Leslie Cope Cornford (1867-1927), architect and journalist; his wife Christabel Lawrence (1869-1952), sister of three Lawrence sisters, founders of Roedean School, Sussex [ Wimbledon House S
Two items from his addresses: 47 Norfolk Road and 46 Sutherland Road, Brighton, East Sussex. [ Wimbledon House, 36 Sussex Square, Hove, Sussex. ] Between 1889 and 1908.
65 items of varying size, on pieces of card and paper. The collection is in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. As his obituary in The Times (5 August 1927) describes, before embarking on his journalistic career, Cornford trained as an architect. He was articled for three years from 1884 to Sir John William Simpson (1858-1933), and then studied at the Royal Academy in 1888. He then served briefly as assistant, first to Thomas Verity (1837-1891), and then to F. S. Waller and F. W. Waller, before qualifying as an architect in 1889, and ARIBA the following year.
Arthur F. E. Poley [Arthur Frederick Edward Poley, c.1886-1968, English illustrator and engraver], RIBA [Sir Reginald Blomfield, RA; St Paul's Cathedral, London]
London: Printed for the author: Willowbank, Hampton Hill, Middlesex, 1927.
Folio, 4 pp. Bifolium, with folio 'PROOF OF COLLOTYPE PLATE' of 'St Paul's Cathedral, London. View of One Bay of Aisle' loosely inserted; and full-page 'SPECIMEN PHOTO-LITHOGRAPHIC PLATE' of the Cathedral in 'CROSS SECTION LOOKING EAST'. Finely printed, with the title in red and black, on Alton Mill wove paper. 4to order form tipped in to margin of third page. The third page of gives the contents and list of plates (eight in collotype and twenty-four in photo-lithography), as well as a long 'LIST OF PRELIMINARY SUBSCRIBERS'. The last page carries a 'SPECIMEN PAGE OF TEXT'.
Arthur Elliot, English illustrator [Swiss door knockers; doorknobs; Switzerland; architectural hardware]
The majority of the illustrations dated, and all those to 1907. Mainly taken at Berne and other Swiss cities.
Elliot's illustrations, attractively executed in great detail, recall the style of those in the volumes produced by the publisher B. T. Batsford during the same period. All in excellent condition, the majority with tissue guards; album in good good condition. Fifty-eight of the illustrations, all of Swiss knockers, on paper ranging in size from 21 x 5 cm to 23.5 x 16 cm (the latter the majority), are laid down on the rectos of the first 45 leaves of a 47-leaf landscape folio album (leaf dimensions 36 x 16 cm). All have tissue guards.
4to bifolium (on two 19.5 x 22.5 cm leaves). The 'Ground plan' is neatly drawn on the reverse of the first leaf, and the two-page key is on both sides of the second leaf, lettered A to Z, and headed 'A. B. C. D. E. F. G. The Church & parts thereto belonging'. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Entries among the keys include 'I. Places groined over with stone one of which is supposed to have been the infirmary', 'K. Arches under which the River Skell runs' and 'S. Cloisters groined with stone the pillars whereof were painted - Over these was the Dormitory.
Sir Nikolaus Pevsner [ Sir Nikolaus Bernhard Leon Pevsner ] (1902-1983), architectural historian, editor of Penguin Books series 'The Buildings of England' [ Christopher Stell (1929-2014) ]
Both on Penguin Book 'Buildings of England' letterheads. 7 and 14 May 1968.
Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter (7 May 1968) is an eloquent expression of concern: 'Dear Mr. Stell, | You put your finger on the great snag about my second editions. Such a sentence as the one which you are dealing with in your letter sounds perfectly harmless if it is suggested to me. Of course I should have put it into brackets, but would that have helped? I simply cannot retravel counties because I must still go on travelling new ones. I cannot ask Mrs. Radcliffe to travel the county because she would not have the time, and I would not have the money.
St Thomas's Hospital, Lambeth, London; Henry Currey (1820-1900), architect
4 Lancaster Place, Strand, W.C. [ London ] 13 June 1865.
4pp., folio. Bifolium. Text clear and complete on aged and spotted paper. Addressed 'To the Grand Committee, | St. Thomas's Hospital.' An interesting document, in small print, describing in great detail Currey's principles behind the design of the design of the hospital, from 'Water Closets, Lavatories, and Bath Rooms' to 'Administration Block'.
G. Samuel Senn, architectural student [ Zofingen, Switzerland ]
[ Zofingen, Switzerland? ] Between 1846 and 1850.
