THE ENGLISHMAN'S HOUSE, A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR SELECTING OR BUILDING A HOUSE
RICHARDSON, C(harles) J(ames). THE ENGLISHMAN'S HOUSE, A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR SELECTING OR BUILDING A HOUSE.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1898. 8vo. Publisher's blue gilt cloth. Frontispiece, vi, 504 pages.
First edition published in 1870, with the title Picturesque Designs for Mansions. In Early Victorian Architecture in Britain, Professor Hitchcock describes Charles Richardson as a proto-Victorian rather than a pure Victorian. Hitchcock writes that the book's illustrations "show how little his architecture was to be affected by the characteristic developments of three Victorian decades. Remote though Richardson's house designs are from what the world generally recognizes as Georgian, most can be matched in the plates of cottage books that other architects issued before George IV's death." There is a colored chromolithographic frontispiece, and 534 wood-engraving illustrations in the text. Bookplate. Very good bright copy.