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American Architects and Their Books, 1840-1915 (Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book)by Kenneth Hafertepe
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An installment in the series "Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book," this volume explores the books published by architects, the books that inspired them, and those they simply enjoyed. Essays by 12 noted architectural historians portray the relationships of 19th- century and early-20th-century architects to print culture from several perspectives. Editors Kenneth Hafertepe (museum studies, Baylor U.) and James F. O'Gorman (history of American art, Wellesley College) include numerous illustrations, architectural renderings, and photographs. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Since the Renaissance, architects have been authors and architecture has been the subject of publications. Architectural forms and theories are spread not just by buildings, but by the distribution of images and descriptions fed through the printing press. The study of an architect's library is an essential avenue to understanding that architect's intentions and judging his or her achievements. In this well-illustrated volume, a chronological sequel to American Architects and Their Books to 1848, twelve distinguished historians of architecture discuss from various points of view the books that inspired architects both famous and not-so-famous, and the books the architects themselves produced. They examine the multifaceted relationship of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century architects to print culture--the literary works that architects collected, used, argued over, wrote, illustrated, designed, printed, were inspired by, cribbed from, educated clients with, advertised their services through, designed libraries for, or just plain enjoyed. The result is a volume that presents the intersection of the history of architecture, the history of ideas, and the history of the book. Changes in print culture during this period had a significant impact on the architectural profession, as revealed in these well-informed scholarly essays. In addition to the editors, contributors include Jhennifer A. Amundson, Edward R. Bosley, Ted Cavanagh, Elspeth Cowell, Elaine Harrington, Michael J. Lewis, Anne E. Mallek, Daniel D. Reiff, Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., and Chris Szczesny-Adams. Among the architects discussed are A. J. Downing, Charles Sumner Greene, James Sims, Samuel Sloan, John Calvin Stevens, Thomas U. Walter, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
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