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The Architectural History of the University of Cambridge, and of the Colleges of Cambridge and Eton.

By Robert Willis; John Willis Clark (ed.).

1886

Cambridge University Press : Cambridge

11" by 7.5"

xxxvi, cxxxiv [2] 630pp [19 plates]; xiii [1] 776pp [31 plates]; xi, 722pp [2pp publisher's ads] [5 plates]; vi, [29 plates].

 

 

 

DETAILS

An uncommon first edition set of 'The Architectural History of the University of Cambridge, and of the Colleges of Cambridge and Eton', complete in four volumes and profusely illustrated throughout.

This set provides an impressively large yet coherent architectural history of the University of Cambridge, deemed as 'one of the most important contributions to the social and intellectual history of England which has ever been made by a Cambridge man'. The text addresses not only the conservation of buildings and the history of architectural style and taste, but also contains a vast quantity of illustrated figures and plates, detailing visually the numerous expansions and architectural developments at the University and colleges. The series was originally written by the notable English engineer Robert Willis, and was revised in an extended and edited by his nephew John Willis Clark, a notable English academic and antiquarian in his own right. Featuring an errata sheet to volume I and a tipped in errata to page 1, volume III. Collated, incomplete; plate facing page 357 detached, not present. Copiously illustrated with folding maps, monochromatic and coloured plates, and numerous monochromatic vignettes throughout: Thirteen plates, and six folding plates to volume I. Fourteen plates and seventeen folding plates, two of which are in colour to volume II. Three plates and two folding plates to volume III. Twelve monochromatic folding maps with map tissue guards, six coloured folding maps with map tissue guard overlays, seventeen folding maps and two plates to volume IV.

CONDITION

In a uniform quarter brown cloth binding, with green cloth boards. Externally, generally smart. Bumped to extremities. Rubbed to head and tail of spines, resulting in small loss to cloth. Small sections of rubbing to spine. Faint handling marks to boards. Green cloth to front board lifting at joint, volume III. Small mark to upper fore edge of front board, volume II and III. Small ink mark to upper fore edge front board of volume IV. Front joint tender, rubbed and split, showing chords to volume IV. Marks to front pastedown where tipped in bookplates have been removed. Small closed tear to lower extremity of front free-endpaper, volume I. Creasing and small closed tears to lower fore edge, rear free-endpaper, volume II. Rear hinge tender, split and showing chords, volume I. Hinges strained but firm, volume II. Internally generally firmly bound, strained in places. Half title page detached to head of gutter, volume I. Pages generally bright and clean with the odd spot the first and last few pages and the occasional page, volumes I to III. Heavier spotting to volume IV, scattered and affecting the occasional page. Pages slightly age toned to edges. Pages occasionally uncut. Small closed tear to gutter, half title page, volume I. Mark to page 11, offset to page 10, volume I. Mark to page 102 offset to recto of plate (facing p.103), volume I, not affecting image or text. Spotting to gutter of plate facing pp.128,129, volume I, offset to page 128 and 129. Small closed tears to fore edge, page, 541/2, volume I. Small ink mark, page 29, volume II, not affecting the text. Spotting to gutter of plate facing pp.120 and 121 offset to page 120 and 121, volume II. Place facing page 357, detached, not present, section of leaf visible to gutter, volume II. Spotting to gutter of plate facing page 11, offset to page 11, volume III. Mark to page 184, offset to page, 185 volume III, not affecting the text.

Overall Condition: Good

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