Georgian London by John Summerson hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Pleiades Books, 1945, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Maps;
From the cover: This book approaches the study of London in a new way. It shows the capital as a pattern of bricks and mortar produced by the wealth, taste and industry of a great age. It is architecture seen as history or, if you prefer it, history seen as architecture. The method has resulted in an intricate blend of biography, topography and criticism. Statesmen, connoisseurs, merchants, architects, jerry-builders, are among the characters in the story and the great figures in English architecture are seen in the context of practical building to which they properly belong. Part of the book was written in 1939-40. The author took a leading part in the formation of the National Buildings Record in 1940-41, and was only able to resume the manuscript in 1944 when four years of intermittent blitz had had a devastating effect on its subject-matter. Mr. Summersons intimate day-to-day knowledge of the fate of Londons buildings during this period gives the book a special documentary value. The illustrations include 48 plates of reproductions of prints and photographs as well as many specially prepared drawings in the text.
Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, heavily faded at the spine. Leans heavily. Top edge of both boards faded. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.
Yellow boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board.
[XI] 315 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Local History category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…