Buildings and prospects.
London, The Architectural Press 1948.
8vo. 146pp, including double-page colour title leaf (from drawing by Piper), photo plates & text ills. Publisher’s cloth. Brian Housden’s copy, with his ink ownership inscription 7 May 1949.
A collection of Piper’s writings on English architecture written during the war years and originally published in the Architectural Review and other publications. The range is eclectic (nautical architecture, gin palaces and pubs, the concept of “pleasing decay”, and a house by Pugin, among others) but Piper’s nervous worry about a disappearing England and his admiration for everyday architecture run through each of the articles, which are illustrated with Piper’s own drawings, engravings and photographs.