Milner, John Rev. Treatise on the Ecclesiastical Architecture of England...

J. Taylor, Architectural Library, London, 1811. First edition. Plate ten bound as frontis, remaining nine engraved plates bound at rear; with publisher’s catalogue bound at rear. Uncut in publisher’s boards with paper spine label. Minor foxing, some to plates, damp staining to boards. Very good. Armorial bookplate of Thomas Fitzherbert, Esq. (Hazlitt, pg. 75; Hardy pg. 152-53). Lowndes, pg. 1266; BAL, Early Printed Books, no. 2148; Sir John Soane's Museum Collection Online Ref. 2800.

 

This treatise was published to support Milner’s claim that Gothic, or pointed, architecture originated in England from the intersection of circular arches, an idea which he first expressed in 1798. The instant work specifically refuted G.D. Whittington's 1809 thesis that the Gothic arrived in France before its appearance in England.

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