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The Morning Post.
DECEMBER 16, 1909.
"We cannot help taking this opportunity of congratulating Messrs. Batsford on the high standard they have so consistently maintained in their books on art and craftsmanship. We all know that attractive illustration and profuse advertisement are in these days often a substitute for knowledge and intellectual ability. It is this which makes the high standard difficult to maintain. No doubt if a firm makes up its mind to maintain it, it will find itself in time supported and backed up by writers who recognise in its methods a like earnestness to their own. This has happened in Messrs. Batsford's case. It is not too much to say, now, that it is a guarantee of a book's sterling quality that it should be published by this establishment."
Architecture of England
during the Tudor Period.
Illustrated in a series of Photographs and Measured Drawings of
This important publication deals in an exhaustive way with the truly indigenous work, produced in such profusion during the ascendency of the House of Tudor, which is the essentially national type of domestic architecture peculiar to England. It is uniform in size and style with the companion volumes dealing with the later phases of English architecture by Mr. J. A. Gotch and Messrs. Belcher & Macartney (described on page 2) and completes a series of records of our National Architecture which for thoroughness of treatment and beauty of illustration is unrivalled in architectural literature.
"The book, while affording to the architect and to the serious student a very valuable book of reference, will be, to all lovers of architecture, a delightful presentation of some of the most interesting and beautiful domestic buildings in a country rich in such types. For the illustrations we have to offer little but praise; they are well selected and well produced, and most usefully include groups of selected instances of certain typical features, such as bay windows, chimneys, and ceilings-an excellent idea. The introduction is pleasantly written and more readable, for its own sake, than such preludes are apt to be. We welcome the book as an admirable addition to the history and illustrative records of English architecture."-The Architectural Association Journal.
It is one of the best and finest illustrative works on architecture of late years, and is a credit both to authors and publisher."-The Builder.
"There never has been before, and probably there never will be again, such a collection of helpful materials placed at the disposal of the architect."-The American Architect.
"Mr. Batsford has already given us two pairs of sumptuous folios illustrating Renaissance architecture in England, and now he offers an equally fine work dealing with the style which preceded it. It is surprising that an adequate presentment of this period has been so long delayed. But this makes Mr. Batsford's venture all the more welcome, and will ensure its complete success."-Country Life.
England has nothing more national than Tudor architecture, and we can give no higher praise than to say that the present work is abundantly worthy of its great subject. congratulate everyone concerned with the production of a sumptuous and necessary work."-The Architectural Review.
Both professional and unprofessional lovers of beautiful buildings will find in the photographic plates a perfect feast of delight for eye and brain. Few finer architectural works have been published in recent years.”—The Antiquary.
"Mr. Batsford has once more laid all architects and men of taste under a deep obligation to his artistic generosity by the production of yet another of those magnificent volumes with which his name has now become associated. For beauty of production as much for knowledge of the subject, this work deserves a place in every architectural library.”—The Daily Telegraph.
.. It is difficult to write in terms that do not savour of exaggeration about the beauty and delicacy of these exceptional plates."-The Athenæum.
"The treatment is admirable in every respect, the historical and descriptive portion being well written and with thorough knowledge of the subject, while the illustrations, whether of detail or the general views, are extremely well executed and well chosen."-The Morning Post.
Without exaggeration it can be called a national work, and on that account deserve the fullest appreciation."-The Architect.
Architecture of the Renaissance in England.
Illustrated by a Series of Views and Details from Mansions, Manor Houses, and other Buildings erected between the years 1560 and 1635, with Historical and Critical Text. By J. ALFRED GOTCH, F.S.A., F.R.I.B.A. Containing 145 fine Plates (size 19 ins. x 14 ins.), 118 being reproduced from Photographs taken expressly for the work and 27 from measured drawings, with 180 further Illustrations of plans, details, &c., in the Text. 2 vols., large folio, half morocco, gilt. £8 8s. net; or in 2 cloth portfolios, £7 7s. net.
The period covered by these volumes was a time of great building activity and was marked by the growth of that general desire for domestic comfort so characteristic of the English race. This desire led to the erection or remodelling of a vast number of houses, ranging from those of the successful tradesman to those of high State officials; whilst the love of display led great noblemen to vie one with the other in the extent and splendour of the palaces they reared.
The most important and interesting of these buildings-stately, picturesque, and rich in beautiful detail, both inside and out, find adequate representation in Mr. Gotch's work, which forms an invaluable record of a great architectural epoch and a source of inspiration of the first importance to architects and decorators.
"The volumes are very beautiful in themselves, and a striking proof of the almost unknown wealth of domestic architecture of ancient date in which England stands alone."-The Times.
"A work of national importance. Though these halls are with us now, it would be rash to say that we shall have them for ever, but while these volumes remain we shall always have a splendid memorial of the most splendid remains of the England of the past."-The Daily News.
"It is an endless pleasure to turn over these representations of houses of so fine a period of our National Architecture."-The Builder.
"It is impossible to award anything but the highest praise to these noble volumes."-The Athenæum.
Later Renaissance Architecture in England.
A Series of Examples of the Domestic Buildings erected subsequent to the Elizabethan Period. Edited, with Introductory and Descriptive Text, by JOHN BELCHER, R.A., and MERVYN E. MACARTNEY, F.S.A., F.R.I.B.A. Containing 170 magnificent Plates (19 ins. x 14 ins.), 130 of which are reproduced in Collotype from photographs specially taken, and 40 from measured drawings by various accomplished draughtsmen. With 153 further illustrations of plans, details, &c., in the letter-press. 2 vols., large folio, half morocco, gilt. £8 8s. net; or in 2 cloth portfolios, £7 75. net.
This work illustrates in a most perfect and thorough manner the principal mansions, country seats, town houses, and collegiate and other civil buildings erected during the Stuart, Queen Anne, and Georgian periods-thus forming a sequel to Mr. Gotch's work described above.
"A work in two volumes of more than ordinary splendour. The illustrations record the rise and fall of the Italian style, not only in the construction of great mansions and important edifices, but also in the more modest, though not altogether unpretentious dwellings of the middle class. Taken in connection with Mr. Gotch's book we have here a fairly complete exposition of the change from mediaval to modern house-planning, and it has to be recognised that the Renaissance style lent itself conveniently to the altered requirements of the people, the increase of luxury, and the exigencies of street architecture."-The Morning Post.
"One of the most remarkable and fascinating works in architectural illustration which has appeared in our time."-The Builder.
"A very sumptuous and beautiful publication, the subjects chosen with considerable discrimination, and presented in such a way as to make one exclaim, 'This must surely be the non pius ultra in the way of illustration !'"-The Architectural Review.