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

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Overview

Robert Willis's monumental architectural history of the University of Cambridge, first published in 1886 in a revised and extended edition by his nephew J. W. Clark, was hailed as 'one of the most important contributors to the social and intellectual history of England which has ever been made by a Cambridge man'. The three illustrated text volumes are now reprinted for the first time, in their entirety, with new introductory material in Volume 1 by David Watkin. Although 'Willis and Clark' has always been reorganised by architectural historians as one of the greatest studies of the buildings of a single historic city, its wider importance and status have been recognised only more recently by those interested generally in the conservation of buildings and in the historic development of architectural style and taste. Its unique collection of over three hundred plans, antique and specially commissioned engravings is alone sufficient to make this the one indispensable work of reference on Cambridge architecture before the onset of the modern age.

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A reprint, with a new introduction by David Watkin, of the monumental study first published in 1886. This was, and remains, a model of architectural scholarship. It examines the buildings of Cambridge from the 13th to the 19th century through the historical records and painstaking examination of the edifices themselves--including the medieval structures overlaid by subsequent building. This reprint enables collectors to add one of the classics of architectural history. The volumes are each available at $89.50; the Watkin introduction appears only in v.1. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521353205
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/1988
  • Series: Cambridge Architectural History Series
  • Pages: 862
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 2.01 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Schools, library, senate-house; 2. Printing-house, museums and lecture-rooms for natural science, observatory, Fitzwilliam museum, Selwyn divinity school; 3. Essays on the component parts of a college; Additions to the third volume; Glossary; Index.

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