A collected volume of pamphlets on the alternative designs for a new bridge over the Thames at Westminster, including two by John Price, two by Batty Langley, one by John James, one by Charles Labelye, and two which are by anonymous authors (but of which one was probably in fact written by Labelye)).
Book Description: London, 1728, 1736, 1736, 1736, 1737, 1738, 1743, 1739., 1743. An excellent collected volume of pamphlets, all in good, fresh condition, put together before the middle of the eighteenth century and relating to the long controversy over the design and construction of a new bridge over the River Thames at Westminster. At least six and probably seven of the eight pamphlets involved are written by those directly involved in the successive projects, and the remaining pamphlet is by a well-informed anonymous contemporary. No library or institutional collection holds all the items concerned, and it would be difficult indeed to locate or put together any similar volume.The earliest pamphlet in the volume is an apparently unrecorded one by the London builder and architect John Price (died 1736), entitled ?A short history of bridges, ancient and modern ; referring to the drawings made by John Price, architect, Part I?, with the imprint ?London, printed in the year MDCCXXVIII? (not in BAL Cat or British Library, and not traced elsewhere). The text on the final page concludes ?Strand, Oct.22, 1728, from my house in Villar?s-Street, York-Buildings, John Price?, followed by the words ?End of Part I? The address in York Buildings which Price gives for himself demonstrates that he was the same John Price who designed the tower of Laleham Church, Middlesex, in 1730-1, a fact of which Colvin has been doubtful. Although the pamphlet is described as ?Part I?, it is likely to represent all that Price published at this time, for its text is recycled, with minor alterations and without an accompanying part II, as pp 11-5 of Price?s pamphlet of 1736 (next item). The drawings referred to in its title are shown in the pamphlet?s text to have been of historic bridges of the past, ranging from the Ponte San Angelo in Rome to Old London Bridge, evidently done by Price as parallels and advertising aids for the designs that he was submitting in 1728 for a new bridge over the Thames from Fulham to Putney.The next pamphlet, again by John Price, is his ?Some Considerations humbly offered to the Honourable Commissioners . for building a stone-bridge over the River Thames, from the New Palace Yard, at Westminster, to the opposite shore at Lambeth. together with some proposals relating to a design annexed, drawn for that purpose, The second edition?, London, ?printed in the year DCXXXVI? (this expanded second edition not in BAL Cat or British Library, but held in Guildhall Library and New York Public Library). Here Price explains and illustrates his new design for a nine-arch stone bridge across the Thames from Westminster to Lambeth, in a letter addressed to an unnamed member of the House of Commons and carrying the printed date 25 May 1736 (in the first edition of the pamphlet, published in the previous year, he had merely reoffered for the Westminster site his earlier unexecuted design for a bridge from Fulham to Putney).This is followed by Batty Langley?s pamphlet, ?A design for the bridge at New-Palace Yard, Westminster . composed of nine arches . with observations on the several designs published to this time (etc)?, London, printed for the author and J.Millan, 1736 (BAL Cat 1747). Langley?s design for the bridge, explained here in a letter with the printed date 5 June 1736 addressed to the Westminster Bridge Commissioners, involved the construction of ?chain arches? (on a catenary principle), in preference to the semi-circular arches favoured by other designers, and he takes the opportunity to stress the advantages of this method of construction over those of a rival design then recently prepared by Nicholas Hawksmoor. Next comes John James?s pamphlet, ?A short review of the several pamphlets, and schemes, that have been offered to the publick, in relation to the building of a bridge at Westminster (etc)?, London, printed by H.Woodfall (and sold by J.Roberts and J.Stagg), 1736 (not in BAL Cat, but held in British Library and elsewhere). By 1736 James was one of the most senior and successful of British architects, but. Bookseller Inventory # 09549
New Principles Of Gardening: Or, The Laying Out and Planting Parterres, Groves, Wildernesses, Labyrinths, Avenues, Parks, &c. After a more Grand and Rural Manner, than has bee done before; With Experimental Directions For raising several Kinds of Fruit-Trees, Forist-Trees, Ever-Greens and Flowering-Shrubs with which Gardens are adorn'd, etc.
