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The Anglican Cathedral Church of Saint James Mount Zion Jerusalem. By J.W. Johns Archt.

James Wood Johns

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London.: Published For The Author, 63 Gt. Marylebone Str. Portland Pla. By Duncan And Malcolm, Paternoster Row & To Be Had At Weales Architectural Library, High Holborn,, Bell & Bradfute,, Edinburgh,: Currie And Co., Dublin.: (1844)

Physical Description

[2], 15, [1] p., [6] pl. (incl. frontis., t.pl.); 470 mm.

General Note

Apart from Plate 1 (= frontis.) the plates carry no numbers, but are numbered 1-6 in the list 'Illustrations' and in the account 'The Illustrations'.


[Frontis. (= pl.1), t.pl.] - Preface - Illustrations; Contents - Introduction - [Text, with 4 pl.] - The illustrations; Errata.

Responsibility Note

Plates 1 (frontis.), [3] and [4] are signed as by I.W. Johns Archt. Plates 1, [2, 4, 5] are signed 'Griffiths Patent on steel (22 George Street, New Road)'; pl. [3] as lithographed by Standidge & Co. London; pl. [6] as lithographed by C.H. Fairland Bridgewater Sqr. London.

The text printer is named at the foot of the table of 'Contents': 'Henry Mitchener, Printer, 3, Edward Street, Hapstead Road.'

The Royal Academy's copy carries an extra dedicatory leaf, printed with the statement that 'This Copy' is dedicated by the Author to the President, Academicians and Associates of the Royal Academy 'at the termination of his studentship, and in grateful remembrance of the benefits he has received'.


Y. Perry, British mission to the Jews in nineteenth-century Palestine (2002).

Summary Note

The title-plate gives no publication-date; but the Preface gives that of March 1844 (which also appears on the upper and lower covers).

This an account of the Gothic-Revival church which J.W. Johns designed in 1841 for the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews, to be the first Reformed-Church cathedral in Jerusalem. Johns was dismissed in the winter of 1842-3, but his work was continued by the architect Matthew Habershon, and the building was dedicated, as Christ Church, in 1849. (A new Anglican cathedral, dedicated to St. George, was consecrated in 1899.)

The text is in three sections, 'The Anglican Cathedral Church Of Saint James', 'Entry Of The English Bishop Into Jerusalem' [this refers to Bishop Michael Solomon Alexander, a Jewish convert of Prussian citizenship] and 'Laying The Foundation Stone'.

Most plates are captioned, and show: 1.(=frontis.) 'View Looking South East'; [2](= title-plate) 'Entry Of The Anglican Bishop Into Jerusalem January XXI MDCCCXLII'; [3] 'Ground Plan'; [4] 'Interior Looking East'; [5] six views of the church in course of construction; [6] 'Inscription Roll Laid In The Foundation Stone'. All plates except the ground plan are printed in color.

Copy Note

An extra dedicatory leaf is bound in before the frontispiece.

Binding Note

Half black morocco, red cloth-covered boards, upper and lower covers carrying black morocco panel centre, gilt-stamped with episcopal arms within a star-of-David and a circlet lettered 'The Anglican Cathedral Church Of Saint James Mount Zion Jerusalem. By J.W. Johns. Architect. London 1844.'

Name as Subject


Architecture - Churches - Cathedrals - Israel - Palestine - Holy Land - Jerusalem - History - 19th century - Gothic Revival
Missions - Jerusalem - Israel - Palestine - Holy Land - History - 19th century
British - Jerusalem - Israel - Palestine - Holy Land - 19th century
Views - Plans - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Lithographs - Chromolithographs - Colour printing - Bindings - Armorial bindings - Great Britain - 19th century


John Weale, bookseller
James Wood Johns, draughtsman, previous owner, donor
Griffiths, intaglio printer
William Standidge, lithographic printer
Charles Henry Fairland, lithographic printer
Henry Mitchener, printer
Duncan and Malcolm (London), publisher
Architectural Library (London), bookseller
Bell and Bradfute (Edinburgh), bookseller
Currie and Company (Dublin), bookseller
Royal Academy of Arts (London), dedicatee
Standidge and Company (London), lithographic printer