Leeds Castle, Kent
London, Nichols and Sons 1869
210p illustrated with 9 vignettes in the text, xxxvi [Appendix in Latin] + 8 mounted sepia photographs, a map and folding pedigree together with a double page facsimile letter. Small folio. Original brown pebbled cloth, repaired at head and base of spine to make good copy. Photographs in very good condition and very bright and crisp. Some scattered foxing to preliminary pages. Dedication copy signed by the author to C L Smith 1871. The castle was repaired in 1822 and again in 1926 so the repairs of 1822 provide the basis of what it looked at in 1869 when this book was published. The photographs show exterior views, chapel and two interior views. The Wykeham Martin family acquired the castle in the early 19th century and were the family who repaired the castle at the time. This is a very good record of the history of the castle and its architectural features, family associations etc. Mr J Cruttenden of Maidstone is recorded as a photographic artist. He exhibited a single photograph of Leeds Castle in an exhibition of The Photographic Society of London in 1861. This was a Collodion print titled, "Entrance to Leeds Castle, Kent, the Seat of C. Wykeham Martin, Esq.". The book itself is listed in Gernsheim's Incunabula as entry number 458, this is a nice example of what is considered to be one of the most complete and important histories and architectural descriptions of Leeds Castle, Kent.