Some Account Of The Abbey Church Of St. Alban. Illustrative Of The Plans, Elevations, And Sections Of That Building.

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Variant Title

Plans, Elevations, Sections And Specimens Of The Architecture And Ornaments Of The Abbey Church At St. Albans.


London:: Printed By Nichols, Son, And Bentley, Red Lion Passage, Fleet Street., 1813.

Physical Description

[2], 20, 7, [1] p., XIX pl. (incl. add. engr. and 3 dble. pl.); 649 mm.

General Note

The dble. pl. are II, IV, V. In some copies plate I (added engr. t.-pl.) is bound in before the title-page.


[T.p.] - Advertisement - Observations On The Abbey Church Of St. Alban - Plans, Elevations, Sections, And Specimens, Of The Architecture And Ornaments, Of Abbey Church Of St. Alban. By J. Carter, Architect. Plate I. (-XIX.) - [Pl. I. (add. engr.] - [Pl. II-XIX].

Responsibility Note

According to the Advertisement the plates were engraved after Carter's drawings at Richard Gough's expense, and are accompanied by accounts by both men. The work was supervised by Sir Henry Englefield, and Gough's notes were completed by James Brown and John Nichols.

All plates are signed as drawn by John Carter and engraved by James Basire.

Each carries the publisher's imprint of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

The imprint of 'Nichols, Son, and Bentley, Printers' is repeated at the foot of the last page of text.


Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 4 (2001), no. 3110.

Summary Note

The added engraved title-plate (plate I) reads, 'Plans, Elevations, Sections and Specimens of the Architecture and Ornaments of the Abbey Church at St. Albans.' This and all other plates carry the date of 23rd April 1810.

The plates show Romanesque and Gothic features of the building.

Binding Note

20th-century half green morocco, green cloth-covered boards; gilt-decorated spine lettered 'The Cathedrals Of Exeter, Bath, Durham, Gloucester & St. Albans. R.A. 1797-1817'. Bound with four others.


Architecture - Churches - Cathedrals - Great Britain - Hertfordshire - St. Albans - History - Romanesque - Gothic
Plans - Elevations - Sections - 19th century
Pictorial works - 19th century