Architectural sketches from the continent.
London, Day & Son (1858).
Folio. Decorative title leaf, (12)pp, 100 litho plates. Original stamped cloth gilt (binding designed by Shaw), neatly rebacked with morocco spine, all edges gilt, slightly worn and bumped at outer corners. Old light stains on outer margins of text leaves, and similar light stains at upper blank margin of first twenty plates and outer blank margin of last sixteen plates. Jill Allibone’s copy, with her bookplate.
First edition. Drawings done by Shaw when travelling in Europe in the mid 1850s, his travels taking him not just to France and Italy but to Erfurt, Freiburg, Nuremberg and even Prague. Although the selection of subjects reflects the preoccupation of English architects of the period with the great Gothic cathedrals of Western Europe, Shaw’s treatment of the material shows great flair and individuality, and the book’s handsome folio format makes it one of the most attractive volumes of this nature. First edition.