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FOWLER, O.S. - A Home for All or The Gravel Wall and Octagon Mode of Building ... adapted to rich and poor.

NY, Wells [186-?]. Octavo blindstamped cloth (spine faded); vi,192,[4 catal]pp, 33 illustrations in the text. Quite a good copy. ¶ A late printing of the revised edition (it was first published in 1849 and revised in 1853). The publisher has done away with the three frontispiece plates and the gold blocked house on the front cover, bringing it within reach of the poorer classes - the very people who need the comfortable and healthy home that Fowler advocates. Fowler was the American phrenologist and hence no stranger to seemingly rational persuasion; that many of his points were rational may have persuaded the few thousand home builders that decided to build from his book. It is now difficult to tell how many of the poorer classes benefited by the extra space, light and ventilation that Fowler extolled; naturally the surviving examples are mostly quite substantial, built by well-off enthusiasts. Fowler's 'gravel wall' construction is more or less a concrete which, if not done right, deteriorated quite quickly - as did Fowler's own house. Many of the surviving houses are not Fowler's ideal - most are brick or timber.
AUD 90.00 [Appr.: EURO 56.75 US$ 64.93 | £UK 50.5 | JP¥ 7055] Book number 3835

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