By looking at England's cathedral towns, Regency spas and industrial cities, and at their market squares, docks, council chambers and assembly rooms, the author traces the development of English towns through the centuries.
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A feast for Anglophiles, this gorgeously illustrated tour of England's towns makes a splendid contribution to social and architectural history. Girouard ( Life in the English Country House ) explains how the multitudinous small, separate plots of the medieval town still condition the variegated plan and appearance of towns throughout the country. Innumerable streets, quays and marketplaces follow medieval models. Georgian towns introduced a new vastness of scale, with public walks and planted squares, assembly halls, mills and docks. Even as Enlightenment-influenced planners made towns more geometric, parks and open spaces interpenetrated with buildings. Decked out with paintings, drawings and photographs, this panorama reveals what is distinctively English about the towns explored. History Book Club and Readers' Subscription Book Club alternates.
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Long interested in the historical development of agricultural towns, cathedral cities, mill villages, and resort spas, Girouard brings to life the richness and fascination of English towns in this handsomely designed and beautifully illustrated study. While the origins and evolution of features that comprise places--the town hall, warehouses, terraces and squares, backstreets and alleys, parks, and marketplaces--are described in separate chapters, one has the sense of the whole being greater than the sum of the individual parts. Girouard's scholarship and extensive knowledge, augmented by extensive paintings, drawings, plans, and photographs, combine to create an unforgettable portrait of an endangered species: the English town.
- H. Ward Jandl, National Park Service, Washington, D.C.
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Description du livre U.S.A.: Yale University Press, 1990. Hardcover. État : New. Etat de la jaquette : New. 1st Edition.... 10599 Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng. N° de réf. du libraire bu-875
Description du livre Yale University Press, 1990. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0300046359
Description du livre Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1990. Hardcover. État : New. Etat de la jaquette : New. Richly illustrated throughout in superb full color (illustrateur). 1st Edition. BEAUTIFUL: NEW hardcover, assumed 1st edition 1st printing w/ "Yale" appearing at the spine-feet of both the jacket & physical book & showing "Yale University Press, New Haven & London" at center bottom of inside title page w/ citation of "Copyright 1990 by Pothecary Ltd" &c. & YUP ISBN provided on title page reverse * SUPERB NEW mylar-protected full-color jacket w/ sharp new edges & corners, handsome new steel-blue library-durable fabric-over-boards cover w/ sharp new edges & corners & w/ titles beautifully gilt-stamped on spine, beautiful full-color front & back end-papers showing topographical details from "Panoramic View of Louth" by William Brown (c. 1844-55), new sewn binding w/ tight signatures & blue cloth bands at spine-caps, pristine interior beautifully printed on superb gloss-laminated paper * Richly illus. throughout in superb full color * 8.62" x 9.74" x 1.0", 1.42 kg, v+330 (336) pp. * Gracious Georgian cathedral towns, elegant Regency spas, mill towns w/ ebullient Victorian carving on every edifice, English towns & cities are a source of endless fascination & historical interest. In this entertaining & sumptuously illustrated book, Mark Girouard, author of the best-selling "Life in the English Country House", traces the development of these towns through the centuries. From the council chamber to the sewer system, from the market square to the suburbs, from the quayside to the back streets, & from the bright lights to the parks, Girouard describes the origins & development of each feature in terms of the function it fulfilled, the way it developed, & the buildings & townscapes that it generated. Along the way he introduces us to the people who inhabited this varied, constantly changing English scene. Girouard takes us to the site of the world's first commercial dock in Liverpool, the almshouses of Abingdon built in 1446 & still in use, to the people's paradise of Blackpool & its turn-of-the-century entertainment palaces. We are transported to festive market days in town squares throughout England, to the teeming smoke-infested drama of northern industrial towns, to the assembly rooms in Bath, where dancing, matchmaking, & gambling were rituals of equal importance. Out of all of this emerges a rich medley of buildings: towering warehouses, mellow houses of Georgian brick or Jacobean half-timbering, pompous banks, grim prisons, & effervescent pubs. Over the last half-century & more, in wartime & in peace, English towns have suffered greatly, but remain a precious asset. Girouard's witty, learned, & original text, accompanied by a wealth of illustrations taken from paintings, drawings, plans & photographs of all periods, provides an unparalleled celebration of this architectural & social phenomenon. * Mark Girouard, one of Britain's leading architectural historians & the author of many successful prize-winning books, is well-known for his work on radio & television. His previous books include "Life in the English Country House", The Victorian Country House", "The Return to Camelot", "Robert Smythson & the Elizabethan Country House", "Victorian Pubs", "Sweetness & Light" & "Life in the French Country House". He has lectured widely in Britain, Australia, & the United States, & was Slade Professor of Art at Oxford University in 1975-1976. N° de réf. du libraire 007313
Description du livre Yale University Press, 1990. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0300046359
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Description du livre Yale University Press, 1990. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P110300046359