Letters of an Architect from France, Italy and Greece 3 Volume Set

Letters of an Architect from France, Italy and Greece 3 Volume Set

by Joseph Woods


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In 1816, architect and botanist Joseph Woods (1776-1864) embarked on a two-year journey through France, Switzerland, Italy and Greece, documenting interesting flora as well as buildings of note. This two-volume work first appeared in 1828. The account stands apart from other contemporary travelogues owing to the application of Woods' architectural insight. By critically assessing ancient and modern buildings for strengths and defects, Woods hoped to inform fellow architects as to how they might produce beautiful buildings through the study of different modes of construction and decoration. Accordingly, the text is accompanied by Woods' drawings of important buildings and architectural features. In Volume 1, he charts his year-long journey through France and Switzerland to Rome, including discussion of the notable ecclesiastical edifices of Notre Dame and the Vatican. In Volume 2, he records his travels through Italy, Greece and Malta, examining such notable locations as the Athenian Acropolis and the ruins of Pompeii.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108070126
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/23/2014
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Art and Architecture
Pages: 998
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 2.30(d)

Table of Contents

Volume 1: Preface; 1. Journey to Paris; 2. General account of Paris; 3. Gothic architecture; 4. Gothic architecture (cont.); 5. Return to Paris; 6. Edifices of Paris; 7. Paris; 8. Journey to Lyon; 9. Lyon; 10. South of France; 11. South of France (cont.); 12. South of France (cont.); 13. Geneva; 14. Tour in Switzerland; 15. Milan; 16. Verona; 17. Vicenza, Padua; 18. Venice; 19. Venice (cont.); 20. Bologna; 21. Florence; 22. Journey to Rome; 23. Roman antiquities; 24. Roman antiquities (cont.); 25. St Peter's; 26. Basilican churches; 27. Living at Rome; 28. Rome; 29. Palaces of Rome; 30. Rome. Volume 2: 31. Rome (cont.); 32. Trastevere, walls; 33. Neighbourhood of Rome; 34. Neighbourhood of Rome (cont.); 35. Tivoli; 36. Subiaco, Palestrina; 37. Tusculum, Albano, Ostia; 38. Journey to Florence; 39. Modena, Parma, Mantua, Ferrara; 40. Ravenna; 41. Academies; 42. Speculations at Rome; 43. Naples; 44. Neighbourhood of Naples; 45. Journey to Athens; 46. Athens; 47. Acropolis; 48. Other antiquities of Athens; 49. Neighbourhood of Athens; 50. Excursion round Attica; 51. Voyage from Athens to Malta; 52. Malta; 53. Syracuse, Catania; 54. Taormina, Messina, Palermo; 55. Agrigentum, Selinum, Segesta; 56. Pompei; 57. Naples, Paestum; 58. Journey to Rome, and last residence there; 59. Journey to Florence, Pisa; 60. Schools; 61; Lucca, Genoa; Index.

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