London: the Art of Georgian Building

London: the Art of Georgian Building

Dan Cruickshank and Peter Wyld.

London. The Architectural Press. 1975. First edition. British edition. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 232 pages. Illustrated extensively with architectural drawings and photographs. 305 x 220mm (12 x 8"). 1.4kg. 0851393748. English. Near fine; light spotting to endpapers; not price-clipped, no tears or inscriptions.

This important text remains one of the key resources for the study of the architecture of Georgian London. Published at a time when many Georgian buildings were at risk of being demolished to make way for more contemporary buildings the book served as a rallying call for the pleasing and classic homogeneity of the Georgian style.

'This book which begins in 1680 when Wren was at the height of his powers and closes about 1830 when the classical discipline of 200 years was shattered, investigates in superb photographs, newly-commissioned measured drawings and contemporary quotation how this order worked, by an analysis of the most typical building type of the age: the speculative terrace house. As 18th-century architecture's lowest common denominator the terrace house reflects more truly the basic contemporary understanding and interpretation of classicism than any study of the great pioneering buildings of the age.

Ironically, the current motive for permitting minor Georgian buildings to rot beyond redemption is the same as that which originally caused them to be built - the raw exigencies of speculation - and for those in search of these fast-vanishing by-ways of Georgian London this book is an indispensable guide. Invaluable too as a pattern book for all architects and designers involved in restoration work, London: the Art of Georgian Building reveals the extent, variety and unique craftsmanship of the networks of minor Georgian terraces and squares which still distinguish London from any other city in the world' (from the blurb).