Book Description: A. Bettesworth and J. Batley et al, London, 1728. leather_bound. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First edition. 25 1/2 x 21 cm. [*2,b3,A2-4,b-b4,B--Z4,Aa-Dd4,B-Z4,Aa-Bb4]. Pages iv-v erroneously numbered xi-x. Twenty-eight folding plates drawn by Batty and Thomas Langley and engraved by Thomas Bowles and David Lockley; a few plates trimmed to margin. Title page printed in red and black. COLVIN pp. 503-504. HENREY Vol.II, pp. 488-449. Langley, a resident of Twickenham may well have been acquainted with Charles Bridgeman, a fellow nurseryman who assisted Alexander Pope with his garden at his Thames-side villa at Twickenham. In this work "he decried too much formality in garden design" in his pursuit of a free style. "Langley stipulates that views should be extensive as possible, and he is much in favour of ha-ha's.Langley decried the art of topiary and cut parterres, and encouraged meandering paths, and the use of fine trees for shade.Langley's guiding rules show that his outlook on garden planning was in advance of his [architecture] designs which are still very artificial and formal." MILLARD 37. "Batty Langley was more prolific even than William Halfpenny as a producer of architectural books.including the first handbook on the layout of gardens [this title]." Clean copy -- text and plates -- in a firm binding, leather book-label, early owner inscription title page, raised bands, backstrip lettered in gilt, covers decorated in blind in panel designs. Contemporary full calf covers rebacked. Very good. Bookseller Inventory # 18711
New Principles of Gardening: or, the laying out and planting parterres, groves, wildernesses, labyrinths, avenues, parks, &c. . with experimental directions for raising the several kinds of fruit-trees, forest-trees, ever-greens and flowering-shrubs with which gardens are adorn'd . Second Edition
Book Description: London: printed for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch . [and others], 1739. Quarto. (9 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches). 28 folding engraved plates by Thomas Bowles and David Lockley after B. and T. Langley. Contemporary calf, covers bordered with a gilt double fillet, rebacked with the spine with raised bands in six compartments, lettered in the second, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, endpapers renewed. An important and influential work on landscape gardening. Langley was an early champion of the freer style of landscaping which was to dominate landscape and garden design in the 18th century. According to Blanche Henrey, Langley's ideas were probably influenced by his contact with Charles Bridgeman, Alexander Pope and William Kent, and she goes on to note: "In the introduction [to the present work] Langley declares that there is nothing 'more shocking than a stiff regular garden; where after we have seen one quarter thereof, the very same is repeated in all the remaining parts'. He believed that a garden should consist of what he calls 'regular irregularities'. For instance, groves must not be planted like orchards 'with their trees in straight lines ranging every way, but in a rural manner, as if they had receiv'd their situation from nature itself'. Langley stipulated that views should be as extensive as possible and he is much in favour of ha- ha's . Langley, like Switzer, decried the art of topiary and cut parterres, and encouraged meandering paths, and the use of fine trees for shade. New principles of gardening contains descriptions of the principles of geometry as applied to garden design, and rules concerning the situation and disposition of gardens in a rural manner. There are directions concerning the culture of fruit trees, forest trees, and shrubs, and there are also details concerning the names, medicinal properties, and culture of the plants of the kitchen and physic gardens. The illustrations include geometrical diagrams, garden plans, and designs for ruins suitable for the termination of walks" (Henrey, British Botanical and Horticultural Literature before 1800, II, p 499). The present second edition, composed of sheets of the first edition with a cancel title, is quite scarce. Bradley Bibliography III, p.108; Harvard. Catalogue of the Library of the Arnold Arboretum p.411; Hunt II, 472; Henrey III, 927; Nissen BBI 1136. Bookseller Inventory # 26428
Pomona, or the Fruit-Garden Illustrated. Containing sure methods for improving all the best kinds of Fruits now extant in England.
