The Mark J. Millard architectural collection. Volume 2. British books seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. Catalogue entries Robin Middleton, Gerald Beasley, Nicholas Savage… bibliographical descriptions Claire Baines, Gerald Beasley.
Washington, National Gallery of Art 1998.
Folio. xv + (1) + 392pp, numerous photo text ills. Publisher’s cloth, in dustwrapper.
The second of four projected volumes devoted to the fine collection of architectural books formed by the New York banker Mark Millard (1908-1985). This handsomely produced and scholarly volume discusses the British part of the collection. Although the British books number only ninety-seven, they include virtually all the high spots of British architectural literature from the 1611 English-language translation of Serlio to first editions of the books by the younger Pugin. The catalogue entries in the present volume provide its readers with what are likely to remain for many years the best descriptions of publications by Robert and James Adam, Sir William Chambers, James Gibbs &c.