Ellacombe, Rev. Henry Thomas.


A Supplement to the “Church Bells of Devon.” [With]: THE CHURCH BELLS OF SOMERSET, To which is added An Olla Podrida of Bell Matters of General Interest. Exeter: Printed for the author 1872-5.
2 works in 1. 4to. x + 362pp. + [ii] + [xii] + 148pp. Port. frontis., 32 plates including 1 in colour, numerous wood engravings. Prelims. frontispiece and title page spotted, some very light marginal browning and occasional spotting, marbled, ex.-libris William Pollard, bound together in half red morocco with marbled boards, rubbed and lightly soiled, corners bumped with sl. wear, raised bands and gilt title to lightly faded and sl. rubbed spine, t.e.g. Henry Thomas Ellacombe [Ellicombe], (1790–1885), campanologist and Church of England clergyman. ‘... His antiquarian interest in church bellringing led to him becoming recognized as possibly the first scholarly campanologist. His Practical Remarks on Belfries and Ringers, first published in 1849 and reaching a fifth edition in 1884, drew on his experience of reforming bellringing at Bitton, and included a description of the ingenious apparatus of chiming hammers that he had introduced there in 1822, at the suggestion of a local workman, to enable one person to chime all the bells in a steeple ... He continued his scholarly contributions to campanology, publishing works on the church bells of Devon (1872), Somerset (1875), and Gloucestershire (1881) ...’
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