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Sir Howard Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600–1840 , Yale, published for Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 1995, 1,264 pages, ISBN 0 300 0609 1 2. Hardback £50.

Sir Howard Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600–1840 , Yale, published... Reviews Sir Howard Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600—1840, Yale, published for Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British 199c, 1,264 pages, isbn o 300 0609 1 2. Hardback £co. When presented with a problem of a building's authorship the first question which occurs to an architectural historian is 'What does "Colvin" say?' The vehicle for this oracle is, of course, the Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600—1840, compiled and edited by Sir Howard, and known affectionately by his name. The not-so-recent publication of a third edition of this essential reference book in 199 j naturally caused a wave of excitement among serious historians who wanted to be armed with the latest updated version of this unparalleled authority on two and a half centuries of British architectural history. But why then wait four years to review the revised Dictionary? There are good reasons. Just as we suddenly rediscover hidden, forgotten talents in old friends, so we are usefully re-acquainted with the wider merits of our most frequently consulted handbook. We can also take the opportunity to give assurance to those who cautiously refrained from acquiring a copy in 199c, that the content of the new edition http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Sir Howard Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600–1840 , Yale, published for Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 1995, 1,264 pages, ISBN 0 300 0609 1 2. Hardback £50.

Architectural Heritage , Volume 10 (1): 90 – Jan 1, 1999

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Reviews Sir Howard Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600—1840, Yale, published for Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British 199c, 1,264 pages, isbn o 300 0609 1 2. Hardback £co. When presented with a problem of a building's authorship the first question which occurs to an architectural historian is 'What does "Colvin" say?' The vehicle for this oracle is, of course, the Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600—1840, compiled and edited by Sir Howard, and known affectionately by his name. The not-so-recent publication of a third edition of this essential reference book in 199 j naturally caused a wave of excitement among serious historians who wanted to be armed with the latest updated version of this unparalleled authority on two and a half centuries of British architectural history. But why then wait four years to review the revised Dictionary? There are good reasons. Just as we suddenly rediscover hidden, forgotten talents in old friends, so we are usefully re-acquainted with the wider merits of our most frequently consulted handbook. We can also take the opportunity to give assurance to those who cautiously refrained from acquiring a copy in 199c, that the content of the new edition

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jan 1, 1999

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