Garden City Houses and Domestic Interior Details
£60.00
London: Technical Journals, Ltd. 1913.

First edition. 322x225mm. pp. 104, [8 pages of advertisements]. Dark green cloth backed boards, lettered in black. Bumping to corners and slight discolouration to foot of spine but overall a nice copy. The front pastedown has the label of Louis de Meuleneere, 21, Rue du Chene, Bruxelles. This firm was a great Brussels booksellers and the predecessor to Tulkens from where this book was bought when it closed in 2008. Internally very good. An interesting study of the Garden City houses and interiors, focussing on Hampstead Garden Suburb and Gidea Park but with many other houses from around the UK. Well illustrated with black and white photographs, plans and elevations. Five page introductory essay by T. Millwood Wilson. Although the "suburb" is often a byword for dull predictability, this book is a reminder of how much good architecture was produced on the periphery of our cities and in new towns. In particular, Wilson's images demonstrate the debt owed by the Garden Suburb to the non-conformist imagination of the Arts and Crafts Movement.