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Fergusson, James

The illustrated handbook of architecture… second edition.

London, John Murray 1859.

Reference: 11345
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Large 8vo. lvii+(3)+1004pp, including woodcut frontispiece, also 837 woodcut text ills. Publisher’s cloth, rebacked with later roan spine (chipped at top). Internally a good copy. Mid nineteenth century small engraved armorial bookplate of M. Pakenham Edgeworth (Michael Pakenham Edgeworth (1812-1881), half-brother of the novelist Maria Edgeworth). No subsequent ownership inscription but Sir Howard Colvin’s copy.

Fergusson’s Illustrated Handbook, first published in 1855, was an attempt to provide a general history of world architecture within the covers of one volume, although it was not until it was supplemented in 1862 by a volume on the “modern styles of architecture” that it covered the whole field. Fergusson’s views on architecture are always forthright, and his first-hand knowledge of Indian architecture gives authority to that section of the book. The pages on Gothic architecture in France and England are also of interest.