(Butterfield, William, Lukis, W.C., and others)

Specimens of ancient church plate ; sepulchral crosses ; &.

Oxford, J.H.Parker (and others) 1845 (but issued in parts 1843-5).

Reference: 15413
Price: £180 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. (2) + 10pp, (50) litho plates (plates are unnumbered but are as called for in list of plates). Contemporary full blind-patterned cloth, a little chipped at head and foot of spine. Mid nineteenth-century bookplate of Yorkshire Architectural Society. Occasional minor spotting on plates, but essentially a good copy.

Only edition of this scarce volume of outline lithographic plates published “in the hope of furnishing working drawings of some important articles of church furniture”, e.g. chalices, patens, coffin lids and fonts. The aim was to provide reliable illustrations of pre-Reformation examples from which nineteenth century craftsmen could copy, and the volume demonstrates the importance which those involved in the ecclesiological movement attached to appropriate church furnishings as well as to appropriate church architecture. Contributors of drawings to this publication included William Butterfield (the architect, who at this stage of his career was keenly interested in church furnishings, and was the Cambridge Camden Society’s official adviser on the subject), and the antiquaries Rev.W.C.Lukis and Sir Henry Dryden.

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