Buildings and prospects.
London, The Architectural Press 1948.
8vo. 146pp, incl. photo plates & text ills. Publisher’s cloth. Front endpapers slightly discoloured at foot.
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.