Remarks on secular & domestic architecture, present & future.
London, John Murray 1857.
8vo. xii + 285 + (1)pp, (2) + 16pp publisher’s adverts. Publisher’s cloth, a little bumped at head and foot of spine and at outer corners, but a good copy, clean and fresh internally. Mid nineteenth century book label of Newbattle Abbey Library and mid nineteenth century printed bookseller’s ticket of R.Grant & Son, 54 Princes Street, Edinburgh.
First edition, scarcer than the second edition of 1858. Scott wrote this book to present the case for using Gothic as a style not just for churches and schools but for houses and public buildings, contending that pointed arches are perfectly compatible with the requirements of domestic architecture, and pointing to the late mediaeval town halls in the Low Countries as evidence that public buildings need not be built in renaissance or classical styles. The present copy derives from the library of Newbattle Abbey, the Scottish country house of the Marquises of Lothian.