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MOLLER, Georg (1784--1852)
[Denkmäler der deutschen Baukunst. Part 1. English. 1824]
An essay on the origin and progress of gothic architecture, traced in and deduced from the ancient edifices of Germany, with references to those of England, etc. from the the eighth to the sixteenth centuries. By Dr. George Moller, ... Translated from the German.
London: Priestley and Weale, 1824.
xvi, 141, [7] p. ; 20.2 cm. (8º)

Anonymous translation of the text of part 1 of Moller's Denkmäler der deutschen Baukunst, intended for a second volume of Cottingham's Henry the Seventh's Chapel, at Westminster, which was to contain a parallel of Gothic edifices, but for various reasons the parallel was withdrawn and the essay published on its own. The statement in the advertisement that the text was first published in Darmstadt, 1819--22 with 84 folio plates, is incorrect; the writer seems to have been including the first two numbers of part 2. The plates to part 1 were first issued in twelve numbers starting from autumn 1815 and the 72 plates eventually published in a single volume with a new, longer preface in 1821. (See BAL Early printed books, no. 2164). The plates were omitted from this English version in order to keep the price of the work down; the publishers expressed their willingness to produce the plates should there be sufficient public demand for such an undertaking, and the plates to both parts of Moller's work were eventually published by John Weale in 1836. The final [6] pages are a list of 'Works On Gothic Architecture ... To Be Had Of Priestley And Weale.' With the imprint of T. Davison on the half-title verso. BAL Early printed books, no. 2165.

Copy Notes A copy of 'Mollers Gothic Arch.' was bought from Priestley and Weale for 8 guineas on 24 May 1826, although this seems rather expensive for a modest unillustrated volume and may refer to the copy of the German edition, Beiträge zur Kenntniss der deutschen Baukunst des Mittelalters, Darmstadt 1821 (q.v.), which has the bookseller's printed label on the pastedown. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.6.9). Another copy costing 4s. 6d. was sent on approval by J. Williams on 15 September 1830. (Archive 7/14/33).
Copy 2: 19.3 cm. Imperfect; wanting half-title.

Binding Copy 1: C19th red cloth-backed blue paper boards, printed label on spine reading 'Essay/ On/ Gothic Architecture'.
Copy 2: C19th half diced calf, gilt roll-tooled borders, gilt double-rule spine, marbled-paper boards.

Reference Number 2809


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