Folio. Decorative litho title leaf, (2) + 2ff, 2 actual mounted photo plates, (13) litho plates (of which one unnumbered, rest numbered I-XII), one smaller lithographed addendum leaf tipped in. Original decorative printed boards, old light stains at margins of upper cover, neatly rebacked with recent cloth spine.
A rare publication which provides two unusually large actual mounted photographic views (“specially taken by Mr Hudson of Killarney”), measured drawings and ground plans of Cormac’s Chapel on the rock of Cashel, the finest Romanesque building in Ireland. Its author, Arthur Hill (1846-1921), the second of a dynasty of architects in Cork, Ireland, had had a London training in the office of T.H.Wyatt in the 1860s, and while working in London had won the Donaldson medal of the RIBA for the set of measured drawings on which this volume is based. A list of subscribers runs to 108 names, including Burges, Donaldson, Ferrey and Viollet-le-Duc. The only previous copy that has passed through our hands (our catalogue 27, item 59) is now in the library of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal.