The Gentleman's House: Or, How to Plan English Residences, from the Parsonage to the Palace; with Tables of Accomodation and Cost, and a Series of Selected Plans

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J. Murray, 1865 - Architecture, Domestic - 464 pages
 

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A potentially interesting historical take on the English country house made virtually useless by Google's failure to properly scan the plates. Check out the sample pages before you buy to see what I mean.

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