Around 280pp., small 4to (20.5 x 16 cm). In bulky notebook with marbled boards and label on front cover: 'Skizzen & Notizen | von | Samuel Senn. | 1848.' Internally in fair condition, shaken, on aged and worn paper. In heavily-worn binding with spine almost rubbed away and front cover coming loose. An attractive and impressive volume, crammed with detailed tracings, diagrams, illustrations and plans of architectural features, projections, patterns and ornaments, most in fine pen and a few in colour. Most of the tracings have been laid down, with a few folding out.
On one side of a 15 x 39 cm piece of Whatman paper. A fragile survival: aged, worn and stained. Drawn to a scale of two inches to 30 feet. Central ground plan ('The Court 73 feet') showing, with size, 'Malting', 'Ale Tonhouse', 'Bear [sic] Tonhouse', 'Brewhouse', 'Milhouse', 'Hop Room' and 'Office', 'Spirit Cellar', 'Tender Trade'. The ground plan is flanked by two elevations. The first is captioned 'The Front of Malting &c to South 71 Feet', and the second, 'The Front of the Malting in the Court Side &c 47 feet'.
Jonathan Anderson Bell (d.1865), Scottish architect and watercolourist, Secretary, Association for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Scotland [ W. H. Lizars, engraver ]
Association for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Scotland, Edinburgh, 25 March 1857. [ 'Engd by W H Lizars']
Printed on both sides of an 11 x 23 cm piece of grey paper. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. A nice piece of ephemera. The front is tastefully laid out, with fancy lettering and the royal crest. Numbered in red ink 1379. Recording Miss Fordyce's guinea subscription to the association. The reverse has the terms of the Association engraved in copperplate over ten lines. It is docketed '£1 . 1 | Fine Art Association | 25 March 1857'.
The Educational Supply Association Ltd, Esavian House, 171-181 High Holborn, London
Educational Supply Association Ltd., Esavian House, 171-181 High Holborn, London. Undated [1920s.]
Printed brown-paper 19 x 25 cm landscape folder, containing 30 black and white captioned photographs of buildings featuring the firm's doors, on 30 leaves of shiny art paper, loosely inserted. The folder and items all have three punch holes at the spine, and there are the remains of the brown ribbon that bound them together. The 30 leaves are in good condition, lightly-worn, in worn and stained folder. 26 different photographs, and a further 4 duplicates. The captions consist of headings (such as 'Residence of H. G.
Emilio Marolda, Sicilian interior designer, artist and decorator [ George Frederick Bodley (1827-1907), Gothic revival architect ]
74a Margaret Street, Cavendish Square [London]. Thursday 1 July [c.1881?].
Printed in black on one side of 13.5 x 18.5 cm card. Plate dimensions 11.5 x 16 cm. Aged and spotted. An attractive and elegant production with both illustration and text engraved. The illustration, with engraved signature of 'E Marolda' shows six putti playing with a string of foliage, with one in the bottom left-hand corner swathed in ribbon and standing beside an architectural feature. The text reads: 'Les Muses réunies prient ['Mr. George Bodleys' inserted in mansucript] de vouloir bien honorer de ['sa' inserted] presence le nouvel atelier de Sigr.
R. M. Butler [Rudolf Maximilian Butler] (1872-1943), Professor of Architecture in University College, Dublin
Without place or date. [Dublin, 1920s?]
8pp., 8vo. Saddle-stitched into grey printed wraps. Printed in double column. In fair condition, on aged paper, in worn wraps. Inscribed at head of front cover to 'Profr. Richardson | with R. M. Butler's compts.' Covering the history of the city from the time of Ptolemy to the advent of the electric tram. Ends by noting the extensive rebuilding in the city, 'in part due to the reconstruction of areas destroyed in 1916 and 1922'. Scarce: no copies on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.
Walker, Carter, & Walker, Architects, Windermere. December 1925.
 + 10pp., crown 8vo. Held together with a metal stud, and placed in a brown card folder, with typed title on front cover. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Professionally presented, with the text typed out in columns and the sums and running totals written out in manuscript. An estimate, with costings for a large number of itemised elements, ranging from 'temporary lavatory accommodation for the workmen for all trades' to 'the removal of trees or shrubs as required, and grub up the roots - The timber will belong to the Contractor - and he must here allow for same'.
Walker, Carter & Walker, Architects, Windermere [Windermere Police Station; W. L. Dolman, architect]
ONE: W. L. Dolman, F.R.I.B.A., Windermere. May 1925. TWO: Walker, Carter, & Walker, Architects, Windermere. June 1926.
