The Follies and Garden Buildings of Ireland

James Howley

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James Howley is from Belfast. He has a private architectural practice in London and has also taught at several schools of architecture in England. 

"For anyone interested in the Irish landscape this is an essential work . . . and worth every penny."—Nicholas Maxwell, Archaeology Ireland

"[A] valuable and evocative book. . . . [Howley's] enthusiasm is infectious and he introduces just the right amount of anecdote into his commentary to make it entertaining. . . . A major achievement."—Deborah Singmaster, Architects' Journal

"It is not often that a book can honestly be described as definitive, as this one is. . . . A truly comprehensive survey of Ireland's forgotten heritage."—Gwyn Headley, Art Book Review

"Beautifully produced, designed by the author himself and adorned with his own drawings. . .as well as with excellent photographs, it is a pleasure to use. . .As a record of what exists it is incomparably fuller than anything so far done by anybody."—Maurice Craig, Books Ireland

"The book highlights many of the neglected riches in the Irish countryside. . . . This study is a timely reminder . . . that we should be formulating a preservation policy for some of these great buildings."—Desmond Fitzgerald, Country Life

"This is one of those books that delights. . . . Follies is a superb book that stylishly presents unique structures. . . . For the architectural specialist and the open-minded amateur, this work offers a cornucopia of rewards."—Peter Skinner, ForeWord

"James Howley's splendidly produced book . . . is the most complete documentation we are likely to get of [follies] in Ireland. . . . A feast of ephemeral architectural embellishment."—House and Garden

"James Howley's knowledge of his subject is remarkable. He is a serious scholar, but not without the humor that this particularly peculiar subject demands. . . . The essays are carefully considered, well written and a model of their kind"—Desmond Guinness, Irish Arts Review

"Stimulating and comprehensive."—Irish Independent

"A handsomely produced book. . . . The text is scholarly and lucid and a pleasure to read. . . . A marvellous book which makes a significant contribution to Irish eighteenth- and nineteenth- century architectural history."—Paul Larmour, Perspective

"Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white photographs, old engravings and crisp line drawings. It will be an indispensable work of reference for those interested in our major gardens and demesnes as well as a delight to browse through."—Mary Davies, The Irish Garden

"[A] pioneering book. . . . It is beautifully designed and the well researched text is accompanied by excellent measured drawings and wonderful photographs. The volume is a delight to peruse, a veritable encyclopedia of the extraordinary and the fantastic."—Roger Stalley, The Irish Times

"A strikingly good book for anyone with an eye to the architectural aspect of gardens."—Patricia Morison, The Oldie

"A brilliant piece of exploration and research."—The Times (London)

"The Follies and Garden Buildings of Ireland is a work of sustained scholarship and relish for the subject."—Patricia Craig, Times Literary Supplement

ISBN: 9780300055771
Publication Date: November 24, 1993
256 pages, 8 1/4 x 10 1/4
300 b/w illus.