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London, “printed for John Harding, 36, St.James’s Street” 1805.
First edition of this remarkable pattern book for labourers’ cottages, farmhouses and estate lodges by Joseph Michael Gandy (1771-1843), architect, architectural draughtsman, and protege and occasional employee of Sir John Soane. What distinguishes Gandy’s designs from those in other pattern books of the period is their almost modernist simplicity of outline, and the fact that his cottages are often low built with projecting eaves in a manner that foreshadows house designs by Frank Lloyd Wright a century later. Gandy also achieves considerable variety both in his ground plans and in his elevations, the latter sometimes featuring ingeniously designed pigeon lofts and accommodation for pigs and poultry. The volume is dedicated, appropriately, to Thomas Hope, the art collector and patron of neo-classical design, and it contains an interesting introduction by Gandy, dated January 1805 at its end and stressing the importance of “cultivating principles of taste”. Some copies include a printed advertisement leaf at the end of the volume, but this leaf is not necessary for the collation, and is absent both from our present copy and from the BAL copy. BAL Cat 1171 ; Abbey, Life 18.