(ST13599-36) THE BOOK OF THE HOUSE OF COLEPORT, WHICH LIETH BY THE SEA. ARCHITECTURE, THOMAS LOCKWOOD.
THE BOOK OF THE HOUSE OF COLEPORT, WHICH LIETH BY THE SEA.
THE BOOK OF THE HOUSE OF COLEPORT, WHICH LIETH BY THE SEA.

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THE BOOK OF THE HOUSE OF COLEPORT, WHICH LIETH BY THE SEA.

(Chester: Printed by Edward Thomas for Private Circulation only, 1898). 200 x 157 mm. (7 7/8 x 6 1/4"). LXXIII, [1] pp. (plus 23 blank leaves inserted by the binder). Second Edition, expanded.

Attractive red goatskin, recently bound by Robert Lyon (see below), covers with single gilt-ruled border, raised bands, compartments with gilt tooling and two morocco labels (one black and one brown) with gilt lettering, Japanese paper endpapers. With a Christmas greeting from the author, a leaf of "Fore-words," and an ALS from the author, dated 1899, tipped-in at front; binder's invoice for $388, dated 1991, laid in at front. A handful of leaves at the front with a thin and very light dampstain along edge of top margin, a touch of offsetting on title page, otherwise in excellent condition and in a pristine binding.

Written from the point of view of an architect, this is a handsome copy of a satirical work decrying the trials and tribulations of erecting public buildings. Architect Thomas Lockwood (1830-1900) worked primarily out of Chester, England, near the Welsh border, and the present work centers around his plans for a new Town Hall in Newport, South Wales (the name has been changed here to "Coleport"). According to Lockwood's preface, this work was intended as a "harmless joke," recording the difficulties of dealing with the local Council and written "as a relaxation during a troublesome and harassing period of professional business." First published in 1883 while the building was still a work in progress, this second edition was issued over 10 years after construction had been completed, and it includes three new chapters about the final phases of its development.
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