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Willis, Robert & Clark, John Willis

The architectural history of the University of Cambridge, and of the colleges of Cambridge and Eton… edited with large additions and brought up to the present time by John Willis Clark.

Cambridge, University Press 1886.

Reference: 11300
Price: £450 [convert currency]

Full Description

Large 8vo. 4 vols. xxxvi+cxxxiv+(2)+630pp, 19 engraved plates, some double-page ; xiii+(3)+776pp, 32 plates, some double-page, 1 colour ; xi+(1)+722pp, 5 plates, one of which double-page ; vipp, (30) engraved plates, 14 of which double-page, 4 single-page, and 12 with printed tracing paper overlays (9 of those colour). Publisher’s cloth, spines gilt. Spine of first volume neatly repaired at lower joint. A good set. Bookplates of Henry Stuart Maclean Jack, 1908. Subsequently Sir Howard Colvin’s copy, with a lengthy list of corrections in his handwriting loosely inserted.

A full and still valuable account of the architectural history of Cambridge by the Rev. Robert Willis, a distinguished scholar at the University in both architectural history and applied mechanics. The text originated as a lecture that Willis had given to the Archaeological Institute, but he died in 1875 before the book was complete, and bequeathed the manuscript to his nephew and Cambridge University colleague John Willis Clark. Clark carried out detailed research, corroborated and edited Willis’ text, and eventually produced this monumental work, well illustrated with plates taken from Le Keux’s Memorials of Cambridge. The set includes the accompanying volume of plans.