Title: The Churches of The City of London
Author: Herbert Reynolds
Illustrator: Herbert Reynolds
Year: 1922 (First Edition)
Publisher: The Bodley Head Limited
Book Condition: Fair
Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Description: An extremely rare book, concisely describing the history of each of the 56 churches within the historic City of London. In some cases even the cost of construction is given and shows just how drastically the value of sterling has changed over the last 350 years – for example, in 1676 the church of St. Stephen in Walbrook was erected for £7,652! Also contains a list of the 86 churches destroyed in the Great Fire and those which were rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren and subsequently demolished in the 1800s. Eleven of the churches, which were still extant at the time of writing, have since been torn down or remain only in part.
Fifty-four churches are accompanied by an excellent b&w illustration of their steeple. There is also a b&w frontispiece of St. Paul's Cathedral.
Red cloth boards have faded to pink. White rectangular mark (1½ cm × 2 cm) on front cover. Spine bumped, faded, and split where it meets the front cover, but gilded text thereon remains fully intact. Rough-cut pages are heavily foxed. Previous owner has signed their name on the title page. Binding is sound.
Measures 19 cm × 13 cm (7.6″ × 5.2″). Large 12mo. 250 pp.