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DESIGNS FOR ELEGANT COTTAGES
Gyfford, E.

DESIGNS FOR ELEGANT COTTAGES

and Small Villas, Calculated for the Comfort and Convenience of Persons of Moderate and of Ample Fortune; Carefully Studied and Thrown into Perspective. To Which is Annexed, a General Estimate of the Probable Expense Attending the Execution of Each Design. ... J. Taylor ... 1806.
1st Ed. Sm. 4to. viii + 20pp. + 6pp. book list. 26 tinted aquatint plates. With the signature of Nath Barnardiston to head of title page, slip bound in at front advertising the ‘First Part’ see note, some foxing, early boards, spotted, corners bumped, lacking much of backstrip. Forming Part the Second of a Series of Select Architecture. Volume 1 entitled Designs for Small Picturesque Cottages, Hunting Boxes, Park Entrances, Bridges &c.’ was published in 1807. ‘The very end of these studies has been to give the importance of the villa to the cottage, not the cottage character to the villa’; Most of Gyfford’s designs are uniform in plan, so as to be ‘applicable to any situation’, and in style are ‘analogous to the Grecian and Gothic characters’. Their picturesque appearance is primarily dependent upon rustic materials, varied and irregular details like chimneys and windows, and the surrounding landscape.
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