|GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE APPLIED TO MODERN RESIDENCES.|
ARNOT, D.H. GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE APPLIED TO MODERN RESIDENCES.
New York: D. Appleton, & Co., 1851. Quarto. Publisher's brown cloth. Chromolithographic half-title leaf, viii, 41 pages, 36 lithographic plates (many tinted), plus 3 chromolithographic plates. [Hitchcock, 32].
Possibly the only American architectural book of the period to explore the Gothic and Gothic Revival styles. The acknowledged expert on nineteenth-century American architecture books, Charles B. Wood, wrote, "Originally published in six parts in 1849. Arnot's is an unusually handsome book and well produced book and very uncommon (only 1 copy in 31 years). It is not a pattern book of overall house designs, but rather, designs of 'all the important parts' and includes fine lithographed perspective views of an entrance hall, a stair case, two furnished parlor interiors, first story window and balcony, cornice and parapet, a stoop, staircase and library." Early owner's signature on front blank leaf. Professionally respined with original spine used as an overlay. Some rubbing to extremities, and scattered foxing. While there are many copies cited by OCLC, copies in commerce are rare.