(Tovey, Samuel Griffiths) (attrib.)

Cursory observations on the churches of Bristol. By an occasional visitor. The second edition, revised and considerably augmented.

Bristol, Mirror Office 1843.

Reference: 05963
Price: £95 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. viii + 248pp, sepia woodcut frontispiece, additional woodcut title leaf printed in red and black, and 6 sepia woodcut plates. Publisher’s blind-stamped cloth. Title page browned, ppviii-1 loose at binding. 19th century ink ownership inscription of J.J. Knight.

Although described as a second edition, this appears to be the first edition in book form of a series of articles on Bristol’s churches originally published in the newspaper The Bristol Mirror. They discuss Bristol Cathedral, St.Mary Redcliffe and all the other older churches in the city : the author’s attitude to them is antiquarian rather than ecclesiological, but he records some useful information about changes made to the churches within the previous half century, and his general attitude is typical of the widespread popular enthusiasm of the time for mediaeval church architecture.

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