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The Making of Classical Edinburgh

A J Youngson

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Acclaimed as a masterly exposition of the making of the much quoted, photographed, studied and loved townscapes of Georgian Edinburgh, A. J. Youngson's classic book recreates and brings to life one of the most comprehensive, detailed and remarkable urban expansion programmes ever undertaken. He describes the vigour of the planning debates, the fundraising schemes, the administrative and legislative infrastructure of planning, the construction of public buildings as poles of attraction for speculative building, and all the hopes, quarrels, victories and civic bankruptcy that went into this great experiment.

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Contents

1. The 'Proposals' of 1752
2. Economic Background and Local Government
3. Public Building before 1784
4. The New Town: Craig's Plan
5. Extensions Southward
6. Public Works, 1800-30
7. Private Development after 1800
8. Social Life
9. After 1830.

Reviews

The Making of Classical Edinburgh is everything a scholarly study should be. The text is clear, uncluttered and always illuminating, and James Craig's plans of the New Town are beautifully reproduced.
A comprehensively informative and generously illustrated account of the making of Classical Edinburgh.
A splendid piece of scholarship.
- George Gordon
Absorbing, well-told, deeply researched story with near three-dimensional photographs by Edwin Smith.
This beautiful book, a credit in every way to the author, photographer, printers and publisher, should be bought by everyone who professes to care for the arts, the history and the civilisation of Scotland.