Each document with a substantial number of typed itemised entries, with each item costed in manuscript, and manuscript totals. ONE: Headed 'WINDEREMERE POLICE STATION. | Bills of Quantities for Scheme | Submitted by W. L. Dolman F.R.I.B.A. Winderemere. | May 1925. | Excavator, Drainlayer, Waller & Slater.' 5pp., crown 8vo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with rust-spotting from staple. Entries range from '24" wall next Lake Road of Langdale Rag Stone with selected stones for facing in mortar & including footings' to 'In stone walls girth of Main Quoins included.
James Henry Savory (1889-1962), professional photogapher and caver [Caleb White; E. W. Savory Ltd, Bristol printers and publishers; John A. Marshall, architect; Westminster Cathedral]
Letter on letterhead of Park Row Studios, Bristol. 15 November 1910. Manuscript on 'Ancient Marbles' dated July 1910.
ONE: Savory's letter. 1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. He begins by stating that he has 'now heard that the whole of the specimens which have been prepared are at Messrs Arthur Lee & Bros., Hayes. As I told you before Mr. John A.
[Sir Charles Barry, R.A., Gothic revival architect, designer of the Palace of Westminster] [Albert Edward Bullock, ARIBA?; Royal Institute of British Architects, London]
Without date or place [Royal Institute of British Architects, London. [Circa 1905.]
 + 34 + pp., 8vo. Each page on the recto of a leaf, and all 44 leaves held together by a brass stud. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Ownership or authorship inscription at foot of title page: 'Albert E. Bullock | 45 Fairlawn Av: | Chiswick.' With occasional manuscript emendations, apparently in the same hand.
'Excelsior' [Sir John Soane (1753-1837), English architect, Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy] [Albert Edward Bullock, ARIBA?; Royal Institute of British Architects, London]
Place not stated. 25 May 1905.
48pp., folio. Each page on the recto of a leaf, and all 48 leaves held together by a brass stud. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Authorship or ownership inscription on title page: 'A. E. Bullock | 43 Chancery Lane | W. C.', with autograph note: 'An Essay written originally for a prize, I believe.
[The Coronation, 1953.] [Joseph Wilson (b.c.1888), Glasgow architect; J. & E. Bumpus Ltd., 477 Oxford Street, prestigious London bookshop owned by J. G. Wilson [John Gideon Wilson] (1876-1963)]
Joseph Wilson, 200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, C2. [J. & E. Bumpus Ltd., 477 Oxford Street, London.] Eleven items, all dating from 1952.
For more about Joseph Wilson, ARIBA, FRIAS, see his entry in the Dictionary of Scottish Architects. From the familiar tone of his letters (Items Seven, Ten and Eleven below), there is every indication that he was closely related to his client, J. G. Wilson, proprietor of the prestigious firm of J. & E. Bumpus Ltd, and a man described by Sir Basil Blackwell (in his DNB entry on Wilson) as 'the most famous English [sic] bookseller of his time'. Eleven items, in good condition, lightly aged and worn.
John Francis Clark (1816-1898) of Newmarket, Suffolk architect and 'racing judge' [Horse Racing]
The first paper signed 'J. F. Clark | Newmarket | Feb. 2. 1852 read at Kirtling [Suffolk]'. The second dated 'Jan. 1860'. The third without date or place.
For more information on Clark, see the account by Eric C. Graham, privately printed in 2010. All texts clear and legible, on aged and worn paper (especially the outer ones). ONE: Headed 'J. F. Clark | Newmarket | Feb. 2. 1852 read at Kirtling'. 30pp., foolscap 8vo. Saddle stitched.
[University College, London, 'An Appeal for the Endowment of advanced University Education and Research in London', 1902]
Headed 'Private'. 1902.
xiv + 10pp., 4to. With four double-page plans (Drawing Nos. 1 to 4), all titled 'University College London | Proposed alterations & additions', with subtitles 'Basement Plan', 'Ground Floor Plan', 'First Floor Plan', 'Second Floor Plan'.
J. George Hodgins, M.A. Deputy Superintendent of Education for Upper Canada, editor
Toronto: Printed for the Department of Public Instruction for Upper Canada, by Lovell and Gibson. 1857.
216pp., 8vo, paginated i-viii, 6-212. With numerous engravings of views and plans of schools, 'school architecture' (desks, blackboards and so on), and diagrams and illustrations of gymnastics. Divided into three sections: 'School Architecture', 'School Economy and Discipline' and 'Selections for public Recitation in Schools'. Two-page appendix: 'New Brick School House at Simcoe, County of Norfolk'. In original printed wraps of cloth backed with card. In fair condition, on aged paper, in heavily worn wraps. The volume contains an interesting selection of stamps and labels.
