Sydney in 1848: Illustrated by copper-plate engravings…
Sydney in 1848: Illustrated by copper-plate engravings…

Sydney in 1848: Illustrated by copper-plate engravings…
Sydney in 1848: Illustrated by copper-plate engravings…

Sydney: Gibbs, Shallard and Company, 1878.

Quarto, with full page copper plate engravings throughout, half black roan with gilt lettering, bookplate of Henry White.

Important Australian architectural record.

Joseph Fowles arrived in Sydney in 1838 and this is without doubt his most important work, providing remarkably detailed information on the buildings of mid-nineteenth-century Sydney. As Morton Herman puts it, 'the Sydney he records was a lovely colonial town of clean, chaste Georgian architecture. Whole streets were pleasant compositions of harmonious buildings, few of them over three stories high, all clearly designed, well mannered and an orderly delight to the eye…' (Foreword to the facsimile edition of 1963). Joseph Fowles' painstaking work captured the last moments of innocence, for Sydney was on the brink of change. The advantages brought about by the industrial revolution were affecting architecture everywhere: the shadow of Sydney's convict origin was fading and a new society was emerging.

Joseph Fowles arrived in Sydney in 1838 and this is without doubt his most important work, providing remarkably detailed information on the buildings of mid-nineteenth-century Sydney. As Morton Herman puts it, 'the Sydney he records was a lovely colonial town of clean, chaste Georgian architecture. Whole streets were pleasant compositions of harmonious buildings, few of them over three stories high, all clearly designed, well mannered and an orderly delight to the eye…' (Foreword to the facsimile edition of 1963). Joseph Fowles' painstaking work captured the last moments of innocence, for Sydney was on the brink of change. The advantages brought about by the industrial revolution were affecting architecture everywhere: the shadow of Sydney's convict origin was fading and a new society was emerging.

This work has the original front wrapper bound in, stating the re-publication date of 1878. In this edition the title-page of the first edition of 1848 published by D. Wall is reproduced.

Ferguson, 4766.

Price (AUD): $900.00  other currencies     Ref: #4403193

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