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Early Christian Symbolism in Great Britain and Ireland - Romilly Allen (1st edn)


Early Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Christian iconography, mainly sculptural, was the subject of scholar Romilly Allen's 1885 lecture series, and this book was the result. It is a first edition, dated 1887, and the essays contained are iconic and illustrative. Allen's writing style is precise, showing a life of research of a mind profoundly focussed, closely attentive, and meticulously careful. He takes the reader into the detail of Irish high crosses, chi-rho pillar stones, symbols of the four evangelists, and more. In the later essays, he goes into the details of the iconography of the sculptural work found in the 12th-century cathedrals in Ireland, Wales and England. A beautiful work in a handsome first edition.


Publication. Early Christian Symbolism In Great Britain and Ireland Before the Thirteenth Century. J. Romilly Allen. London: Whiting and Co, 1887. First Edition. 9” x 6” 408pp.


Volume and condition. Bound in publisher's original burgundy cloth, lavishly titled and decorated in gilt to the spine and front board. Some light wear and tear to the spine of the book, most notably some fading to the cloth and gilt, and bumping to the spine ends. Internally clean and bright with a Maidstone Museum Library presentation label to the front pastedown. Illustrated throughout. A clean and handsome copy of a rather scarce collection of the Rhind Archaeological Lectures by J. Romilly Allen for 1885.