenth century.  It was popular in early Virginia.  Among the leading Virginians to own copies were Thomas Jefferson (who owned George Wythe's copy), Lord Dunmore, the last royal governor of Virginia (whose copy was later purchased by President James Madison), Robert Carter of Nomini Hall, and George Washington.  Contemporary owner's signature on title leaf, else very good.

$525.00 

 
 
 
      
 
DESMOND, Ray.  BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BRITISH  GARDENS .       

       N.P.: St. Paul's, 1984. 4to. Cloth. viii, 318 pages, 20 plates. First edition.
 

Listing over 5,500 gardens in Great Britain, this reference work serves as an introduction to the literature on British gardens for both the general reader and the serious scholar.  Very good.


$50.00 
 

  




GILLES, Nicole.  ANNALES ET CHRONIQUES DE FRANCE.  Two volumes, bound as one. 

Paris: Jehan de Roigny, 1549. Folio. 19th century half-calf. Title leaf, 132, (1), (12); (12), 148 pages. First edition, thus. 

Edited by Denis Suavage (1520-1587) and printed by Rene Auril with hundreds of initial letters, and with many woodcut illustrations in the text.  All early editions are rare.  Hains cites an 1492 and 1498 edition, but both are considered to be ghosts.  Brunet mentions an edition printed by Antoine Couteau for Galliot du Pre in 1525, but no copy is listed in OCLC or the NUC, and OCLC only cites two copies of our edition as being in American libraries.  A nice copy in a slightly worn binding.

$1,850.00 

 

 
   
 
 
 
HARRISON, Peter Joel.  GAZEBOS AND TRELLISES.

New York: John Wiley, (2000.) 4to. Cloth. xxxii, 236 pages. Second edition.

Authentic details of historic American Gazebos and Trellises for design and restoration.  This edition is expanded from seventy-nine to two hundred and five plates.  Fine.

 
$75.00

 
                           
                                                   
 
 

            
         
(LAW)   LEVINZ, Cresswell, Sir.  A COLLECTION OF SELECT AND MODERN ENTRIES OF
 DECLARATIONS, PLEADINGS, ISSUES, VERDICTS, JUDGMENTS, ETC.
 
                                                     
London: Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins, for D. Browne, and others, 1702. [Folio] Later quarter calf, marbled boards. Frontispiece plate, (iv), 1-109, 118-223, (21) pages. First edition. [Sowerby, volume II, 1891].
 
 
Sir Creswell Levinz (1627-1701) was a lawyer and later judge in the Court of Common Pleas.  His major claim to fame was as a judicial colleague of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys in the treason trials following the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685 -- know as the "Bloody Assizes" for the severity of the sentences imposed.  His judicial career spanned from 1680 to 1701 and his manuscript notes of pleadings and cases were not published until after his death in 1701.  This volume covers cases judged from the reign of King Charles II into the reign of King William III.  It was considered an important collection of judicial reports during the critical time in English history when questions of judicial and personal rights were decided that led to the establishment of certain constitutional rights inherent in the English legal system today.  It was also known to be in early Virginia libraries and was part of the legal holdings of Thomas Jefferson who also owned the first edition of 1702.   Among Virginia public libraries only one copy is recorded in Virginia at the Wolf Law Library of William and Mary. Frontispiece plate by R. White after the Geoffrey Kneller painting.  Contemporary name inscribed on title page; last blank leaf includes a manuscript "Names of the Cases" probably of eighteenth century date.  Text collates complete according to ESTC with irregular page numbering as noted above.  Some foxing to engraved frontispiece plate and title leaf, else very good.


$685.00 


             


 


LEIGHTON, Ann.  EARLY AMERICAN  GARDENS , "FOR MEATE OR MEDICINE".
         
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1970. 8vo. Cloth, dust jacket. xviii, 441 pages.


With eighty-four illustrations with-in the text of the period.  Leighton details what is known about the plants that sustained the earliest permanent settlers in North America and their various uses.  There is "An Appendix of the Plants Mentioned by Explorers, Settlers, Underwriters and Visitors as Growing in Seventeenth-Century New England...."  Very good.  

