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An Accurate Description and History Of The Metropolitan and Cathedral Churches of Canterbury and York, From their first Foundation to the present Year. Illustrated With One Hundred and Seventeen Copper-Plates, Consisting of Different Views, Plans, Monuments, Antiquities, Arms &c.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



London:: Printed for W. Sandby, Bookseller, in Fleet-Street; and sold by J. Hildyard, Bookseller, in York., MDCCLV.

Physical Description

[2], 144, [4] p., 82 pl. (12 dble.): illus.; 381 mm. (Folio).

General Note

In some copies page 92 is misnumbered as 86; 126 as 122. [RA copy] lacks pl. 50; there is a pl. 48 bis; pl. 4,5 are misplaced after pl. 28, pl. 74 is misplaced before pl. 72. Of the twelve double plates four are folding; the single pl. 79 is also folding.


The text is followed by an Appendix, an index, and list of plates.

Responsibility Note

Anonymously abridged, with minor additions, from J. Dart's The history and antiquities of the Cathedral Church of Canterbury (1726) and F. Drake's Eboracum (1736).

Many plates of Canterbury are signed as engraved by James Cole. Some showing York are signed by draughtsmen, John Haynes, P. Harrison, Gul. Kent, or by engravers, J. Harris, J. Basire, C. du Bosc, G. Vertue or W.H. Toms.


Royal Institute of British Architects British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 1 (1994), no. 23.
ESTC, T61863

Summary Note

The date of 1736 is carried by several plates.


An electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). Microfilm versions were published in 1988 (London: British Library) ) (Neg. PB.Mic.C.8656) and 1986 (Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications).


Acquired between 1769 and 1802. Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

18th-century mottled calf; rebacked in 20th century, spine lettered 'History Of Canterbury And York R.A. 1755'.


Cathedral Church (Canterbury) - York Minster - Architecture, British - Churches - Cathedrals - Sepulchral monuments - Sculpture, British - Great Britain - Canterbury - York - History - Romanesque - Gothic
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


John Dart
John Hildyard, publisher, bookseller
Francis Drake
James Cole, engraver
John Haynes, draughtsman
Peter Harrison, draughtsman
William Kent, draughtsman
J. Harris, engraver
James Basire the elder, engraver
Claude Du Bosc, engraver
George Vertue, engraver
William Henry Toms, engraver