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.
  By 1900 the magazine could boast that it was ‘the only magazine in the British Empire dealing with the artistic, as distinguished from the business side, of architecture’, a description that still, curiously, rings true today. The first decade saw a long-running series, The Practical Exemplar of Architecture, which was intended, with photographs and measured drawings, to provide architects with a universal pattern book illustrating various architectural styles of the day. At the time, the design of the review was considered innovative, with bold use of layout, typefaces, and photographs. In 1913 it was re-launched, in a new format.

Volume I – November 1896 to May 1897 – includes articles on Japanese architecture, city halls of London, and interior decoration of the Trocadero, with illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones, Norman Shaw, JL Pearson, and Joseph Pennell, among others.
Volume II – June to November 1897 – includes articles on mosaics in the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the School of Arts and Crafts, Greek coins, the works of Sir EJ Poynter, old English barns and featuring illustrations by EJ Poynter, George Frederic Watts, EG Paley, Edward Ingress Bell and and AN Prentice.
Volume III – December 1897 to May 1898 – includes articles on Abyssinian church architecture, Renaissance architecture in England, and early mosaics of St. Mary’s Venice, and with illustrations by John Ruskin, EJ Poynter, J McNeill Whistler, Jean Carriés, John Thorpe, John Sedding, Joseph Pennell, Louis Davis, and Oliver Hall, among others.
Volume IV – June to November 1898 – includes articles on the relation of domestic architecture to furniture design, early seventeenth century plaster-work, and English iron signs and gates, and with illustrations by Beresford Pite, Paul Waterhouse, W Eden Nesfield, and John Ruskin, among others. ‘The Collector’ supplement about a Rembrandt exhibition in Amsterdam.
Volume V – December 1898 to May 1899 – includes articles on the castles of the ‘Three Musketeers’, ancient arts in Egypt and Cyprus, with illustrations by EW Mountford, CFA Voysey, Patten Wilson, and John Ruskin, among others.
Volume VI – June to December 1899 – includes articles on the Arts and Crafts Society Exhibition, Celtic illuminated manuscripts, and Kensington Palace, with illustrations by E Onslow Ford, William Hackstoun, and Jean-Francois Millet. With second, third, fourth, and fifth series of the Architecture and Crafts at the Royal Academy, and ‘The Collector’, bound in at rear
Volume VII – January to June 1900 – includes articles on current architecture, Emanuel Hospital, the Paris Exhibition, Houses of Parliament and Japanese domestic interiors, with illustrations by ES Prior, AC Blomfield, CE Mallows, and Halsey Ricardo, among others.
Volume VIII – July to December 1900 – includes articles on architecture in South Africa, staging at Her Majesty’s Theatre London, and the great mosque at Damascus, with illustrations by JM Brydon, Herbert Railton, Leonard Stokes and F Hamilton Jackson.
Volume IX –January to June 1901 – includes articles on Salisbury Cathedral, Persian art, Tuscan painting, and art and architecture on the stage.
Volume X – July to December 1901 – includes articles on Liverpool Cathedral and the Queen Victoria Memorial, with ‘The Furnisher Monthly’ and ‘Builder’s Journal’ bound in at rear.
Volume XI – January to June 1902 – includes articles on the design of libraries, the architect’s use of enamelled tiles, Orvieto Cathedral, and architectural education.

References: Higgot,
Mediating Modernism architectural cultures in Britain 55.

Eleven quarto volumes (32cm x 23cm) pp. [8] 328 [4]; [8] 292 [4]; [6] [16 Art Annual] 282 [16-Royal Academy first series supplement] xiv- AR supplement special subject No.1; [6] 272 [40-Royal Academy second, third and fourth series supplement] viii- ‘The Collector’ No. 2; [8] 312; [4] 280 [80-Royal Academy supplement] viii- ’The Collector’ No. 4; iv 304; v [1] 280; 288; [2] 43-228 [14- ’Working Design Series’] 42- ’Furnisher Monthly’ 147-170- ’Builder’s Journal’; 37-236. In publisher’s green cloth, elaborate gilt decorative motifs and gilt lettering to covers and spines.
  Condition: Near fine, minor rubbing and wear to extremities, offsetting to endpapers, occasional light foxing.   Ref: 107447   Price: HK$ 18,000