Karpovich, V.S. (editor)
Motivi Dereviannoi Arkhitektury [Designs in Wooden Architecture]
St. Petersburg, 1903
St. Petersburg, 1903. First Edition. 31 plates of designs, plans and photographs of dachas, printed recto only, 3 illustrated section titles, 3 leaves text including title page, publisher's illustrated card covers, designed by Ivan Bilibin, re-attatched and somewhat marked. Very uncommon.
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