London: The Unique City (Steen Eiler Rasmussen) soon to be presented for sale on the lustrous BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1948, Hardback in dust wrapper.
A Later Printing. Contains: Black & white photographs; Top edge dyed Red; Black & white drawings; Diagrams; Maps; Plans;
From the cover: The author, a Danish architect, wrote this hook on London to show his compatriots that they had a great deal to learn from that form of civilisation in which London has taken the lead. Later he felt that it was at least as important to tell the English something about their own civilisation.
This is not an architectural hook, but its texts and illustrations offer a wealth of information about London buildings the houses in the West End and Blooms-bury squares, the suburban villas and semi-detached houses, the East End cottage-dwellings and show why they have developed in their particular way. The author traces the influences that have moulded London: a constitutional monarchy living outside, if close to, London; a strong and independent trading class, jealous of its rights and especially of its rights to open spaces and the pursuit of sport; and its inhabitants utter ignorance of what was being said and done in other countries. To read his diverting and original book is to see London with a fresh eye.
In this new and revised edition, account has been taken, of the grievous losses and damage of war.Introduction by: James Bone
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 440 pages. Index. 9¼” x 6¼”.
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