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MILNER, John (1752--1826)
A treatise on the ecclesiastical architecture of England, during the Middle ages, with ten illustrative plates. By the Rev. John Milner, ...
London: printed for J. Taylor, Architectural Library, 1811.
xxxi, [1], 135, [1] p., 10 pl. ; 30.9 cm. (royal 8º)

This treatise was published, as the author said, "to confirm and illustrate" the article which he contributed to Rees's Cyclopaedia in 1810 and to pursue in greater detail than he could there his theory, first expressed in his Survey of the antiquities of Winchester, 1798 (q.v.), that Gothic or pointed architecture originated in England from the intersection of circular arches. Milner thus refutes Whittington's thesis expressed in An historical survey of the ecclesiastical antiquities of France that the Gothic. The work was issued in octavo but also available printed in quarto format to complement the first edition of Whittington's An historical survey of the ecclesiastical antiquities of France, 1809 (q.v.), with whose thesis (that the Gothic arrived in France from the East before its appearance in England) Milner took issue. The BAL copy of the present work differs in the extent of the 'Preface' which there occupies leaves a4--c1, whereas here it extends to d1. See BAL, Early printed books, no. 2148.

Copy Notes Bound (1) with an [8] page List of books published by J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library, ... (q.v.).

Binding Original C19th full grey paper boards, original printed spine-label reading 'Milner On Gothic Architecture, With Plates.' The bottom right portion of the spine-label excised.

Reference Number 2800


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