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SOANE, Sir John (1753--1837)
[Description of the house and museum. 1835. Selections]
Description of three designs for the two houses of Parliament, made in 1779, 1794, and 1796, and of the other works of art, in the north drawing-room of the house and museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields, the residence of the professor of architecture in the Royal Academy. In a letter to a friend. Extracted from a work now in progress.
[London]: Levey, Robson, and Franklyn, St. Martin's Lane, [1835].
[3], 70--74 p., [1] litho. pl. ; 38.7 cm. (2°)

Issued in December 1835 before Soane's Description of the house and museum on the north side of Lincoln's Inn Fields, the residence of Sir John Soane ... [1836] was complete (q.v.). The verso of the title-leaf contains a note to the unnamed recipient of the 'letter' dated 'Lincoln's Inn Fields, December 1821, 1835', attributing the production of the offprint to the fact that the larger work 'will require several months to complete'. The first leaf of the main text is numbered 58 recto and 70 verso, and was printed from the type set for pp. 58 and 69--74 of an earlier setting of the Description with some differences such as the omission of the list of cameos and carved gems on pp. 58--69 and other slight revisions; the plate is number XXXIV from the Description. The competition to design a new Parliament building announced in May 1835 was the occasion for the publication of this offprint, issued in paper wrappers with a printed paper cover-label reading 'Description Of Three Designs For The Two Houses Of Parliament, Made In 1779, 1794, And 1796, &c. &c. &c.', within a single-rule border. Much of it is concerned Soane's account of the failure to approve his designs before the fire of 16 October 1834. The British Library has a large paper copy in red silk wrappers, presented by Soane to the Duke of Sussex. BAL, Early printed books, no. 3090.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Untrimmed edges.
Copy 2: 36.7 cm. With an inserted letter to Soane from J. Foy Edgar of 46 Park Street, Bristol returning the small sealed / parcel which was lately transmitted to / me by the Favor of Miss Denman [i.e. Maria Denman] and which he would have presented to the Bristol Institution had he had a few lines from Soane authorizing him to do so. Evidently Soane did not reply.
Copy 3: 30.6 cm. Bound (7) retaining the original wrappers, in a composite volume labelled on the spine 'Sir John Soane Memoirs &c.', assembled by A.T. Bolton for the use of the curators in 1919. The printed label is inscribed in pencil 1866, indicating that this copy was found in the first of three repositories containing correspondence, miscellaneous papers and objects, sealed by Soane in November 1836 with directions that they should be opened on 22 November (the anniversary of his wife's death) in 1866, 1886 and 1896 respectively.
Copies 4--8: Five additional copies in original wrappers, gilt edges are in Soane's archive (Mandelbrote Packet 7). These (and possibly copies 1 and/or 2) may have been among the nine copies "bound in paper, gilt edges" found in the third of the three sealed repositories in November 1896.

Binding Copy 1: Stitched in original C19th buff paper wrappers as above.
Copy 2: Stitched in original C19th buff paper wrappers as above, gilt edges.
Copy 3: C20th half maroon roan, marbled-paper boards.
Copies 4--8: Stitched in original C19th buff paper wrappers as above, gilt edges.

Reference Number 6593


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