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Essay on the origin, history, and principles of Gothic Architecture. By Sir James Hall, Bart. P.R.S. Edin. [3-line quotation from 'Hist. MS. Glastoniensis Eccles. in Bib. Cott.']

Sir James Hall

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London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. Cleveland-Row, St. James's; for John Murray, Albemarle-Street; J. Taylor, High-Holborn; and W. Blackwood, Edinburgh, 1813

Physical Description

[4], 150p., engr. frontis., LIX engraved plates; 342 mm.

General Note

This publication is a much enlarged version of an essay Hall presented to the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1797 which was first printed in their Transactions (IV:2, 1798, p. 3-27) and subsequently reprinted separately. The engraved frontispiece depicts a miniature Gothic cathedral made by Hall of wicker and drawn by A. Carse.


Inscribed in ink on a front loose endpaper, 'Presented to the Library of the Royal Academy by Mr James Hall, Student. 9th Oct. 1834.' Inscribed in pencil on the Royal Academy of Arts bookplate in a modern hand [N.S.], 'Presented by James Hall (the author's son), ack'd CM, VIII, 1 Nov. 1834'

Binding Note

Spine lettered in gold, 'Sir J. Hall's Essay on Gothic Architecture'.


Architecture, Gothic


Alexander Carse, draughtsman
Henry Le Keux, engraver
John Murray, publisher/bookseller
Josiah Taylor, publisher/bookseller
William Blackwood, publisher/bookseller
W. and D. Lizars (Edinburgh), engraver
W. Bulmer and Company (London), printer