Villas and Cottages: A Series of Designs Prepared for Execution in the United States
by Vaux, Calvert
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1857. First edition. Hardcover. g to vg. Quarto. XII, 13-318, pp. Modern full cloth retaining the original blind-stamped and gilt-stamped covers, as well as part of the original spine. Gold lettering to spine. Engraved half-title and frontispiece. In 1857, British-American architect and landscape gardener Calvert Vaux published this "Villas and Cottages," an influential pattern book that determined the standards for "Victorian Gothic" architecture. These particular writings revealed his acknowledgment and tribute to Ruskin and Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as to his former partner Downing. These people, among others, influenced him intellectually and in his design path. In this work, Vaux writes about accomodating designs to 'the soil, the length of day, the wants of the people, and the habit and form of the government' in America. He also stresses the importance of the veranda through his designs and commentary: 'The veranda is perhaps the most specially American feature in a country house and nothing can compensate for its absence.' "Villas and Cottages" is illustrated with hundreds of in-text architectural drawings and floor-plans. Also includes one tissue-guarded color plate at rear.Some rubbing along edges of binding. Minor and sporadic foxing throughout. Pages 99-110 disbound but present. Sporadic underlining in pencil throughout (easily erasable). Binding in overall fair to good-, interior in good+ to very good condition.
(Inventory #: 40710)
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