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American Architects and Their Books to 1848 (Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book)

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Since the Renaissance, books and drawings have been a primary means of communication among architects and their colleagues and clients. In this volume, twelve historians explore the use of books by architects in America in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, a period when the profession of architecture was first emerging in the United States.<P>As architects separated themselves from amateur and gentlemen designers on the one hand and masons and carpenters on the other, members of the profession were distinguished by their ability to draw and their possession of a common body of learning gleaned from printed sources. Clients and patrons expected architects to derive their designs from precedents communicated in books. These publications reproduced the work of European masters and, eventually, Anglo-American examples as well.<P>The essays in this volume range from studies of architectural publications available in the colonies, to the appearance of American architectural incunabula, to the revolution in architectural publishing that occurred in the 1830s and 1840s. In addition to the editors, contributors include Sarah Allaback, Bennie Brown, Jeffrey A. Cohen, Abbott Lowell Cummings, Robert F. Dalzell Jr., Michael J. Lewis, Martha J. McNamara, Damie Stillman, Richard Guy Wilson, and Charles B. Wood III.

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Essays by a dozen historians are concerned with various aspects of the ownership, authorship, and use of books by American architects in the period when their profession emerged. It was during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that architects separated themselves from amateur designers as well as from carpenters and masons, and among the attributes of the new professional class was access to a substantial reference library. In the 18th century, book learning was the mark of the gentleman designer; in the 19th, the library became a badge of its owner's qualifications. The essays, illustrated in b&w, show how architects have used books as a primary vehicle of communication.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781558492820
Editor:
Hafertepe, Kenneth
Editor:
O'Gorman, James F.
Editor:
Hafertepe, Kenneth
Editor:
O'Gorman, James F.
Author:
Hafertepe, Kenneth
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Location:
Amherst
Subject:
General
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
Architecture, modern
Subject:
Architectural writing.
Subject:
Communication in architecture
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Architecture -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Architecture - History - 18th century -
Subject:
Architecture -- History.
Subject:
US History-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
no. 135
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.33x7.23x.84 in. 1.48 lbs.

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