The Architectural Review: For the Artist and Craftsman - Edward Burne-Jones et al.

1897 to 1902 - Architectural Review, Effingham House - First Editions
A superb and rare collection of the first eleven volumes of The Architectural Review, all published between 1897 and 1902, I - XI. Large volumes profusely illustrated, with several volumes featuring additional supplements bound in at rear, all in original publisher’s elaborately decorated gilt and green cloth covers.

Founded by Percy Hastings in 1896, on the cusp of the 20th century,
The Architectural Review is still in print today. The cover of the first issue bore the legend ‘a magazine for the artist and craftsman’, though this subsequently became ‘artist, archaeologist, designer and craftsman’, thus firmly setting its sights on Victorian polymaths everywhere. The earliest issues were large in format and plainly intended to make the discussion of architecture visual as well as verbal. In those early years, the AR was very much an Arts and Crafts organ inspired by John Ruskin and AWN Pugin, the movement’s great patriarchs. It slowly changed with the zeitgeist to become more devoted to classical architecture and conscious of stirring international developments.  
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Architectura Navalis - bound with - Architectura Civilis, Nova & Antiqua - Josephum Furttenbach, Georg Andreas Böckler [Boeckler]

1629 - Johan Saurn, Ulm - First Editions
A stunning, clean and complete copy of Joseph Furttenbach’s famous treaty on shipbuilding, Architectura Navalis with double-page engraved title, title in red and black, twenty stunning double-page engraved plates showing boat design, and various types of boats many engaged in action with other boats and monsters of the sea. Furttenbach was a highly influential German architect, who attempted to cover all fields of architecture in his writings. Böckler corresponded with Furttenbach and his works on architecture were intended to contribute to the rebuilding of Germany after the devastation of the Thirty Years War, his Architectura Civilis, Nova & Antiqua presents a comparative treatment of the Orders [Architectural Styles] and is illustrated with forty engraved plates, woodcut printer’s device and red and black text to title page, woodcut head pieces, and initials.  
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The Grammar of Ornament - Owen Jones

1910 - Quaritch, London - Folio Edition
‘Form without colour is like a body without a soul.’ – Owen Jones

The seminal work of architect and ornamental designer Owen Jones, ‘one of the most influential design theorists of the nineteenth century. He helped pioneer modern color theory, and his theories on flat patterning and ornament still resonate with contemporary designers today’ [Victoria & Albert Museum], lavishly illustrated with 112 stunning colour plates

First published in 1856,
The Grammar of Ornament gathers together fine examples of decoration, and examines the underlying principles of ornament and polychromy. The work is Jones’ longest lasting legacy, hugely influential in design schools in the latter half of the nineteenth century, and still in print today, being an important source book for contemporary designers.

The first nineteen chapters present examples of ornament from numerous sources, diverse both historically and geographically. Most notable are those featuring designs from the Middle East – Turkish, Arabian, Moresque, Greek, Persian – but there are also chapters on Chinese, Roman, Hindoo, Indian, Medieval, Celtic, Elizabethan and Italian design. Chapter 20 examines ‘Leaves and Flowers from Nature’.
 
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The Stones of Venice - The Foundations, The sea-stories; The Fall. With illustrations drawn by the author. - John Ruskin [1819-1900]

1851 - Smith, London - First Editions
‘Among the many strange things that have befallen Venice, she had the good fortune to become the object of passion to a man of splendid genius’ - Henry James on John Ruskin.

Ruskin’s classic treatise on Venetian art and architecture. Complete in three volumes. Profusely illustrated with 53 plates including seven in colour, and in text drawings throughout

The book aroused considerable interest in Victorian Britain and beyond. The chapter "The Nature of Gothic" (from volume 2) was admired by William Morris, who published it separately in an edition which is in itself an example of Gothic revival. It inspired Marcel Proust; the narrator of the Recherche visits Venice with his mother in a state of enthusiasm for Ruskin
 
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The Seven Lamps of Architecture - John Ruskin [1819-1900]

1849 - Smith, London - First Edition
Ruskin’s classic and highly influential work, ‘immensely ambitious in scope. The seven ‘lamps’ – memory, obedience, sacrifice, truth, power, beauty and life – are in fact individual essays which add up to a comprehensive theory of architecture. The background to the theory, and the spirit which pervades it, is Romanticism, the cultural movement which swept all before it at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. The Lamp of Memory deals with architectural tradition and the way that architecture can express a culture and a period.’  
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