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BUSBY, Charles Augustin (1786--1834)
West elevations, of the intended churches at Leeds, and Oldham, unanimously approved by the local committees acting under authority from His Majesty's Commissioners for building additional churches. A.D. 1821. C.A. Busby, architect, office, No. 18, London Street, Fitzroy Square. ...
[London]: J. Johnson, printer, Apollo Press, Brook Street, Holborn, [1822].
[4] p. : [2] wd-engr. illus. ; 44.7 cm. (2º)

Drop-head title. Imprint from foot of p. [3]. A broadside issued by Busby after his designs for churches at Leeds (Quarry Hill) and Oldham, produced while he was employed in the office of Francis Goodwin who had solicited more commissions for churches from local committees than permitted, had been rejected on structural grounds. Includes 'A Statement Of The Proceedings ... In Relation To The Intended Churches At Leeds, And Oldham, 1821, 1822' and testimonials as to the designs' soundness by eight engineers dated September 1821. Busby had previously sent copies of the Commissioners' report and of the testimonials to Soane as appears from a letter dated 1 January 1822, announcing his intention to publish the details for the sake of professional justification if he could not obtain any other redress. (Priv. Corr. I.B.23.6--8). The illustrations of the west elevations of the proposed churches are 'Engraved on Wood, by H. White, 15, St. John's Lane'. Despite the pleas of 'The despairing Parishes', the Commissioners remained obdurate. See Howard Colvin, A biographical dictionary of British architects 1699--1840, 4th ed. (New Haven and London 2008), p. 204. The final page includes advertisements dated February 1822 for Busby's proposed work to be published by subscription on the state prisons and penitentiaries of the United States of America and for his 'Recently Published' print of the suspended wooden bridge across the Delaware at Trenton ('This structure far surpasses the famous Bridge of Schaffhausen, destroyed by the French, during the late War'), and a testimonial dated January 1822 for Busby's 'Hydraulic Orrery' signed by six engineers. Busby had previously written to Soane on 20 June and 2 July 1821 regarding his intention to publish the print of the bridge, with an offer to show him the original drawings and in hopes of Soane's name appearing at the head of the subscribers. (Priv. Corr. I.B.23.4,5).

Copy Notes Folded as an envelope and addressed in ink in the space provided on p. [4] under the printed heading 'Relating to the Business of His Majesty's Commissioners for Building additional Churches' to John Soane Esqr R.A. / &c &c &c / Lincolns Inn Fields. An ALs dated 1 January 1822. (Priv. Corr. I.B.23.6).

Binding Folded paper.

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