Esaays on cathedrals. By various writers.
London, John Murray 1872.
8vo. xi + (1) + 363 + (1)pp. Publisher’s cloth, bumped with some loss of surface at head and foot of spine, also slightly bumped at outer corners. Ink ownership inscription of M.Collins on front free endpaper, also ink ownership inscription dated 1945 on title leaf. Gavin Stamp’s copy, with his booklabel.
Although the distinguished contributors to this volume include Beresford Hope and E.A.Freeman, neither writes on an architectural topic, and it is left to Rev.Edmund Venables (1819-1895), Canon and Precentor of Lincoln, to contribute an essay on “The Architecture of the Cathedral Churches of England considered historically”. Canon Venables’s treatment of the subject up to the middle of the fourteenth century is competent enough, but he shares his generation’s lack of enthusiasm for the Perpendicular style and for all subsequent stylistic innovations, and one cannot help thinking that Beresford Hope or Freeman would have come up with something more meaty.