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Bloxam, Matthew

The principles of Gothic architecture elucidated by question and answer.

London, G.B.Whittaker, J.Treacher & D.G.Arnott 1829.

Reference: 11617
Price: £130 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. 79 + (1)pp, woodcut vignette on title leaf, also woodcut text ills. Publisher’s decorative printed boards (a little surface loss towards foot of front cover), neatly rebacked with paper spine. A good, clean copy. Frank Broomhead’s copy, with his book label.

Scarce first edition of what was to become an unexpected best-seller in mid-nineteenth century Britain. Unusually for a book on an architectural subject, it is arranged in question-and-answer form, and its importance in the history of architectural literature lies in its educational intent and in its author’s focus on pre-Reformation architectural styles (he dismisses all post-Reformation church architecture as exhibiting “the marks of the style justly denominated Debased”). It was neatly printed for the author by his friend, Thomas Combe junior, then a partner in the family printing firm of T.Combe and Son in Leicester, but subsequently to become Printer to Oxford University. BAL Cat 309.