Pugin, A. & Ferrey, B

A series of ornamental timber gables, from existing examples in England and France, of the sixteenth century, drawn on stone by B. Ferrey, under the direction of A. Pugin: with descriptive letter-press, by Edw. James Willson, architect, F.S.A.

London, “A. Pugin, at his office” 1831.

Reference: 05879
Price: £175 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. (2)+13+(1)pp, litho title, 30 litho plates printed by Hullmandel. Contemporary quarter morocco, spine and corners rubbed. Formerly in the possession of Shropshire County Library, with their ownership stamp on the blank verso of the list of plates, but with no other library marking (a pencil note records that the copy was disposed of by them in 1981). Litho title leaf lightly spotted, also some minor spotting on plates.

First edition. Thirty carefully drawn images of ornamental timber gables, mostly of sixteenth century date, with an introduction by the elder Pugin and a text describing each plate. All but one of the gables illustrated on the volume’s lithographic title leaf and on the first twenty-one plates are those of domestic buildings of the Tudor period in Coventry, Warwickshire, mostly now destroyed. The remaining plates include illustrations of four comparable gables from Abbeville, France. The plates were originally issued in parts between 1829-31 before being brought together in this volume. The majority of the lithographs were done by one of the elder Pugin’s students, Benjamin Ferrey, under Pugin’s supervision. Ferrey was a talented architectural draughtsman, and many of the illustrations in Pugin’s earlier publications bear Ferrey’s signature. He went on to become the Pugins’ biographer, as well as a successful practising architect, serving twice as vice-president of the RIBA. BAL Cat 2658.

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