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SOANE, Sir John (1753--1837)
Plans, elevations, and perspective views, of Pitzhanger Manor-House, and of the ruins of an edifice of Roman architecture, situated on the border of Ealing Green, with a description of the manor-house, formerly the residence of the author of this work. To which is added, memoirs of his family, and his own professional life. Etc. etc. etc. In letters to a friend, from 1802 to 1832.
London: J. Moyes, 1833.
[4], 42, [2] p. ; 30.5 cm. (4°)

The half-title and pages [3]--8 are identical to the separate issue or printing of the description of Pitzhanger with an undated title-page reading Plans, elevations, ... of Pitzhanger ... with a description of the ancient and present state of the manor-house, in a letter to a friend. 1802. (q.v.), eight copies of which are bound in composite volumes with the French translation (q.v.) and with the 1832 Description of the house and museum in French (q.v.) and in English (q.v.). Pages 9 to 42 contain the 'Memoirs' called for in the title-page as above. This section ends as if it was a letter and is dated 'June, 1832', and is followed by an unpaginated leaf of 'Extracts respecting my Son George, from a Pamphlet entitled "Facts and Results relating to the Conduct of Mr. George Soane, and his Connexion with the Family of Mr. James Boaden."' Prefixed to the half-title is a printed notice in which Soane stated that it was Louis Philippe's recollections of Pitzhanger that encouraged him to revise his manuscript description begun in 1802 and to print a few copies with lithographic embellishments, concluding: 'Fifty impressions have been taken off, of which the following is a copy.' However, the bibliographic history of this version of Pitzhanger is far from clear. Bianca de Divitiis ('Plans, Elevations and Perspective Views of Pitzhanger Manor-House', Georgian Group Journal, vol. XIV, 2004, p. 70) regards the present version, which survives as a single copy in a composite volume assembled by A.T. Bolton in 1919 and is prefixed with a blank leaf or wrapper inscribed in ink by Soane Wed. 13 Feb: 1833, as a second, expanded edition of the 8-page version. A bill from James Moyes records the printing of 55 copies of 'Account of Pitzhanger Manor House' on 30 October 1832. (Archives 7/17/4). That version of the work, however, is described as six and a half sheets of royal quarto [i.e. 26 leaves], and the other items listed on the bill include cancelling the title and two pages, and printing titles to the 'portion relating to Mr. John Soane' and the 'portion relating to Mr. George Soane', suggesting that the work as originally envisaged and printed was to include the history of his family disappointments, and that the surviving copies of pages [1]--8 only were detached later for prefixing to copies of the description of the Museum. In this case, the present version of Pitzhanger may in fact represent a preliminary version rather than the 'second edition' described by De Divitiis. Possibly supporting this revised account is a bill from Edwin Hutchinson for binding '"Memoirs" Pitzhanger &c' in boards dated 13 November 1832. (Archives 7/17/19).

Copy Notes Bound (5) in a composite volume bound by A.T. Bolton for the use of the curators of Sir John Soane's Museum, May 1919. The text is followed by a copy of the 'Appendix' (pp. [31]--56) from the 1830 'edition' of the description of the Museum (q.v.).

Binding C20th half red calf, marbled-paper boards, the spine gilt-ruled and gilt-lettered 'Sir John Soane Memoirs &c.'

Reference Number 6600


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