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MURPHY, James Cavanah (1760--1814)
The Arabian antiquities of Spain. By James Cavanah Murphy. London: an[n]o J.C. MDCCCXIII--an[n]o heg. MCCXXVIII.
London: printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies; by W. Bulmer, 1816.
[2], 21, [1] p, [2] engr. t.-pl., XCVII [i.e. 98] pl. ; 67.5 cm. (1°)

The title is taken from the engraved title-plate; the imprint from the publisher's printed paper boards, which have the title reading The Arabian antiquities of Spain: representing in one hundred engravings the principal remains of the architecture, sculpture, paintings, and mosaics of the Spanish Arabs. From drawings made on the spot, .... The plates are numbered I--VII, VIII no. 1, VIII no. 2, IX--XCVII, with an unnumbered engraved divisional title-plate reading 'Description Of The Palace Of Alhamra' before pl. IX. The text was edited and completed by Thomas Hartwell Horne after Murphy's untimely death in 1814. Murphy's earlier work, Plans elevations sections and views of the church of Batalha, 1795 (q.v.) played a part in the Gothic revival in England, including James Wyatt's designs for Fonthill Abbey as built 1796--1812. The present work was probably issued serially in twelve monthly parts between July 1815 and mid-1816, with the completed volume issued in 1816 in printed paper boards as in the Soane copy. The work evidently continued to be issued for some years, and at some point, four further plates not called for in the text or present in the Soane copy were added, numbered LXXIX*, LXXX*, LXXXVI* and LXXXVI* (see for example the BAL copy). BAL, Early printed books, no. 2220; see also Antonia Raquejo Grado, El arte arábe : un aspecto de la visión romántica de Espana en la Inglaterra del siglo diecinueve, Ph.D, Universidad Complutense de Madrid 1986.

Copy Notes Tipped in at the front as issued is an advertisement for 'Mr. Allen, 61, Pall Mall, Furniture Designer and Calico Printer' (q.v.) as patentee of the ornaments depicted in the present work. Bought from Cadell & Davies by James Moyes for £3 12s. on 13 February 1816, together with a copy of John Shakespear's History of the Mahometan Empire in Spain, ... designed as an introduction to The Arabian antiquities of Spain, by James Cavanah Murphy, 1816 (q.v.) for £1 8s. (Spiers Box. Folder labelled Purchases through Personal friends).

Binding C19th publisher's half red roan, printed grey paper boards, gilt-ruled spine, gilt-lettered.

Reference Number 5604


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