MALTON, James.
An Essay on British Cottage Architecture.

Published
London: Published by Hookham and Carpenter, Booksellers; and to be had at Taylor’s Architectural Library; at Egerton’s Military Library; of Mr Wilkinson, Map and Printseller; and of the Author, 1798.
References
Abbey Life 34 cites uncolored copy; Berlin Kat.2309 cites 1804 edition. Bobins 874.
Plates
15 + 6
Binding/Size
M=4to
Value
$0-5,000
Ref
5373

An Essay on British Cottage Architecture; being an attempt to perpetuate on principle, that peculiar mode of building, which was originally the effect of chance. Supported by fourteen designs, with their Iconography, or plans, laid down to scale; comprising dwellings for the peasant and farmer, and retreats for the gentlemen, with various observations thereon: the whole extending to twenty-one plates, designed and executed in aquatints by James Malton. First edition. 4to, large paper copy, half title, title, introduction pp. 1-12, text pp. 12-27, 21 aquatint plates and plans comprising 14 hand coloured plates and one uncoloured, 6 plans printed in sepia. Contemporary speckled calf, re-backed preserving part of old spine, new morocco label. Unlike contemporary architects, who advocated order, regularity and symmetry in domestic design, Malton wanted to “perpetuate [...] the peculiar beauty of the British picturesque, rustic habitations,[which were] the most pleasing, the suitable ornaments of art that can be introduced to embellish rural nature.”

Coloured plates in order:

1. A series of window designs (12 figs).
2. A cottage, and two window designs, and two bars.
3-4. A pair of almost identical rustic cottages.
5. Four very similar rustic cottage designs.
6. A single storey rustic cottage.
7. A two storey country dwelling.
8. A series of assorted plans and designs for the above mentioned cottages (sepia).
9. A two storey country cottage.
10. A more expensive two storey country cottage, with more sophistication.
11. A series of assorted plans and designs for above mentioned cottages (sepia).
12. A two storey cottage with twin columns and bay windows etc.
13. A two storey cottage with four columns, shuttered windows etc.
14. A series of plans and designs for the above mentioned cottages (sepia).
15. A more substantial, and sophisticated two storey dwelling.
16. A larger two storey dwelling with wooden facia boards, thatch, columns etc.
17. A series of plans and designs for the above mentioned cottages (sepia).
18. A single storey cottage with twin columns and a thatched roof etc.
19. A pair of plans and designs for the above mentioned cottage - including cut through sections (sepia).
20. A substantial three storey cottage with front steps, columns, thatched roof, gravelled driveway, numerous windows, tiles etc.
21. Plan and design for the above mentioned cottage (sepia).