Book Description: London: G. Strahan, etc., 1729., 1729. Folio (404 x 257 mm). Title-page printed in red and black, 68 fine hand-colored engraved plates including 11 double-page, numbered 1-79 by T. Bowles, J. Carwitham, Toms, J. Van der Gucht, and others (some offsetting to plates). Contemporary cat's paw calf (expertly rebacked to style, newly gilt-panelled to style, corners worn with minor loss). First edition, and an ATTRACTIVE COPY. Having been trained in his father's profession as a gardener, Langley moved into surveying and landscape gardening and was one of the "earliest popularizers of the new irregular style advocated by Stephen Switzer in his "Ichnographia rustica" (1718). Langley published a few designs for irregular gardens in his "Practical Geometry" (1726), but his most important work on the subject was "New Principles of Gardening (1728)". This contained a variety of garden plans in what he called the 'arti-natural' style, replete with twisted serpentine paths or meanders that prefigure Hogarth's 'line of beauty' and signalled the emergence of the rococo style in England. Instead of pursuing the subject he knew best, however, he turned to architecture, which was more in demand but in which he had no practical experience and very limited ability" (Eileen Harris for DNB). Dunthorne 75; Henrey 928; Hunt 478; Nissen BBI 1135. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department. Bookseller Inventory # 72BBA66
A sure method of improving estates, by plantations of oak, elm, ash, beech, and other timber-trees, coppice woods. &c. Wherein is demonstrated, the necessity and advantages thereof; their manner of raising, cultivating, felling, &c. in all kinds of soils, whereby estates may be greatly improved. Offered to the consideration of the nobility of the gentry of Great-Britain.
Book Description: Printed for Francis Clay and Daniel Browne London, 1728. First edition. 8vo., , xxii [i.e.xx], 274pp., one folding engraved plate, contemporary sprinkled calf gilt, morocco lettering piece, a fine copy. Batty Langley (1696-1751), an architect, gardener and surveyor, was the author of many architectural works, however he also wrote three important gardening books, all published when he was living at Twickenham. Here, "Langley observes that, by making plantations of timber trees, landlords can vastly improe their estates 'to the great advantage of themselves and their posterity after them'. The treatise contains much practical and informative material, and provides some interesting accounts showing the expenses connected with the making of plantations, including the cost of labourer's wages, together with details recording the profits to be contained" (Henrey). Henrey 929; Goldsmiths' 6587; Hanson 3823. Bookseller Inventory # 85586
Book Description: Or the art of drawing and working the ornamental parts of architecture. Illustrated by upwards of four hundred grand designs, neatly engraved on one hundred and eight-six copper plates, for piers, gates, doors. Proportioned by aliquot parts. With an appendix of fourteen plates of trusses for girders and beams, different sorts of rafters, and a variety of roofs, &c. To which are prefix'd, the five orders of columns, according to Andrea Palladio; whose members are proportioned by aliquot parts, in a more easy manner than has yet been done. The whole interspersed with sure rules for working all the varieties of raking members in pediments, modilions, &c. The like, for the immediate use of workmen, never published before, in any language. S. Harding, London, 1745. Contemporary full brown calf neatly rebacked and cornered with double gilt fillet to sides, spine bears both raised and gilt flat banding and crimson morocco title label; crimson sprinkled edges; 4to bound in 2s. Second Edition which contains the extra fourteen plates not published in the first edition of 1740. Two hundred engraved plates by Thomas Langley after the author.Provenance: Contemporary bookplate of Penry Williams.A clean copy of this scarce work. Bookseller Inventory # CB11276
