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CAMELFORD, Thomas Pitt, Baron (1737--1793)
Narrative and proofs. By Thomas Lord Camelford.
London: printed in the year 1785.
[2], 92, ciii, [1] p. ; 25.9 cm. (4º)

Privately printed. On the charges brought against Lord Camelford in the case between his brother-in-law Captain John Smith and the executors of Mr. Wilkinson. The final page sequence contains the Appendix, nos. I--VIII. Soane met Thomas Pitt in Rome during his grand tour, and Pitt (created Baron Camelford in 1784), himself an amateur architect, went on to become an important patron of Soane, who did work work for him in London at Camelford House (on a site running from Oxford Street to North Row and built in about 1773-4), and on three of his country properties, Petersham Lodge in Surrey (1781), Burnham Westgate Hall in Norfolk (1783) and Boconnoc in Cornwall (1786). ESTC t176102.

Copy Notes Bought at the Lyttelton sale, 1--6 July 1823 (q.v.), 4th day, lot 99, (part, with Walpole's Historic doubts on the life and reign of King Richard the Third, 1768, q.v.; 'Sermons and Tracts' dated 1797; and Wollaston's The religion of nature delineated, 1716, q.v.) for £1 6s. Inscribed in ink on title-page To Mrs. Macartney with Lord Camelford's Compliments. Some errata corrected in ink passim, in the same hand. Thomas Pitt was related to the Lytteltons through his mother. Soane had made alterations to Macartney House in 1802--1809 for George Fulke Lyttleton (later 2nd Baron Lyttelton, succeed by his half-brother William Henry Lyttleton in 1828), including the refurbishment of the Library, the finest of Soane's surviving country house libraries. See Ptolemy Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, pp. [114]--123.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, thin-thick-thin gilt-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine, black morocco spine-label, light blue silk bookmark, marbled end-papers.

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