The Country Gentleman's Architect, in a Great Variety of New Designs; for cottages, farm-houses, country-houses, villas, lodges for park or garden entrances, and ornamental wooden gates; with plans of the offices belonging each design, distributed with a strict attention to convenience, elegance, and economy
London: printed for I. and J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library, 1793. Quarto. (10 7/16 x 8 1/4 inches). Letterpress title and explanatory leaves to plates 3-15 only, as issued. 32 engraved plates. 4-page publisher's catalogue bound in at rear (folded).
Bound to style in half calf and marbled paper covered boards, gilt morocco label to spine.
18th century English architectural pattern book.
Towards the end of the eighteenth century, numerous guides to the construction of residences for the landed gentry, middle class, and labourers began to appear, including Miller's Country Gentleman's Architect , which was first published in 1787. Miller's was the first pattern book to show lodges for park or garden entrances and ornamental wooden gates, and his experimental designs for lodges and estates highly influenced the construction of country estates, becoming the standard soon after his introduction of them. In this book, he also includes designs for farmhouses, offices, and gentlemen's villas. "Altogether there are elevations and plan for five cottages, 12 farm houses, six villas, two country houses, and six lodges; there are also six alternative elevations for houses, and 12 patterns for gates" (Archer).
Abbey Life 38; Harris 555; Berlin Katalog 2302; ESTC N27706; Archer 208.4.