Contrasts: or, a parallel between the noble edifices of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and similar buildings of the present day; shewing the present decay of taste. Accompanied by appropriate text

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (English, 1812–1852), Printed by James Moyes


Overall: 30.2 x 24.1 x 1.3 cm (11 7/8 x 9 1/2 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book

Not On View


Illustrated books

(London, printed for the Author and published by him, at St. Marie’s Grange, near Salisbury, Wilts., 1836); letterpress with title page printed in red and black; preliminary plate and 13 etched plates.


Original bookseller's ticket on u.c. of front pastedown: Andrew Rutherglen, Glasgow; 19th-century bookplate of John Tennant; modern bookplate of the architectural historian Gavin Stamp


About 1835, Andrew Rutherglen Bookseller, Glasgow [see note 1]. 19th century, John Tennant (b. 1796 – d. 1878), Glasgow [see note 2]. By 2015, sold by Gavin Stamp, London, to Hugh Pagan Ltd. Antiquarian Bookdealers, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England; June 2015, sold by Hugh Pagan to Charles Wood (dealer), Cambridge, MA; 2016, sold by Charles Wood to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 28, 2016)

NOTES: [1] His label is on the inside cover of the book. [2] The book bears his bookplate.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund