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SOANE, Sir John (1753--1837)
Civil architecture. Designs for completing some of the public buildings in Westminster, and for correcting defects in others: humbly submitted to the consideration of His Majesty; The Lords and Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury; the judges of the several courts; the learned counsel practising in those courts; and to the Surveyor General of His Majesty's Works. By John Soane, ...
London: printed by J. Moyes. (Not published.) 1829.
iv, 12 p., etch. frontis., 7 etch. pl., [1] litho. pl. ; 47cm. (2°)

Published by Soane for private distribution. Based on material published in 1828 in Designs for public improvements in London and Westminister (q.v.) and A brief statement of the proceedings respecting the new law courts at Westminster (q.v.; expanded printing, q.v.), and including the lithographic title-plate from the latter work as an unnumbered plate at the end. On 30 December 1828 James Moyes invoiced Soane for printing '... in medium folio, "Designs for completing some of the Public Buildings in Westminster ..." 150 copies on fine thick wove medium, and 25 on drawing royal: - four sheets ... '. On 10 January 1829 Moyes invoiced Soane for '... printing and hot-pressing Contents of "Designs for completing ... " two very large folio pages, and correcting several proofs: - 175 on fine thick wove medium, and 25 on drawing royal ... To printing a very large label for ditto on fine thick straw-coloured paper, royal octavo page with border - 200 copies ...'; and on 7 February for '... printing 175 copies of Notice to the Reader...'. (Archives 7/10/28). In the notice Soane explains that his only reason for publishing Civil Architecture was 'to justify my professional conduct and character, without wounding the feelings of others; ...' and to counter the 'attacks that have been made, and continue to be made ... on my works, particularly the New Law Courts, ...' by 'bringing the facts of my case' before the public. Further invoices dated 10 January, 17 January, 2 April and 5 May 1829 from T. Leighton & Son, Dr., bookbinders at 54 Exmouth Street for binding, lettering, cutting out and inserting plates, taking copies apart, rearranging and rebinding them are a cataloguer's nightmare, proving the impossibility of describing a perfect copy of a Soane publication. (Archives 7/10/2, 7/10/5r). BAL, Early printed books, no. 3088.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Soane Case 92. This appears to be one of the '150 copies' printed in December 1828 on `fine thick wove medium'. Its plates are interleaved with tissue guards and it does not have the 'Notice to the Reader' printed in February 1829.
Copy 2: Soane Case 93. 44.5 cm. This copy does have the printed notice 'To the Reader' pasted down on the front endpaper facing the title-page.
Copy 3: Soane Case 94. 47.0 cm. With the printed notice 'To the Reader', as copy 2. The front cover of the binding of this copy has the 'very large label printed on straw-coloured paper' in January 1829. The title-page is inscribed in ink in Soane's hand To Sir Francis Freeling Bart / & & & / from the Author / 3d May 1829.
Copy 4: Soane Case 95. 48.0 cm. Imperfect; wanting plate 2. Several plates are taken from other publications: plate 1, numbered 10B and plate 3 numbered 10D, plate 4 numbered 19*, and plate 6 numbered 'Plate 31. Page 36' are from Designs for public and private buildings, 1831 (Soane Case 123) and plate 7 numbered 'Plate 25' is from A Brief Statement, 1828.



Binding Copy 1: Contemporary C19th red straight-grain morocco, blind and gilt-ruled borders, gilt-tooled corners; spine gilt-tooled, gilt-lettered 'Civil Architecture By John Soane Archt.'; front cover gilt-lettered 'Civil Architecture./ Designs For Completing Some Of The/ Public Buildings In Westminster, And For Correcting Defects In Others./ By John Soane, Architect.'; gilt-ruled turn-ins, gilt edges, green endpapers. Probably the copy bound in 'Morocco Elegant' by T. Leighton & Sons, 10 January 1829 for £2 10s. 0d. and rebound, 5 May 1829 for £2 3s. 0d. (Archives 7/10/2, 7/10/5r).
Copy 2: Contemporary C19th full brown calf, gilt-ruled, gilt-tooled and blind-tooled borders, front cover gilt lettered 'Civil Architecture'; black calf spine-label gilt-lettered 'Civil Architecture'; gilt edges. Presumably one of the copies bound in 'Calf Extra' by T. Leighton & Sons for £1 5s. in January-May 1829. (Archives 7/10/2, 7/10/5r).
Copy 3: Original C19th brown paper wrappers with printed paper label giving the title and list of plates pasted down on the front cover, circular paper label with MS. number '2093' on front cover, maroon roan spine. Presumably one of 148 copies bound in 'Sewed stiff Covers Roan backs at ¼' by T. Leighton & Sons for £9 17s. 4d. in January 1829, and 'taken to pieces, newly arranged & resewed in old covers, 16 May 1829. (Archives 7/10/2, 7/10/5r).
Copy 4: Both covers missing.

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