New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2001. First Edition. Hardcover. 8-1/4 x 11-3/8", black spine, red paper over boards, epilogue, notes, index, over 200 illustrations. Item #900537
A first biography of colorful Philadelphia architect Frank Furness (1839-1912) whose singular work merges French classicism, English medievalism, and New England transcendentalism. The biography details his abolitionist upbringing in staid Philadelphia, the horror of war, and its striking influence on his work, his century, and the world. The narrative draws on military records, unpublished family papers, interviews with family members, and contemporary documents. With over 200 illustrations including archival views of demolished masterpieces and contemporary photographs of Furness buildings that still stand today. Among these are the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the library of U Penn, churches, banks, a railroad station, and numerous row houses and mansions.
Very fine in dust wrapper and protective mylar.