Everyone interested in architecture will find this book an indispensable companion to the discovery and appreciation of the astonishing number of Celtic, Saxon, Norman and medieval buildings and monuments which are still to be seen throughout britain and Ireland. While providing a brief historical background to each period, it is mainly a comprehensive guide to the development and use of the wide range of surviving secular and ecclesiastical buildings, including church furnishings. Illustrated with over 350 black and white photographs by the late Edwin Smith and accompanied by a glossary of architectural terms and a gazetteer covering thousands of sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, it is an invaluable work of reference as well as an invitation to travel and to explore. This is the first book in a three-volume survey of architecture in Britain and Ireland.
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(236mm x 254mm x 32mm)
The Harvill Press
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Author Biography - Lucy Archer
LUCY ARCHER is the author of Raymond Erith, Architect, a study of Britain's leading post-war classicist. She writes and lectures about the continuing relevance of architectural tradition in the modern world. EDWIN SMITH was one of England's most outstanding 20th-century photographers, whose poetic eye invested his work with a rare calm and sense of infinity. Most famous for his images of the architecture and landscape of Britain, he also left a remarkable record of his extensive travels in Europe. The photographs in this work have been chosen by his widow, Olive Cook, in collaboration with the author.