English Country Houses. Caroline 1625-1685

English Country Houses. Caroline 1625-1685
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Oliver Hill & John Cornforth.

London. Country Life. 1966. First Country Life edition. Publisher's green cloth with gilt to spine. 255 pages. 418 b&w photographs of interiors and exteriors. 315 x 235mm (12 x 9"). 1.45kg. English. Very good; the first few pages have a faint indentation caused by a paperclip, a couple of indecipherable small stamps on the half-title and title, faint pencil-markings on front free endpaper, the dust jacket has some edgewear with a two inch tear at the base of the front cover, otherwise a firm and clean copy.

The Caroline volume from the 5-part series of English Country Houses published by Country Life, with the dust jacket. The authors trace the beginnings and development of the classical country house, looking at both the architecture and the social background. 25 houses are described and photographed, with a focus on the exterior and interior architecture and decoration. Included are Ham House, Wilton House, Stoke Park, Coleshill House, Eltham Lodge, Sudbury Hall, Nether Lypiatt and many more. There is an invaluable appendix which lists 125 more houses of the period with a brief description of the history and architect.