Unabridged 2005 Dover republication of A Collection of Designs in Architecture, Containing New Plans and Elevations of Houses, for General Use, Volumes I and II. Printed for and Sold by the Author, and various booksellers in Pater-Noster Row, Holborn, and Cavendish Square, London, 1757. New Introduction. 125 black-and-white plates of illustrations. 176pp. 9.375 x 12.25. Paperbound. ISBN-10: 0-486-44397-3. ISBN-13: 978-0-486-44397-3.
Among the eighteenth century's most influential architectural designers and writers Abraham Swan defined many conventions of English rocoo detail. This reprint of an extremely rare and classic stylebook, compiled by the English architect nearly 250 years ago, provides outstanding examples of Palladian and Georgian architecture and design in colonial America and England.
Included are floor plans, detailed elevations, and drawings for cornices, mouldings, and other decorative elements that demonstrate Swan's unique style. Designed, in his words, more for “Gentlemen of moderate Fortunes than of great Estates who may be included to build Houses,” Swan's designs featured such aesthetic touches as double staircases, elegant entryways, and two or three floors with spacious galleries, salons, and dressing rooms.
Invaluable to architectural historians and designers, this splendid stylebook will delight devotees of English Georgian and early American domestic architecture and interior design, cultural historians, artists, and craftworkers.
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