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Cruck Building: A Survey, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 11

Alcock, Nat, Barnwell P. S.and Cherry, Martin Donnington: Shaun Tyas, 2019. A Fine new copy. 416 pp. Crucks are principal timbers spanning from the ground to the roof apex (in the case of ‘full’ crucks), a significant component of vernacular architecture in Britain. More than 4,000 such buildings survive today, including cottages, farmhouses, manor houses, barns great and small, and even a few churches, with dates ranging from 1262 to 1742. This book has evolved from a conference held at Rewley House, Oxford, in 2017, which reviewed our knowledge of cruck construction, last surveyed in 1981. The book covers the whole of Britain though there are references to crucks in Ireland and mainland Europe. There are fifteen essays by leading architectural historians of the vernacular, the editors contributing to more than one paper, some providing conceptual overviews of construction methods, definitions, trees and documentation. The contributors are Nat Alcock, Daniel Miles, Mark Gardiner, Bob Meeson, Nick Hill (on the East Midlands), Martin Roberts (on Northern England and Yorkshire), Peter Messenger (on Cumbria), Duncan James (on the Welsh March or West Midlands), John R. L. Thorp (on Devon), Richard Suggett (on Wales), Piers Dixon (on Scotland), Martin Cherry, Peter Thompson, and P. S. Barnwell. This wonderful book is heavily illustrated with over 400 photographs, fantastic technical diagrams, all to scale, and revelatory distribution maps. . First. Hardback. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall.
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Precious Caskets: The Friendship Between T.E. Lawrence & William McCance

Knowles, Richard, Denby Dale: The Fleece Press, 2001. This is the intriguing story of the friendship between the wood-engraver, painter and typographer William McCance and the celebrated T.E. Lawrence. The book details the involvement of McCance in the choice of binders for the subscribers' edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, including a facsimile of a notebook compiled by McCance on suitable book binders that he visited. The book also details the later contact with regard to the Gregynog Press and the printing of Sir Robert Vansittart's "The Singing Caravan". The book is illustrated with a wood engraving designed by William McCance and engraved by his wife Agnes Miller Parker, it includes tipped in photographs and illustrations of the bindings of Seven Pillars some in full colour. The text is by Richard Knowles and incorporates the correspondence between the two men. Much very interesting material on Lawrence's interest in fine printing, great books and his (never realised) dream to run a private press, including a separate booklet with a facsimile record of McCance's notes on bindings, and a facsimile cheque from Lawrence to C & C McLeish (signed as 'J H Ross'). A significant contribution to our knowledge of the binding of the 1926 Seven Pillars. Printed letterpress in the inimitable manner of Simon Lawrence at his Fleece Press the volume complements his other T.E. Lawrence productions. One of just 240 copies. With prospectus and letter from the publisher (unsigned) laid into front.. Signed by the Author. Limited. Hardback. Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. Limited Edition.