London: Country Life, 1950. Folios. 3 volumes, set. First editions. Original green buckram over bevelled boards, gilt. Top edges stained red. Illustrated throughout with numerous architectural drawings and black and white photographs. Slight damage to the top edges of volume I which has left a patch of discolouration on both boards, and the red staining to the text block, and minor marking to the first few pages at the front and back. All the d/ws have been laminated in the past but after they had been chipped and torn with some loss. Near fine in good d/ws. Item #4173
The work of Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, OM, KCIE, PRA, FRIBA (1869-1944) celebrated in full. The three folio volumes cover his achievements as the greatest British architect of the 20th century (Christopher Hussey's biography was issued in a supplementary quarto). He started his own practice at twenty and soon began collaborating with Gertrude Jekyll on the houses and gardens for which they are best known. But his commissions extended to America, South Africa, France, Spain, Ireland and India and included the British embassy in Washington, war memorials and Imperial New Delhi. Edward Hudson, the owner of Country Life, employed him to improve Lindisfarne castle and create the London headquarters for the magazine. Loosely inserted is the Royal Academy Planning Committee's Interim Report 'London Replanned' (Country Life, 1942) with a Foreword by Lutyens who was Chairman of the Committee. The stapled contents are complete though the covers are present but detached.