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WRIGHTE, William
Grotesque Architecture; or, Rural Amusement Consisting of Plans, Elevations, and Sections, for Huts, Retreats, Summer and Winter Hermitages, Terminaries, Chinese, Gothic, and Natural Grottos, Cascades, Baths, Mosques, Moresque Pavilions, Grotesque and Rustic Seats, Greenhouses etc A new Edition
London: Printed by W. Stratford..for J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library, 1802. 8vo, original plain blue wrappers, in brown cloth folding box, gilt-lettered black morocco label on front of box. Allegorical engraved frontispiece, 8(title-page & text) pp., 28 plates printed on rectos only, [8(catalogue)] pp. Water spots on front wrapper, barely perceptible on frontispiece; occasional light foxing and soiling; an exceptional copy, untrimmed in original wrappers. Third and final edition, an unaltered reprint from the first edition of 1767 and the second of c. 1790. Essentially a pattern book for architectural follies, this extraordinary work depicts and describes designs for huts, hermitages, grottoes, and other rural retreats in which many bizarre building materials, ranging from roots and moss to bones and wool, are incorporated. Some of the edifices are amazingly complex and imposing. Wrighte's text is terse but suggestive; of one structure he writes, "This design is calculated to be built on a small verdant amphitheatre, near a murmuring stream, and as a proper retreat from the fatigues of a sultry day." In the publisher's catalogue at the rear this title is one of 32 architectural and decorative pattern books; and the fact that it went into three editions over a period of 35 years indicates its perceived importance. Berlin Cat. 3420. Harris, British Architectural Books and Writers, 1556-1785, 953.
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