  
$65.00 

 







MICHELL, George (editor).  BRICK TEMPLES OF BENGAL, FROM THE ARCHIVES OF DAVID MCCUTCHION.           
 
Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, (1983). 4to. Cloth, dust jacket. xviii, 254 (12) pages, (177) plates. First edition.
 
 
For fifteen years David McCutchion studied and photographed the brick temples of Bengal.  Includes an historical background of the temples, discussion of the temples' architecture, and the sculptures which embellished the temples.  Very well illustrated.  Fine.


$85.00 

 
 
                                                                  
 
 
NEBENZAHL, Kenneth.  A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PRINTED BATTLE PLANS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, 1775-1795 
  
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (1975). 8vo. Cloth, dust jacket. xiv. 159 pages. First edition. 

The definitive bibliography of maps of American Revolutionary War battles, with full bibliographical descriptions.  Fine.
 
  
$45.00  
 




PARTINGTON , Wilfred.  FORGING AHEAD.       

                                   
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1939). 8vo. Cloth, dust jacket. (xvi), 315 pages. First edition.


The American edition Thomas J. Wise in the Original Cloth.  Very good in a chipped dust jacket.  Leonard F. Bahr's copy with his bookplate.



$65.00 
                                                      





PETER, John.  THE ORAL HISTORY OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE.   

 
New York: Abrams, 1994. Small folio. Cloth, dust jacket. 320 pages, c.d. in rear pocket. First edition.
 
Interviews with over sixty of the world's most prominent architects and engineers, illustrated, and with biographies, bibliographies, a time chart, visitor's guide to one hundred and fifty sites, and an accompanying c.d.  Fine.


$55.00



   

RUBIN, William S.  DADA, SURREALISM, AND THEIR HERITAGE.


New York: Museum of Modern Art, n.d., (1967). Square 8vo. Wrappers. 252 pages. First edition.

       
Being a well illustrated catalogue of a 1968 exhibit of dada and surrealistic art.  Spine sunned, else very good.
                                                                                          

$65.00 



SEDDON, John P.  RAMBLES IN THE RHINE PROVINCE.                                                                                                                      
            
London: John Murray, 1868. 4to. Publisher's cloth. xv, 156 pages, 14 albumen plates, 2 chromolithographs, and 4 tinted woodcuts. First edition. [Gernsheim, 425].


Illustrated with a curious mixture of photographs, chromolithographs, and woodcuts, Seddon's book on German architecture was heavily influenced by Ruskin, the result of two architectural tours of the Rhine.  The photographs are by Cundall and Fleming, in addition there are seventy illustrations in the text.  The publisher's binding was most probably designed by Seddon.  Recased, else very good.

  
$685.00 






 
SELZ, Peter, and Mildred Constantine (editors).  ART NOUVEAU, ART AND DESIGN AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY                                                                                                                               
           
New York: Museum of Modern Art, (1959). 8vo. Cloth, dust jacket. (ii), 192 pages. First edition.


An examination of art nouveau's influence on art, architecture, and design.  Contains articles by Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Greta Daniel, Peter Selz and Alan M. Fern.  Dust jacket lightly rubbed, else very good.


$50.00 





TRYON, Warren S. and William Charvat.  THE COST BOOKS OF TICKNOR AND FIELDS AND THEIR PREDECESSORS, 1832-1858.       


New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1949. 4to. Cloth, dust jacket. l, 508 pages. First edition.
 
An important source book in the study of the early U.S. publishing.  Bookplate, spine lightly rubbed.


$60.00 

                



UZANNE, Octave.  THE FRENCH BOOKBINDERS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.
 
Chicago: Caxton Club, 1904. 4to. Cloth spine, boards. 133 (1) pages, 20 plates. First edition. One of 250 copies. [Mejer, 614; Brenni, 605].  
 

 
Illustrated with six wash drawings by Paul Avril, fourteen facsimile binders' labels and twenty photographs of bookbindings.  Divided into five chapters; the origin, first attempts at a decorative renaissance, the master binders, prices, tools, raw materials and a special chapter on the use of silk, embroidery, spangles, etc. as decoration.  Very good.
 
