Specimens of Gothic architecture; : selected from various ancient edifices in England: : consisting of plans, elevations, sections, and parts at large; calculated to exemplify the various styles, and the practical construction of this class of admired architecture, : accompanied by historical and descriptive accounts. / By A. Pugin,--architect..
- London: : Printed for J. Taylor, Architectural Library, 59 High Holborn; A. Pugin, 34, Store Street; and J. Britton, Burton Street., 1821-.
2 v. (xx, 40 p.,  leaves of plates; xxiii, , 34, vi, 16 p.,  leaves of plates) : ill., plans ; 26 cm.
- England -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Architecture -- England.
Architecture -- Details.
Decoration and ornament, Architectural.
- Includes added engraved title pages for both volumes; imprint date of v. 2 is 1823.
"The introductory essay, and the descriptions of every plate and subject, to page 33, have been expressly written for this work by Mr. E.J. Willson, of Lincoln; and great care has been taken to print every passage of his copy verbatim ad literatim."--p.. vii.
"A glossary of technical terms, descriptive of Gothic architecture ..." is on p. vi, 16, at end of v. 2, and has individual title page with 1822 imprint date.
Engraved plates interspersed throughout text.
Index on p. -40 (v.1) and on p. -34 (v. 2)
First edition of both volumes. Unsold copies of the first edition of v.1 are likely rare as they were lost in a fire at J. Taylor's Architectural Library in 1822. Cf. Preface (v.2)
"London: printed by James Moyes, Greville Street."--t.p. verso (v.1)
Pugin (the Elder) was the leader in the revival of English Gothic architecture; engravings included in his "Specimens...." provided extensive and accurate details of Gothic architecture, and, along with Willson's scholarly text, this work provided the first reliable measured drawings of medieval English architecture. Cf. Hugh Pagan's architectural catalog, v. 16, p.39.
Plates engraved by Edmond Turrell, John Cleghorn, George Gladwin, John Le Keux, William Raymond Smith, John Roffe, J.A. Rolph, J.F. Lambert, Thomas Bradley, Thomas Kearnan, Robert Sands, J. Henshall, Wilson Lowry, and Charles Moore after Augustus Charles Pugin, Charles Moore, and Thomas Kearnan.
- Local notes:
- Athenaeum copy: Title is held at Carpenters' Hall in the Library of the Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia. Access to the books is restricted and available to researchers only by permission requested in advance.
Athenaeum copy: Carpenters' Company copy of set has accession numbers 3266-3267; first recorded in 1840 Carpenters' Company Library Catalogue as nos. 44-45.
- Cited in:
- Fowler Architectural Collection Catalogue, 256
British Architectural Library. Early printed books, 2660
- Willson, Edward James, 1787-1854.
Moyes, James, -1838 , Printer
Pugin, Augustus, 1762-1832. ,
Kearnan, Thomas. , Illustrator, Engraver
Moore, Charles. , Engraver, Illustrator
Turrell, Edmund. , Engraver
Cleghorn, John, 1784-1873 , Engraver
Roffe, John, 1769-1850. , Engraver
Henshall, J., active 1828-1850 , Engraver
Gladwin, George. , Engraver
Le Keux, John, 1783-1846. , Engraver
Smith, William Raymond, engraver. , Engraver
Rolph, John A., 1799-1862. , Engraver
Lambert, J. F., fl. 1829-1832. , Engraver
Sands, Robert, 1792-1855. , Engraver
Lowry, Wilson, 1762-1824. , Engraver
Taylor, J., (Josiah). , Publisher
Carpenters' Company Library Collection (Athenaeum of Philadelphia)
I and J. Taylor's Architectural Library (London, England). , Publisher
Pugin, Augustus. 1762-1832. , Publisher
Britton, John, 1771-1857. , Publisher
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