Country Life Magazine
Original early issues of Country Life magazine from 1897 to post-war
Architects in Country Life
Country houses by Inigo Jones, John Nash, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Oliver Hill, Guy Dawber, Norman Shaw, Serge Chermayeff and others
Rare Antique Prints
Fine antique lithographs, engravings and woodblock prints from 1686-1900
Fine original hand coloured aquatints of english country houses 1793-1828
Photographs & Plans
Antique images and sectional plans of architectural features including plasterwork, mouldings and panelling
Antique Engraved Prints
Including views by Johannes Kip, Paul Sandby, Michael Burghers & John Preston Neale
Established in 1997, Rostron & Edwards began supplying early Country Life magazines to owners of country houses and historic buildings world-wide.
Our clientele include national institutions such as English Heritage, The National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, V&A Musuem, The Wallace Collection and private owners and occupiers of many of the finest historic buildings in the world. Our customers also include SDTA Productions for film sets and television production companies.
For over twenty five years we have specialised in rare antiquarian books and fine works of art on paper, predominantly on British architecture, country houses and historic and listed buildings.
Our archives include one of the largest collections of early Country Life magazine in the UK and we supply original issues from the first year of publication in 1897 to present day. These issues have become valuable historical records for restorers, historians, property owners and collectors.
William Henry Pyne and The History of the Royal Residences
From King’s Presence Chamber to King’s Bench Prison. The story of passion and over stretched ambition to publish books which…
Antique Print Processes Explained
Engravings From 1600 - 1850 the material used for creating these plates was generally copper up until the early 19th century when steel was …
Miniature Views by John Hassell (1767-1827)
Over the last month I have been cataloging a rare collection of miniature antique prints drawn by the artist John Hassell (1767-1827). These…
"Many thanks, we recently bought the house and had been looking for the articles that featured in Country Life before the war, the house was damaged by bombing and some of the photographs featuring in the magazines show details of parts of the house that are no longer. The photographs are fascinating and the accompanying descriptions are very interesting also"
Mrs B (London)
"So pleased with the beautiful antique engraving by Johannes Kip which shows our family seat in Gloucestershire, it now sits proudly on my office wall in London. An excellent find, thank you so much''
Mrs P (Kensington, London)
"Absolutely delighted with the magazine - a present for my daughter who is researching and restoring the gardens"
Lady E (Suffolk)
"What a wonderful service! Just what I was looking for and arrived within 48 hours"
Mr N. Bateson (Kent)
"Many thanks for the Country Life magazine, we are currently restoring the plasterwork in the great hall and dining room and these photographs from 1899 illustrate details that we have been unable to find anywhere else, these will be extremely useful for our on going project"
E. B. Architects & Interior Designer. (London)
"Delighted with the two issues of Country Life, our daughter now resides at the manor house and will be thrilled to see these, many changes and alterations have been made to the property since it featured in Country Life over a hundred years ago"
G. R. (Surrey)
"Thank you for the two issues of Country Life magazine, we are currently renovating the property featured and the pictures of the interior are most useful to us"
A. M (Architect) London
"Thank you for the two antique prints illustrating my family seat in England, they are beautiful and I am delighted to add them to my collection. Please offer me anything else that you find on the house or my family"
E. C (France)
"Dear Rostron & Edwards, thank you for the Country Life Magazine featuring our house back in the 1920's, we were aware that our home had featured in Country Life but only had photocopies of the article which were given to us when we bought the house, it is great to have the original magazine. Please let us know if you get another one or any prints of our house that we can add to our collection"
Mrs J. B. (Kent)
"Thank you very much for the two Country Life magazines featuring Aldenham House received today, I was married at Aldenham and these issues of Country Life from 1901 are the perfect anniversary gift for my husband"
C. M. Buckinghamshire
"Dear Rostron & Edwards, Thank you for the two original photographs and plans of my house from 1900, we in the process of rebuilding this wing after a fire and these pictures will be very useful"
H. W. Cornwall
"Thank you for the early issue of Country Life, I am head gardener of this property which is now a hotel and it is fascinating to see old photographs of the garden and how it has changed since 1898. I am pleased to be able to add this to my collection and please let me know if anything further comes in"
A. J. P Hertfordshire, UK
"We have just recieved the two prints illustrating our property and we are delighted to add them to our archives, thank you for packing them up so well, they are in perfect condition and will be a valuable addition to our collection"
The National Trust. Cornwall, UK
"Many thanks for the two issues of Country Life magazine, my grandfather lived at the Manor for many years but unfortunately the house is no longer in the family. It is wonderful to see the pictures of how the house was which has changed considerably in recent years."
V. R. Berkshire