American architects and their books to 1848 /
edited by Kenneth Hafertepe and James F. O'Gorman.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c2001.
xxii, 231 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
1558492828 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c2001.
1558492828 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The precedents communicated by books are an "integral part of the study of the history of buildings," declares this volume, part of a series about print culture and the history of books. The editors' introduction comments on and gives framework for 12 independent essays by distinguished architectural historians. Discussed in essays are books used by architects, from English works available to colonials to American-published works in the 19th century. Book ownership and use as sources by architects are described. Handbooks for artisans, plan books for laypersons, collectors, and writers of architectural books are also examined. Many sources for finding books are considered: architects' collections, private collections, libraries, inventories, booksellers' catalogs, correspondence, business records, advertisements, and searches for surviving books. The manufacture, publication, and sale of the popular multiedition 19th-century books by Asher Benjamin and A.J. Davis, which spread styles across the country, are examined in detail. The last essay treats the beginnings of architectural history writing. Extensive notes; bibliographical references for each essay; list of contributors with qualifications. Despite poor quality black-and-white illustrations, this work is indispensable for understanding the relationship between books and architecture. Graduate students through professionals. W. L. Whitwell formerly, Hollins College
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Since the Renaissance, books and drawings have been a primary means of communication among architects and their colleagues and clients. In this volume, twelve historians explore the use of books by architects in America in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, a period when the profession of architecture was first emerging in the United States.As architects separated themselves from amateur and gentlemen designers on the one hand and masons and carpenters on the other, members of the profession were distinguished by their ability to draw and their possession of a common body of learning gleaned from printed sources. Clients and patrons expected architects to derive their designs from precedents communicated in books. These publications reproduced the work of European masters and, eventually, Anglo-American examples as well.The essays in this volume range from studies of architectural publications available in the colonies, to the appearance of American architectural incunabula, to the revolution in architectural publishing that occurred in the 1830s and 1840s. In addition to the editors, contributors include Sarah Allaback, Bennie Brown, Jeffrey A. Cohen, Abbott Lowell Cummings, Robert F. Dalzell Jr., Michael J. Lewis, Martha J. McNamara, Damie Stillman, Richard Guy Wilson, and Charles B. Wood III.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Introduction: Architects and Booksp. xiii
The Availability of Architectural Books in Eighteenth-Century New Englandp. 1
The Ownership of Architectural Books in Colonial Virginiap. 17
George Washington, Mount Vernon, and the Pattern Booksp. 35
Thomas Jefferson's "Bibliomanie" and Architecturep. 59
Defining the Profession: Books, Libraries, and Architectsp. 73
Bulfinch, Buildings, and Booksp. 91
The Architectural Libraries of Benjamin Henry Latrobep. 109
The Country Builder's Assistant: Text and Contextp. 129
Owen Biddle and The Young Carpenter's Assistantp. 149
Architectural Books in New York: From McComb to Lafeverp. 163
Asher Benjamin, Andrew Jackson Downing: Two Divergent Forms of Bookmakingp. 181
Louisa Tuthill, Ithiel Town, and the Beginnings of Architectural History Writing in Americap. 199
Contributorsp. 217
Indexp. 219
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