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SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837)
[Description of the house and museum. 1835/6. French]
Description de la maison et du musée situé au nord de la place de Lincoln's Inn Fields, à Londres, demeure du Chevalier Soane, ... Avec illustrations graphiques et details accessoirs.
Londres de l'imprimerie de Levey, Robson, et Franklyn. Cet ouvrage, dont il n'a été tiré que cent exemplaires, n'a pas été mis dans le commerce., [1835/36].
xiv, 103, [1] p., etch. frontis. port., XXXVIII pl. (17 litho., 14 engr., 7 zinco.) : [11] illus. (5 wd-engr., 5 etch., 1 engr.) ; 36.3 cm. (2°)

A total of 100 copies of the French translation of the third edition of Soane's description of his house and collections were printed: 50 were bound separately; 25 were bound first with the English text second; 25 were bound second after the English text (see Soane Case 79, insertion). All copies in the Soane Museum (including those bound after the English text) have Soane's autograph signature in ink on the title-page. The dedication to 'Son Altesse Royale Auguste-Frédéric, Duc De Sussex' is dated 10 September 1835. This is the source of the 1835 date of publication given by most libraries; however, archival sources clearly indicate that the book was in fact published in 1836. The French translation omits the text of the 1833 Act at the end of the English edition (pp. 101--109), after the 'Conclusion', which here is mistakenly dated 'le 10 Décembre, 1833' as opposed to '10 December 1835' in English. The separate catalogue entry for the English text (q.v.) gives further details of the plates and the relation of this work to the 1832 Description (the second in English and the first to be translated into French).

Copy Notes Soane copies 1--11 are French only; copies 12--16 are bound with the letterpress of the English text (q.v., copies 5--9) with the plates in the English version only.
Copy 2: 36.4 cm.
Copy 3: 36.4 cm.
Copy 4: 36.4 cm.
Copy 5: 36.2 cm.
Copy 6: 36.3 cm. Inscribed in ink at the head of the title De la part de l'Auteur, avec ses compliments et amitiés. The name of the addressee [Madame ...?] has been rubbed out.
Copy 7: 36.4 cm. Inscribed in ink at the head of the title De la part de l'Auteur, avec ses compliments. The name of the addressee has been rubbed out.
Copy 8: 36.3 cm. This copy is inscribed on the front free endpaper in George Bailey's hand (i.e. between 1837 and 1860) Drawing Room Table, where it was left out for use by visitors to the museum; and with marginal notes in pencil by A. T. Bolton possibly in preparation for a later guidebook.
Copy 9: 36.3 cm. This copy is inscribed in ink by James Wild on front free endpaper Library Table / 8th. July, 1879.
Copy 10: 36.2 cm. This copy is inscribed in pencil on front free endpaper by Bailey Library Table and in ink by James Wild Breakfast Room / 8th. July, 1879.
Copy 11: 36.6 cm. With two lithographed plates from the 1832 edition (q.v.), pl. 3 and 14, renumbered in pencil and pasted down on blank sheets opposite pages 51 and 58 where the zincographic plates 31 and 32 finally appeared.
Copy 12--16: These copies are bound after the English text (q.v., copies 5--9) and lack the plates which are bound with the English version only.
There are additionally 6 copies in sheets (Mandelbrote Packet 14), all with Soane's autograph signature on the title-page; three without plates, and three with plates, one of which one is imperfect, wanting pl. XXXVI and with a duplicate pl. XXXVII.
Copy 17: In 2002 the Museum purchased the copy of the French and English editions, in a special red and gold binding, which Soane had presented to the Duchess of Parma.

Binding Copies 1--10: C19th quarter maroon morocco; maroon sand-grained cloth boards, blind stamped with scrolled foliate ornament, the front cover gilt-lettered 'Description / De / La Maison Et Du Musée / Du Chevalier Soane, / Architecte.'; spine gilt-stamped with stylized foliate ornament, gilt-lettered 'La Residence Du / Chevalier Soane' with the date '1836'; gilt edges; pale yellow pastedowns and first and last endpapers, two of the plain free-endpapers stamped 'Bound by J. Smith, 49 Long Acre', i.e. John Smith (fl. 1822-1846 and recorded at Long Acre 1832--1846). As a result of being left out for visitors in the Drawing Room, Library and Breakfast Room, the covers and spines of copies 8, 9, and 10 have faded.
Copy 11: Later C19th quarter black sheep, gilt double-ruled spine without spine-label or letterings, black bubble-grained cloth boards, the upper cover gilt-lettered with the title in French as above. sprinkled edges.
Copies 12--14: C19th diced russia, upper and lower covers blind-tooled and gilt-ruled borders; upper cover gilt lettered 'Description / Of The / House And Museum / Of / Sir John Soane / Architect.'; gilt and blind-ruled and tooled spine, gilt lettered 'Sir John Soane's / House / And / Museum / 1836.'; gilt edges; light blue silk bookmarks (lacking in copy 14).
Copies 15--16: C19th brown calf, spine and covers tooled, ruled and lettered as copies 12--14 (copy 9 C20th calf spine). Bound by Edwin Hutchinson.
Copy 17: Bound by J. Smith, in full C19th red morocco, the spine with gilt floral ornament and gilt lettering and date as copies 1--10 above; gilt foliate decoration on upper and lower covers, the upper cover gilt-lettered 'Description / De / La Maison Et Du Musée / Du / Chevalier Soane, / Architecte'; gilt edges.

Reference Number 6621


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