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WILKINS, William (1778--1839)
[Antiquities of Magna Graecia. Prospectus]
Proposals for publishing by subscription The antiqvities of Magna Græcia, dedicated, by permission to the Earl of Moira, by William Wilkins, Jun. M.A. F.A.S. architect, ...
London: printed at the University Press, by Richard Watts; and published by Longman, Hurst, Orme and Rees, London, [1807].
[4] p. ; 28.4 cm. (4°)

Folded half-sheet, conjugate leaf blank. Printer's statement from colophon, p. [2]. The work was intended 'to follow in design the Antiquities of Athens by Stuart and those of Ionia by the Dilettanti Society'. The plates, illustrating Syracuse, Agrigento, Selinunte, Segesta, Paestum and two temples in Malta, were to 'exceed Sixty in number'. Subscriptions were received by the author in Cambridge or by Mr. Taylor at the Architectural Library, High Holborn, half to be paid at the time of subscribing and the remainder on delivery. The price is given as 5 guineas. Despite the assertion that the number of copies would 'not exceed the number of Subscribers', the work was published at 10 guineas (q.v.).

Copy Notes Tipped onto a guard at the front of the published work. Inscribed by Soane in ink on final verso For Adv: to Mr. [Hill?] / 1000 & 1/3 of the / whole [?].

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