Phoenix at Coventry.
The Building of a Cathedral.
First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to “John Crittall, with my grateful thanks for your contribution to the Cathedral, Basil Spence, Christmas 62” on the title-page. Crittall Windows provided the bronze frame for the engraved-glass nave screen designed by John Hutton. “Spence learned, in August 1951, that he had won the competition to rebuild the cathedral at Coventry which had been reduced to a shell by incendiary bombs in 1940. The competition attracted over 100 entries … By the time Coventry Cathedral was consecrated by the queen in 1962, Basil Spence had become a household name. His cathedral, though orthodox in plan and structurally more theatrical than essential for the needs of gravity, had a modern spirit and one which was distinctly British in character” (ODNB).
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Square octavo. Original yellow-green cloth, titles to spine gilt on black ground, phoenix motif gilt to front cover, patterned endpapers. With the dust jacket. 32 half-tone and 10 colour plates from photographs. Spine-ends very faintly bumped, light foxing to top edge. An excellent copy in the dust jacket with a toned and slightly nicked spine.