This book explores the mechanics of architectural writing, its relation to perception. It examines the effects of travel, as movement towards unfamiliar places, on perception. The book evolves from five key perceptual-representational processes: rendering, ordering, reading, thinking, and looking.
1. Introduction: A Manual 2. Rendering Buildings into Words: Pevsner and Evelyn 3. Ordering the Unfamiliar: Bargrave and the Early Grand Tour 4. Reading Books: Defoe, Smollett, and the Country-House Guidebook 5. Thinking in Metaphor: Evelyn and Ruskin 6. Looking through the Lens: Evelyn, Goethe, and Burckhardt 7. Conclusions