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BUCKLER, John Chessell (1793--1894)
Observations on the original architecture of Saint Mary Magdalen College, Oxford; and on the innovations anciently or recently attempted.
London: printed by and for John Nichols and Son, and sold by Joseph Parker, Oxford, 1823.
xi, [1], 182 p. ; 21.7 cm. (8°)

Published anonymously. The author's father, John Buckler (1770--1851) was one of the many architects consulted about the reconstruction of the Cloister Quadrangle at Magdalen College, Oxford. His advice being ignored, his son, who was employed in the restoration of various buildings at the University, published these Observations condemning 'wanton innovations' in the restoration of ancient buildings, particularly those recently made at Magdalen College. According to Eastlake, J.C. Buckler's little work 'did good service at Oxford. It argued well and earnestly for the preservation of the old colleges, which had been sadly maltreated under the guise of improvement.' (C.L. Eastlake, A history of the Gothic Revival, 1872 (reprinted 1970), p. 111; see also T.S.R. Boase, 'An Oxford College and the Gothic Revival', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Vol. 18, No. 3/4 (1955), pp. 145-188; Colvin, p. 178). BAL Early printed books, no. 476.

Binding C19th blue calf, thick-thin gilt-rule borders and spine, red morocco spine-label. Bound by Hood & McCullock for 3s. 6d., 13 August 1827. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.14).

Reference Number 1810


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