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PARKER AND CO.
6 SOUTHAMPTON-STREET, STRAND, LONDON;

AND BROAD-STREET, OXFORD.

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LEMSSD COLLEGE LITTRAV

HE SPZY OF
PROF GERMAN

OCT, 20, 1933

Printed by Parker and Co., Crown Vard, Orford.

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PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.

THIS little work was originally written as part of

a series of Elementary Lectures recommended by the Committee of the Oxford Architectural Society to be delivered to the junior Members of the Society, in the spring of 1849. They were considered useful and interesting by those who heard them, and as it was thought they might be equally so to others who had not the same opportunity, the President, in the name of the Society, requested the author to publish them. Mr. Winston's admirable Introduction to the Study of Painted Glass formed part of the same series of Elementary Lectures, and has also been published under the same auspices.

The distinction between “plate tracery” and “bar tracery” was first clearly pointed out, and these names applied to them, by Professor Willis at the meeting of the Archæological Institute at Salisbury in August, 1849. This distinction is of so much importance in the history of architecture, and these names are so expressive, that when once pointed out it was impossible to avoid making use of them.

The chapter on French Gothic is chiefly the result of observations made on a tour in the central part of

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