Essays of the London Architectural Society. With four plates. Published by order.
London, J.Taylor 1808.
8vo. (4) + xii + (4) + 139 + (1)pp, 3 etched plates and 1 engraved plate. Original boards, neatly rebacked with paper spine. Nineteenth century armorial bookplate of John George Home-Drummond. A little browning on margins of etched plates, but a generally fresh, untrimmed copy.
A scarce volume of essays by members of the London Architectural Society, set up in 1806 by Joseph Woods, James Elmes and other younger London architects to disseminate architectural knowledge and to foster debate. A second volume was to follow in 1810, but the present volume, including the Society’s rules and a list of its founder members, is of particular interest in the history of the English architectural profession. The essays printed in the volume, by Edmund Aikin, Samuel Beazley and Joseph Woods, were read at the Society’s meetings in 1806-7 and discuss “modern” (i.e. classical) architecture, Gothic architecture, the siting of villas (with accompanying plates) and dilapidations. BAL Cat 1936 (both volumes).