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[Illustration: Publisher's Device {COUNTRY LIFE}]

First Edition, September 1919 Second Edition (Revised and Enlarged), July 1920

[Illustration: Cob House built by Mr. Ernest Gimson, near Budleigh Salterton, Devon. Frontispiece ]




A Renaissance


With An Introduction By J. St. LOE STRACHEY

Second Edition Revised And Enlarged

London Published at the Offices of "Country Life," 20, Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, W.C.2, and by George Newnes, Ltd., 8 11, Southampton Street, Strand, W.C.2. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons MCMXX


The exhaustion of the first edition of this book, within so short a time of its publication, makes it difficult to add much new matter for the reissue now called for, or, in the light of subsequent research and experience, to revise what had already been written.

Any book that seemed to show a way of meeting the present building difficulties, however partially, was fairly assured of a welcome, but the somewhat unforeseen demand for my small contribution to the great volume of literature on cottage building is, I think, to be attributed chiefly to its description of Pisé building.

Of the very large number of letters that reach me from readers of the book, quite ninety nine out of every hundred are concerned with Pisé.

The other methods of building have their advocates and exponents, but it is clearly Pisé that has caught the attention of the public as well as of the Press both at home and abroad, and it is to this method of construction that I have chiefly devoted my attention since the writing of the book as it first appeared.

In our English climate Pisé building is a summer craft, and the small scale experiments of one person through a single summer cannot in the nature of things add very greatly to the sum of our knowledge of what is possible with Pisé and of what is not.

Most of the new data have come through the building of Mr. Strachey's demonstration house, an account of which is included in the present volume.

At the time of writing, various tests are being carried out with the help of the National Physical Laboratory; but the results, though exceedingly encouraging, are not yet ready for publication.[1]

The fact that Pisé building is essentially a "Dry earth method" makes necessary the creation of artificial summer conditions under which the experiments may be conducted during the past winter... Continue reading book >>

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