Country Houses, Antiquarian Books
Maybe it's just that I have Downton Abbey on the brain (season three having premiered here in the States last night), but PBA Galleries is in a good position to capitalize on our manor house fascination. At its January 10 auction later this week, PBA is offering architecture books and folios, many consigned by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Northern California chapter. Among the lots are these early twentieth-century books on English and American country homes and gardens. You don't need to be a lord to afford them, either.
Country Residences in Europe and America by Louis Valcoulon Le Moyne (New York, 1908). A first edition, illustrated throughout, showing country residences in Italy, France, England and America. Estimated at $300-500.
Gardens Old & New: The Country House & its Garden Environment (London, c. 1925). A fourth edition, but an attractive three-volume set featuring the great houses of England. Estimated at $300-500.
American Country Houses of To-day ... 1912 & 1913 (New York, 1912, 1913). These are two annual volumes (both first editions), profusely illustrated with photos and plans of American country homes. Estimated at $200-300.
In English Homes: The Internal Character, Furniture & Adornments of Some of the Most Notable Houses of England... by Charles Latham (London, 1904-09). England's stately homes and estates in three illustrated volumes, all bound in pretty blue cloth with pictorial gilt. Estimated at $200-300.
An American Country House: The Property of Arthur E. Newbold Jr. by Arthur J. Meigs (New York, 1925). A first edition in dust jacket that surveys the suburban Philadelphia banker's estate. Estimated at $150-250.
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