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" ALIGN="right" BORDER="1" HSPACE="5">Since
the first edition published in 1896, under the joint names of Professor Banister
Fletcher and his son, Banister Flight Fletcher - later to become Sir Banister
- Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture has become the standard
one volume architectural history reference.
twentieth edition was declared 'Book of the Century'
by the AIA in 2000, and it continues to be the definitive reference giving a concise
and factual account of world architecture from the earliest times through to the
late twentieth century.
Gimignano: view of the towers (thirteenth - fourteenth century)|
unique reference book places buildings in their social, cultural and historical
settings to describe the main patterns of architectural development, from Prehistoric
to the International Style. Again in the words of Sir Banister Fletcher, this
book shows that "Architecture
... provides a key to the habits, thoughts and aspirations of the people, and
without a knowledge of this art the history of any period lacks that human interest
with which it should be invested."
thundering classic appears again with useful additions. As Sir Banister Fletcher
said, 'The study of architecture opens up the enjoyment of buildings with an appreciation
of their purpose, meaning, and charm.' These words aptly summarise what this book
has become for generations of students and architects. No serious fan of architecture
should be without it."
American Institute of Architects. |
companion website provides a taster of the twentieth-edition. Read the books ">Introduction,
and its opening Background extracts.
House, Chichester; Stone Vase, Wrest Park, Beds; Sundial, Wrest Beds; Doorways,
Laurence Pountney Hill, London; Doorway, Raynham Hall, Norfolk.|
One: The Architecture of Egypt, the Ancient Near East, Asia, Greece and the
">Part Two: The
Architecture of Europe and the Mediterranean to the Renaissance
The Architecture of Islam
The architecture of the Pre-Colonial Cultures Outside Europe
The Architecture of the Renaissance and Post-Renaissance in Europe and Russia
Six*: The Architecture of the Colonial and Post-colonial Periods outside Europe
Seven*: The Architecture of the Twentieth Century
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featured are a selection of the many ">reviews
the centenary edition received on its publication in 1996, and the books glossary.
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The Royal Institute of British Architects and The University of London 1996
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and The University of London are
the joint trustees of Sir Banister Fletcher's History of Architecture.