These unique, extra illustrated books provide a splendid study in word and example of George Cruikshank's art. The art pieces range from small woodcut and steel engraved book illustrations to foldout hand colored separately issued caricatures. There are seven examples of the latter, and eleven aquatints from W.H. Ireland's Life of Napoleon Bonaparte (1823) [see Tooley, 278], 12 colored plates from The Wit's Magazine, among others. A more detailed list of illustrations can be provided upon request. $3,600
Charles Parker. Villa Rustica: Selected from Buildings and Scenes in the Vicinity of Rome and Florence; and arranged for Rural and Domestic Dwellings. With Plans and Details. Second Edition, with Corrections and Additions. London: John Weale, 1848. Quarto. Seventy-one of 72 lithograph plates present. Ex libris. Shelf worn, with clear tape on spine.
Believing that for English domestic architecture the Italian school of design was most useful and, according to Gilbert Laing Meason, "within the reach of our habits and comforts," architect Parker (1799-1881) originally published this collection of illustrations in 1832.
The book's format is to have an explanation of a particular building, followed by floor plans, elevations, and a rendering of the exterior. Villa Rustica was influential in the continued development of Italianate domestic architecture in nineteenth century England, by offering illustrations of, and practical guidance on, the adaption of Italian villa forms to contemporary use and the English climate. $90
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