The Decoration of Houses

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In addition to her fame as a novelist, Edith Wharton has now been recognized as an arbiter of taste and correct usage in the making of domestic interior rooms, and Odgen Codman, Jr., has achieved recognition as a revivalist architect of the first rank.

The original text of The Decoration of Houses continues without revision as an authentic classic, perhaps the most important book of its kind ever published. Its carefully reasoned chapters on such aspects of house interiors as ...

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Overview

In addition to her fame as a novelist, Edith Wharton has now been recognized as an arbiter of taste and correct usage in the making of domestic interior rooms, and Odgen Codman, Jr., has achieved recognition as a revivalist architect of the first rank.

The original text of The Decoration of Houses continues without revision as an authentic classic, perhaps the most important book of its kind ever published. Its carefully reasoned chapters on such aspects of house interiors as fireplaces, ceilings and floors, halls and stairs, are of the greatest value to professionals and serious amateurs concerned with interiors.

This expanded edition includes an introduction by Henry Hope Reed and three critical essays by John Barrington Bayley, William A. Coles, and Alvin Holm, AIA. Additions to the album of renderings and photographs of modern and contemporary work in the tradition of Wharton and Codman include a number of important works done in the last decade or so. A portfolio of color plates new to the expanded edition offers the work of such accomplished photographers as Bill Ray and Anne Day. First published in Norton paperback in 1978 in association with Classical America. A selection of Book-of-the-Month Club and Newbridge Book Clubs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393312607
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Classical America Series in Art and Architecture
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 864,586
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer and designer Edith Wharton (1862-1937) is the author of The House of Mirth, The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, The Decoration of Houses, and many other books.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introductory Notes
In the American Public Building - The Classical Interior Par Excellence
Text of The Decoration of Houses 1
Color Plates 193
A Portfolio of Pictures of Interiors and Details/Done According to the Canon of The Decoration of Houses 209
Books Consulted 239
The Critical Essays
The Decoration of Houses as a Practical Handbook 243
The Genesis of a Classic 256
The Decoration of Houses as a Basic Text 276
Notes 280
Index 285
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