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Willis, R(obert)

Remarks on the architecture of the Middle Ages, especially of Italy.

Cambridge, printed at the Pitt Press… for J. & J.J. Deighton 1835.

Reference: 13636
Price: £130 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. vii+(3)+200pp, 15 engraved plates, 20pp publisher’s adverts. Publisher’s cloth, gilt spine. Some spotting and soiling on plates (as often), but otherwise in good condition. Nineteenth century ink ownership inscription of “Miss Fanny Smith”. Late twentieth century bookplate of Richard Michael Robbins (1915-2002), railway historian and President of the Society of Antiquaries of London, also more recent book label of Gavin Stamp.

The first publication on architecture by the very distinguished Cambridge architectural historian Robert Willis, pioneering in its careful analysis of the component features of Italian Gothic architecture, and showing a particular interest in vaulting on which Willis was to become the recognised authority. Willis based it on notes taken on a tour in 1832-3. BAL Cat 3675.