020. [COMPUTERS] NEGROPONTE (Nicholas) The Architecture Machine. Toward a More Human Environment, [and] Soft Architecture Machines, Cambridge, Massachusetts, & London, MIT Press, 1970, 1975

First Editions, separated from each other by five years. Quite fascinating high-concept consideration of computers and software, including pattern recognition, compatibilities & conflicts, games, intelligence and architecture, , problem solving, memory, default options, etc. “Most of the machines I will be discussing do not exist at this time. The chapters are primarily extrapolations into the future derived from experiences with various computer-aided design systems, and, in patricular, URBAN5,” [Preface, vol.1]. The text for the follow-up volume was actually completed in 1972, but, ironically, fell prey to the hazards of computer typesetting.

2 vols, square 8vo, vol. 1: 6 ff., pp. 153 (1) incl. 30 pp. bibliography, b/w illustrations, white card covers untitled with 16 silver squares on upper cover (a little foxing to fore-edges, and margins at front and back, otherwise very good); vol. 2. 6 ff., pp. 239 (1), incl. 40 page bibliography, b/w illustrations, silver boards with 16 white squares, spine lettered, dustwrapper (edgeworn, a few creases and short tears; instutional rubber stamp on front paste down; otherwise very good condition).


008. BALZAC (Honore de) & AVRIL (Paul) Honore de Balzac. Le Péché Véniel. Compositions de Paul Avril. Gravées a l’eau-forte par Édouard Léon et Raoul Serres, Paris, Charles Bosse, 1901

Limited Edition. The whole edition ran to 400 copies, of which this is one of one hundred on Whatman paper, with the illustrations in two states. Finely printed by Chamerot & Renouard of Paris, and a very fine but restrained contemporary binding.

lge. 8vo, original thin card front cover title in red and black with cherub & stag beetle vignette, 1 f. limitation, 1 f. title printed in red & black with vignette, pp. 67 (1), 1 f. printer’s colphon, 1 f. (original thin card back cover) printer’s device, frontispiece and text vignettes, repeated (ensuite) with extra set of the illustrations in a second state on 17 leaves, fine full rose-pink crushed morocco gilt by Otto Schulze of Edinburgh (gilt stamped), with striking silk patterned end-papers, gilt tooled turn-ins, t.e.g., rest untrimmed.


004. [ARTS] The Pictorial Gallery of Arts. [Volume 1:] Useful Arts / [Volume 2:] Fine Arts, London, Charles Knight, / Charles Cox, n.d. & 1847

By the look and feel of it, probably originally issued in parts; this seems to be the
earliest edition, anticipating in its coverage the Great Exhibition. Indeed later issues
(1858-60) easily incorporated material relating to it.
Much rarer than one might suppose: COPAC locates only the Wellcome and Cardiff
copies of this edition. A near fine copy, with an additional chromo plate in vol. 2 which
does not seem to be present in other copies, but clearly belongs.

2 vols in 1, folio, chromo frontispiece, pp. v (i), 390 (but index ff. bound after title), profusely illus.; chromo frontis., pp. v (i), 406, 1 chromo plate, text profusely illus., contemp. black calf, spine gilt tooled in bands, burgundy gilt-lettered label, comb-marbled edges.


002. [ANON] The Life of Sir Richard Whittington, Knight, and Four Times Lord Mayor of London, … By the Author of “Memoirs of George Barnwell,” Harlow, Printed by B. Flower, 1811

COPAC locates a copy at the British Library, and another at the Society of Antiquaries; an unusual provincial imprint. A second edition was published in London in 1816. Ex-libris Bala School Library, and then D. Wyn Lloyd (bookplate).

8vo, portrait frontispiece with vignette scene below, pp. 107 (1, adverts), contemporary tree calf, spine gilt dec., label (label chipped, light water stain to frontis, occasional finger marks to text, etc.).