A Collection of the Most Approved Examples of Doorways From Modern Buildings in Italy and Sicily

Design for a doorway
Adoption Amount: $500
Category: Preserve for the Future
Location: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

A collection of the most approved examples of doorways from modern buildings in Italy and Sicily : expressly measured and delineated for this work : preceded by a sketch of the history of Italian architecture from its revival to the time of Palladio

By Thomas Leverton Donaldson. London: J. Weale : The Author, 1836.

Doors convey a lot about a building, according to architect Thomas Leverton Donaldson (British, 1795-1885). Whether it is the majesty and importance of public buildings or the beauty and convenience of a private dwelling, doors showcase the strength or weakness of any façade. Donaldson uses this book to survey doorways of a range of structures, including temples, pantheons, and houses. As a pioneer of architectural education, Donaldson was a founding member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. This survey of doorways contributes to the Cooper Hewitt Library’s collection on European architecture, just one of the great collections available for study. 

Condition and Treatment: 

This is an early 19th century volume bound in blue bookcloth. The spine has areas of loss. Conservators will re-back the volume using toned airplane linen to repair the spine. A custom enclosure will be created to further protect this volume.

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