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Loudon, J.C.

An encyclopaedia of cottage, farm, and villa architecture and furniture : containing numerous designs for dwellings (etc) … a new edition, edited by Mrs Loudon.

London, Frederick Warne & Co nd (1880s ?).

Reference: 13174
Price: £340 [convert currency]

Full Description

Thick 8vo. xxiv + 1317 + (1)pp, incl 2341 woodcut ills. Publisher’s quarter roan, cloth sides, neatly rebacked using original spine. From the library of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, with the Institute’s bookplate, and small oval library stamps at the top of the title leaf and on p.25. Nineteenth century ownership inscription of Andrew Gray on blank verso of preface leaf (the book was given to the RICS by H.Norman Gray, evidently a relative, in 1927).

Loudon’s Encyclopaedia of Cottage Architecture, first published in 1833, was probably the single most influential publication on house design which appeared in Britain in the second quarter of the 19th century, its thousands of illustrations and its meticulously numbered paragraphs of text serving as a source of information and ideas both for the British middle classes and for British settlers overseas in such countries as Australia and Canada. This final undated edition is a virtually unchanged reissue of the 1846 edition, edited by Loudon’s widow after his death, and incorporating the lengthy supplement originally produced for the 1842 edition ; Mrs Loudon states that in preparing the 1846 edition for the press, “I have endeavoured, as closely as possible, to act as I think he would have done had he been alive”, and her improvements add some fifty pages of text and twenty illustrations. The last dated edition of the Encyclopaedia had been issued by the same publishing firm in 1869, and the continuing demand for it evidenced by the present edition testifies to its enduring influence in Britain and further afield.