MEDIEVAL ARCHITECTURE IN ESSEX.

([Campden]: Essex House Press, 1905). 262 x 185 mm. (10 1/4 x 6 1/2"). 33 pp. FIRST EDITION. No. 240 OF 250 COPIES.

Original vellum-backed green buckram, flat spine with gilt titling, edges untrimmed. With 50 numbered illustrations, including a frontispiece etching, eight black & white photographs, and 41 wood engravings, 26 of them full-page. Front pastedown with bookplate of Winifred Perry, The Attic Bindery. Ransom, p. 269; Tomkinson, p. 77. One corner a bit bumped, free endleaves somewhat browned, but the binding otherwise unworn, tiny rust spot to title page, but an excellent copy, clean, fresh, and bright internally with generous margins,

This careful study of the materials and construction of Medieval churches is a result of Essex House Press founder C. R. Ashbee's deep and abiding interest in architecture and his involvement in William Morris' Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings. In addition to resurrecting the handicrafts of the 15th century, members of the Arts & Crafts Movement were also very much concerned with preserving extant examples of antiquarian workmanship. Ashbee was by training an architect, and operated an architectural office in addition to the Guild of Handicraft for most of his career. Author Ernest Godman came to him as a 15-year-old architecture pupil in 1891, and what Ashbee called his "careful architectural soul" made him a valuable asset in the running of the business (Ashbee being better at the "big picture" than at day-to-day operations). Godman brought his meticulous eye for detail to his work as Secretary of Ashbee's Committee for the Survey of the Memorials of Greater London (including parts of Essex and Middlesex), formed in the hope of saving ancient buildings from rapacious developers. The present work is the result of Godman's survey of Essex churches, with details on the use of bricks—some from Roman times--and timbers in the construction, drawings of architectural plans, and photographs of distinctive elements. It was one in a series of architectural studies planned by Ashbee and Godman that was cut short by the latter's tragic death from consumption at the age of 30.
(CCS1921)