- Hardcover: 800 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; New Ed edition (1 Jan. 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300096518
- ISBN-13: 978-0300096514
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.4 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 611,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
London 2: South: South v. 2 (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England) Hardcover – 1 Jan 1983
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"The greatest endeavour of popular architectural scholarship in the world." -- Jonathan Meades, The Observer, 25th November 2001.
About the Author
Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-83) was one of the most learned and stimulating twentieth-century writers on art and architecture, began his career in Germany. Bridget Cherry is editor of The Buildings of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and is co-author of LONDON 2: SOUTH and LONDON 4: NORTH. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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For such a value item the postage should have been better than standard.
I own three in the series, all concentrating on Greater London architecture. The books are truly comprehensive in their treatment of the streets they cover. 95% of all streets in the areas I was familiar with are treated in the book. Where noted, architect and year of construction are given.
The books are particularly useful as a reference guide to look up particular streets and buildings. However, the books always give an overall reference to the particular architectual trends of the period and how these manifested themselves in the buildings of the time. Note, individual streets are rarely derided for their architecture. However, the authors do venture into architectual criticism ocassionally. (As when they lament the monotony of the white stucco Italianate facades in mid-Victorian South Kensington)
In addition, the books treat each area separately, breaking up larger areas like Kensington & Chelsea according to their natural street and neighborhood boundaries. This allows a separate discourse on each individual area and the events and developers which shaped them.
The books give special treatment to major works including churches and public buildings. However, they are comprehensive in detail covering all residential housing on a given street.
Since buying these books, I have moved to New York City. Readers interested in a similar series on New York can look to the Monacelli Press Series by Robert Stern: "New York 1880," "New York 1900," "New York 1930," and "New York 1960." This series, however, concentrates on specific periods and details existing buildings as well as buildings since removed.