Das englische Landhaus. Eine Sammlung englischer Hauspläne aus dem Privatbesitz Seiner Majestät des deutschen Kaisers. Im Allerhöchsten Auftrage zur Anregung für den deutschen Hausbau veröffentlicht mit erläuterndem Text. 3 Auflage.
Wiesbaden, Westdeutsche Verlagsgesellschaft 1910.
4to. 104pp, 101 ills (of which some are printed on 7 additional leaves not included in pagination (2 double-page)), (4)pp adverts at end. Publisher’s printed boards. A good copy.
One of the odder manifestations of the influence of English domestic architecture on German architecture in the opening years of the twentieth century. As the book’s title explains, its purpose was to publish a selection of house designs by English architects as models for copying in Germany; but the reality was somewhat more complicated. What had happened was that the Emperor Wilhelm II, on a visit to England a year or two before 1910, had, for whatever reason, acquired original design drawings for houses from two rather unexpected English sources: the architect Fairfax B.Wade (1851-1919) and the now entirely forgotten Bournemouth architectural partnership of Lawson & Reynolds. These drawings form the foundation of the present volume (the English architects concerned must have been delighted at this publicity for their work at the time, but not so pleased after August 1914), but the Darmstadt architect Arthur Wienkoop, author of the accompanying text, took the opportunity to append four designs of his own of a decidedly Germanic appearance for houses of comparable size and character, which rather negated the volume’s ostensible aim. Although this copy is described on its title leaf as “3 Auflage” (third edition), all these editions seem to have been identical and to have appeared in 1910, and all are uncommon today.