Downing, who practiced in New York in the 1800s, mentions "this volume is the first published in this country devoted to Rural Architecture..." Early Ornamental Victorian American Houses with Floor Plans. Cottage Residences, Or, A Series of Designs for Rural Cottages and Cottage Villas, and their Gardens and Grounds adapted to North America. Illustrated with Numerous Engravings and House Plans. Originally published in 1853, fourth edition, by John Wiley. Additional content: Color photographs of some existing Downing-style houses, and one modern Downing-style house during construction. Illustrated.
Bonus eBook: Rural Architecture by Lewis Allan, 1852.