London: Rivington, Percival & Co., 1893. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (10 1/4 x 8"). xvi, 284pp. Original gilt-stamped burgundy cloth, with gold lettering to spine and front cover. Frontispiece.
In this work, the author has endeavoured to unravel the history of Inigo Jone's* two great designs for Whitehall, as well as the different schemes made by Christopher Wren** for St. Paul's.
This work is lavishly illustrated throughout with 50 full-page photogravure plates of exterior and interior views of buildings, as well as architecture plans and drawings.
* Inigo Jones (1573-1652) was the first significant English architect in the early modern period, and the first to employ Vitruvian rules of proportion and symmetry in his buildings.
** Sir Christopher Wren PRS FRS (1632-1723) was an English anatomist, astronomer, geometer, and mathematician-physicist, as well as one of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history. He was accorded responsibility for rebuilding 52 churches in the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666, including what is regarded as his masterpiece, St Paul's Cathedral, on Ludgate Hill, completed in 1710.
Binding slightly rubbed on spine and along joints. Ex-library copy, with sticker at upper front joint and tail of spine; bookplate on inside of front cover, printed notice at rear, and stamp at top and bottom paper edges. Binding in overall good to good+, interior in very good condition. g to vg. Item #46788