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STOWE - SEELEY, J. publisher.
Stowe. A Description of the House and Gardens of His Grace the Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, K. G., &c. &c. at Stowe, in the Country of Buckingham.
London, Published by Calkin and Budd Pall Mall, 1838. 8vo, pp. viii, 96, publisher's maroon cloth, blocked in blind and titled in gilt on the upper cover; spine and upper portion of the boards faded, head of spine chipped. A late edition of this constantly updated guide describing in detail the rooms and collections. Built on the Temple family fortune of the eighteenth century the family were falling increasingly in to debt at the time of this publication. The great house partly designed by Vanbrugh, Gibbs, Robert Adam and Soane replete with a garden designed with the input of 'Capability' Brown, Stowe had by 1838 probably reached it's zenith. The death of the first 1st Duke of Buckingham & Chandos the following year and the bankruptcy of the 2nd Duke in 1848 forced most of the contents to be sold, the family only able to hold onto Stowe house and gardens for a few more generations as both money and progeny dwindled. Harris, Country House Index, p. 42; Holmes, The Country House Described, p. 239. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Pickering & Chatto [London, United Kingdom]
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