London: Country Life, 1950. Folios & 4to. 4 volumes, set. First editions. Original green buckram, gilt. Top edges stained red. Illustrated throughout with numerous architectural drawings and black and white photographs. Volumes I & II: Slightly rubbed at extremities and on the spine labels (especially Vol. I). Near fine. Vol. III: Foxing to fore edge, title page and d/w. D/w has some shelf wear and a few short closed tears. Near fine in very good + dust-wrapper. Vol. IV: Ink ownership on fly. Blind embossed round ownership on title-page. D/w slightly foxed and dust-soiled with rubbing, chips, short tears and a triangular portion missing from the upper panel. Near fine in very good dust-wrapper. Item #805
The life and work of Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, OM, KCIE, PRA, FRIBA (1869-1944) celebrated in full. Three folio volumes cover his achievements as the greatest British architect of the 20th century and Christopher Hussey's biography comes 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. This is the complete set in first edition of Country Life's magnificent tribute to Lutyens.