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Lot 1396: 2V John Dart WESTMONASTERIUM OR THE HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES OF THE ABBEY CHURCH OF ST PETERS WESTMINSTER 1723 Antique English Church History Engraved Fold-Out Plates Theology
by National Book Auctions
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Westmonasterium or the History and Antiquities of the Abbey Church of St. Peters Westminster. Containing, an Account of Its Ancient and Modern Building, Endowments, Chapels, Altars, Reliques, Customs, Privileges, Forms of Government &c. with Copies of Ancient Saxon Charters &c. and Other Writings Relating to It. Together with a Particular History of the Lives of the Abbats, Collected from Ancient MSS of That Convent and Historians; & the Lives of the Deans to This Time. And Also, a Survey of the Church and Cloysters, Tkaen in the Year 1723; with the Monuments There, Which, with Several Prospects of Church & Other Remarkable Things, Are Curiously Engraven by the Best Hands.
Author: John Dart
Publisher: Printed & Sold by James Cole and five others
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 10.75" Height: 16.25"
Book Details: A comprehensive pictorial survey of the tombs and monuments in Westminster Abbey. "The permanent interest in this book lies in its illustrations of the funeral monuments as they appeared before being subjected to the damage, defacements and depredations of eight more generations ... his plates are as fine and complete a record as anyone could desire" (Adams).
Adams, London Illustrated 27; BAL RIBA 813
Condition / Notes: This full-leather folio set has partially separated boards as well as raised bands and stamped gilt tooling on the spines. There is light external rubbing and chipping, concentrated at the extremities. The text block is solid. The pages show mild age toning and occasional light marginal spotting/foxing. The set contains two engraved frontispieces (one folding), engraved title pages, 6 plates of engraved arms of subscribers, an engraved portrait of Richard III after a painting, 121 engraved plates of monuments and memorials, and 3 folding views and plans. There are also 12 engraved head- and tail-pieces and 8 engraved initials.
Provenance: armorial bookplates.
These volumes have been collated, and appear to be complete, with the following notations:
This volume contains a 47 page (numbered) poem, followed by 196 pages of text and plates intermixed, where the plates have been assigned page numbers.
There is a frontispiece, 3 fold out plates, and an additional 67 plates in this volume.
Page “156” has been used twice, for 2 different plates.
This volume contains 5 different sections, with a fold out frontispiece, and 63 additional plates.
The first section consists of 24 numbered pages.
The second section consists of 44 numbered pages.
The third section consists of 201 pages, again of text and plates intermixed, where the plates have been assigned page numbers. The last numbered page is “195”. Pages 18 and 22 have been mislabeled (switched). Text appears continuous. “23” has been used for a page of text, and a plate. “24" has been used for a page of text, and a plate. “38” has been used for two plates. “61” has been used for two different plates, and two different pages of text. “92” has been used for 2 plates. There is a gap in pagination from 95 (text page) to 97 (plate), with no apparent loss of text.
The fourth section consists of four unnumbered pages.
The fifth section is a 16 page appendix, numbered.
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