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Sundials. Incised Dials or Mass-clocks

By Green, Arthur Robert

(London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1926). A study of the time-markers of medieval churches, containing descriptions, photographs, diagrams and analysis of dials, chiefly in Hampshire, but also in various other counties. A volume in "The Historic Monuments of England" series. Demy 8vo; original dark green cloth, titled in gilt on spine; edges of upper board ruled in blind; pp. xx + 203, incl. index; plates; text figures; folding diagram. Very good condition; bottom edge of lower board slightly bumped; cloth a little stippled; accession stamp and date to front free endpaper; a few discreet, informed marginal annotations and a little underlining; regular light browning throughout. "It seems a pity that hitherto so little interest has been taken in this subject, for it undoubtedly forms a very interesting corner in ecclesiology. To many people who take an intelligent interest in the architecture of our parish churches the Mass-clock is quite unknown; they will converse quite learnedly of the Norman, Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles of architecture, and they are interested in piers and arches, stained-glass windows, screens and pews, fonts, pulpits, bells, low side-windows and wall-paintings, etc., etc., but when one of these dials is mentioned, they have never seen or even heard of such a thing." - from the Preface. .


Early Nineteenth Century Architecture in South Africa. A Study of the Interaction of Two Cultures 1795-1837

By Lewcock, Ronald

(Cape Town: A. A. Balkema, 1963). 4to; pale blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, and with gilt publisher's monogram to upper cover; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. x + (ii) + 451, incl. index; liberally illustrated with photographs, line drawings, plans, and reproductions of contemporary artwork, incl. colour plates. Copenhagen bookplate to front pastedown. Dustwrapper slightly rubbed and edgeworn, with earlier owner's tape reinforcing to spine panel at head and tail; a little foxing to endpapers and edges, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Very good condition. "The book is designed for the general reader, yet, with its authoritative notes and thorough documentation, it will appeal equally to the serious scholar. It is likely to remain the standard work on the subject for many years. Prefaced by a brief account of eighteenth century architecture at the Cape, the main body of the work is a detailed study of the buildings over the whole period from 1795 to 1837, fully illustrated in colour, half-tone and line. The book includes, in addition, a discussion of the major trends which have characterized architectural development in South Africa, a description of the interaction of the architectures of the English and the Dutch, analyses of the sources of various foreign stylistic influences, and accounts of the impact of the European Industrial Revolution and of the transition to Victorian. ... Not the least important aspect of this work is that it brings to the attention of the public for the first time the full wealth of the architecture of the 1820 Settlers. In countryside and village this exposed community built for themselves, in the face of flood, famine and brutal attack, an architecture of amazing quality and permanence, ranging from tiny half-timbered cottages to fortified manor houses and elegant Regency mansions." .


Eighteenth Century Architecture in South Africa

By Pearse, G. E.

(Cape Town: A. A. Balkema, 1968). Large 4to; original powder blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, and with gilt publisher's device to upper cover; dustwrapper; tinted top edge; pp. xi + (iii) + 49 + (i) + (113) + (vii), incl. index; plans, monochrome photographs and line drawings. Dustwrapper a little sunned, and somewhat worn, with clipped corner to lower flap, and earlier owner's tape repairs; corners of boards slightly bumped; a little foxing to edges; occasional fox spot elsewhere. A very good example of this celebrated monograph. "This is a new edition of what has become widely accepted as a classic and pioneering study of a subject of established importance. Originally published in 1933, Professor Pearse was the first to consider and describe the Cape architecture of the 18th century as an independent style, and to examine this within its historical perspective. In the cultural development of South Africa, there has been no greater achievement. ... The glory of this large format book is the illustration. There are 36 line drawings in the text; and 111 plates that present 59 photographic studies, and 80 superbly-executed architectural drawings from measured details. In this edition, many of the subjects were newly-photographed by Willem Malherbe and by Hans Fransen (who was responsible for the selection of the new photographs), and the majority of the details were reproduced from the original drawings. The plates are fully described in extensive notes." .


Cape Dutch Houses and Farms. Their Architecture and History Together With a Note on the Role of Cecil John Rhodes in Their Preservation. And a Chapter on the Outlying Districts by Hans Fransen

By De Bosdari, C.

(Cape Town: A A Balkema, 1971, 3rd edition). 8vo; limp laminated pictorial boards; pp. (vi) + 122 + (86); 12 maps; 101 black-and-white plates. Spine sunned; old tape marks to endpapers; some browning to edges; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. "Another seven years have passed, and once again Cape Dutch Houses and Farms is out of print. It is a tribute to the value of Mr De Bosdari's work and to the ever-increasing public interest in his subject that a third edition is badly overdue. It is now as much as eighteen years since this book first appeared, and time has not stood still. Other publications on the same subject have been written, new insights gained, more material discovered. But all this work has leaned very heavily on Cape Dutch Houses and Farms and, what is more, the book itself after all these years has lost none of its usefulness as a concise handbook and guide to all but those few who want to acquaint themselves more thoroughly with the latest material." .


