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New Towns after the War:

[OSBORN (F. J.)]

[OSBORN (F. J.)]

New Towns after the War: An Argument for Garden Cities.

First edition. 8vo. [185 x 124 x 6 mm]. 84p., [1]f. In publisher's original card wrappers with illustration in yellow and blue by E. J. Sullivan. (Small mark to bottom right hand corner).
London: [Printed at the Garden City Press, Letchworth, for] J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1918.

Small hole pp.61-2. A good copy.

'Housing has always had its difficulties since the time of Primitive Man, whose cave was dark, insanitary, and ill-fitted.'
In 1898 Ebenezer Howard (1850-1958) wrote To-Morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform, which offered a Utopian vision of a city where people lived in harmony with one another and with nature. These ideas came together in his founding of the Garden City Movement, which called for towns and cities to be designed in a way which harnessed the positives of living in a city - such as higher wages and a wide range of culture, alongside the lower rents, beauty and fresh air of the countryside. Howard was later joined by W. G. Taylor, C. B. Purdon and F. J. Osborn and the movement morphed into the New Townsmen, who were hoping to provide an antidote to the super-urbanisation that occurred in the wake of the Industrial Revolution. Osborn here sets out the argument for Garden Cities against the backdrop of the Great War, proclaiming that it 'affords a unique opportunity for the nation to deal with the whole question of housing in a bold and imaginative way.'

This first edition was followed by an illustrated edition in 1942, and although neither appear to be institutionally rare, there are no copies of either edition currently being offered for sale online.

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