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Domestic Architecture: Containing A History of the Science, and the Principles of Designing Public Buildings, Private Dwelling-Houses, and Suburban Villas; from the Choice of the Spot to the Completion of the Appendages. With Observations on Rural Residences, their Situation and Scenery; and Instructions on the Art of Laying Out and Embellishing Grounds.
George Virtue 1841 - Bound in full calf. "G Bryant. Bedford." stamp to the front blank. xii, 342p. 62 plates plus portrait frontis bound in front of the title page to the second part of the book containing the plates. There is one more plate than mentioned in the list of illustrations, with there being two numbered IX. Frontis was painted by T. Mogford and engraved by G. Stodart. The other plates were drawn by Richard Brown and engraved by J. Rogers and H. Adlard. Thomas Mogford (1809¿1868) was a painter. George J. Stodart (1884-1892), Henry Adlard (1824-1869) and John Rogers (1800-1882) were Engravers. Richard Brown also Wrote 'Church Architecture, Its Rise, Progress, and Present State,' and 'The Principles of Practical Perspective'. This book exemplifies the 19th century fascination with architecture from other times and places. At the time of publication there was a particularly scathing review about this book: "Scarcely ever have we met with a more egregious specimen of arrant book-making, of quackery and charlatanry, than this publication. Of quackery and impudence the very title itself bears evidence, the author there assuming to himself the style of 'Professor of Architecture'.Absurd at the very best this kind of self-bestowed professorship double or trebly so in the case of Mr. Richard is plain that, instead of being at all capable of instructing others in architecture, he is most profoundly ignorant of it.It is to trash of this kind published under the name of collections of 'Designs,' that we may ascribe those abortions and monstrosities in brick and mortar, which spring up in various parts of the country.That we are severe, we do not deny; but we cannot possibly be too severe, on the present occasion, for we hold this publication to be thoroughly disgraceful to all concerned in it, and nothing less than a positive insult to the architectural profession, and a libel upon the architectural taste of the country, in the middle of the nineteenth century." - The Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal, Volume 5 Despite this Richard Brown's other publications received favourable reviews and this book seems to have been popular enough as it was published again in 1842 as well as in 1852. Condition: Good. Front joint is starting. Some bumping and rubbing. Pencil inscription to the front free endpaper. Foxed to the first and last few pages, and on and around the plates. Some pencil marks to page xi. Tidemarks to some of the plates. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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