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    The Best Record of St. Paul's Cathedral
    Prior to the Great Fire of 1666

    [Sir] William Dugdale. The History of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. London: Thomas Warren, 1658. First edition. Folio. A4, B-3Y2, 3Z4 [3Z4 blank]. [8],136, 157-178, 181-299, [7] pages. Title page in red and black, forty-four etchings: thirty full-page; fourteen (eleven double-page, one folding) plates by Wenceslaus Hollar, [Pennington, Hollar, 265 1016-1027, 1029-1030,1392, 2236, 2242, 2248, 2255, 2264, 2277,2288, 2290, 2292, 2301, 2309, 2311, 2319-22, 2336, 2341, 2361, 2375, 2377.] Lacks portrait of Dugdale. Woodcut initials, head and tail pieces. Contemporary calf, re-backed, spine rubbed and title label missing, gilted spine and board edges. Upper and lower hinges cracked, but holding strong. Few closed tears in a small number of double-page and folding plates - negligible paper loss, folding plate expertly repaired. Internally generally clean, minor dampstaining to a few bottom margins. Lacks portrait of Dugdale and single leaf, 2G2. Earl of Ilchester bookplate on the front pastedown and a Leona Rostenberg bill of sale dated March 6, 1963 laid-in. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Even as Warwickshire was being printed, an acquaintance drew Dugdale's attention to a collection of records relating to St Paul's Cathedral. Following this trail he was led to Scriveners' Hall, where he was lent "ten porters' burthens' of charters and rolls and other manuscripts 'in bags and hampers' - unsorted like many legal and state documents at that time, and in mouldering neglect. With the spectacle close at hand of the great church slowly deteriorating from years of maltreatment and sacrilegious use, Dugdale rapidly compiled The History of St Paul's Cathedral, which was published in 1658. Not only did this book print the surviving documentary records of the cathedral, it also preserved the appearance of the building. Its Norman and Gothic details and the alterations made by Inigo Jones in the 1630s were recorded in extensive plates, once again prepared by Hollar, several of them based on drawings made by William Sedgwick in 1641. With the destruction of the cathedral in the great fire of 1666 Dugdale's book became the lasting memorial of old St Paul's." [ODNB]

    "As the most detailed study of a single building produced in seventeenth-century England, and the best evidence for how St Paul's Cathedral looked before the 1666 Fire of London, William Dugdale's work hardly needs introduction. In compiling it, Dugdale was more concerned with recording inscriptions and establishing genealogies than describing architecture, but like many subsequent architectural historians, he used the occasion of the books appearance to publicize the decay of a building and secure a record of its details. Given the non-architectural emphasis of the text, this was, of course, where the book's famously evocative etchings are most valuable; Wenceslas Hollar has usually been given the credit for these, though it has been pointed out that Daniel King had some input into the original drawings." - Millard: 17.

    Wing D-2482, Pforzheimer 341, ESTC: r16413 British Architectural Library Early Imprints Collection 932, Avery Architectural Library 288, Millard Architectural British: 17 (p.87-89).



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