London. Country Life. 1955-1958. First Country Life editions. 3 volumes. Publisher's green buckram with red label and gilt to spine, top-edge gilt, dust jackets. pp. 256; 255; 255. Original 8 page prospectus and order form for Early Georgian volume loosely inserted. 465; 507; 472 b&w photographs of interiors and exteriors. 310 by 245mm (12¼ by 9¾ inches). 4.7kg. . English. Near fine, in near fine dust jacket; Early Georgian - spine faded, short closed tear at head of spine, small tape repair to lower forecorner of rear jacket, offsetting to endpapers; Late Georgian - a couple of very small tape repairs to verso of jacket, short closed tear to lower spine edge; the nicest set we have seen.
The sought-after three Georgian volumes in the 5-part series of English Country Houses published by Country Life. Envisaged as a successor to Tipping's English Homes this three volume set on Georgian country houses is still one of the definitive publications on the subject. 86 houses are described and photographed, with a focus on the exterior and interior architecture and decoration. Covering the years from 1715 to 1840 the styles cover Georgian Baroque, Palladian, Rococo, Neo-Classical and Regency. The Mid and Late volumes both contain invaluable appendices listing the key architects of country houses and their principal works.