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The London Square: Gardens in the Midst of Town (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) Hardcover – 20 Apr 2012

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (20 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300152019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300152012
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 24.8 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Very accessible and entertaining... This exploration of the special world of these often private, sheltered spaces within an urban area may make the reader long to have just such a retreat."-Joan Richards, Current Books on Gardening and Botany (Chicago Botanic Garden) -- Joan Richards Current Books on Gardening and Botany (Chicago Botanic Garden) Winner of the 2013 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, given by the Foundation for Landscape Studies. -- 2013 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize Foundation for Landscape Studies Shortlisted for the 2013 William MC Berger Prize for British Art History. -- William MB Berger Prize William MB Berger Shortlisted for the 2014 Art Book Prize given by the Authors' Club and supported by The Art Newspaper. The Art Book Prize is awarded annually to the best book on art or architecture. -- Art Book Prize The Authors' Club

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Todd Longstaffe-Gowan is a landscape architect with an international practice based in London. He is gardens adviser to Hampton Court Palace and is currently redesigning the gardens of Kensington Palace in London.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Thompson on 4 Dec. 2013
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Detailed, great illustrations, scholarly historical information. Lovely to browse through too when you've just walked through another London square and wonder about its history.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BillJones on 10 Dec. 2012
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I bought this afetr reading a glowing review in the TLS. it's a present for a family member. I hope they llike it as much as I do.
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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Madeleine on 30 Nov. 2012
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The book has been chosen as a Christmas present for my daughter in law so it has not been opened. However it looks splendid. The product arrived earlier than tracked.
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London History Fans Take Note 21 Jun. 2014
By Chris Christensen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is perfect for the coffee table; yes, it's big, with nice photos and historical maps, sketches, etc. It's also a must for anyone doing research or writing anything involving London. The author provides great info on the history of many (not all, that would probably be 3 volumes) of London's famous "squares"--those fenced and gated green spaces that dot London and helped add to that great city's traffic congestion. These squares were designed with homes surrounding them, many of them originally large mansions but today are very expensive condos or apartments. The green space was advertised to attract buyers desiring fresh air and better scenery, and only homeowners on the square got a key to enter (domestics weren't allowed, except perhaps nannies). The story of each square is presented, along with old maps and other illustrations that help differentiate each square. This is one book I'll hold onto for a long time.
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Very nice book 10 May 2014
By Barb - Published on Amazon.com
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We enjoy the book but wish more of the pictures were in color. It is a very interesting book, especially if your roots are there.
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A great read, full of information 17 Sept. 2014
By PSBarger - Published on Amazon.com
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A great read, full of information. A great reference work and one I am using to design on a small scale of course, my own property. If you are at all interested in the great London Squares, don't pass this up.
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