Classical Architecture: A complete handbook
Written by Robert Adam, in Chinese and English
Illustrations by Derek Brentnall
Available to buy from Amazon.
Described by Architectural Review as "The most comprehensive available primer of Classical architecture."
Classical architecture is a familiar part of our everyday lives, For two thousand years the tradition of Classical building has been an essential part of western civilisation and this long association has given us all a deep-rooted understanding of its language. Like literature, a Classical design can take many forms and can be expressed in countless different ways. Like a great novel, a great Classical building will have a simple message for everyone while offering the knowledgeable spectator layer upon layer of more profound meaning. This handbook will help to guide the reader into the creative depths of the works of art that we inhabit.