Book Description: London: printed by J. Ilive, for Thomas Langley, in Meard's Court, Dean-Street, Soho, 1740. 4to, [ii], iii-viii, 24pp + 187 engraved plates (numbered I-CLXXXV, CLXXXIV, with plate XXXVII present in two different states). Contemporary calf, rebacked, covers slightly worn and scratched, a good, fresh copy internally. A bit of worming through the first third of the text but at the lower-left corner and nowhere near the text or images. Engraved armorial bookplate of Robert Lancaster. First edition of this Òvery substantial pattern book by Batty Langley, intended for use by master craftsmen in the building trades, especially cabinet makers and joiners. The value of the volume lies in its large number of engraved plates showing the proper dimensions of the orders and how to design gateposts, porticos, doors, windows and all the other decorative features that craftsmen might be called upon to provide. Groups of plates are devoted to chimney pieces, pavements, monuments, tables, book cases, ceilings and so on. For the purposes of his book Langley copied designs from recent publications by James Gibbs, Isaac Ware, William Kent, and others, but the character of the book as a whole is very much due to Langley himself, and its appeal to its intended readership is demonstrated by a very extensive list of subscribers, most of them craftsmen, drawn from all over England.Ó (Simon Finch, this copy, 1990s). As with other copies there are two versions of plate 37. The second edition of 1745 was expanded to include 14 more plates. Bookseller Inventory # 104518
Book Description: 1747. LANGLEY, Batty and Thomas. Gothic Architecture, Improved by Rules and Proportions. In many Grand Designs of Columns, Doors, Windows, Chimney-Pieces, Arcades, Colonades, Porticos, Umbrellos, Temples, and Pavillions etc. Engraved title-page and 64 full-page engraved plates. 4to., 295 x 230 mm, bound in full contemporary English speckled calf, gilt ruled border on covers, red morocco title label on spine. London: Printed for John Millan, 1747. First Edition under the title Gothic Architecture, being a reprint of Ancient Architecture, Restored and Improved., published in 1742. The work is entirely made up of finely engraved plates depicting the cross sections and proportions of columns, edifices, temples, fire places, windows, etc. Batty Langley (1696-1751) was renowned for his garden plans and architecture in the Gothic style, as well as his rebellion against the stiff layouts of London and Wise. "Langley's name was long synonymous with bizarre and wayward designs" (Millard, p. 143). He authored over twenty architectural books, many of them intended for builders. Rear joint starting, overall a fine copy. Harris, British Architectural Books and Writers 410. Bookseller Inventory # 144912
THE BUILDER'S JEWEL. Or the Youth's instructor,and Workman's remembrancer.Explaining short and easy rules,made familiar to the meanest capacity,for drawing and working.etc.
Book Description: R.Ware.London.,1741, 1741. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION.16mo,in 4s.(5.7 x 4.7 inches).Engraved frontispiece, dated using to the Masonic Calender-AL(Anno Lucis)5741.24pp.99 engraved plates,each numbered.Complete.--1 plate with small amount of loss to the bottom corner,not affecting the printed part of the page.The text and plates are lightly browned but generally very good with strong images.The plates with decent (quarter to half inch)margins,one trimmed to lower edge.Twentieth century full tan calf.Spine with raised bands,ruled in gilt.Red title label,gilt.--------A rare title in first edition,even more so complete.This work was reprinted many times but this 1741 edition is hard to find.Only 2000 copies were printed (From the printer Charles Ackers' ledger --- "26th May 1741. Due from Mr Ware. to printing 2000 titles &c of The Builder's Jewel. £0.8.0").Copac lists only 5 actual copies of this edition(as well as a few more microfilm reproductions,mostly of the British Library copy),and a check on the ABPC shows no copy at auction in the last 30 years.: Bookseller Inventory # 6801
German scenery. From drawings made in 1820. Member of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Anne. ?European scenery?.
Book Description: London, Rodwell & Martin, 1823, 1823. in-4°, 4 ll. (list of plates, dedication leaf) + appr. 61 unnumb. text leaves + 61 engraved plates, with intercalated leaves, untrimmed, few stains and offsetting, half leather, red label on goldtooled spine. Nice copy of this classic view book on southern Germany and Austria.Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. Bookseller Inventory # 39904
Book Description: Rodwell & Martin, London, 1823. Full Morocco Leather. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. FIRST EDITION. Period full maroon morocco leather embossed with a gilt design on front board and on spine. Engraved title with vignette and 61 views engraved by Heath, Lacey, Owen and others after drawings by Batty. Rolled borders. Generel shelf wear else excellent. Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 001049
