Glass in architecture and decoration. With a section on the nature and properties of glass by H.E. Beckett.
London, The Architectural Press 1937.
Folio. xi + (1) + 664pp, photo ills throughout. Publisher’s gilt-stamped cloth, with front panel of original pictorial dustwrapper glued to front pastedown endpaper. Stamped ownership inscription of Eric Brown, architect, Southampton. Subsequently Gavin Stamp’s copy, with his booklabel. Marginal tear to blank outer margin of half title leaf neatly repaired, a small nick in the blank outer margin of the two following leaves.
First edition of this comprehensive study, co-authored by the able modernist architect Raymond McGrath, covering the history and manufacture of glass with illustrations of modern manufacturing methods, the use of glass in architecture from the development of window-openings to the plate-glass windows in modernist buildings, with diagrams of construction methods and photographic plates of notable examples, and a history of decorative glass from the Roman period to types of modern glass bricks. Beckett’s more technical section includes information on such issues as the durability and mechanical strength of different types of glass, heat and lighting and so on. A very substantial volume.