Arthur Penrhyn Stanley (1815-81), Dean of Westminster, modelled this 1868 work, of which the third, revised edition of 1869 is reissued here, on his 1854 Historical Memorials of Canterbury (also available in this series). It was conceived as part of the celebration of the eight-hundredth anniversary of the consecration of the abbey in 1065, and ...
Arthur Penrhyn Stanley (1815-81), Dean of Westminster, modelled this 1868 work, of which the third, revised edition of 1869 is reissued here, on his 1854 Historical Memorials of Canterbury (also available in this series). It was conceived as part of the celebration of the eight-hundredth anniversary of the consecration of the abbey in 1065, and consists of essays on aspects of the abbey's central role in English history, particularly as the coronation place of monarchs of England, and the location of many royal tombs. Stanley draws on both the manuscript archives of the abbey and on the work of earlier historians to consider its foundation, the coronations, the royal tombs, the other monuments to distinguished men and women, and the history of the abbey before and after the Reformation. This highly readable account will be of interest to anyone wanting to know more about one of England's greatest buildings.
Good. Two Volumes; Burgundy cloth covers with gold stamped title and illustration on cover; no jacket; covers have minor to medium wear with heaviest wear to edges and corners; Ex library with typical stamps and markings, otherwise interior is clean and unmarked; weak hinges at front end paper of volume I and rear end paper of volume II; pages are uncut; 7 3/4"-9 3/4" Tall; 335 + 422 pgs.
Good. 8vo, 1/2 tan leather over marbled boards with matching marbled endpapers. Spine decorated in gold with black title & author panels. Top edge gilt, purple ribbon bookmarks bound in. Front hinge of vol. 1 is cracked but otherwise both volumes are tight and sound. Spine ends heavily rubbed & worn. Rubbing & wear at corners and other extremities. Volume 1 has a small dark stain at right spine edge.
Poor. NDJ. Non-fiction. Sm8vo. Three hardback volumes showing their 125+ years of age. Yes, the bindings are tight but with plenty of edgewear. An illustration facing p 119 in Vol 1 is unattached. Minor chipping on outer boards & foxing on inner boards. Still, a good value at $15 for the three volume set.
Very Good in Very Good+ jacket. Book Illustrated edition in original linen jacket with rubbing. Long ink notes to front endpaper, and what appears to be a church bulletin from Westminster from 1912 tipped in.
Used-Good. Good hardback (no dust jacket) Free end papers a little browned, with some insect-damage to ffep; binding tight; corner of back board bent; spine bumped at head & foot, with slight wear to cloth; gilt lettering dull & worn. This is a heavy book; standard postage applies only for shipment to USA & Great Britain.
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