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Raine, Rev.James

Catterick church, in the county of York. A correct copy of the contract for its building, dated in 1412, illustrated with remarks and notes.

London, J.Weale 1834.

Reference: 10100
Price: £65 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. 21 + (1)pp, engraved frontispiece, 12 engraved plates. Publisher’s cloth, front cover unevenly faded, bumped at outer corners. A little light spotting on plates. Nineteenth century armorial bookplate of Uvedale Lambert. Subsequently Jill Allibone’s copy, with her bookplate (acquired by her from the Weinreb firm, whose pencil acquisition code shows that they had acquired the copy in Oct 1975).

This prints the full text of the contract entered into in 1412 by the mason Richard of Cracall for the building of Catterick church. Raine’s editing is thorough and accurate, and he rightly points out how uncommon surviving building contracts of this date are. The volume also contains a series of plates from careful drawings by the architect Anthony Salvin showing the appearance of the church in the early 1830s. Salvin’s drawings are unfortunately rather too delicate to reproduce well as engravings, but their presence made this an obvious acquisition for her library by Jill Allibone, Salvin’s biographer. BAL Cat 2696.