London: John Van Voorst, 1849. First edition. Cloth over Boards. Octavo, pp. xii, 111, indexed, illustrated with b/w woodcuts and steel engravings, including several folding plates. Very Good, but mild ex-library. Item #21555
Sharpe was an architect and architectural historian, and his main focus was churches. He was a pioneer in the use of terra cotta as a structural material in church buildings. He studied and wrote about ecclesiastical architecture throughout his adult life, both sketching and measuring historical churches and ruins. This volume on the decorated window was praised by art critic John Ruskin. A scarce and desirable book for those interested in English windows.