Book Description: hardcover. Beautiful scenic views of Hanover (then under the British crown) and Saxony as well as Denmark, including 8 views of Copenhagen. Batty was the most celebrated of the amateur topographical artists whose work found its way into print at the time. Brunet I 702; Hunnisett 133; Houfe 228 Illustrated with 62 fine engraved plates, including the frontispiece and title page, protected by tissue. 60 additional in-text vignettes (first several pages are dampstained at bottom margin, otherwise a very clean copy with occasional faint scattered foxing. Short thick 4to, elegantly bound in older full blue morocco with thick gilt and blind-stamped decorations on covers and spine; inner dentelles, a.e.g. London: Robert Jennings, 1829. Bookseller Inventory # 157081
Practical Geometry Applied to the Useful Arts of Building, Surveying, Gardening and Mensuration; calculated for the service of gentlemen as well as artisans, and set to view in four parts. containing, I. Preliminaries or the Foundations of the several Arts above-mentioned. II. The various Orders of Architecture, laid down and improved from the best Masters; with the Ways of making Draughts of Buildings, Gardens, Groves, Fountains, &c. the laying down of Maps, Cities, Lordships, Farms, &c. III. The Doctrine and Rules of Mensuration of all Kinds, illustrated by select Examples in Building, Gardening, Timber, &c. IV. Exact Tables of Mensuration, shewing, by inspection, the superficial and solid Contents of all Kinds of Bodies, without the Fati
Book Description: London: Printed for W. and J. Innys J. Osborn and T. Longman B. Lintot J. Woodman and D. Lyons C. King E. Symon and W. Bell, 1726. First edition, small folio, , viii, , 136pp., 40 engraved plates of which 24 are double-page and one is folding (making 'above 60' called for on title page), numbered I-XXIX, XXXI, XXXI-XXXIX, XLI (the thirtieth plate is misnumbered XXXI, the fortieth plate is misnumbered XLI), although several plates are bound out of order all are present and correct, title slightly cut-down with some minor repairs to outer margins, plate X with a closed-tear, final plate a little creased, re-cased, cont. full calf, a little rubbed. "The text is divided into four parts. The first contains geometrical definitions, problems, axioms, and theorems, and treats compound figures, compound lines, and the "Contruncation" of the cube into other solids. Part II concerns architecture. After discussing plans, elevations, and the five orders, he turned to "Architectonical Axioms and Analogies," a series of remarks on doors, windows, gates, halls, galleries, antechambers, chambers, floors, chimneys, joists, rafters, girders, staircases, and materials. He also discussed the use of "an inspectional plain Scale," trigonometry, and the making of drafts, plans, and maps of lands, gardens, farms, and buildings. Part III contains brief remarks on cross multiplication, followed by discussion of mensuration of lines, plane surfaces, solids, carpenters' work, glazing, joinery, painting, plastering, masonry, bricklayers' work, and land. Part IV concerns the "Inspectional Tables of Mensuration" in Plate XVII. In addition to the garden designs. Langley illustrates a variety of plans for fountains, basins, fish ponds, ornamental borders and intersections of walks. Other plates include geometric figures and diagrams, and exercises in drawing architectural plans and elevations." (Archer). Archer 173.1; Harris 465. Bookseller Inventory # 30411
The builders jewel: or, the youths instructor, and workmans remembrances. Explaining short and easy rules, made familiar to the meanest capacity, for drawing and working. I. The Five Orders of Columns entire; or any Part of an Order, without Regard to the Module or Diameter. And to enrich them With their Rusticks, Flutings, Cablings, Dentules, Modilions, &c. Also to proportion Their Doors, Windows, Intercolumnations, Porticos, and Arcades. Together With Fourteen Varieties of Raking, Circular, Scrolld, Compound, and Contracted Pediments; and the true Formation and Accadering of their Raking and returned Cornices; and Mouldings for Capping their Dentules and Modilions. II. Block and Cantaliver Cornices, Rustick Quoins, Cornices proportio
