Nairn’s Paris
Nairn’s Paris
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Nairn’s Paris

by Ian NairnAndrew Hussey

Introduced by Andrew Hussey

Out of print since 1968, this is a unique guidebook from the late, great architectural writer, Ian Nairn. Illustrated with the author’s black and white snaps of the city, Nairn gives his readers an idiosyncratic and unpretentious portrait of the ‘collective masterpiece’ that is Paris. This guidebook shows his eye for detail – whether it is architectural stonework on an archway, shadows cast by a railing, or an empty chair in a Paris park.

Nairn encourages the reader to find their own Paris beneath the glossy surface – more than a guidebook, this is an inimitable journey of discovery in finding the hidden delights of the city, in the first hardback edition ever published.

‘About one third of this book is discovery, in the sense that I came upon the sites by accident or by following a topographical hunch. There must be many more, and all you need for the search is the ability to turn off the main road, switch on your antennae and respond. Good luck.’ Ian Nairn

‘To call Ian Nairn a great architectural writer is too restrictive; he was a great writer who happened to write about buildings and places.’
Irish Times
‘In Nairn's Paris the City of Light gets the flâneur it deserves: passionate, bilious, eloquently melancholy… At his best [Nairn] has no equal.’
David Collard
‘A guidebook to the city of love like no other.’
The Connexion

Description

Introduced by Andrew Hussey

Out of print since 1968, this is a unique guidebook from the late, great architectural writer, Ian Nairn. Illustrated with the author’s black and white snaps of the city, Nairn gives his readers an idiosyncratic and unpretentious portrait of the ‘collective masterpiece’ that is Paris. This guidebook shows his eye for detail – whether it is architectural stonework on an archway, shadows cast by a railing, or an empty chair in a Paris park.

Nairn encourages the reader to find their own Paris beneath the glossy surface – more than a guidebook, this is an inimitable journey of discovery in finding the hidden delights of the city, in the first hardback edition ever published.

‘About one third of this book is discovery, in the sense that I came upon the sites by accident or by following a topographical hunch. There must be many more, and all you need for the search is the ability to turn off the main road, switch on your antennae and respond. Good luck.’ Ian Nairn

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Weight 0.25 kg
Dimensions 19 × 12 × 1.5 cm
Cover Type

Hardcover

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