Alec Clifton-Taylor's Buildings of Delight - Denis MoriartyVictor Gollancz, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with a little wear to the dust wrapper as a result. Price Clipped. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains a glossary of terms. 2nd impression. [First Edition: 1986] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;
From the cover: “When for the third time BBC TV screened Alec Clifton-Taylor’s sequence of English Towns programmes, the viewing audience rose yet again and soared to five million. It was the best possible tribute to a much-loved man whose infectious enthusiasm made countless people look at buildings as if for the first time.
Alec Clifton-Taylor’s knowledge of the buildings of Britain was prodigious and part of the success of his books and programmes may be attributed to his lifelong habit of making detailed notes recording his impressions of every place he visited, which in turn were carefully filed for instant retrieval. Buildings of Delight is in a sense a culmination of this love-affair with architecture for it brings together one hundred of his favourite buildings, each of which is described in his inimitable way. Needless to say no punches are pulled, for even his favourites have their faults, and no one was more judicious in handing out criticism as well as praise.
The list of buildings selected is positively mouth-watering. It ranges from castles and abbeys to mills and dovecots, by way of great houses, manor houses, farmhouses, churches, bridges, market crosses and even railway stations. All are described in fascinating detail with scholarship and humour and there will be few readers who will not find something of which they were ignorant. Most will revel in the chance to learn more about buildings from their favourite guide.”