 
$450.00


               



VENTURI, Robert, and Denise Scott Brown.  A VIEW FROM THE CAMPIDOGLIO, SELECTED ESSAYS 1953-1984.       
                                                                                                   
New York: Harper & Row, 1984. Oblong 8vo. Cloth, dust jacket. 156 pages. First edition.


Selected essays by architects Venturi and Scott Brown, two of the leading proponants of the Postmodern style of architecture.  These essays present their thoughts and theories on architecture and its role in society.  Very good in sunned dust jacket.


$65.00 

 
               



(WASHINGTON, George) BILLINGSLEY, John.  GENERAL VIEW OF THE AGRICULTURE IN THE COUNTY OF SOMERSET; WITH OBSERVATIONS ON THE MEANS OF ITS IMPROVEMENT.                                                                                                                                
London: W. Smith, 1794. 8vo. Contemporary half-calf, marbled boards. (ii), 320 pages, 2 colored folding maps. First edition.

One of a series of county agricultural reports "drawn up for the consideration of the Board of Agriculture and Internal Improvement."  Each county in England, Scotland, and Wales is examined with a detailed report published with the intention of assessing conditions of concern to farming, husbandry, land use, and laborers needs.  Each region of the respective county is detailed -- condition of soils, forests, fields, and placement of estate and farm houses.  While each volume of this series follows the same pattern for reporting information on the respective conditions in each county, each report also focuses on specific needs and advantages in the county.  The report for Somerset is far more detailed than most of the others and includes two maps.  One map shows the entire county while the other map is a detailed "Plan for more effectually draining the turf bogs and flooded lands near the Rivers Brue and Axe."  Another report is "A description of Robert Weldon's Hydrostatic or Caisson-Lock, which is now building and nearly completed on the Somerset Coal-Canal near Coomb-Hay."  Moderate wear to covers.  George Washington, with his lifetime interest in improving his farming and husbandry practices, collected many of this series of reports for his library, including this volume.  Front hinge internally weak, but firm.  Some foxing, else very good.


$485.00


               

(WASHINGTON, George) CLARK, John.  GENERAL VIEW OF THE AGRICULTURE OF THE COUNTY OF BRECKNOCK, WITH OBSERVATIONS ON THE MEANS OF IMPROVEMENT.
            
London: J. Smeeton, 1794. 4to. Disbound, wrappers. 55 pages. First edition.


One of a series of county agricultural reports "drawn up for the consideration of the Board of Agriculture and Internal Improvement."  Each county in England is examined with a detailed report published with the intention of assessing conditions of concern to farming, husbandry, land use, and laborers needs.  One report concerns the, low wages and poor farm houses in the district, especially in the adjoining mountains.  George Washington, with his lifetime interest in improving his farming and husbandry practices, collected many of this series of reports for his library, including this one.  With original blue wrappers.


$175.00 


               

WENGER, Mark R. (editor).  THE ENGLISH TRAVELS OF SIR JOHN PERCIVAL AND WILLIAM BYRD II, THE PERCIVAL DIARY OF 1701.      
           
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 1989. 4to. Cloth, dust jacket. ix, 197 pages. First edition.

An annotated edition of the diary kept by Sir John Percival during his fourteen week tour of England upon completion of his studies at Oxford.  With him traveled the noted Virginia diarist William Byrd II.  A brief biographical sketch is given in the introduction.  Contains illustrations of the towns and villages visited by Percival and Byrd as well as a bibliography.  Signed by the author.  Fine.


$35.00 

               




YEGUL, Fikret K.  GENTLEMEN OF INSTINCT AND BREEDING.       
      
New York: 1991. 4to. Cloth, dust jacket. Frontispiece, xii, 242 pages. First edition.


Fikret Yegul offers an examination of the first fifty or so years of the architecture program at the American Academy in Rome, from 1894 until the beginning of World War II.  The predominant view of the Academy was that the Classical and Renaissance styles of architecture represented the most refined taste and were best suited to meeting the future needs of the United States.  The text is illustrated with 150 architectural renderings, most of which had not been reproduced before.


$50.00


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