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An Historical Essay On Architecture. By The Late Thomas Hope. Illustrated From Drawings Made By Him In Italy And Germany. Vol. I. (II. Illustrations.) - Third Edition. -

Thomas Hope

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: John Murray, Albemarle Street,, 1840.

Physical Description

2 vols.; 253 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I: xx, 525, [1] p. - Vol. II: xii p., 97 [i.e. 99]pl. (There are bis pl. 44, 49, as called-for in the List Of Plates.)


Vol. I: [Half-t., t.p.] - [Note] - Contents - [Text]; [colophon] - General Index - Errata Et Corrigenda. - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.p.] - List Of Plates - Alphabetical List Of Places ... - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The introductory note is by Thomas Hope's son (p. xi), i.e. Henry Thomas Hope. The analytical index had been compiled by Edward Cresy (1836). No plate is signed. Each carries the publisher's imprint of John Murray and the date. The printer is named on the title-page versos and in the colophon of Volume I: 'London: Printed By Stewart And Murray, Old Bailey.'


Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early Printed Books, v. 2 (1995), no. 1545, p.814. D. Watkin, The Rise of architectural history (1980); T. Cocke, 'Pre-19th-century attitudes in England to Romanesque architecture', in Journal Brit. Archaeol. Assoc., n.s. 2: 36 (1973), p.72-97.

Summary Note

The first two editions had both been published in 1835, and the publication-date of 1835 is carried by all plates. This third edition incorporates the Analytical Index which had first been published separately in 1836. Although Thomas Hope is chiefly associated with the Greek Revival movement, this essay exemplifies the growing interest in Romanesque architecture - or 'Rundbogenstil' as it was called in Germany. Most plates show Romanesque architecture of Italy and Germany. They conclude by showing examples of Gothic. A French translation was published in 1839; an Italian one, in 1840.


Ordered to be purchased for the Library at a meeting of the RA Council on 16 November 1841 (RA Council Minutes, IX, 210).

Binding Note

19th-century black cloth, upper and lower covers decorated in blind; spines lettered 'Hope On Architecture (Plates)' and 'London John Murray.'


Architecture - Europe - Italy - Germany - History - Romanesque - Gothic
Art history - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century