Book Description

First edition. “Twenty-six Plates from Original Drawings by G.M. Ellwood. With Historical & Descriptive notes by E. Hermitage Day”. Beautifully printed on lovely, heavy, wove paper, with deckled edges, top edge gilt; each church represented with a small drawing at head of chapter and a separate full-page plate. A near fine copy, despite a ding to the top corner, resulting in small (1/4”) split to rear board at fore edge; rear cover a bit bowed; minor foxing to plates.
Dealer Notes
A look at Edwardian London through its Church architecture. Some of these buildings have medieval hearts, others are Wren churches, and some represent the 19th century Gothic revival, “But,” writes Day, “it is a selections which … should direct attention to churches that are well worth seeing”. The map on the front endpaper makes such a pilgrimage easy, even a century later.
Interestingly of the twenty-five ancient or historical churches featured, six were damaged in the Blitz and restored/rebuilt after the war, but only one (St. Mildred’s, Bread Street) no longer exists.
Author E. Hermitage Day
Date 1911
Binding Original gilt-stamped cloth
Publisher London, Oxford: A. R. Mowbray & Co.; and Milwaukee: Young Chuchman Co.
Illustrator G.M. Ellwood
Condition Near fine

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