New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1980. First Dover edition. Hardcover. Elephant folio. xii, 23pp., 105 plates. Half tan cloth over faux-leather with gold lettering on spine in original pictorial dust jacket. Frontispiece. Unabridged 1980 republication of The Works in Architecture of Robert and James Adam, Esquires. The work was originally published in three volumes between 1778-1822.
Just as the Palladian style dominated British architecture for the first two-thirds of the 18th century, the Adam style that superseded it dominated Great Britain for the most of the last third of the century. An elegant, sophisticated form of Neoclassicism, the Adam style affected not only architecture but also interior and furniture design, even landscaping. Robert Adam is generally considered to have been the foremost British Neoclassical architect. New introduction by Henry Hope Reed with 2 photographs. New "Partial List of Surviving Buildings and Monuments by the Adams Brothers." Includes new list of plates, with consecutive plate numbering that has been used as well in the text and plate pages. New list of engravers. Text preceding plates, headings regularized. French translations and various title-pages omitted. All 106 plates from the original reproduced in this edition. The work was a very important influence on British and American architecture and furniture style.
Dustjacket with some wear along edges, small chips, closed tears and light creasing, rubbed. Previous owner's name, Richard Manion, and date inked to front free endpaper. Dustjacket in overall good-, binding and interior in near fine condition. g- to near fine. Item #47165