The life and works of Sir Charles Barry, R.A., F.R.S., &c. &c..
London, John Murray 1867.
8vo. Etched portrait frontispiece, xiii + (1) + 407 + (1)pp, (36) engraved plates, 1 colour litho folding map, (2) folding colour litho plates in pocket, 32pp publisher’s adverts. Publisher’s cloth, gilt, slightly bumped at head and foot, and a little worn at hinges (but a good copy nonetheless). The copy belonged to the Liverpool-based architect James O’Byrne (1835-1897), and has his bookplate and (on its title leaf) his neat ownership stamp.
First edition of the official biography of Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860), architect of the Houses of Parliament, the Travellers’ Club and many other major buildings of the period. It is the major narrative source for Barry’s architectural career and was written by his son Alfred, a Church of England clergyman and a doughty defender of his father’s posthumous reputation.