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Scott, George Gilbert

A plea for the faithful restoration of our ancient churches … to which are added some miscellaneous remarks … connected with the restoration of churches, and the revival of pointed architecture.

A plea for the faithful restoration of our ancient churches … to which are added some miscellaneous remarks … connected with the restoration of churches, and the revival of pointed architecture.

London, J.H.Parker 1850.

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8vo. (4) + 155 + (1)pp. Publisher’s gilt and blind stamped cloth. Ink presentation inscription from the author to Lord John Thynne, with Lord John Thynne’s Bibliotheca Haynensis bookplate. A good, bright copy.

First and only edition of a book which is significant both for its enunciation of principles on which churches should be restored, and for Scott’s discussion of the “selection of a single variety of pointed architecture for modern use” (he opts for the Middle Pointed). As Pevsner pointed out, Scott’s position on restoration was essentially a conservative one, but he left himself room to depart from his high principles when circumstances might require it. This is the first copy that we appear to have had through our hands since the copy listed in our Catalogue 1, 1987, item 117. The present copy is a presentation copy from Scott to Rev. Lord John Thynne (1798-1881), Sub-Dean of Westminster Abbey (Scott was Surveyor of the Fabric to Westminster Abbey). Unusually for a clergyman, Lord John Thynne also owned a country house and accompanying estate, Haynes Park, Bedfordshire, and the book carries Lord John’s Bibliotheca Haynensis bookplate.