Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Trade in Yours
For a £10.98 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Tell the Publisher!
I’d like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

William Burges: and the High Victorian Dream [Hardcover]

J. Mordaunt Crook
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
RRP: £45.00
Price: £36.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
You Save: £9.00 (20%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 23 Oct.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details
Trade In this Item for up to £10.98
Trade in William Burges: and the High Victorian Dream for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £10.98, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Book Description

7 Feb 2013

William Burges (1827-81) was arguably the greatest of all Victorian architects. But he was more than just the creator of a modest number of fabulous, and fabulously expensive, buildings. He dreamed of hundreds more, designed dozens, and in addition created some of the most remarkable furniture and jewellery of all time.

He was an art-architect. Rich, clever, well connected and short lived, he was uncompromising, profoundly learned, skilled in every process of design and explosively inventive. A brilliant talker, pungent critic and hilarious companion, he was one of Victorian London's great eccentrics and networkers, though he was bewitched by the Middle Ages.

The great buildings that he completed include Cork Cathedral, Cardiff Castle and the even more eccentric Castell Coch, the great Yorkshire churches of Skelton and Studley Royal, the magnificent country houses of Knightshayes in Devon, and Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute, and his own astonishing Tower House in Kensington. His furniture, fabric and jewellery designs and his unrealised projects were also hugely influential, and the former are now enthusiastically collected.

This book was a landmark in Victorian studies when first published in 1981 and is now completely revised and re-illustrated substantially in colour.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Between 20-26 October 2014, spend £10 in a single order on item(s) dispatched from and sold by Amazon.co.uk and receive a £2 promotional code to spend in the Amazon Appstore. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Frequently Bought Together

William Burges: and the High Victorian Dream + Great Houses of London
Price For Both: £62.00

Buy the selected items together
  • Great Houses of London £26.00

Product details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; Revised edition (7 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711233497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711233492
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 25.9 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


'Crook has improved on the original with a little extra signposting for readers.'

(RIBA Journal)

'Joe Crook’s exuberant and coruscating writing is ideally suited to describing Burges’s eclectic aestheticism. Every page produces a firework: shutters are ‘alive with quirkish patterns’, furniture sparkles with ‘domelets of mirrored glass’, entering a room is ‘like stepping into an upturned kaleidoscope’. The glitter is underpinned by massive scholarship (192 columns of footnotes). With its glorious illustrations, this is a very beautiful book and a compelling read. The first edition was good. This is better.'

(John Martin Robinson Spectator)

‘A much enlarged and beautified format, all the better to do justice to its subject.'

(World of Interiors)

'This lovely book should now find exactly what it deserves, a whole new readership primed to enjoy Crook's insights into his subject's "strange genius", and indeed into its wider Victorian context . '


'A readable and detailed account of its subject, and the additional illustrations and updated information make its re-publication welcome.'

(Art Newspaper)

About the Author

JOE MORDAUNT CROOK CBE is one of the leading authorities on Victorian Architecture and culture, formerly director of the Victorian Studies Centre at London University, and the author of numerous books.

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 13 April 2013
Verified Purchase
While the original 1981 edition of this book was academically a masterpiece it was let down by the photographs, the majority of which were monochrome, often of dubious quality and consigned to an appendix at the back.

Now in this revised version the photographs are where they belong, alongside the relevant text, there are many more of them and many are in colour. OK there are still a few monochrome photos of Burges' work in there which, bearing in mind how important colour is in his interiors, are as much use as a chocolate teapot but that is this book's only real failing.

This book ought to be required reading for all students of architecture and architectural history then, perhaps, Billy Burges will finally get the universal acknowledgement he deserves as being one of the greatest geniuses of architecture and design.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars William Burges and the High Victorian dream 30 Mar 2013
Verified Purchase
Thie is an absolutely beautiful book with luscious illustrations . As it is so comprehensive I havent yet finished reading but so far it is a fascinating account of the life of William Burges and very easy and entertaining reading on all levels
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burges 3 May 2013
Verified Purchase
Beautifully produced update on the original volume, with more details of this extraordinary man's life and genius; excellent all round
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category