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Baron, Rev.John

Scudamore organs, or practical hints respecting organs for village churches and small chancels, on improved principles. With designs by George Edmund Street. Second edition revised, with postscript, and further steps.

London, Bell & Daldy 1862.

Reference: 14137

Full Description

8vo. xxii + (2) + 112 + 8pp, 7 litho plates (one double-page), 23 + (1)pp publisher’s adverts. Publisher’s cloth. Contemporary ink notes on verso of front free endpaper recording prices of organs available from Bevingtons, Greek Street, Soho, in 1862. Book label of Rev.William Honeywell, Oadby, Leicester, 1943. Spine faded but otherwise a good copy.

George Edmund Street’s “Scudamore organs”, so called because the prototype was designed by him for the village church of Upton Scudamore, Wiltshire, and well illustrated on the present volume’s litho plates, represent an aspect of his work as an architect and designer not generally known to students of architectural history. The present book, first published in 1858 but for this second edition enlarged to almost twice its original length, records that Street’s original design for a compact and inexpensive organ was taken up by the professional organ builder Henry Willis and that by 1862 over 200 such organs had been installed in British churches. The last eight pages are occupied by Willis’s “Illustrated Prospectus of Scudamore Organs”. The book is very hard to find today in either edition.