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HAKEWILL, Arthur William (1808--1856)
Thoughts upon the style of architecture to be adopted in rebuilding the Houses of Parliament. By Arthur William Hakewill, author of the "Apology for the architectural monstrosities of London," &c.
London: John Weale, Architectural Library, [1835].
[2], 19, [3] p. ; 20.2 cm. (8°)

This pamphlet contains a vigorous argument in favour of an adaptation of the 'Classic Style' for the rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament and a dismissal out of hand of the rival, 'obsolete' Gothic. Its imminent publication 'on the 30th inst.' was announced in Hakewill's pseudonymous An apology for the architectural monstrosities of London, 1835 (q.v.). Half-title reads 'Thoughts On Rebuilding The Houses Of Parliament.' The final leaf is blank. BAL, Early printed books, no. 1425.

Copy Notes Copy 1: With half-title inscribed in ink To Sir John Soane / R.A. &c. &c. / With Mr. AW Hakewill's Compliments. Bound in before the title-leaf is an ALs dated 26 August 1835 presenting the pamphlet to Soane, in which the author writes that the circumstance of the / Classic style of Architecture, having obtained / so much of your attention, and acquired new / and powerful claims to admiration, through / the infinite & pleasing modifications which / under the guidance of your taste and genius / it has so successfully undergone, encou /rages me to hope that you will / sanction this attempt, however moderate / its merit, to uphold that eminently / beautiful style at so critical a moment / in its history; ....
Copy 2: 21.4 cm. Bound (4) with four other pamphlets on rebuilding the Houses of Parliament including a copy of Hakewill's Apology (q.v.).

Binding Copy 1: Bound in a numbered series of late 19th century half calf pamphlet volumes. (Archive, Trustees' Minutes 18 June 1866). With binder's stamp 'Bound By Mansell' on front pastedown.
Copy 2: C19th full dark green binder's cloth, upper cover lettered in gilt 'Pamphlets/ On Rebuilding The/ Houses Of Parliament'. Later numbered '109' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 2410


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