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BRITTON, John (1771--1857)
Brief memoir of Sir John Soane, R.A. F.R. & A.S. professor of architecture in the Royal Academy, etc. etc. etc. By John Britton, F. S. A. From Fisher's National Portrait Gallery. (Not for sale.)
[London]: [Fisher, Son, & Co.] 1834.
[2], 12 p., engr. port. ; 31.6 cm. (2°)

According to a statement by Britton in The history and antiquities of the cathedral church of Worcester, 1835 (q.v., p. xxiii), 25 offprint copies of his memoir published with the engraving of Thomas Lawrence's portrait of Soane in vol. V of Fisher's National portrait gallery of illustrious and eminent personages of the nineteenth century (q.v.) were produced for presentation purposes. For its contribution to the final estrangement between Soane and Britton, see the latter's Autobiography, part II, pp. 100-1. The letterpress title-leaf has a wood-engraved vignette of 'Vases in the Soane Museum' by Thomson (the engraver of the portrait) after W. Harvey. BAL, Early printed books, no. 397.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Plate with tissue-paper guard. Title-page inscribed in pencil d.d 37 Jan 20th.
Copy 2: 32.8 cm. Plate bound after the title-page. Untrimmed edges.
Copy 3: 30.3 cm. Bound (1) in composite volume labelled on the spine 'Sir John Soane Memoirs &c.'

Binding Copy 1: Original C19th full brown grained binder's cloth, gilt edges.
Copy 2: Later grey paper wrappers, paper label with title in manuscript on upper wrapper and brown paper spine added by A. T. Bolton.
Copy 3: C20th half maroon roan, marbled-paper boards. Bound for the use of the curators, 1919.

Reference Number 6598


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