Cloth, 8vo, 26 cm, 358 pp, ills, plans. From the blurb: "Maurice Craig is the most distinguished living authority on the architecture of ireland. Here he has called upon the results of the scholarly research of recent years, not least his own, and has synthesised it into a narrative stretching from prehistoric times to 1880: a narrative which is exceptional for its literary felicity, for the way in which Irish building is treated in a European context, and for the fact that the task is one never previously attempted. If Irish architecture has had to wait so long for a synoptic account of its development it was indeed fortunate that Dr Craig was there to write it. The story begins with the spectacular megalithic monuments of around 2500 BC: the dolmens and stone circles whose remains still plentifully survive. At the other end of the timescale are the nineteenth-century cathedrals, schools and railway stations, the factories, shops, gaols and markets which also had their distinction. In the intervening millennia, and particularly during the last thousand years, Ireland saw the erection of monasteries and friaries, round towers and tower houses, Castles and country houses, and, conspicuously, the urban architecture of Dublin, which was often of a character and quality specifically Irish. Dr Craig shows himself familiar with every manifestation of Irish building: his comparative analyses are always informed, urbane and illuminating. Maurice Craig has himself prepared the majority of the photographs, prints and plans which illustrate the book. They are as apt as they are unhackneyed." Very Good in dustwrapper which has a small scrape to the front panel. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Inhaltsangabe: A readable history of Ireland's architecture from prehistoric times to the 19th century. It includes some 300 photographs.
Titel: The Architecture of Ireland : from the ...
Verlag: B. T. Batsford Ltd, London /Eason & Son Ltd, Dublin, first edition, 1982
Buchbeschreibung London, Batsford, 1982. 19.5 cm x 25.5 cm. 358 pages. Original Hardcover with dustjacket and protective Mylar covering. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Signed by the author. Rare. Name of previous owner inscribed inside. Maurice James Waldron Craig (25 October 1919 – 11 May 2011) was an Irish architectural historian, the author of several books on the architectural heritage of Ireland and other subjects, and a conservation activist. He was born in Belfast in 1919, in a prosperous presbyterian family, though he later rejected his unionist background in favour of socialism and atheism and respect for Irish culture. He attended Castle Park School in Dalkey, Dublin, Shrewsbury School in England, Magdalene College, Cambridge, then returned to Ireland where, persuaded by poet Patrick Kavanagh, he completed a doctorate at Trinity College Dublin on the works of the early 19th-century English poet Walter Savage Landor. Craig became active in Dublin architecture conservation in the 1940s. From 1952, he worked in London in the Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments, but left in 1970 to join An Taisce in Dublin as its full-time executive secretary. Craig was a prolific photographer of buildings. He donated his large collection to the Irish Architectural Archive in 2001, and anthologies of his photos have been published in book form. (Wikipedia). Artikel-Nr. 78090AB