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Glasgow (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of Scotland) Hardcover – 1 Jan 1990

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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; New edition edition (1 Jan. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300096747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300096743
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 12.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"The greatest endeavour of popular architectural scholarship in the world." -- Jonathan Meades, The Observer, 25th November 2001.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Hassan on 4 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a spellbinding, authoritative and eye-opening guide to Scotland's first city in status, size and importance.

First, a word of praise about the Pevsner Guides as a series; they are wonderous, carefully written and researched books which feel like from another time in the best sense - with huge love and care taken over writing and putting them together.

Second, Glasgow is arguably Scotland's most important city in history, culture and identity. And it has been historically and in print the most important and written about city in the UK outside London.

Never mind 'the Glasgow effect' people go on about health (well I dont really mean that) but what is also true is there is a 'Glasgow industry' of books about the city. These divide into the following categories:

Coffee Table books of photos; Glasgow from the Air; Glasgow at War;
Red Clydeside books: tales of militancy in days gone by;
Books about Ships, making them, the men, the ships, the river;
Sociological books or books about change; there are a lot of jargon in some of these;
Glasgow and crime and gangs: a huge genre this;
Glasgow and football: how can we forget the Old Firm or what we used to call the Old Firm;
And then there is Glasgow in story and fiction; with even a small category of books analysing this genre.

There are so many brilliant books about the city; the one book I would recommend to anyone as a starter is Irene Maver's Glasgow. And for a history of the sectarian divide of the city Tom Gallagher's Glasgow: The Uneasy Piece is written in an academic style but deeply researched and goes where many others fear to tread.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Willyum R on 16 Feb. 2012
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As with all of the Buildings of Scotland volumes, this wonderful book (just 5 x 9 x 1.5 inches) fits neatly into a bag or rucksack, yet has 700 pages of detail, is stoutly bound for frequent use, and briefly describes every notable building in the city of Glasgow, giving the name of the architect and any special architectural features to look out for. Walks around what was in the late Victorian era the "Second City of the British Empire" are greatly enhanced by having this volume to hand.

Warnings: this is not intended to be a tourist gazeteer with opening times etc., nor does it have lavish colour photos, just a small number of black and white ones. The current volume (or at least the one that I bought recently) was revised in 1990, and so don't expect to find the very latest buildings.

Britain is fortunate indeed to have this glorious life-enhancing series of books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Palladio on 4 Dec. 2013
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Another excellent 'Pevsner' guide. The usual format: introductory history & overview, area surveys, perambulations. With so many other books on Glasgow's architecture I'm not sure why I hadn't bought this before.
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By pmfb on 23 July 2014
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An excellent, very detailed guide; just what you would expect of a Pevsner Guide. If you want to know about the architecture of Glasgow this is for you.
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