List 89: Architecture in Britain since 1660 – History and Reference

The books offered here represent the last of four selections from the working library formed by the late Gavin Stamp (1948-2017), architectural historian, architectural journalist, and fearless champion of the conservation of Britain’s built architectural heritage.

The books that we are offering do not represent the totality of Stamp’s working library, for other titles were retained by his widow or given in his memory to friends, and we did not purchase a number of architectural titles that were of slight commercial value or which were of lesser interest to us as booksellers. Additionally, we left behind on his bookshelves, as lying slightly outside our own specialist area of bookselling, Stamp’s substantial assemblage of books on early twentieth century sculpture and war memorials, put together by him as a by-product of his abiding regret at the tragic loss of life occasioned by the First World War.

We also take the opportunity to indicate that a small number of books belonging to Stamp, but which fell outside the parameters of our Lists 86, 87, 88 and 89, are currently scheduled to be offered in a future catalogue in our catalogue series.

The books that we have so far offered nonetheless provide a very reasonable impression of the general character of Stamp’s accumulated library. It is proper to note that a meaningful proportion of them contain loosely inserted printed material and, in a few cases, also manuscript material. We have drawn attention in our descriptions of individual items to the presence in them of autograph letters addressed to Stamp or of copies of typescripts by Stamp, but we have not generally noted where volumes include inserted printed texts of reviews, obituaries or periodical articles, even where these were written by Stamp himself. Additionally, many of the books published from the late 1970s onwards were copies sent to Stamp for review, or were gifts to Stamp from their authors, and these occasionally contain short typed business notes, invitations to book launches, or related publishers’ promotional literature, most of which have gone unmentioned in our descriptions.

It is appropriate to record here that many of the books that have featured in our preceding three lists of books from Stamp’s library have now been purchased by friends, by former pupils, by fellow enthusiasts for Victorian and twentieth-century architecture, or for significant specialist institutional collections.