MALTON, James (1761-1803)
An Essay on British Cottage Architecture. Being an Attempt to perpetuate on Principal that Peculiar Mode of Building which was originally the Effect of Chance
London: Thomas Malton, 1804. 4to. (14 1/8 x 11 3/8 inches). Half-title, 27pp. 23 aquatint plates and plans. Uncut.
Original blue paper boards, rebacked and retipped with calf at a later date.
Large-paper copy of the second edition, which contains two plates not in the first.
The son of the architectural draughtsman Thomas Malton, James Malton was an engraver and watercolourist, who once taught geometry and perspective and worked as a draughtsman in the office of the celebrated Irish architect James Gandon. He is best known for Picturesque and Descriptive View of the City of Dublin, a highly acclaimed series of twenty-five engravings originally published between 1792-1799. Malton's beautifully coloured prints from this work, which depict many of the impressive new public buildings erected, truly capture the dramatic architectural metamorphosis Dublin underwent in the eighteenth century. In this work, Malton presents fourteen designs of cottages with descriptions and notes on each design's conception and construction.
Cf. Abbey Life 34.