A holiday in Umbria. With an account of Urbino and the Cortegiano of Castiglione.
London, John Murray 1917.
4to. xii + 206 + (2)pp, errata slip, 14 plates (of which 2 colour), folding plan, other text ills, with (4)pp publisher’s adverts. Publisher’s cloth, gilt, in original printed dustwrapper (the wrapper a little defective at head and foot of spine, but generally in good condition).
An unfamiliar book by the eminent British architect Sir Thomas Graham Jackson, Bart. (1835-1924), best known for his designs for the Oxford University Examination Schools and for other university and college buildings in Oxford. Jackson’s literary style is agreeable, and his narrative is based on recollections of his travels in Central Italy in the 1880s, primarily focusing on the sixteenth-century dukes of Urbino, on their palaces at Urbino and Gubbio, and on the description of the daily life of the ducal court provided by Castiglione in his book Cortegiano. This particular copy is in its original dustwrapper, an unusual survival for a book of this date by an architect.