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Nicholas Cooper. London. Aurum Press. 2006. First edition. Hardback, dust jacket. 192 pages. Over 180 colour and b&w photographs. 310 x 260mm (12¼ x 10¼"). 1.95kg. 1845131363. English. Near fine; minor shelf wear, no tears or inscriptions, not price-clipped.'Richly illustrated with colour and duotone photographs from "Country Life's" unparalleled archive, this book tells the absorbing story of the evolution of the Jacobean country house. Though the Jacobean period itself spanned only 22 years (1603-25), it was to have a major impact on English domestic architecture. This was an exciting period of experiment and discovery, with an extraordinary range of architectural styles being brought into play. Plain Classical formality coexisted with French, Italian and Dutch examples adapted to English tastes, the result of an explosion in new ideas that also produced revolutions in other aspects of life - notably the English Civil War. Nicholas Cooper's authoritative essays on 22 key Jacobean houses are brought to life with beautifully reproduced photographs.' (from the publisher's description).The houses featured include Knole, Hatfield House, Charlton House, Godolphin, Blickling Hall, Bolsover Castle, Raynham Hall, Ham House, Wilton House and Coleshill.