London: Phaidon Press, 1993. First edition. Cloth over Boards. Quarto, pp. 240, indexed, illustrated with color photographs. Near Fine in Very Good Dust Jacket. Item #21220
This splendidly illustrated book shows not only the magnificence of the architecture of Elizabethan and Jacobean houses, through specially commissioned photography, but also plunders the great pattern books of the time to reveal the roots of the often wild elaboration of the period. In both architecture and furnishings, Classical detail was constantly fused with a Tudor vernacular. The author looks at the fascinating social and cultural history of the time and the way that it is reflected in contemporary furnishings, interiors and architecture. His lively and enjoyable text creates a narrative against which the book parades a wonderful array of images.