A COLLECTION OF DESIGNS FOR MODERN EMBELLISHMENTS
BUSBY, Charles Augustus. A COLLECTION OF DESIGNS FOR MODERN EMBELLISHMENTS SUITABLE TO PARLOURS, DINING & DRAWING ROOMS, FOLDING DOORS, CHIMNEY PIECES, VARANDAS, FRIZES, &c
London: J. Taylor, (circa 1810). Oblong 4to. Contemporary wrappers, housed in later cloth portfolio. 25 engraved plates, mostly colored. First edition. [Berlin Catalogue, 4000; RIBA, page 166].
The author's second book published when he was only twenty-four. This work focuses on interior designs for Regency style houses. The plates are nicely hand-colored fully engraved with blue, green and red ink giving a true feel for Regency period housing, including elaborate regency style balconys, porticoes, and railings. A precocious architect and designer, he exhibited his first drawing at the Royal Academy when he was thirteen. Bankrupt at age twenty-six, he travelled to America (1817-1820) where he designed the Bolingbrooke Theater (1817) in Petersburg, Virginia. The theater was altered in the 1860s after a fire and was demolished in the 1920s. He returned to England in 1820 reestablishing himself in Brighton where he was one of the principal creators of Regency Brighton, designing both Kemp Town and the Brunswick estates. Bound-in is an eight-page catalogue of architecture books sold by J. Taylor. Rare. Not in Abbey. While OCLC cites eight copies in American libraries, we could not find another copy in commerce. Slight edge wear else a very good copy.