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The Cathedral of Courges and Its Place in Gothic Architecture

Branner, Robert; Branner, Shirley Prager (ed.)

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ISBN 10: 0262022761 / ISBN 13: 9780262022767
Published by Architectural History Foundation / MIT Press, New York / Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England, 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Blue cloth; dust jacket; 4to; pp. xxvi, [4], 278, illustrated in b/w throughout, and with 4 folding plates in pocket at rear. Book is fine. Dust jacket rubbed; spine somewhat sunned; faint waterstain on the verso (not visible on the outside). Bookseller Inventory # LD11666

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Title: The Cathedral of Courges and Its Place in ...

Publisher: Architectural History Foundation / MIT Press, New York / Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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Since its original publication in 1963 in French, no work has challenged the authority of Robert Branner's classic study of the Bourges Cathedral. Branner explains and illustrates the importance of this grand cathedral to the development of High Gothic architecture from 1195 to the middle of the 13th century. The present edition retains the author's original, 14 meticulous plans and sections - the only accurate ones available for the cathedral - and adds many new photographs from his own personal archive.

Branner's brilliant analysis of Bourges demonstrates its position and importance in High Gothic architecture and replaces previous classifications of Bourges, as an isolated exception, which obscured its provenance, contribution, and meaning to the medieval world. Comparing Chartres and Bourges as examples of the two kinds of High Gothic, Branner demonstrates that the interpenetration of spaces, structure, and light at Bourges were the work of a great visionary, the Bourges master, whose work influenced Gothic architecture of the period.

The French edition received the 1963 Alice Davis Hitchcock award given by the Society of Architectural Historians for the most distinguished work of scholarship in the history of architecture, This edition is based on Branner's original English text, edited to reflect his later thinking. It includes an updated bibliography by Anne Prache, Université de Paris Sorbonne. An Architectural History Foundation Book.


"Carefully supervised excavations, an exacting study of every detail of the existing monument, an extraordinary knowledge of Gothic in general, and a clarity of logic and interpretation - all coalesce in this distinguished book about one of the supreme monuments of the Middle Ages."
- Whitney Stoddard, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

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