Oxford University Press, 1957, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Very Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Fair, First Edition
This is the first book to be devoted entirely to the plate of the churches of England and Wales. Hitherto the subject has been treated summarily in the general works on English silver by Cripps, Jackson and Watts, or sectionally in books or periodicals dealing with the plate of individual counties or dioceses. Mr. Oman's book deals with the subject both from the artistic and from the historical points of view. Besides tracing the evolution of the various types of vessel, he studies the relations between the churches and the goldsmiths, estimates the amount of plate which an average church might be expected to possess at a given date, and details the process by which most of the treasures of the medieval churches were destroyed or refashioned in the sixteenth century. Mr. Oman does not only deal with the wealth of plate acquired by the Church of England during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries but breaks new ground by giving the first account ever attempted of the plate made for the Catholic Recusants during the penal period. The two hundred b/w. photo. plates illustrate pieces scattered widely over the counties of England and Wales and the Channel Islands. A number of English medieval pieces which have found their way abroad are also included. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 326 pages. Dust Jacket has small chunk missing at top back edge, but is otherwise intact, with both flaps & now protected in archive acetate film . Dust Jacket price-clipped. Previous owner's inscription in ink, neat, on f.e.p.. Gilt titles spine. illustrated by b/w. photo's.. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 kilos. Category: Art & Design; Metalwork; History; Silver & Gold; England; Antiques & Collectibles. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 2714.