An Encyclopaedia of Cottage, Farm, and Villa Architecture and Furniture…. John Claudius LOUDON.
An Encyclopaedia of Cottage, Farm, and Villa Architecture and Furniture…
An Encyclopaedia of Cottage, Farm, and Villa Architecture and Furniture…

An Encyclopaedia of Cottage, Farm, and Villa Architecture and Furniture…
An Encyclopaedia of Cottage, Farm, and Villa Architecture and Furniture…

London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green & Longman, 1833.

Thick octavo, half title including publishers advertisements to verso, almost 100 lithographs on thicker art pages (but with continuing pagination) as well as more than 2,000 wood engravings throughout, early owner's inscription,, very good; half dark blue morocco, original marbled boards, gilt.

A very attractive copy of the first edition of this important historical architectural reference work, in a Sydney binding, and with a handsome gift inscription to a Mr Carr, 'on his leaving for Sydney' in 1835. It is also likely that the pencilled "Mort" in an early hand refers to the later owner of the work, the Sydney businessman Thomas Sutcliffe Mort.

A very attractive copy of the first edition of this important historical architectural reference work, in a Sydney binding, and with a handsome gift inscription to a Mr Carr, 'on his leaving for Sydney' in 1835. It is also likely that the pencilled "Mort" in an early hand refers to the later owner of the work, the Sydney businessman Thomas Sutcliffe Mort.
Broadbent wrote that this work was the 'principal architectural handbook for amateurs and professionals' in the 1830s and 1840s, and it evidently exerted a vast influence on the colonial architecture in New South Wales (Australian Colonial House, p. 205). The work is recognised as helping define Victorian architecture, a style that is very prominent in the history of Australian design.
John Claudius Loudon (1783-1843), a Scottish botanist, horticultural designer and editor of The Gardner's Magazine is known well for his designs for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Stradsett Hall in Norfolk and the Abbey Cemetery in Bath. With this work, Loudon established himself as an expert in the language of rural architecture: 'Loudon's involvement with architecture arose naturally out of his interest in landscape. He made himself a specialist in rural vernacular building types by writing his Encyclopaedia of Cottage, Farm, and Villa Architecture (1833). This work was unprecedented in that it was consciously addressed to the middle class rather than to an aristocratic audience' (Brittanica).
A pencil note on the front pastedown makes the interesting comment that when this 'book was rebacked (actually rejointed) in 2004 the spine was found to be lined with an 1845 Sydney newspaper. So "Mr Carr" had the book rebound soon after arrival in Sydney.'

Price (AUD): $2,850.00  other currencies     Ref: #3812999

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