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Downing, A.J.

Cottage residences ; or, a series of designs for rural cottages and cottage villas, and their gardens and grounds in North America. Fourth edition, revised and enlarged.

New York, John Wiley 1852.

Reference: 13051
Price: £195 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. xii + (2) + 215 + (1)pp, 14 woodcut plates including frontispiece, 1 additional plate with litho colour specimens. Mid nineteenth century perspective view of a design for a picturesque cottage pasted to a blank leaf at end of volume. Old stain at lower blank margin of frontispiece and first two text leaves, and occasional marks elsewhere. Mid twentieth century marbled boards (a good binding, probably of the 1960s ?). Book label of Peter Stockham.

The first published book on architecture by Andrew Jackson Downing (1815-1852), the landscape gardener and architectural designer who had a dominant influence on American domestic architecture during the 1840s and early 1850s. The first edition had appeared in 1842, and this is the last edition published in Downing’s lifetime. Downing’s designs for cottages are chiefly in Gothic, Tudor or Italianate styles, and show the influence on Downing of designs previously published by his English contemporary J.C.Loudon.