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Phoenix At Coventry: The Building of a Cathedral Basil Spence

Phoenix At Coventry: The Building of a Cathedral - Basil Spence

Geoffrey Bles, 1962, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good - in Poor Dust wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat ruffled, the laminate is lifting in several places, snagged at the head and tail of the spine. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. 3rd Printing. From the cover: “Few large buildings constructed since the war have attracted more criticism, well- or ill-judged, than Coventry Cathedral. The first Cathedral Church of St. Michael was built at the time of the Norman Conquest: The second was destroyed by German bombs in 1940. Sir Basil Spence’s conception is the third to rise like a Phoenix from the ashes; and most people now agree that the selection of so imaginative an architect was indeed right. Here he tells the story of why he had always wanted to build a cathedral above everything else; of the Influences and experiences which moulded his thought (York, Gloucester, the great French Cathedral Albi); of his entering for the competition and his near-failure to submit his design. Then, when it was chosen, the forces of opposition began to arise against so bold a project, largely because it seemed to them too novel, too revolutionary; or perhaps just unexpected..”

Size: 9½" x 6½". Mustard boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 141 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.