London: Technical Journals, Ltd., 1921. First edition. Cloth over boards. Folio, pp. 26 plus 80 b/w plates. Very Good; some edgewear to backstrip and corners. Item #20131
This book is a series of 80 plates, each detailing various bits of late 17th century architectural woodwork. This is the time when London was being rebuilt after the great fire, and in general it was also a time of exuberant architectural woodworking. You really see in the work a general expansion of design that was not seen in the 16th century. Between the rebuilding of London, the end of Puritan England, a new availability of metal due to the first ideas of the Industrial Revolution, England's new wealth as an international trading giant, and a rise in skilled work and better tools, we get some wonderful pieces of work. A great reference of architectural carving designs.