Illustrative Views of the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of Canterbury; Exhibiting the Most Interesting Points of its Architecture and Antiquities, in Nineteen Highly-Finished Line Engravings, from Drawings by Hastings, with Historical Descriptions of its

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Canterbury / London: Henry Ward, No. 14, Sun Street / Whittaker & Co, 1836. Oblong 4to: 58pp, with 19 leaves of engravings after drawings by Thomas Hastings. Recent marbled paper covered boards, grey cloth spine, printed paper title label to upper cover, endpapers renewed. Beautifully rebound copy of this rare title in very sound condition. Text pages very lightly foxed (more so to ground plan of the Cathedral) with some offsetting from the engravings. Plates are remarkably clean. First (and only) Edition, containing the plates and an abridgment of the text ("[C]are has been taken to embrace every thing essential to a popular account, without encumbering the work with unnecessary details . . .") of Woolnoth's A graphic illustration of the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of Canterbury (1816). "Founded in 597, the cathedral was completely rebuilt from 1070 to 1077. The east end was greatly enlarged at the beginning of the twelfth century, and largely rebuilt in the Gothic style following a fire in 1174, with significant eastward extensions to accommodate the flow of pilgrims visiting the shrine of Thomas Becket, the archbishop who was murdered in the cathedral in 1170. The Norman nave and transepts survived until the late fourteenth century, when they were demolished to make way for the present structures." (Wikipedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. First Edition. Near Fine.

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