New York: Abbeville Press, 1997. first edition. 8 1/4" x 8 1/4", 140 pages, with 108 color photographs, largely by the author. This is an engaging and detailed study of these "terrors", placed on buildings not to terrify anyone but as architectural necessities -- they are waterspouts that exist on hundreds of medieval buildings in Europe.There is a section of the book on gargoyle sites to visit, an index, and a useful bibliography. This copy is signed by Benton on the front free endpaper, and is preceded by a two-word inscription written, I think, by another hand. Absolutely fine, as issued, in deep blue cloth, dustjacket, and its original gilt-titled cardboard box from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green & Longman, 1833. First edition. Large octavo, xx, 1138pp., "illustrated by nearly 100 lithographs and above 2,000 engravings on wood". Collated and complete. There are about fifty contributors to the designs -- architects, cabinet-makers, upholsterers and others, credited on the title page. This remains one of his greatest books, gathering together plans for everything from workmans' cottages to country villas, and for their outbuildings and interior furnishings. Lucidly written and fascinating to read. This copy has some waterstaining, an 1833 signature (John Smythe) on the first blank page, the same name stamped in a small circle on the title page, a tiny wormhole on the fore edge from page 913 through page 957, an inked note on the last page, as well as general page browning and soil. A solid copy, without a half-title, internally good to very good, and recently recased in quarter tan calf and marbled paper on boards, with new endpapers, and with a compartmented spine and a claret leather title label.
New York: M. Evans and Company, 1976. First Edition. Quarto, 227 pages, with 157 black and white photographs by Ezra Stoller and others showing the versatile residential work of David Adler (1882-1949), much of it on Chicago's North Shore. There is a photographic portrait frontispiece of Adler, a long essay on the architect and his work, a chronology, a listing of books that composed Adler's architectural library, a memorial address, and an index. This is a fine copy, bound in deep blue cloth stamped with the title in gilt, in a somewhat worn and shelf-rubbed dustjacket, not price-clipped but with a few narrow tears to the edges and small chips to the top of the spine, now protected in mylar.
Greensboro, North Carolina: Legacy Publications, 1995. first edition. 11 1/4" x 9 1/2", 120 pages. This is a splendid book about the elegant interiors of some of Charleston, South Carolina's, finest houses, written by the curator of the Museum Division of the Charleston Foundation, and profusely illustrated with color photographs by N. Jane Iseley. This is also an as-new copy in black cloth and a perfect dust jkacket. It is also both signed and personally inscribed by Thomas Savage on the title page. Fine.
London: Charles Tilt, 1837. First edition. Quarto, viii,169pp., errata leaf. The book is illustrated with 50 full-page engraved plates on heavy stock by R. Garland. The plates, which include a vignette title page, show internal and external views of six cathedrals, including Rouen, Amiens, Notre Dame, Chartres, Beauvais and Evreux. There is scattered mild foxing to some pages and plates, and most tissue-guards are absent, (with no indication that they had ever been present). This is a very good copy recased in modern grey linen on boards, with a gilt-ruled red morocco spine and new endpapers.