Book Description: printed for R. Ware, at the Bible and Sun in Amen-Corner, near Pater-Noster-Row, MDCCXLI. , London, 1741. Full Calf. Book Condition: Fine. First Edition. First appearance of this pattern book, a cornerstone text of the eighteenth century architect-builder. 16mo: 24pp, with engraved frontispiece and 99 numbered plates (no. 72 provided in perfect facsimile on laid paper). Beautifully bound in period-style full speckled calf by Fitterer, boards framed with double gilt fillets, spine in five compartments between raised bands ruled in gilt, red morocco lettering piece gilt, end papers renewed. Fine, square, tight binding, text clean and bright with rich impressions of the plates. Provenance: in script to the front fly leaf, "Isaac Walfords Book / Stowey [?] 10th May 1815." Archer 377.1. Goldsmiths'-Kress library of economic literature 7825.1. ESTC Citation No. T66029. Rare (only 2000 copies printed) both in institutional holdings and in commerce: ESTC lists only six copies, three in England and three in North America, and ABPC shows no copy at auction in the past 30 years. Langley's books were enormously influential in the American colonies, and Washington drew upon plate 75 of The Builder's Jewel for the rusticated wood siding at Mount Vernon. Langley was thought to be an important Freemason; the frontispiece contains many examples of Masonic symbolism found in the first three degrees of Freemasonry. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB0934
Book Description: London: Rodwell & Martin:, First edition, 1823. 4to., (quarto, 10.75in x 7.25in), half-title present, engraved vignette title, [vi], unpaginated, 61 full-page finely engraved plates, each plate accompanied by separate leaf of explanatory text in English (verso printed in French), some very light unobstrusive spotting to extreme outer edges of only a few plates (plates generally in remarkably clean and bright condition), marbled endpapers,bound in good quality modern full black calf, inner gilt dentelles, gilt decorated spine in compartments with 5 raised bands, upper cover gilt ruled in gilt with further gilt decoration along outer borders. A handsome fine bright clean copy of this scarce work featuring classic scenery views of Southern Germany and Austria. Bookseller Inventory # 3255
Book Description: London. Robert Jennings. 1829., 1829. sm4to, 26cm, the first edition, [iv], pp., with engraved vignette title page, steel engraved frontis & 60 steel engraved plate views & 60 engraved text illustrations with French and English text plate descriptions, complete, in full contemporary black calf, expertly rebacked, gilt ruled and decorated wide raised bands, detailed full gilt decorations in the panels, gilt titles, original boards with wide elaborately decorated boards and blind decorated borders in the center panels, inner wide gilt dentelles, black satin doublure endpapers, all edges gilt, a clean copy without the usual foxing, the illustrations are bright clear early strikes of these attractive plates, in an elegant fine binding. (cgc) Brunet I-702. Hunnisett 133. Artistic scenic views of Hanover (then under the British crown) and Saxony as well as Denmark, including eight views of Copenhagen. Batty was the most celebrated of the amateur topographical artists whose work found its way into print at the time. Sir Andrew Macphail's Copy. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 30906
Practical Geometry Applied to the Useful Arts of Building Surveying Gardening and Mensuration Calculated for the Service of Gentlemen as well as Artisans and set in Four Parts
Book Description: W. and J. Innys, J. Osborn and T. Longman and others, London, 1726. Leather cover. First Edition. 350mm x 220mm (14" x 9"). 136pp + plates. 39 [of 60] folding copper plates and vignettes. G+ : in Good condition plus. Rebound. Cover lightly scuffed. Some plates creased and browned at folds but majority bright and VG. Plate 14 repaired at crease. Plates run from numbers 1 to 41 with plates 30 and 40 missing. Eighteenth century owner's ink inscription to title page. Bookseller Inventory # r4533
Book Description: Rodwell & Martin, London, 1820. Legatura coeva in piena pelle di zigrino blu con nervi, ricchi fregi e titolo oro al ds. Cornici oro ai piatti e ai contropiatti (segni di usura agli angoli e alle cuffie). Tagli oro. Gli splendidi acciai raffigurano varie città d Italia, tra cui Torino, Genova, Firenze, Roma e Napoli. 4to (cm. 28), 4 cc.nn., 197(3) pp. con 60 finissime tavv. f.t. Frontis. inciso. Bookseller Inventory # 1572
A Sure Method of Improving Estates, by plantations of oak, elm, ash, beech, and other timber trees, coppice woods etc.
