1902 Scarce First Edition Bound by Sangorski - St. Paul's Cathedral Authorized Guide with 4 Plans.
Author: Rev. Lewis Gilbertson, Minor Canon, Succentor And Librarian.
Title: St. Paul's Cathedral The Authorized Guide. With Four Plans. Written By Lewis Gilbertson, Minor Canon, Succentor And Librarian.
Publisher: London, Printed At The Chiswick Press, 1902. First Edition.
Size: 8.5 "X 5.5 ".
Pages: 63 pages.
Binding: Attractive, beautiful, and very good binding finely bound in burgundy half morocco leather by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, London (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. Upper edge gilt.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, "With the author... compliments" written on original front cover bound in - as shown).
Illustrations: Nicely illustrated with four plans.
The book: Scarce edition in such a nice binding of this St. Paul's Cathedral Authorized Guide. St Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in London. As the seat of the Bishop of London, the cathedral serves as the mother church of the Diocese of London. It sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London and is a Grade I listed building. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604. The present structure, dating from the late 17th century, was designed in the English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren. Its construction, completed in Wren's lifetime, was part of a major rebuilding program in the City after the Great Fire of London. The earlier Gothic cathedral (Old St Paul's Cathedral), largely destroyed in the Great Fire, was a central focus for medieval and early modern London, including Paul's walk and St Paul's Churchyard being the site of St Paul's Cross.
The author: Rev. Lewis Gilbertson (1857-1928) Minor Canon, Succentor And Librarian. According to the British Museum, he was also a collector of early mezzotints and fine portrait prints. His collection was formed in the late XIXc to early XXc, and he lent items to the Royal Academy exhibition in 1917. Collection sold Sotheby's 31 January - 1 February 1928 in 150 lots.The BM attempted to buy lot 28, the large Blooteling head of Charles II, but was outbid by Leggatt at £370...
The binder: Sangorski & Sutcliffe is a firm of bookbinders established in London in 1901. It is considered to be one of the most important bookbinding companies of the 20th century, famous for its luxurious jeweled bindings that used real gold and precious stones in their book covers.
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