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Vitruvius Britannicus: The Classic of Eighteenth-Century British Architecture (Dover Architecture) [Paperback]

Colen Campbell
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28 April 2007 Dover Architecture
This groundbreaking work established Neo-Palladianism as the national style, overthrowing Baroque trends and anointing Inigo Jones as the British Vitruvius. Its 300 illustrations include facades, ground plans, exterior elevations, and perspective views. Handsome and modestly priced, this new edition is an essential complement to any design library.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (28 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486447995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486447995
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 22 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for architectural historians 8 April 2013
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Fascinating if you are interested in eighteenth century architecture, or the history of country house architecture, beautiful to look at, very affordable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An epoch-making book finally reprinted 25 Aug 2007
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It's been a long wait; as the previous reviewer pointed out, until recently any one interested in this greatest classic of English architecture would have needed to deplete his bank savings in order to get a copy. Fortunately Dover (who else?) finally issued this beautiful reprint of the complete three volumes of Vitruvius Britannicus. For anyone interested in 18th century architecture or the English country house, there can be no greater delight - the reader, as Mr. Campbell in his introduction says he hopes, is indeed 'agreeably entertained' with a rich array of elevations, floor plans, interiors and perspective views. All the greatest houses (Chatsworth, Blenheim, Castle Howard, Grimsthorpe, Drumlanrig, Houghton) are featured, as are many more modest ones, and some that were never actually built, were dramatically changed in later years, or were lost altogether (Lowther castle seems a particular painful specimen of the latter category, by the look of it). In addition, several public buildings (e.g. the Royal Hospital in Greenwich), as well as St. Paul's cathedral and, somewhat incongruously, St. Peter's in Rome, are portrayed. The plates allow detailed study of the composition, proportions and decoration of these masterworks.

As always, Dover also provides the full text of the original, which allows interesting insights into the social world of the early 1700s. The introduction, in which Campbell scolds Borromini for 'debauching mankind with his odd and chimerical beauties', and proudly proclaims Britain at least the equal of Italy in matters of architecture, is an entertainment in itself. The lists of subscribers show that no fashionable nobleman of the time could afford to go without his own copy.

The plates are clearly and beautifully reproduced, on lightly cream-colored paper, without blemishes. My only niggle concerns the two-page spreads, of Castle Howard and Blenheim for instance, where inevitably the centerpiece of the composition is lost in the center fold of the book. Otherwise this is as good as it gets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Replica 25 Oct 2007
By Classicdude - Published on
Unfortunately for book lovers, the earlier editions of this book have been cut up so the handsome plates showing the plans and elevations of stately English country houses could be framed and displayed as interior decoration. This book, a replica of the original contents, provides a valuable reference for those who appreciate a resource of classical architecture at an affordable price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for architecture buffs 5 July 2007
By Mary Ellen Ryder - Published on
Anyone interested in domestic architecture, especially 18th century British, must have this book. I once priced the original (published in the 1700's)--it goes for about $20,000! That makes this a pretty good deal.
5.0 out of 5 stars great resource 21 Jun 2014
By CA romantic - Published on
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This is filled with page after page of sketches illustrating the details of the woodwork and architecture of the time period. A great resource for writers!
5.0 out of 5 stars Vitruvius Britannicus (Book I) 12 Mar 2014
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This is the first Series, book two is under Second Series.

I found this indispensable as a future Architect. My personal favorite plate was the cover Photo, which is of St. Paul's Cathedral.
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