London: John Weale, 1841. First edition. Cloth over Boards, Gilt decoration. Small quarto, pp. 68 plus 10 plates on heavy card stock including frontispiece. Frontispiece is a print of an engraving with colored text, title page is colored, decorated and illustrated, leaves have a decorative border and full gilt edges. Good; 0.5" damage to top and bottom of backstrip, heavy corner wear to covers, some light foxing and soiling. Item #20617
The author first laid down firm principles for the Victorian Gothic Revival with these lectures. Architecture, he held, should be honest in its expression. Every feature of a building should be essential to its proper functioning and construction, and every feature of this construction should be frankly expressed. Architecture was to be judged by the highest standards of morality. Such concepts are a part of Pugin's French heritage; they were commonplace in 18th century France, but Pugin's ideals came as a revelation to British architects and gave the Gothic Revival a wholly new seriousness of purpose. Very scarce true first edition, the first time we've been able to offer it, with lovely engraved plates of details including ornamentally carved stone, wrought iron, iron tracery, grates, grills, gates, arches, etc.