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The Principles of Gothic Ecclesiastical Architecture

The Principles of Gothic Ecclesiastical Architecture
With an Explanation of Technical Terms, and a Centenary of Ancient Terms
3 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Art and Architecture

  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108082730

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  • The eleventh, and definitive, 1882 edition of this hugely popular, highly illustrated work was published at the urging of Sir George Gilbert Scott, and consists of two volumes on Gothic ecclesiastical architecture and a 'companion' volume on church vestments. Matthew Holbeche Bloxam (1805–88), a solicitor by profession, was an enthusiastic architectural historian with a passion for churches. In the preface, as well as explaining his reasons for another edition, Bloxam records his concern that some features he had recorded fifty years earlier no longer exist: 'In the so-called restorations of ancient churches, not a few historical features … have been ruthlessly, and in many cases needlessly, swept away.' Volume 1 surveys the rise and decline of English Gothic architecture; Volume 2 discusses the internal layout of churches before the Reformation, and the monastic tradition; and Volume 3 discusses vestments, post-Reformation changes to church interiors, and funerary monuments.

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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108082730
    • length: 1102 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 145 x 69 mm
    • weight: 1.4kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Definition of Gothic architecture
    2. Of the different kinds of arches
    3. Of the Anglo-Saxon style
    4. Of the Anglo-Norman style
    5. Of the semi-Norman style
    6. Of the Early English style
    7. Of the Decorated English style
    8. Of the Florid or Perpendicular English style
    9. Of the Debased English style
    Explanation of technical terms
    Centenary of ancient terms
    Index of cathedrals and churches
    Index, chiefly to notes. Volume 2:
    1. On the internal arrangements of churches previous to the reformation
    2. Of monastic arrangements. Volume 3:
    1. Of the vestments in use in the church up to the reign of King Edward VI
    2. Of the changes in the internal arrangements of churches in and subsequent to the reign of King Edward VI
    3. Of the vestments prescribed by the church in and from the reign of King Edward VI
    4. Of ancient British, Roman, and post-Roman hypaethral sepulchral monuments, and Anglo-Saxon and medieval churchyard sepulchral monuments.

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    Matthew Holbeche Bloxam

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