Arcades – The History of a Building Type by Johann Friedrich Geist (The MIT Press 1983; first paperback edition 1985) is a classic reference work on arcades, passages, and galleries of late 18th- and 19th-century Europe and America.
Arcades opens with an account of the architectural and social history of the arcade and a discussion of its typological development. The core of the book is a descriptive catalog of nearly 300 arcades, listed alphabetically by city, and illustrated with some 200 plans and drawings and 265 photographs. Many of these arcades remain standing today, whether in restored or modified form. Most of the examples are European but arcades in the United States, Latin America, and Australia are also included as is the work of 20th-century architects and entrepreneurs. The grand arcades of Paris, London, and Milan are described in rich detail; but smaller versions in Derby, England, or Winterthur, Switzerland, or St Paul, Minnesota, are described as well.
– Johann Friedrich Geist, Arcades – The History of a Building Type (The MIT Press, first paperback edition 1985), excerpt from the book description
The text is in English. The book is richly illustrated with black-and-white photographs and architectural drawings.
Our copy in stock is in nice condition. The pages are clean, no markings, but some toning on their edges. The glueing of the binding is still firm. The covers are a bit faded, and show some traces of shelf wear and use. There is an old price sticker on the back cover.