Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo and William Morris met through their involvement in the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. This book was published to increase appreciation for the work of seventeenth-century architect Christopher Wren, but it was the title-page that caused the greatest stir. The print on the cover show sinuous, undulating leaves and flowers through which a streamer bearing the title winds, it is flanked at either side by the attenuated form of a peacock.

This edition is smaller edition is in the octavo format and does not feature the Century Guild's stamp which is seen on the front cover of the larger, quarto editions.


  • Title: Small paper edition of 'Wren's City Churches'
  • Creator: Century Guild, Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, George Allen, Hazell, Watson & Viney Ltd.
  • Date Created: 1883
  • Type: book
  • Rights: © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Physical Dimensions: 24 x 17.3 cm
  • Object Number: K935
  • Medium: paper
  • Credit line: Miss E.M. Pugh Bequest, 1963

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