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Webb, Benjamin

Sketches of continental ecclesiology, or church notes in Belgium, Germany, and Italy.

London, Joseph Masters 1848.

Reference: 11640
Price: £140 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. xvii + (1) + 595 + (1)pp, text ills. Publisher’s blind stamped cloth. A largely unopened copy in very good, fresh condition (apart from faint dampmarks on front endpapers). Ownership inscription of Humphry House (1908-1955), literary scholar and authority on Gerard Manley Hopkins, Dickens and Coleridge (see ODNB).

An extensive account of the church architecture of Belgium, Germany and Italy by Webb (1819-1885), honorary secretary of the Cambridge Camden Society/Ecclesiological Society, and in his Cambridge days as partisan a Gothicist as his close collaborator J.M.Neale. By 1848 Webb, although still keenest on great Gothic churches, shows himself much more tolerant of other architectural styles and his descriptions of the renaissance churches of Rome and the modern churches of Munich can be read calmly by any interested person. His book was however one of the routes by which English Gothic Revival enthusiasts became aware that a knowledge of the mediaeval architecture of the European continent was relevant to their own subject, and is as such important. First and only edition.