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A good collection of seven of its influential publications, published during its early period, 1841-1843, before it became known as the Ecclesiological Society.
Seven works in six volumes, all in fine condition carefully rebound recently in boards with printed title labels. The collection comprises: 1. A few words to Churchwardens on churches and church ornaments. No.I. Suited to country parishes. Published by the Cambridge Camden Society. ..... Tenth edition. With new corrections and additions.> C.U.P. 1841. 8vo., 16pp. 2. A few words to Churchwardens on churches and church ornaments. No.II. Suited to town and manufacturing parishes. Published by the Cambridge Camden Society.> C.U.P. 1841. 8vo., 24pp. 3. A few words to Church builders with an appendix containing lists of windows fonts and roodscreens intended to serve as models. Published by the Cambridge Camden Society. ..... Second edition corrected and revised.> C.U.P. 1842. 8vo., 54pp. 4. The history of pews. A paper read before the Cambridge Camden Society on Monday November 22 1842 with an appendix containing a report presented to the Society on the statistics of pews on Monday December 6 1841. ..... Second edition with additions.> C.U.P., 1842. 8vo., 60pp., + tipped-in errata slip. 5. A few hints on the practical study of ecclesiastical antiquities, for the use of the Cambridge Camden Society. Third edition.> C.U.P., 1842. 8vo., 45 + (1)pp. 6. Church enlargement and Church arrangement. ..... Published by the Cambridge Camden Society.> C.U.P., 1843. 8vo., 19 + (1)pp. 7. A few words to the Parish clerks and sextons of country parishes. Published by the Cambridge Camden Society. Second edition.> C.U.P., 1843. 8vo., 11 + (1)pp. The Cambridge Camden Society, later known as the Ecclesiological Society from 1845 when it moved to London, was a learned architectural society founded in 1839 by undergraduates at Cambridge University to promote 'the study of Gothic Architecture, and of Ecclesiastical Antiques.' Its activities would come to include publishing a monthly journal, The Ecclesiologist,> advising church builders on their blueprints, and advocating a return to a medieval style of church architecture in England. At its peak influence in the 1840s, the Society counted over 700 members in its ranks, including bishops of the Church of England, deans at Cambridge University, and Members of Parliament. The Society and its publications enjoyed wide influence over the design of English churches throughout the 19th century. During its twenty-year span, the Cambridge Camden Society and its journal influenced virtually every aspect of the Anglican Church and almost single-handedly reinvented the architectural design of the parish church. The group was responsible for launching some of the first earnest investigations of medieval church design and through its publications invented and shaped the 'science' of ecclesiology. Throughout its lifetime, all of the Society's actions had one goal: to return the Church and churches of England to the religious splendour it saw in the Middle Ages. The Cambridge Camden Society held tremendous influence in the architectural and ecclesiastical worlds because of the success of this argument: that the corruption and ugliness of the 19th century could be escaped by the earnest attempt to recapture the piety and beauty of the Middle Ages. The society was re-established as the St Paul's Ecclesiological Society in 1879. The society reverted its old title of The Ecclesiological Society in 1937. [Adapted from the entry in Wikipedia].
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