G. Topham Forrest, F.R.I.B.A., F.R.S.E., F.G.S., The Architect to the Council [London County Council]
Printed in accordance with an order of the General Purpose Committee, dated 16th February, 1925. The County Hall, Westminster Bridge, S.E.1. May, 1925. Published by the London County Council. [P. S. King & Son, Limited.]
109pp., 4to. With frontispiece ('LCC: Ossulston Street Area, Saint Pancras') and 35 plates ('Drawings'), including five fold-outs, two of which are coloured maps of parts of London (one begin 'Suggestion for Re-development of part of Chelsea'). Also included are two maps of the Brady Street Area of Bethnal Green. In fair condition, on aged paper, in worn and aged wraps. Stamps and label of the Board of Education Reference Library.
Arthur Beresford Pite (1861-1934), English architect, Professor of Architecture, Royal College of Art, 1900-1923 [Sir Henry Trueman Wood (1845-1929), Secretary, Royal Society of Arts]
Eleven of the items on his letterhead, Royal College of Art, South Kensington, London, SW7. The other two items from 21 Willow Road, Hampstead, NW. One from 1915, four from 1916 and eight from 1917.
The thirteen items are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. All but one bear the purple oval stamp of the Royal Society of Arts, and most are docketted. Totalling 10pp., 4to; 3pp., 12mo. The earlier letters are addressed to Wood and the later ones to Menzies. The first letter (14 August 1915), in which Pite proposes becoming a member of the Society, is the only one not to concern the course of lectures.
Lewis Wyatt [Lewis William Wyatt] (c.1777-1863) [John Preston Neale (1780-1847), architectural draughtsman]
Suffolk St. [London]. 13 October 1825.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Confounding John Preston Neale, author of the ' Views of the seats, Mansions, Castles, etc. of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland' (1819-1823) with the poet Henry Neale (1798-1828) he writes: 'Having seen and admired yr. work on the Seats of the Nobility &c. I feel gratified that Lord Foresters House has fallen under your notice.
Ernest James Buckton (1883-1973) [dock and harbour engineering]
Vernon Harcourt Lecture Session 1954-55. London: Published by the Institution of Civil Engineers, 1956.
Pamphlet, 8vo: 50 pp + 8 pp of plates. Stitched. In original blue printed wraps. Minor staining. 56 diagrams in text (figs 1-56), which is followed by 17 photographs (figs. 57 to 73) as plates on art paper. Good, on lightly aged paper, with bottom corner at rear dogeared and slight wear and small stain to wraps. Presentation copy: 'No charge' in pencil on front wrap, which also carries the light ownership stamp of 'P. P. GRIFFITHS' at the head. Scarce: no copy in the British Library or on COPAC.
P. D. Innes, Chief Education Officer, City of Birmingham Education Committee; W. Byng Kenrick, Chairman of the Education Committee
Buckler & Webb Ltd., Birmingham. July 1935.
32pp., 4to. Stitched, in grey wraps. With photographs in text and three pages of plans (including two floor plans) at rear. Stamp, shelfmarks and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, otherwise in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn wraps. Scarce: no copy in the British Library, or on COPAC.
Sir George Hayter (1792-1871), painter and engraver [Messrs Crace & Son, 14 Wigmore Street, London, interior designers]
'33 Gloucester Place in the new Road [London]'. 25 April 1855.
On one side of a piece of cm blue paper. Reads: 'April 25, 1855. | 33 Gloucester Place in the new Road | Received of Messrs Crace | The favour of loan of two spear axe pikes, and a body & helmet suit of armour, to be returned. | George Hayter | with Thanks & Compliments.'
[Charles Henry Holden (1875-1960), English architect; Adams, Holden & Pearson, London architects; The Royal Westminster Ophthalmic Hospital, Broad Street, London, WC2.]
Without date or place. [London, c.1926.]
The two plans are both in good condition, on lightly-aged paper: each printed in black ink on one side only of a piece of white paper, and both folded twice. The first is landscape, 28 x 40.5cm, and carries the 'FIRST FLOOR PLAN' on the left, and 'GROUND FLOOR PLAN' on the right. The second is portrait, 40.5 x 29.5cm. It has two 'TYPICAL WARD PLANS' (third and fourth floors) above two 'SECTIONS A.B. & C.D. OF ELEVATIONS'. The Royal Westminster Ophthalmic Hospital was established on High Holborn in 1816.