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SOANE Sir John (1753--1837)
Observations on the new Law Courts, and other public buildings at Westminster: in a letter to a member of Parliament. By John Soane, professor of architecture in the Royal Academy; ...
London: J. Moyes, 1828 (Not published. June 13, 1828)
9, [1] p., [2] etch. pl. (1 hand-coloured); 48.5 cm. (2°)

Apart from its title-leaf, this work consists of the text of Soane's letter and notes (pp. [3]-6) from A brief statement of the proceedings respecting the new Law Courts at Westminster (q.v.), an impression of the leaf bearing the 'Abrégé Of The Proceedings Respecting The New Buildings At Whitehall' (pp. [7-8]) also from A brief statement, and a final leaf (p. 9) of notes by Soane dated '... June 13, 1828'. Moyes first printed 50 copies of the 'Abrégé Of The Proceedings Respecting The New Buildings At Whitehall' on 30 April 1829, on 10 May 1828 he printed 100 copies. (Archives 7/11/15). It was incorporated in a revised version of A Brief statement (q.v., copy 1). See BAL, Early printed books, no. 3087, p. 1914 and Robin Middleton, 'The history of John Soane's "Designs for public and private buildings"', The Burlington Magazine (August 1996), pp. 506-516, particularly p. 510 and Appendix 9.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Soane Case 96.
Copy 2
: Soane Case 97.
Copy 3
: Soane Case 98.
Copy 4
: Soane Case 99. Imperfect; wanting the 'Abrégé'. With pencil corrections and additions to the first two lines of text on page 6.

Binding All copies: Original C19th grey paper boards, quarter black roan spine, gilt-lettered 'Observations on the New Law Courts &c'; pink paper label with the title printed in a Greek-key border pasted down on front cover. 13 copies of the Observations were bound by Weale in June 1828. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.7.11)

Reference Number 6590


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