London: Henry Sotheran, 1880. First edition. A series of beautiful, large-scale illustrations from drawings of religious tapestries, many of which are not on public display. Binding extremities lightly worn, hinges cracking but sound. Light foxing, as usual. A very good, bright copy. Original taupe pebbled cloth, gilt decoration and lettering on upper cover, gilt-ruled spine, lower cover decoratively stamped in blind. Folio. Thirty color plates, each with an accompanying page of text. Item #16435
William Butterfield (1814-1900), the Victorian Gothic revival architect, suggested that Mary Barber write this book because of her extensive knowledge of the subject. Her mission was to draw attention to the techniques and colour combinations of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in connection with the contemporary restoration of churches. She died before the book was to be published, and Butterfield saw it through the press.