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MURPHY, James Cavanah (1760--1814)
[Plans, elevations, sections and views of the church of Batalha. 1795]
Plans elevations sections and views of the church of Batalha, in the province of Estremadura in Portugal, with the history and description by Fr. Luis de Sousa; with remarks. To which is prefixed an introductory discourse on the principles of gothic architecture by James Murphy ... Illustrated with 27 plates.
London: printed for I. & J. Taylor, 1795.
[2], ii, 26, [3], 28--61, [1] p., engr. t.-pl., engr. dedic., [25] pl. ; 53.4 cm. (2º)

First edition of this highly influential work for the Gothic revival in England. Title from engraved title-plate. With an engraved dedication to William Conyngham and a single leaf list of subscribers, including Soane. A new edition was published by John Williams in 1836 (q.v.), with a dedication to Soane. Two of the plates are double page and the four relating to Murphy's introduction are numbered I--IV; all have imprint lines naming either Murphy or the Taylors. The architect of the Monastery was an Englishman. ESTC t147700; BAL, Early printed books, no. 2221.

Copy Notes Front free-endpaper inscribed in ink John Soane/ 1796. With extensive pencil annotations by Soane in the margins of the text and on the plates, and a transcription of part of the key to the general plan in ink on a loosely inserted leaf.

Binding C19th half goatskin, marbled boards, gilt-ruled borders and spine, direct spine-title in gilt, marbled text block edges.

Reference Number 2843


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