Building estates. A rudimentary treatise on the development, sale, purchase, and general management of building land. including the formation of streets and sewers, and the requirements of sanitary authorities.
London, Crosby Lockwood & Co. 1883.
8vo. vi+114pp, 3 fldg plates & 32pp publisher’s adverts. Publisher’s blind-stamped cloth, original paper spine label worn and chipped, corners a little bumped.
Prefiguring twentieth century town planning, this little book is an early attempt to help land developers and speculative builders to plan residential estates properly. It includes full advice on health and hygiene requirements, planning, surveying, valuation, leases and contracts, and would have been an invaluable guide for avoiding unnecessary fines or solicitor’s fees. The plates illustrate as an example the estate of a fictional (?) John Smith, planned by William Wilson, consisting of a few streets with residential housing and showing the proper location of the sewer and so on.