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Constable & Co, London - first edition, 1952. hardcover, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", with mounted jacket. Ours is a worn ex-library copy with usual stamps, stickers, barcode etc. Book in GOOD condition. Dark-blue cloth-bound boards with silver type to spine, illustrated frontispiece, 51 b&w illustrations, select bibliography, index. This is a systematic study of the causes and destruction of historic buildings in England. At various periods men have regarded the architecture of their predecessors as barbarous & antiquated (or occasionally admirable). This is an historico-architectural study of professional importance, as well as a textbook of permanent utility to architectural students.