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Parentalia: or, Memoirs of the Family of the Wrens; viz. of Mathew [sic] Bishop of Ely, Christopher Dean of Windsor, but chiefly of Sir Christopher Wren Late Surveyor of the Royal Buildings…

( Sir Christopher WREN ) WREN, Christopher


Published: Printed for T. Osborn in Gray's-Inn; and R. Dodsley in Pall-Mall, 1750

Stock code: 47115

Price: £5,240.00

THIS COPY WAS FORMERLY IN THE LIBRARY OF THE MARQUESS OF ORMONDE AND OSSORY AND BEARS HIS FINE ENGRAVED ARMORIAL BOOKPLATE ON FRONT PASTE-DOWN. With the 'Directions to Bookbinder' leaf (which is sometimes missing) and several relevant cuttings loosely inserted. The plates are by Thorowgood, Vandergucht and Mynde. One of the earliest biographies of Sir Christopner Wren, and a primary source of information about his life and works, Parentalia was compiled originally by his son Christopher who, however, died before the work was finished; it was subsequently completed and published published by Wren's grandson Stephen. As a biography of an English architect, the work is preceded only by the account of Inigo Jones prefixed to the second edition of 'Stoneheng Restor'd' (1725). EXTREMELY SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION. Thomson, p.182.