Village Buildings of Britain by Matthew Rice

Village Buildings of Britain by Matthew Rice hits the £1 shelf in my shop.

Little, Brown & Co., 1991, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Colour Drawings; Maps;

From the cover: Few visions of the British countryside would be complete without the perfect country cottage. It may be half-timbered or of Cotswold stone, warm apricot-coloured brick or rather bleak and made of granite, but it represents the work of generations of country builders, creating homes for local inhabitants.

Village Buildings of Britain is an illustrated survey of vernacular building for everyone who believes in the importance of conservation and who wishes to have, in one beautiful volume, examples of village building styles from all over the country. Each of the eleven chapters includes a selection of buildings painted from life in watercolour in a highly original style which combines accuracy with charm. With his painters eye for detail, Matthew Rice also picks out a variety of local features such as windows, doorways, ironwork and stonework which help to establish the character of each part of the country. In some chapters a typical local building is painted on a larger scale and then analyzed in detail, while in others an architectural subject of particular relevance to the area, such as the chapels of the Welsh valleys or the wool churches of Norfolk is illustrated with interesting examples.

In writing and illustrating this book Matthew Rice is not only arming his readers with a superb collection of architectural drawings but, with his heartfelt passion for conservation, trying to ensure that those people lucky enough to own a country cottage have a better idea of how to maintain or convert it in such a way that it continues to stand in harmony with its surroundings.

Introduction by: HRH The Prince of Wales

Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper, a further ding to the join of the upper board partially puncturing the wrapper and a nick to the top corner. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.

Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
160 pages. Index. 10½” x 9″.

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