BRANNON, Philip [1816-1890].
Title The Stranger's Guide and Pleasure Visitor's Companion to Netley Abbey, Containing a Succinct History of the Building; Giving the Fullest Directions for Examining every part of the Ruin; Pointing out Distinctly the Former Uses of the Apartments, and Clearly Explaining the Architectural Features. Being Completely Adapted as a Pocket Guide, Equally to the Pleasure Tourist and the ArchŠological Enquirer.
Book Condition Fine
Publisher Southampton, Printed for and Published by W. Sharland:, (1850) [circa 1860]. 0
Seller ID 2779
Fourth edition. Small foolscap 8vo., (15.7 cm), pp viii, 66 (last page browned), and with an engraved frontispiece (slightly shaved with loss of 2 small letters) of Netley Abbey by Brannon, as well as an additional engraved title-page illustrating the Mortuary Chapel. Other engravings of Netley Abbey Hotel; Plan of Netley Abbey, Precinct &c.; Netley Abbey Church West Window; and one of the The Great East Window. Slate blue binders pebble cloth with gilt spine title. Neat label of G. Gawte, Binder, Southampton on front paste-down. A very good copy. A rare guide. Published at two shiilings with the set of views, one shilling without. The British Library holds copies of the 1st and 2nd editions and Southampton has a copy of the 3rd. The present cataloguer has been unable to trace a copy of this issue with the additional plates. 'The Abbey, from which the village got its name, is the most complete Cistercian monastery in Southern England. It originated when a colony of monks of the Cistercian Order crossed Southampton Water from Beaulieu to establish a new religious house at Netley in 1239. Founded by Peter des Roche, Bishop of Winchester, and officially named St.Mary of Edwardsto (Sanctae Mariae de Loco Sancti Edwardi), the Abbey was under the patronage of Henry 111, whose name appears on the foundation stone at the base of the north east crossing tower. It was probably built by the King's Mason, who also constructed Westminster Abbey. Monastic life continued for three centuries at the Abbey, until its dissolution by Henry V111 in 1536'. www.netleyabbey.info/Netley.
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