Western Provincial; An Album of Paintings & Drawings of the Western Cape

By Picton-Seymour, Desiree; Text by R.I.B. Webster

(Cape Town: Maskew Miller Ltd, 1952). 4to; original black rexine gilt; no dustwrapper; pp. 80, scraper-board illustrations, colour plates tipped on. Signed edition, limited to 250 copies. .


Bewaring van ons Erfenis. Deel 1: Bewaring van ou geboue en histories oorblyfsels

By Ploeger, Jan and others (editors)

(Cape Town: Caltex, 1966). 253 x 212 mm; pictorial card wrappers; unpaginated; numerous monochrome photographs. Very good condition. Afrikaans text. Articles include: Volksargitektuur in Suid-Afrika (James Walton), Die Nederlandse Boukuns voor Jan van Riebeeck (Jan Ploeger), Die Glorietydperk van die Kaaps-Hollands Boukuns (H. Fransen), Die Interieur van ou Wonings (Victor de Kock), Britse Invloed in Suid-Afrika (R.B. Lewcock), Britse Fortifikasies in Natal (G.A. Chadwick), Die Neo-Renaissance-Boukuns in die Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek en die Oranje-Vrystaat (H.M. Rex), Restourasie van Geboue (Norman Eaton), Historiese Bewaring in Suidwes-Afrika (Olga Levinson). .


The white-walled beauty of the Cape

By Punt, W. H. J. (foreword)

(Cape Town: Howard B. Timmins, 1964). 4to; original green cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; unpaginated; 31 full-page monochrome photographs on rectos, with captions on facing versos. Dustwrapper very rubbed and somewhat edgeworn; earlier owner's name penned on front free endpaper; some light foxing. Good condition. "A selection of photographs exhibited by the Simon van der Stel Foundation in Cape Town and Pretoria, October 1963." .


Edwardian House Style. An Architectural and Interior Design Source Book
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Edwardian House Style. An Architectural and Interior Design Source Book

By Mandleberg, Hilary

(Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 2003) 0 7153 1227-8. 258 x 226 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 192; lavishly illustrated. Previous owner's discreet book label to half-title. Fine condition. "Original period illustrations and beautiful contemporary photography make this an invaluable source of reference for anyone wishing to recreate the inimitable style of the Edwardian period." .


The Gothic Revival
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The Gothic Revival

By Brooks, Chris

(London: Phaidon Press, 1999) 0 7148 3480 7. 220 x 160 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 447; lavishly illustrated in colour and monochrome. Slight bump to tail of spine; previous owner's discreet book label to first page. Near fine condition. "At the height of the Victorian period, a passion for the Gothic style swept England and spread far beyond. Gothic architecture, associated with the social and cultural ideals of the Middle Ages, was seen as a means of remaking the modern world. In this lucid exposition, Chris Brooks unravels the layers of meaning that Gothic held for its many reinventors - from the political uses of Gothic history in the seventeenth century to Barry and Pugin's Houses of Parliament in the mid-nineteenth. Yet Gothic is not just buildings: continually recreated, it has taken the form of poetry and fiction, of painting and sculpture, of movies and video games, of Gothic music and Gothic punk. Gothic became a dominant cultural and architectural force not only in nineteenth-century Britain, but across Europe, in the United States, and in the countries of the British Empire. It is still pervasive. This is the first book to deal comprehensively with the whole scope of the Gothic Revival." .


God's Architect. Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain

By Hill, Rosemary

(London: Penguin, 2008). 197 x 128 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. xiii + (i) + 602 + (viii); plates, some of which in full colour. Slightest curl to wraps. Near fine condition. "During his short life Pugin was shipwrecked, bankrupted, widowed twice and driven to madness. Yet by the time of his death at forty he had changed the face of Britain with his visionary Gothic architecture, designing churches, cathedrals, houses and furnishings, and even sketching designs for the clock tower that would become famous as 'Big Ben' in his last moments of sanity. Rosemary Hill's astonishing biography reveals the extraordinary story of his turbulent, romantic life for the first time." .


The World Atlas of Architecture

By Norwich, John Julius (foreword)

(London, Mitchell Beazley, 1988). Folio; original black boards; laminated pictorial dustwrapper a little rubbed; past owner's name on front free endpaper; upper hinge splitting and reinforced with clear tape; some tape stains and light soiling to endpapers; pp. 408, incl. index/glossary. More than 1000 colour photographs; maps; time charts; cut-out reconstructions and perspective drawings. Good condition. "A definitive visual history of architecture, spanning the pre-classical era to modern times, from the Far East to Europe and the Americas." Please note that this book is heavy, and postage will be charged accordingly. .