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    William Dugdale. History of St. Paul's Cathedral In London. London: 1658. First edition.

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    William Dugdale. History of St. Paul's Cathedral In London. From its Foundation untill these Times: Extracted out of Originall Charters. Records. Leiger Books, and other Manusrcipts. Beautified with sundry Prospects of the Church, Figures of Tombes, and Monuments. London: Thomas Warren, 1658. First edition.

    Folio. Approximately 13.25 x 8 inches. A4, B-3Y2, 3Z4 [3Z4 blank]. [8],136, 157-178, 181-299, [7] pages. Title-page printed in red and black, forty-four etchings - thirty of which are full-page. With fourteen (eleven being 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. Woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces. Contemporary full mottled calf, with six raised bands and gilt title label to spine. Binding worn with top of front hinge cracked. Minor dampstaining to outer edge of roughly half the text block, one plate slightly trimmed, folding plate apparently reattached, generally a very presentable copy. Provenance: bookplate of George Simon, Earl of Harcourt.

    Wing D2482. ESTC r16413. Pforzheimer 341. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    Dugdale, William. History of St. Paul's Cathedral In London. From its Foundation untill these Times: Extracted out of Originall Charters. Records. Leiger Books, and other Manusrcipts. Beautified with sundry Prospects of the Church, Figures of Tombes, and Monuments. London: Thomas Warren, 1658. Folio. 13.25 x 8 inches. A4, B-3Y2, 3Z4 [3Z4 blank]. [8],136, 157-178, 181-299, [7]p. Contemporary mottled calf, with six raised bands and gilt title label to spine. Rubbing to binding, top of front hinge cracked; minor dampstaining to outer edge of roughly half the text block, one plate slightly trimmed, folding plate apparently reattached, generally a very presentable copy.

    Provenance: bookplate of George Simon, Earl of Harcourt. T.p. in red and black, 44 etchings: 30 full-page; 14 (11 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 port. Woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces. First Edition.

    "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 1630's 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]

    ".no doubt some of the sheets perished in the Great Fire of 1666, perhaps in the very bowels of the building it eulogised." - Adams. [Upcott, Vol.2: 694-8; Adams, London Illustrated: pp. 13-17].The cathedral described by Dugdale was destroyed in the great fire of London only eight years after this book was issued, so the fine engraved illustrations by Wencelaus Hollar of this now lost medieval building are especially valuable, recording also the then recently-added Inigo Jones façade of 1633-1642. This is the first illustrated book devoted to a single historic building in Britain. Hollar's engravings of the shrines and tombs of Saint Erkenwald, John of Gaunt and other soldiers, prelates and statesmen record monuments that had already vanished by 1658, destroyed during the Civil War. The appendix includes John Lydgate's version of the Dance of Death, with an accompanying illustration.

    Wing D2482. ESTC r16413. Pforzheimer 341.



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