TIPPING, Henry Avray (1855-1933)
London & New York: Country Life [and others], 1921-1929-1937-1922-1927-1929-1928-1921-1926. 9 volumes, folio. (15 3/8 x 10 5/8 inches). Numerous illustrations, some full-page.
Publisher's blue cloth, upper covers and spines lettered in gilt (usual uneven fading, minor wear)
A complete set of this unparalleled record of the larger domestic architecture of England from the Norman invasion to the beginning of the Regency period (1066-1820).
By the early 1920s, the photographic archives of Country Life magazine offered an outstanding range of images of the exteriors and interiors of many of the most important houses in England. Drawing on this resource, Tipping gives a history of most of the architecturally important homes and includes over 4,600 illustrations. This record is particularly valuable as a large number of photographic images of furnished interiors are given of houses that have since been demolished. In reviewing the issue of volume I, The Professional Architectural Monthly commented on the scope and ambitions of the series: "This volume forms, it might be said, the undercroft on which the upper stories of English architectural development are reared. In it are laid the bases of the evolutionary history of house-planning, designing, and decorating in the land throughout all succeeding phases of both Gothic and Renaissance styles. But while the main purpose is architectural, here as throughout the series, the human element is kept well to the fore by narration of the home and public life of the owners of the various castles and manor-houses that are carefully described and profusely illustrated" (July, 1921). The individual volumes are as follows: Period I, vol.I. Norman and Plantagenet (1066-1485). First printing, 1921. Period II, vol.I. Early Tudor (1485-1558). Second edition, 1929. Periods I & II vol. II, Mediaeval & Early Tudor (1066-1558). First printing, 1937. Period III, vol.I. Late Tudor & Early Stuart (1558-1649). First printing, 1922. Period III, vol.II. Late Tudor & Early Stuart (1558-1649). First printing, 1927. Period IV, vol.I. Late Stuart (1649-1714). Second printing, 1929. Period IV, vol.II. The work of Sir John Vanbrugh and his school (1699-1736). First printing, 1928. Period V, vol.I. Early Georgian (1714-1760). First printing, 1921. Period VI, vol.I. Late Georgian (1760-1820). First printing, 1926. Published between 1921 and 1937, sets are rarely found complete and given the length of time between the publication of each volume, there is always a variety in the blue binding cloth used, particularly with the final published volume (Periods I & II vol. II). A foundation text for the study of English domestic architecture.