BUILDINGS

[ Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, architectural historian. ] Typed Letter Signed and Typed Note Signed (both 'Nikolaus Pevsner') to C. F. Stell of the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, discussing 'the great snag about my second editions'.

Author: 
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) ]
Publication details: 
Both on Penguin Book 'Buildings of England' letterheads. 7 and 14 May 1968.
£80.00

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.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Thackeray Turner') from Hugh Thackeray Turner, Secretary of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, regarding the offer of assistance of Laurence W. Hodson of Compton Hall in the case of Cors Y Gedol Hall

Author: 
Hugh Thackeray Turner (1853-1937), architect and Secretary of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings [Laurence W. Hodson of Compton Hall; Cors Y Gedol Hall near Barmouth]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, 20 Buckingham St, Adelphi, London. 22 July 1910.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Headed by Turner: 're, | Cors-y-gedol, near Barmouth'. He thanks Hodson for his letter, explaining that the last meeting of the Committee before the vacation was held on the previous day, but that he will 'write to Mr. Ansell in accordance with your suggestion'. He is indebted to Hodson for his offer of assistance. He will be grateful if Hodson can 'get in touch with Mr. Dangerfield and can suggest his asking the Society for its opinion'. Hodson was a wealthy brewer and patron of the Arts and Crafts movement.

54 of John Carter's original engravings, from his own drawings, for his 'Views of Ancient Buildings in England' (1786-1793).

Author: 
John Carter (1748-1817), English architect and draughtsman
John Carter (1748-1817), English architect and draughtsman
Publication details: 
All 54 captioned as 'Engrav'd & Pub'd' by John Carter between January 1786 and January 1791, successively at Wood Street and College Street, Westminster; and Hamilton Street, Hyde Park Corner; from drawings made by him between 1766 and 1785.
£450.00
John Carter (1748-1817), English architect and draughtsman

All 54 are printed on paper 12 x 9 cm. Each is captioned and numbered in roman numerals, with the first as III and the last as XCVII. Carter published his 'Views of Ancient Buildings in England' between 1786 and 1793, and the six volumes contained a total of 120 views. Those LACKING from this collection, in arabic numerals, are 1, 2, 6-10, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 26, 36-38, 43, 48, 53, 57-59, 63-66, 69-71, 73, 75, 76, 78, 81-84, 90-94, 96, and 97-120.

Small archive of 22 Typed Letters Signed ('Frank Baines') and one Autograph Letter Signed, to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, with documents including a draft speech by Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, with Baldwin's emendations.

Author: 
Sir Frank Baines (1877-1933), British architect, Director of Works, Her Majesty's Office of Works [Stanley Baldwin]
Publication details: 
1927 to 1928; on letterheads of the Director of Works, H.M. Office of Works, and 34, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C.2. [London].
£450.00

The collection is in very good condition, on slightly aged and dusty paper. Several items bear the Society's stamp. An interesting and significant correspondence. The letters, in a variety of formats from 12mo to foolscap, are often long, and are written in an informal tone. Indicating Baines's deep involvement in the Society's affairs, they most significantly concern an appeal, organised by Baines on behalf of the Society, 'for the preservation of the cottage architecture of Great Britain', with the backing and involvement of Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.

Typed Letter Signed ('P. Morley Horder') to W. Perry, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Percy Richard Morley Horder (1870-1944), English architect
Publication details: 
3 March 1931; on letterhead 5 Arlington Street, St. James's.
£23.00

One page, 12mo. Very good; lightly creased with staple holes to one corner. 'I beg you to publish the letter which I have addressed to the Journal. There is no point in withholding it.' Horder, who designed Lloyd George's house, as well as Mallory Court and Greys, is, according to one authority, 'one of a group of early twentieth century architects who were highly influential in re-introducing the romantic vernacular styles of the Elizabethan period. Many of his homes were in the style of Edwin Lutyens, having gables, stone dressings, mullioned windows and inglenooks.'

Typed Letter Signed to George White, Advertising Manager, Messrs. E. Hulton & Co. Ltd, Manchester.

Author: 
Sir William Henry Veno [THE VENO DRUG CO., LIMITED; MANCHESTER]
Publication details: 
23 December 1918; on company letterhead.
£26.00

Head of pharmaceutical company (1866-1933), famous for its cough mixture. One page, quarto. Ornate engraved letterhead featuring picture of the firm's headquarters, Veno Buildings, Chester Road, Manchester. Good, but with creasing, fraying and some closed tears. Rust marks from staple in top left-hand corner. He was sorry not to have seen him 'at the annual meeting of the Column Club on Friday night', and hopes he has recovered from his indisposition. 'I am taking this opportunity of thanking you for the many kindnesses you have shown me while I was Chairman of the Column Club.

Autograph Letter Signed to Sir Thomas Hughes

Author: 
Arthur Stratton
Publication details: 
On letterhead '88, GOWER STREET, | LONDON, W.C.1.'; 6 December 1928.
£40.00

Architect, teacher and antiquary (1872-1955). One page, 4to, folded twice, in very good condition. He thanks him for sending 'the drawing of your commercial buildings'. He is working from it, and will return it shortly. Those at the school appear 'satisfied with the new gymnasium'. 'Good progress is being made with the main building.'

Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Sir Reginald Theodore Blomfield, R.A.
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£20.00

English architect (1856-1942). Slip cut from letter, dimensions approximately 1 1/4 inches by 4 1/4. In good condition. Reads 'Yrs sincy | Reginald Blomfield'. Docketed in pencil '1935' and with tidy strip with 'SIR REGINALD BLOMFIELD, M.A., R.A.', neatly stuck down beneath signature.

15 'INK-PHOTO' engravings.

Author: 
[CROYDON, SURREY, ENGLAND]
Publication details: 
Circa 1890; by 'SPRAGUE & CO. LONDON'.
£225.00

These illustrations are marvellously evocative of the period before Croydon was ruined architecturally. Suitable for framing. They are photographic, in black and white, and approximately 7 inches by 9 1/2 inches, on sheets of paper approximately 10 1/2 inches by 13. Dusty and with a little spotting but in good condition overall. Captions read: 'NORTHERN END OF MIDDLE ROW'; 'HIGH STREET FROM WHITGIFT'S HOSPITAL'; 'BUTCHER ROW, SURREY STREET'; 'MIDDLE ROW, LOOKING SOUTH'; 'THE TOWN HALL, 1890'; 'INTERIOR OF THE TOWN HALL.

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