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SOANE, Sir John (1753--1837)
A brief statement of the proceedings respecting the new Law Courts at Westminster, describing first, - what the new Law Courts would have been, if, during the progress of the works, no alterations had been effected in the original design submitted to His Majesty, - approved by the judges, - sanctioned by the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury, - and the estimated expense for completing the building provided by a parlaimentary grant : - secondly, what they now are: and thirdly, shewing, in what manner all the defects complained of may be remedied. For which service twelve thousand pounds are now applicable.

Nick this is the title of Soane Case 112 (see Soane Notes). It is a bit different from BAL 3087. See also last sentence of Notes which I altered from BAL. Does it make sense to you?

London: printed by James Moyes, 1828.
4, 16 p., add. etch. t.-pl., 14 etch. pl. ; 49.0 cm. (2°)

Published by Soane for private distribution. An expanded edition was issued later in 1828 (q.v.). A summary of the distressing building history of Soane's new law courts, and an exhaustive (and exhausting) account of the bibliographical complications of A brief statement and related works are given by Nick Savage in the notes to BAL, Early printed books, no. 3087. See also Robin Middleton, 'The history of John Soane's "Designs for public and private buildings"', The Burlington Magazine (August 1996), pp. 506-516; and Susan Palmer, 'Sir John Soane: rewriting a life', Libraries and the Cultural Record, special issue 'Personal Papers in History' (Austin, 2009), pp. 66-81.

A first draft of the text of A brief statement was completed by Soane and printed by James Moyes early in 1827. The resulting proof copies in Mandelbrote Packet 6 consist of 16 leaves (paginated iv, 28). Plates I-XX described in the text have not been traced. These proof copies can be regarded as the first edition. Further leaves of letterpress, paginated 29-36, and an unpaginated leaf of 'Contents' referring to plates XXI-XXVI were printed in May 1828 (Archives 7/9/8). Copies of these leaves are inserted into the proof copies of the first edition (Packet 6). Having come this far, Soane decided to suspend publication of his Brief statement and to revise and reuse the material intended for that work in a larger collection of his designs and plans for London which was printed in September 1827 as Designs for public improvements in London and Westminster (q.v.). Thus, the text and plates prepared for the Brief statement first appeared in the three editions of the Designs issued privately in late 1827 and January 1828 and publicly later in 1828.

Still intending to publish a private edition of A brief statement and eventually to make it public, Soane entered into a formal agreement with Priestley and Weale on 27 March 1828 (see Bolton, Portrait, pp. 443-444). On 13 May 1828, before the private and public editions had been circulated, he composed a lengthy new dedication 'To The Right Honourable The Lord Chief Justice Of The Court of King's Bench' and a new title-page. A proof copy of this bifolium is to be found in copy 1 (Soane Case 112). Another version of the bifolium was prepared on 24 May. As the copies in the Soane Case show, the title-page was subsequently revised and the footnotes to the dedication much expanded. Soane Case 108 corresponds to that described in BAL 3087. Manuscripts of the New Law Courts are in Soane Case 101--104.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Soane Case 112. With a proof copy of the bifolium consisting of a new title-page and new dedication 'To The Right Honourable The Lord Chief Justice Of The Court Of King's Bench' dated 14 May 1828. Inscribed by Soane on the title-plate Not published/ 24 May 1828/ The first Copy altered for the 48 - of which six only are yet printed./ 24 May 1828. Inscribed by Soane on the title-page Recd. from Mr. Moyes 21 May 1828/ Recd from Hood & Co (bound) on/ Friday 23d May -/ abt. 12 OClock. The title-page (recto and verso) and the dedication inscribed with numerous additions and amendments; also a note regarding the Gothic exterior of the new building on p. 5.
Copy 2: Soane Case 108. With a new title-page and dedication incorporating the notes made in manuscript in copy 1 (Soane Case 112).
Copy 3: Soane Case 109. With title-page as in copy 2 (Soane Case 108); the last 2 lines of dedication different from other copies. Title-plate inscribed Not published/ 24 May 1828. Verso of front free end-paper inscribed in ink To / The Lord Chief Justice of Common Pleas,/ To the Judges/ Sir James Allan Park, Knt./ Sir James Burrough, Knt./ Sir Stephen Gaselee, Knt,/ This volume is presented to their Lordships with sentiments of profound respect/ by the Author. With two loosely inserted letters to Soane: (1) June 25th 1830 from John Weale, informing him that Mr Setchel of King Street, Covent Garden had purchased his presentation copy of his Law Courts to the Lord Chief Justice Best (now Lord Wynford). In order to 'prevent its breing exposed for sale', Weale bought it and sent it to Soane 'to determine its destiny'; (2) June 28/30 from J. F. Setchel of 23 King Street, saying that he had purchased the book from Mr Redshaw, bookseller.
Copy 4: Soane Case 110. Title-page with upper half excised, the lower half with manuscript addition to footnote *; dedication as copy 2 (Soane Case 108). Title-page inscribed Not published/ May 1828; verso of front free end-paper inscribed with a list of numbers 1 to 10 in left-hand column, in right column against 7—1/ 8—2 From binder/ 9—3 31 May 1828/ 10—4.4
Copy 5: Soane Case 111. Imperfect; pl. 1 removed. With title-page incorporating manuscript corrections in copy 1 (Soane Case 112) and in copy 4 (Soane Case 110); alterations and additions to the dedication which is now printed recto and verso. Printed label on front cover inscribed in ink Only the Law Court/ Letter press to page 16; inscribed on verso of front free endpaper with numbers 7/8/9—3/10/; title-page inscribed Not published/ May 1828.


Binding Ten copies were bound by Hood & McCullock in 'half roan lettered' for £2 0s. 0d. on 11 July 1828. (Archives 7/10/24 book-binding).
Copy 1: C19th quarter blue roan, contemporary grey paper boards; spine gilt-ruled and lettered 'New/Law/Courts/&c'; printed label reading 'A Brief Statement of the Proceedings Reflecting The New Law Courts At Westminster' pasted down on front cover
Copies 2--5: As copy 1 but without the printed label.

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