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Hix, John

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ISBN 10: 0714832111 / ISBN 13: 9780714832111
Published by Phaidon Press Limited, London, 1996
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
From Trinders' Fine Tools (Clare, Sudbury, United Kingdom)

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239 pages, superbly illustrated in colour and black and white. Traces the evolution of glass enclosures from the mid-seventeenth century; richly illustrated with a wealth of historic and contemporary etchings, lithographs, and photographs. Bibliography. Size: 11 3/4" x 10". Bookseller Inventory # 001132

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Publisher: Phaidon Press Limited, London

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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This is a comprehensive survey of glasshouses. The book traces the evolution of glass enclosures from the mid 16th-century, when the desire to nuture exotic plants in often hostile climates led to the development of the glasshouse and the ingenious mechanical servicing systems, capable of creating their own artificial micro-climates. Through the technical advances in the early 19th century, large-scale constructions were built initially for private individuals and botanical societies. Towards the mid-century, with the advent of mass production and specialist component systems, the fashioning of modular constructions such as the Crystal Palace became possible. The book charts the work of innovators such as Joseph Paxton and J.C. Loudon, and examines their influence on the pioneers of 20th-century design, such as Paul Scheerbart and Bruno Taut.


"Within each chapter there is a well-constructed narrative that brings out welcome new material on the development of iron, steel, and glass structures and their uses. The notably rich selection of over 300 pictures, well reproduced and generously annotated, relates closely to the discussion."--"Technology and Culture"

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