London, B. Weinreb Ltd, 1961-2000
Fifty-nine catalogues, of which 56 bound in eight volumes (24 cm), and 3 in publisher’s wrappers, as issued; and index to catalogues 1-25, also in publisher’s wrappers. I (Catalogues 1-10, 1961-1965). II (11-25, 1965-1968). III (26-30, 1973-1975). IV (31-38, 1976-1977). V (39-44, 1978-1981). VI (45-50, 1982-1984). VII (45, 1981). VIII (51-56, 1985-1987). Volumes I-III are bound in maroon cloth; volumes IV-VIII are bound in matching half-morocco (original wrappers are bound in). - A fine, complete run of the Weinreb catalogues, from 1961 until the sale of the business in 1987, and its reorganisation as Weinreb Architectural Books at Henry Sotheran Ltd.
Our set includes the unfindable first edition of “Catalogue 45: Bridges, docks & harbours with related works”, printed by Parchment (Oxford) Ltd, in 1981, and destroyed on account of its poor print quality; the second edition, printed by W.S. Cowell Ltd, in February 1982, redesigned to incorporate additional entries, is also present. Supplementing the set are the “The Weinreb catalogues: an annotated index” [to catalogues 1-25, with notes on projected catalogues 26-32], compiled by Paul Breman, and published by Paul Breman Limited, in 1969, reputedly in a small edition; also the first two catalogues issued by Weinreb Architectural Books at Henry Sotheran Ltd, in 1987-1988 (designated Catalogues 57-58); and “Ben Weinreb 1912-1999: the history of a bookseller”, a collection of memoirs (designated Catalogue 59).
Offered with two (of six) catalogues in a “new series” issued by Weinreb Architectural Books at Henry Sotheran Ltd, in 1987-1988: Catalogue 3: Italian architecture: art, history and technology (1987); Catalogue 5: French architecture : a selection of books from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including some reprints and reference works relating to earlier periods (1988).
“The specialized catalogues of B. Weinreb Architectural Books Ltd are of enduring value, well presented and on subjects not over-sustained by the ordinary bibliographies” (from a review of Catalogue 50 in The Book Collector, Spring 1985, p.91). ¶ Exceptional set; complete sets in good state have become very scarce. ● Catalogues 57-58 and Catalogues (new series) 3 and 5 are not shown in our photograph.