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ROBERT SMYTHSON & THE ELIZABETHAN COUNTRY HOUSE., Mark Girouard.
1 Mark Girouard. ROBERT SMYTHSON & THE ELIZABETHAN COUNTRY HOUSE.
New Haven Yale University Press 1983 0300031343 / 9780300031348 Updated edition. Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
328 pp, 10 3/8" H. Illustrated in colour and b&w with photographs, reproductions, architectural drawings. "(B)egins with the general history of Elizabethan and Jacobean architecture and the ideas behind it. Girouard then describes the buildings that can be connected with Robert Smythson and his architect son and grandson, discussing their design and decoration, as well as the personalities who commissioned them. The Smythson patrons come vividly to life; the irascible Sir John Thynne, the neurotic classicist and industrial tycoon Sir Francis Willoughby, the conscientious and harassed Earl of Shrewsbury, and, above all, three generations of the Cavendish family - the formidable Bess of Hardwick, Sir Charles Cavendish with his curious taste for sham castles, and the cavalier Duke of Newcastle with his passion for horses and the haute-ecole." Contents: Introduction; Longleat; Wardour & Wollaton; Worksop & Related Houses; Hardwick; Robert Smythson: The Later Houses; Bolsover Castle & the Revival of Chivalry; The Buildings of John Smythson; Robert Smythson: A Summing Up; Appendix I. The Letters from Smythson & Maynard to Thynne; Appendix II. The Building Chronology of Bolsover Castle; Appendix III. The Smythson Family Tree & the Later Smythsons; Notes to the Text; List of Illustrations; Index of Names and Place; Subject Index. Large gift inscription on verso of free front endpaper, previous owner's bookplate title page, very light edge wear, two small corner creases, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, moderate wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, crease at top edge of rear panel, light rubbing and faint writing/line indentations on panels. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
THE BEAST OF BOLSOVER.  MAID MARIAN AND HER MERRY MEN SERIES., Robinson, Tony.  Illustrated by Paul Cemmick.
2 Robinson, Tony. Illustrated by Paul Cemmick. THE BEAST OF BOLSOVER. MAID MARIAN AND HER MERRY MEN SERIES.
BBC Books, (London, 1990), Ist edition. 
Unpaginated, 11 3/4" H, soft cover. Full-color cartoons throughout. "After hours of painstaking research, the true story of what happened in Sherwood Forest has been uncovered: Maid Marian did all the work and Robin Hood took all the credit. Robin was actually a terrific coward. It was Marian, a born leader ever since she was her school's rounders captain, who managed to assemble a complete bunch of idiots to fight the evil ways of King John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. When the Beast of Bolsover, the foulest, most disgusting, bad-breathed squirrel strangler in the entire West Midlands, takes over Sherwood Forest, Maid Marian and her Merry Men are determined not to be evicted. But can even Marian outwit the cold-blooded maniacal Professor Nasty of the University of Disgusting Things that Make you Sick? Maybe she can, with the Sheriff of Nottingham's help. You don't believe me, do you? Well, read it and find out!" Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear. VG+ 
Price: 18.00 USD
 
 
BRITISH ARCHITECTS AND CRAFTSMEN:  A SURVEY OF TASTE, DESIGN, AND STYLE DURING THREE CENTURIES, 1600 TO 1830., Sitwell, Sacheverell.
3 Sitwell, Sacheverell. BRITISH ARCHITECTS AND CRAFTSMEN: A SURVEY OF TASTE, DESIGN, AND STYLE DURING THREE CENTURIES, 1600 TO 1830.
London B.T. Batsford 1947 Third Edition with Revisions. Hard Cover Very Good- Good- 
196 pp, 8 7/8" H, red cloth with gild lettering/banding on spine, top edge red. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings, reproductions and some colour plates, including frontispiece. Contents: Preface; Acknowledgment; Introduction; Elizabethan and Jacobean Building; Inigo Jones; Sir Christopher Wren; The Craftsmen; Sir John Vanbrugh; Hawksmoor and the Baroque; Gibbs and the Rococo; Kent and the Palladians; Adam; Non-Adam; The Regency; Index. "(T)he British Architects and Craftsmen are related here to the general European background and tradition. Wren, Vanbrugh, Kent - to name three instances - take their places as figures in the European Renaissance. Then again, the inclusion of craftsmen - of clockmakers and silversmiths, of bookbinding and tapestries - is something never before attempted upon this comprehensive scale. (T)he reader may as well accompany Mr. Sitwell upon a tour of Georgian Dublin, to an old shop in Spitalfields, to the Assembly Room at Shrewsbury, to Hardwick Hall, to the City Churches, to an old almshouse, or to the village of Great Tew." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, one very small corner bump on front board, very light rubbing and a very small stain on each board, very light edge and corner wear. Dust jacket has heavy browning at top edge, small edge tears and chips - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, browning on spine and flap-folds, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE DECLINE OF THE CASTLE., Thompson, M.W. (Michael)
4 Thompson, M.W. (Michael) THE DECLINE OF THE CASTLE.
Harveys (Magna), Wigston, 1994, reprint. 
211 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1854226088 "Extensively illustrated with photographs, plans and period engravings, (this) book examines the decline of the castle as both fortification and seigneurial residence over th e two and a half centuries that preceded the Civil War. In general, this was a period in which function played less and less part and display - even fantasy - ever more in the minds of castle builders. Although few new castles were built in E n g l a n d after 1400, the growing power of artillery and continuing warfare in Scotland and across the Channel in France continued to provide stimuli to fresh architectural development. Dr. Thompson relates alterations in design to contemporar y s oc ia l ch an ges and devotes particular attention to the rapid decline of Tudor times and to the massive destruction wrought by Parliamentary forces during the Civil War and Commonwealth. A concluding chapter examines the enticing quality the i mag e o f t he ca stl e has continued to hold over the intervening three centuries and examines some remarkable latterday examples of the genre, among them Burges' Castell Coch in Glamorgan and, in this century, Lutyens' Castle Drogo." Dust jac ket has min or r ubb ing, ver y minor edge wear. Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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