Sir Christopher Wren and his times. With illustrative sketches and anecdotes of the most distinguished personages in the seventeenth century.
London, Chapman & Hall 1852.
8vo. Engraved portrait frontispiece, xix + (1) + 436pp. Publisher’s cloth. Title leaf repaired for small tear at top outer margin, otherwise a good copy. Ink presentation inscription to J.W.Bignell from John Darling, March 1852, and subsequent ink presentation inscirption from Bignell to Richard Bird. Gavin Stamp’s copy, with his booklabel.
The second of two books on Wren written by the London architect James Elmes (1782-1862). As Elmes explains in his preface, this is written in “a more general and less technical style” than his earlier and more substantial book on Wren, published in quarto format in 1823, and the earlier book remains more necessary for those interested in architectural history. Elmes’s preface also records that he had been blind for a period after 1844, necessitating his withdrawal from architectural practice, but that he had since partially recovered his sight, enabling him to produce the present volume.