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LIST OF EMBELLISHMENTS TO THE VOLUME.
Those marked thus * are Vignettes, printed with the letter-press.
Page. View of Carfax Church, Oxford
21 Saxon Tomb at Dewsbury, co. York....
38 Tomb formerly in Fordwich Church, Kent
ib. Painting of St. George, in Dartford Church
.. 184 *Mummy of an Egyptian Ibis (three representations)
145, 146 *Signature of Sir Thomas Lunsford
151 View of Crosby Hall, London
240 Ancient Font at Shorne Church, Kent
264 *Unpublished Penny of Eadred
266 Church at Nateley Scures, Hants .....
.. 363 *Sepulchral Crosses at Canterbury and Wensley, co. York.......... 376, 377 Various Fac-similes from Alchuine's Bible.
468 Font at Farningham Church, Kent......
480 *Font at Carden, on the Mosel
588 Architectural parts of the Chapter House of Mendham Priory, Suffolk.... 602 Plan of Mendham Priory, and Paintings there
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