STANHOPE, Walter. Monastic London. An Analytical Sketch of the Monks and Monasteries within the Metropolitan Area During the Centuries 1200 to 1600. London: Remington & Co., 1887.
8vo, Navy pebble-grain cloth, backstrip lettered in gilt; pp. [vii], 8-169, [iii]; slight shelf-lean, with rubbing and wear to outer edges and bumping to head and foot of spine; some patches of light discolouration; else a very nice copy, with very little marking to the internal pages.
An interesting little work on the History of Monastic life in London, where the author attempts to document a "vivid account of cloistral existence" before "the manners, customs, beliefs, convictions and desires" are lost to "the advent of those heralding the future." Little could Stanhope see, back in 1887, how his predictions would become reality, with the numbers of monks in the United Kingdom currently in the low thousands.
Surprisingly scarce, with only a handful of copies located in institutions worldwide.