Book Description: London, Francis Clay & Daniel Brown, 1728. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. A Sure Method of Improving Estates, by plantations of oak, elm, ash, beech, and other timber trees, coppice woods etc. London, Francis Clay & Daniel Brown, 1728. 8vo. (x) + xxii (ie.xx) + 274pp. With engraved frontispiece by Toms, woodcut head- and tail-pieces. Title-page in red and black. Contemporary speckled calf; spine neatly rebacked. One of the earliest works (by some 25 years) to set out in a professional manner the importance of silviculture and arboriculture, which was taken up with zeal in the second half of the 18th century (Henrey). Langley (1696-1751) was an architect, surveyor, hydraulics expert and landscape gardener; he gave advice to estate owners throughout Great Britain and Ireland. The present treatise gives practical and informative material, and details of the profits expected; it was published when Langley was at Twickenham before moving to Westminster, within the same period that he issued his New principles of gardening and Pomona (1728, 1729). The engraver of the frontispiece, Peter Toms (d.1777), contributed illustrations to the Pomona. A very good copy. Desmond, p413. Henrey 929, and vol II, pp470-1, 554, 647. Hunt 473. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-9240167301
Book Description: London. Robert Jennings. 1829., 1829. sm4to, 26cm, the first edition, [iv], pp., with engraved vignette title page, steel engraved frontis & 60 steel engraved plate views & 60 engraved text illustrations with French and English text plate descriptions, complete, in full contemporary black calf, expertly rebacked, gilt ruled and decorated wide raised bands, elaborated full gilt decorations in the panels, gilt titles, original boards with wide elaborately decorated boards and blind decorated borders in the center panels, inner wide gilt dentelles, black satin doublure endpapers, all edges gilt, a clean copy without the usual foxing, the illustrations are bright clear early strikes of these attractive plates, in an elegant fine binding (194). ~ Brunet I-702. Hunnisett 133. Artistic scenic views of Hanover (then under the British crown) and Saxony as well as Denmark, including eight views of Copenhagen. Batty was the most celebrated of the amateur topographical artists whose work found its way into print at the time. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 28600
New Principles of Gardening: or, the laying out and planting parterres, groves, wildernesses, labyrinths, avenues, parks, &c. after a more grand and rural manner than has been done before; with experimental directions for raising the several kinds of fruit-trees, forest-trees, ever-greens and flowering-shrubs with which gardens are adorn'd
Book Description: A Bettesworth and J Batley; J Pemberton et al, London, 1728. Hardcover. Book Condition: Poor. First edition. 4to. Remarkably good condition for its age! 2 of 28 plates missing. In original binding with paper-covered boards (a little bowed) and (not much) remains of banded leather spine. Edges and corners bumped with boards showing. Hinges cracking. Binding reasonably firm. po names on each side of ffep. S Webster and Thomas Simpson 1760 (possibly the mathematician). Minor staining to top binding edge of a number of pages. 26 foldout plates, a number of which have closed tears, one of which also has a loss. Creasing to ffep. A little worm damage to top edges of around 30pp.Some minor soiling. Bookseller Inventory # AB9447
Book Description: London R Jennings, 1826. 4°. Mit Front., Tit.-Vign. u. 57 von 60 Stahlst. 60 nn. Bll. Erklärungen in englischer u. franz. Sprache. Ldr .Rü.-Verg. Goldschnitt. Calf. Gilt images on spine. Gilt edges. Ber. u. best. Deckel tls. lose. Stockfl. Rubbed and bumped. Boards loose. Foxed. Nice copy. Auf Wunsch senden wir gerne ein Foto des Buches via E-mail 2,361 gr. Bookseller Inventory # 36414AB
Gothic Architecture, Improved by Rules and Proportions. In many grand designs . to which is added an historical dissertation on gothic architecture.
Book Description: Book Condition: very good. London, I. & J. Taylor [c1800?]. Quarto original marbled sheep (rebacked, some surface scrapes on the sides); engraved title, 8pp and 64 plates, four page folio Taylor catalogue folded in at the end. An excellent crisp copy. This first appeared as 'Ancient Architecture Restored' in 1742, the spiffier title 'Gothic Architecture' came in 1747 but without text. Taylor restored the historical dissertation somewhere around 1790 and the list at the end has Richardson's new Vitruvius Britannicus up to seven numbers which dates this particular copy to about 1800 I think. This was 'the Langleys' notorious attempt to impose 'orders' on gothic architecture with charmingly bizarre results.' (Spode). Bookseller Inventory # 8885
A Sure Method of Improving Estates, by Plantations of Oak, Elm, Ash, Beech, and other Timber-Trees, Coppice-Woods, &c. Wherein is demonstrated, the Necessity and Advantages thereof; their Manner of raising, cultivating, felling, &c. in all Kinds of Soils, whereby Estates may be greatly improv'd. Offered to the Consideration of the Nobility and Gentry of Great-Britain. By Batty Langley of Twickenham.
