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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 ancient and present state of the manor-house, in a letter to a friend. 1802.
London: J. Moyes, [1833].
[2], 8 p., XII litho. pl. ; 30.2 cm. (royal 4°)

Soane began working on his description of Pitzhanger, which he had sold in 1810, shortly after it was again sold in June 1832 (sale particulars, q.v.) and the resulting slim volume was privately printed later that year for distribution to select individuals. All eight copies in the Soane are bound after the French translation (q.v.) and together with the Description de la maison et du musée au côté nord de Lincoln's Inn Fields, 1832 in French (q.v.) and English (q.v.). Although the French and English texts contain references to the twelve plates, the plates in the Soane copies are bound only with the French translation. There are no signatures and the French and English versions could thus be distributed separately. The plates were drawn by Charles James Richardson and lithographed by Charles Ingrey. According to Bianca de Divitiis ('Plans, Elevations and Perspective Views of Pitzhanger Manor-House', Georgian Group Journal, vol. XIV, 2004, p. 70), Soane regarded Pitzhanger 'not only as a statement of his professional and social achievements but also as part of a deliberate strategy for his family.'. It marks a change from his earlier publications focused on his professional activities to more personal works and family matters. However, the bibliographic history of the text is not entirely clear. 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). This version of the work consisted of 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 pages [1]--8 were later detached for prefixing to copies of the description of the Museum. In this case, the copy of Plans, elevations, ... of Pitzhanger ... To which is added, Memoirs of his family, and his own professional life ..., 1833 (q.v.), with identical half-title and pp. [3]--8 but the text continuing from p. 9 with the 'Memoirs' called for on the variant title-page, may represent a preliminary version of the present issue (which, unlike the extended version, is not signed as a letter at the end) rather than the 'second edition' described by De Divitiis. In a leaf prefixed to the extended version Soane states that only 'Fifty impressions have been taken off, ...', and that it was the recollections of Pitzhanger of Louis Philippe, who lived in exile in Ealing when he was Duc d'Orléans, that encouraged him to revise his manuscript description begun in 1802, but the authenticity of these claims cannot be verified.


Copy Notes Copy 1: Bound (2) after the description of Pitzhanger in French and before the description of the Museum in French and English, and with one set only of the plates, bound with the French text; see general note above.
Copy 2: 29.9 cm. As copy 1.
Copy 3: 29.9 cm. As copy 1.
Copy 4: 29.8 cm. As copy 1.
Copy 5: 29.8 cm. As copy 1.
Copy 6: 29.8 cm. As copy 1.
Copy 7: 29.7 cm. As copy 1.
Copy 8: 30.1 cm. As copy 1.

Binding Copies 1--5: Original C19th full calf, blind-tooled and double gilt-ruled borders, front cover gilt-lettered 'Description / Du Domaine De Pitzhanger / Et De La Maison / Et Du Musée / Lincoln's Inn Fields'; gilt double-ruled spine, gilt-lettered at foot 'Londres/ 1833', with two maroon calf spine-labels gilt-lettered 'Domaine / De / Pitzhanger' and 'La Maison / Et Du / Musée / Lincolns Inn / Fields'. A bill from Edwin Hutchinson records the binding of one copy of the Description and Pitzhanger in calf, lettered for 6s. 6d. on 22 April 1832, and another copy of 'Pitzhanger' for 5s. on 30 April 1832; however, the latter item may relate to an untraced copy of Pitzhanger alone. (Archives 7/7/19).
Copy 6: As copies 5--9 with additional blind-tooled panel and ornamental corners on the covers.
Copies 7--8: Original C19th red straight-grained morocco, blind-tooled and gilt-ruled borders and panels similar to copy 6 with different corner ornaments, gilt-lettered as copies 1--6, gilt-tooled spine, gilt-lettered as above, gilt edges. Two copies of the Description and Pitzhanger in French and English bound in morocco, elegant joints by Edwin Hutchinson for £3 0s. 0d. on 16 March 1833. (Archives 7/17/19).

Reference Number 6599


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