An Historical Inquiry into the True Principles of Beauty in Art, More Especially with Reference to Architecture. Part the First.
by Fergusson, James
Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans. Hardcover. London, 1849. Quarto, later red cloth, xvi, 535 pp. With five lithograph plates and a color lithograph frontispiece. A recently restored copy in red cloth with page edges trimmed and frontis reattached. Contents generally excellent with some occasional light foxing, page edges trimmed, binding quite sound. "Despite his interest in architectural history, and though he praised the achievements of British architecture in the middle ages, Fergusson sought a modern native architecture that would build upon these achievements and result in something ?that will be worthy of our nation, and worthy of engaging and employing the highest class of intellects that exists among us? (Fergusson, Historical Inquiry, 14). This greatness did not lie in the sorry emulation which Fergusson saw in either Greek or Gothic revivalism. At the conclusion of his long introduction to An Historical Inquiry he observed that many public buildings and mansions were being built in Britain of greater dimensions and ornaments than those of ancient Greece or the middle ages, and that ?the elements of architectural excellence are in our hands? (ibid., 169)." - Oxford DNB. A nice copy of the first edition, sound and well preserved. . Very Good. 1849. First Edition. (Inventory #: OS2546)
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