Book Description: London. Printed for Francis Clay. 1728., 1728. 8vo, 19.5cm, the first edition, [x],xx,274p., 1 folding copper engraved plate, title printed in red and black, appendix, index, in full contemporary paneled calf boards, re-backed, black ruled raised bands, boards expertly restored at the edges, crushed crimson morocco label, a fine copy (snds) - An inscription of the former owner on front fly reads "Batty Langley, Shraf Saw Mills, Sheffield, 1889". A descendant of the author, perhaps? Fussell p27. Kress S1696. "Langley, Batty (bap. 1696, d. 1751), writer on architecture, was baptized at the parish church of Twickenham, Middlesex, on 14 September 1696, the son of Daniel and Elizabeth Langley. Having been trained in his father's profession as a gardener, he moved into surveying and landscape gardening and was one of the earliest popularizers of the new irregular style advocated by Stephen Switzer in his Ichnographia Rustica (1718). Langley published a few designs for irregular gardens in his Practical Geometry (1726), but his most important work on the subject was New Principles of Gardening (1728). This contained a variety of garden plans in what he called the arti-natural' style, replete with twisted serpentine paths or meanders that prefigure Hogarth's line of beauty' and signaled the emergence of the rococo style in England. Instead of pursuing the subject he knew best, however, he turned to architecture, which was more in demand but in which he had no practical experience and very limited ability. In 1729 Langley left Twickenham for London; there he had temporary premises at Palladio's Head near Exeter Change in the Strand, from which he published A Sure Guide to Builders (1729)". DNB. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 26841
Book Description: James Reynolds , London, 1820. Hardcover. First Edition. Incomplete copies of both works bound together in one volume, quarto (6-1/2" x 9-1/2"), half green morocco leather with gilt designs and a gilt-lettered leather spine label. Each engraved title is present, and each volume has 49 of the original 60 steel engravings present, giving a total of 100 of the original 122 engravings present. Two of the finest steel-engraved illustrated books of the 19th century. Scattered light foxing; one plate in Cockburn--"Fluellen"--with a clean 2" tear into the image repaired on the verso with tape. Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 010198
Book Description: Sage Pubns Ltd, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. five-volume set edition. 2800 pages. 9.75x6.75x7.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1446208087
Book Description: London. Robert Jennings. 1829., 1829. Hardcover. iv,  pages. Illustrated with Engraved frontispiece, vignette on title, and 60 engraved plates, plus 60 engraved text illustrations. Descriptions of the plates in both French and English; the plates protected by tissue guards. Bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, the spine elaborately decorated with gilt panels and two gilt labels in green and black. Some light rubbing to the binding; neat printed ownership name to the top outer corner of the title; some occasional light off-setting to the guards; a couple of plates lightly spotted; else an exceptionally fine copy in a highly attractive period binding. Bookseller Inventory # 9028
Book Description: London, Robert Jennings. 1829., 1829. Very large 4to (250 x 305mm, 10 x 12ins), contemporary dark-green half morocco, raised bands, gilt, a little rubbed, foot of top hinge just split, all edges gilt. Engraved title-page, 60 vignettes in text, 60 steel plates, all fine impressions on India Paper. A little mostly marginal foxing and discolouration to protective tissues, but overall an impressive and very generous copy. Bookseller Inventory # 7813
Book Description: John Murray, London, 1823. Half-Leather. Book Condition: Very Good Plus. Author (illustrator). First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Half brown hard grain morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettered and decorated spine compartments. Internally, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, bookplate (Henry Blackwell) to fpd, large paper copy, half title present, 35 engraved plates by Edward Finden after Robert Batty, each with a leaf of descriptive text, printed by Thomas Davison, Whitefriars, aside from a few insignificant spots, a stellar copy. A very attractive gathering of finely executed engravings of Welsh Scenery including such well known sites as Cader Idris, Snowdon, Caernarvon and Conway Castles. Batty also wrote, illustrated topographical books about the scenery of France (1822); Germany (1823); Wales (1823); Hanover, Saxony, and Denmark (1828); and India; and Select Views of the Principal Cities of Europe (1830¿33), which suggests that he spent little time with his regiment after its return from France in 1818.! See ODNB for a full Bio. Bookseller Inventory # 000457
Book Description: London: Robert Jennings, 1829. FIRST EDITION, quarto, pp iv, 120, frontispiece (small tear in margin), vignette on title-page, 60 steel-engraved plates, original brown morocco binding, gilt decorations, raised bands, joints and corners rubbed. Bookseller Inventory # 8827
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