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Architect, Patron and Craftsman in Tudor and Early Stuart England, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment 6

P. S. Barnwell and Paula Henderson (eds), Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2017. Large-format hardback book, bound in real cloth with colour dustwrapper (245 x 198 mm); 208 pages printed in colour throughout. This book contains the papers from a weekend conference held at Rewley House in Oxford in 2016 in honour of Professor Malcolm Airs who taught there from 1975 to 2006, and whose scholarship has centred on the domestic architecture of the Tudor and Stuart period, particularly on building processes and craftsmen. It was a period in which Gothic elements continued to be used, but mixed with details inspired by a Classical antiquity. This was the English Renaissance, but the systematic study of Classical models and the publication of handbooks of Classical architecture, and the profession of architecture, were all in their infancy. The blend of styles is unique to England; while it used to be dismissed as backward it is today celebrated for its inventiveness and pioneering achievements. In these papers Professor Airs’ friends and colleagues pay tribute to his scholarship in a series of essays on topics which have interested him. They include the reception and appreciation of the architecture of the Tudor and Early Stuart period, studies of the sources of inspiration for individual house designs, using both written and architectural evidence, the setting of houses, planning, fixtures and decoration. Index. The contributors are: William Whyte, Nicholas Cooper, Pete Smith, David Adshead, Paula Henderson, Sally Jeffrey, Geoffrey Tyack, Maurice Howard, Claire Gapper, Kathryn Davies, and Mark Girouard. . Fist Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.
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Bertrand's Toyshop in Bath; Luxury Retailing 1685-1765

Brett, Vanessa Wetherby: Oblong Creative Ltd, 2014. This is a fine new copy of this splendid and well produced volume. In dust-wrapper, 364pp illustrated throughout in colour. "Toys " were expensive luxuries such as gold snuffboxes, buckles, watches, canes, and porcelain. Toyshops also sold children’s playthings, theatre tickets, elixirs and scientific instruments and much more. Paul Bertrand was born in America of Huguenot parents. He worked in London as a goldsmith until his second marriage linked him to the family of England’s most successful toyshop owners, and took him to Bath. With over 230 illustrations and 364 pages, this hardback book takes a fresh approach to the history of retailing and of Bath. Through the topography and society of Bath and London in the early eighteenth century, and through Bertrand’s newly-discovered bank account, it reveals how shopkeepers, craftsmen and merchants rubbed shoulders with actors and lawyers, courtiers and soldiers. Bertrand’s customers included royalty, the ‘middling sort’, country dwellers and townsfolk. The book is about commerce, about people, about the objects that were part of their daily lives, and the development of a fashionable resort. Whereas many books on retailing, and books on Bath, focus on the last decades of the eighteenth century due to the availability of material, this book is about the first half of the century. The newly discovered bank account of this luxury shopkeeper is an important addition to the handful of known business archives relating to retailers of the period. It reveals the names of nearly 900 people of all social levels and over 100 trades and occupations. Paul Bertrand was at the centre of Bath life, not only because of his toyshop but also through the assembly rooms and carrier’s business of his partners. Illustrations include portraits, landscapes, maps, the paperwork on which banking and businesses depended, and the stock of a toyshop. The book will appeal to all those with an interest in the eighteenth century and the central role of trade and luxury goods. . First Edition. Hardback. Fine/Fine. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.