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A Description of the Villa of Mr. Horace Walpole
A Description of the Villa of Mr. Horace Walpole

A Description of the Villa of Mr. Horace Walpole

With an Inventory of the Furniture, Pictures, Curiosities &c.


156 Pages, 8.5 x 10.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $32.95)

Publication Date: March 2010

ISBN 9781843680574

Rights: US & CA

Pallas Athene (Mar 2010)

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A facsimile of the catalog of Horace Walpole's famous villa at Strawberry Hill, the origin of Gothick architecture, and one of the treasure houses of the 18th century Strawberry Hill, Horace Walpole’s "little castle" southwest of London is the finest building in the Gothick style—the playful antiquarianism that flourished at the end of the 18th century. Here Walpole established his "Committee of Taste," collected furiously, and wrote the first Gothic horror novel, The Castle of Otranto. Although the villa was popular with tourists from its inception, Walpole published the Description not so much as a guide to the building as a record of its design and of its bewilderingly rich contents. Only 300 copies were printed in his lifetime, and many of these were kept for friends. This, the first facsimile, contains the final version of the text and the 26 engravings commissioned by Walpole as the definitive images of his paper castle: views of the house, the garden, the principal rooms, individual details of the decoration, and plans.

Author Biography

Horace Walpole (1717–1797) was an art historian, man of letters, antiquarian, and politician who is now largely rememberd for his revival of the Gothic style with his home Strawberry Hill and his novel The Castle of Otranto.