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BRITTON, John (1771--1857)
[Union of architecture, sculpture, and painting. Large paper issue]
The union of architecture, sculpture, and painting; exemplified by a series of illustrations, with descriptive accounts of the house and galleries of John Soane, ... By John Britton, ...
London: printed for the author; sold by Longman and Co.; J. Taylor; and J. & A. Arch, 1827.
xvi, 60 p., hand-col. aquat. frontis., [22] engr. pl. : VI wd-engr. illus. ; 49.4 cm. (2°)

Large paper issue of the first published guide to Sir John Soane's Museum, largely written by W.H. Leeds. The printed label on copies in the original boards gives the prices of the large and small paper editions as three and two guineas respectively. Sales were not good and Britton was obliged to reduce the price and write to Soane on 22 November 1828 for reimbursement for the cost of the plates and wood-blocks. Soane eventually paid Britton £680 10s. in November 1835, and fourteen of the plates were used in his own Description of the house and museum ..., 1835/6 (q.v.). See A.T. Bolton (ed.), The portrait of Sir John Soane, R.A. (London 1927), pp. 414-416, 499. BAL, Early printed books, no. 429 (small paper issue, q.v.).

Copy Notes The plates in this copy are India paper proofs. Note in pencil on p. ix, in George Bailey's hand, Note pages vii and viii bound up after p. xvi.

Binding C19th quarter red roan, red paper boards with black morocco cover label, gilt-framed, gilt-lettered, gilt-ruled, gilt-lettered spine. Bound by Hood & McCullock for £2 12s. 6d., 5 October 1827. (Priv. Corr.XVI.E.6.14).

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