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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 01 edition (21 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050034244X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500342442
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.1 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A taut study...Campbell provides a wealth of detail about Wren's construction methods...[the book is] lively and informative'
-- The Daily Telegraph

'Fascinating... enthralling... it should be compulsory reading for students, and anyone who wants to understand how buildings got built...'
-- Building Design

'Well-written and illustrated'
-- Contemporary Review

`A very clear history'
-- London Society Journal

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Format: Hardcover
Campbell's book on St Pauls is well worth the read, a thoroughly researched acoount of the cathedral from before the fire of London up until the completion of the dome. The pictures throughout the book really help to document St Pauls and the book is just the right length, neither too short or too long.
For those people interested in Wren, I can recommend this book over John Summersons book on the architect, which is more complete in terms of all of his work. However, I found it to be covering more of Wrens life then I felt like i'd ever need to know.
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Format: Hardcover
An absorbingly interesting book. Came across it by chance in the bookshop at Liverpool Street station, which I rarely go into because its small stock consists almost entirely of paperback bestsellers which I'm not really interested in. What this scholarly (albeit for a popular readership) and well-written book on a rather specialised subject was doing there I can't imagine. Maybe some customer ordered, then didn't collect it?

Campbell's book does an extremely good job of presenting masses of information concisely for an intelligent lay reader: explaining how the whole amazing construction operation for a cathedral fitted together, and the role of everyone from architect through all the layers and cells of designers, craftspeople and workers who assisted him; how finance, politics, aesthetics and structural considerations interacted to produce the final product; and how and by whom decisions were taken at each stage. Fascinating. As someone with an amateur interest in historic architecture, I learned a huge amount.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a very readable book with useful illustrations. Just enough detail and well referenced.
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Very well researched and it reads well. It's not a dull text-book. It makes interesting the sequence of who designed it, how it was financed, who led each specialisation in its thirty years' construction, the problems they hit and how they were dealt with, what materials were used, where they were sourced and how their delivery was organised. Respect!
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