London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green & Longman, 1833. First edition. Large octavo, xx, 1138pp., "illustrated by nearly 100 lithographs and above 2,000 engravings on wood". Collated and complete. There are about fifty contributors to the designs -- architects, cabinet-makers, upholsterers and others, credited on the title page. This remains one of his greatest books, gathering together plans for everything from workmans' cottages to country villas, and for their outbuildings and interior furnishings. Lucidly written and fascinating to read. This copy has some waterstaining, an 1833 signature (John Smythe) on the first blank page, the same name stamped in a small circle on the title page, a tiny wormhole on the fore edge from page 913 through page 957, an inked note on the last page, as well as general page browning and soil. A solid copy, without a half-title, internally good to very good, and recently recased in quarter tan calf and marbled paper on boards, with new endpapers, and with a compartmented spine and a claret leather title label.
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