Shepherd, Thomas H., & Elmes, James
Metropolitan improvements or London in the nineteenth century. Being a series of views of the new and most interesting objects in the British metropolis and its vicinity from original drawings by Thomas H. Shepherd. With historical, topographical & critical illustrations by James Elmes.
London, 1827-31 (facsimile reprint, New York, Arno Press 1978).
4to. (4) + vi + 172 + (2)pp, 2 title leaves, (80) plates. Publisher’s cloth, in dustwrapper. Prof.John House’s copy, with his signature and acquisition date 15 July 1980.
Facsimile reprint of Shepherd & Elmes’s Metropolitan Improvements, which was at the time of its publication the best illustrated record of the architect John Nash’s developments in and around Regent’s Park, Portland Place and Regent Street, and of other buildings in London and Westminster by leading architects of the first quarter of the nineteenth century. It also provides interesting critiques of these buildings by the architect and architectural writer James Elmes. The present edition is a 1978 reissue of a reprint originally done by Ben Blom in 1968, but is equally serviceable for reference purposes.