England’s Lost Houses: From the Archives of Country Life (Giles Worsley)

England’s Lost Houses: From the Archives of Country Life (Giles Worsley) soon to be presented for sale on the incomparable BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: Aurum Press, 2006, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Gazetteer; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Frontispiece;

From the cover: Of all the photographs in Country Lifes extensive archive, none are more poignant or intriguing than the images of houses that have been lost. In a remarkable number of cases, the photographs taken by the magazine for their weekly feature on country houses are also the only record of many of the most important houses and interiors that were destroyed. For the first time, these have been gathered together to provide a powerful impression of the richness and variety of the English country house and of the treasures that were destroyed through demolition or fire in the twentieth century.

From Uffington House, Lincolnshire, a fine Restoration house, burnt in 1904 to Samuel Wyatts eighteenth-century Dropmore, Buckinghamshire, gutted by fire in 1990, the book provides a moving testimony to one of the saddest chapters in English twentieth-century history. The range of buildings illustrated is surprisingly wide: from the Rococo magnificence of Nuthall Temple, Nottinghamshire (its site now buried under t…

Very 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 which is sunned at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. 12¼” x 10″.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I captivate you with this splendid selection from my Social History catalogue?

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