on 26 November 2010
If you want to know how houses were built in the Nineteenth century or how building styles and building layouts were chosen from pattern books, Robert Kerr's book is an excellent and comprehensive source.
But the quality of the reprint is very bad. Especially the reproduction of plans and illustrations is more than sloppy. For example, the numerous and elaborate fold out plates were not folded out, while scanning and printing the book! So the most interesting part of this valuable book is missing in the reprint.
on 31 August 2010
This is a very informative reading to understand the principles which have ruled the constitution of British homes since the Middle Ages. Plus, it is full of detailed elements for the Victorian gentleman to organize and run their household, and it makes a great read for a modern reader to understand why the buildings we still live in nowadays are the way they are, and how they were originally used, and by who.
This is a great read of value to both amateurs and connoisseurs, novices and professionals, as it is also widely illustrated.