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THE MUSEUM ...
The Museum; or, record of literature, fine arts, science, antiquities, the drama, &c. Vol. I. For the year 1822.
London: printed by A.J. Valpy. Sold by John Miller; Rodwell and Martin; B.E. Lloyd and Son; Bowdery and Kerby; Simpkin and Co.; Steuart and Panton; Chappell; Gossling and Egley; and all other booksellers, 1822.
[2], 576, [2] p. ; 28.0 cm. (4º)

Weekly. No. 1, 27th April to No. 36, 28th December, 1822. No more published. Drop-head title 'The London Museum; Or, Record ...'. Title-page and running title: 'The Museum; ...'. The title evokes the periodical of the same name edited by Mark Akenside and published by Robert Dodsley in 1746--47. In 1823 it merged with The Literary Register to form The Literary Museum, and register of arts, sciences, belles-lettres, &c. Issue no. 10 for June 29, 1822 includes an item (pp. 152--3) on the Duke of Buckingham's purchase of the MS. Commentary on the Epistle of St Paul to the Romansby Cardinal Marino Grimani with illuminations by the Croatian miniaturist Giorgio Giulio Clovio (1498--1578), which was acquired from the Duke by Soane in 1833 (SM Vol. 143).

Copy Notes Copy 1: Index bound after title-page. Payments made for weekly parts 'Nos 4 to 13. £0.6.8, 20 July 1822' from John Miller, Bookseller & Publisher, 69 Fleet Street (receipted by R. Kennett). (Env 1/70); '14 to 18 for £0.3.4' John Miller, Augt., 1822 (Envelope 1/71); '2 numbers' from T. & W. Boone for 1s., 31 Oct. 1822 (Priv.Corr. XVI.E.4.7). Pencil markings against the anonymous article 'Original. A Day At Dulwich College', pp. 263--4 (see notes to copy 2).
Copy 2: A separate copy of 'No. 17, Saturday, August 17, 1822' only. Includes an 'Original. A Day At Dulwich College', pp. 263--4 where there are pencil markings against paragraphs concerning the architecture of the Gallery. Soane took exception to this anonymous article and assumed that his son George was the perpetrator. In fact the author was Thomas Frognall Dibdin, who admitted to being the sole author of the article, at first anonymously in a letter dated 23 September 1822 and forwarded to Soane by the editor P. Bayley on 24 September, attributing his animadversions to his supposition that a Mr. Hawkins / was the architect, and that he / had been dead for several / months. When Soane persisted in his suspicions, Dibdin wrote again on 20 October disclosing his identity, and finally sent an affidavit dated 15 January 1823 that Mr. / George Soane, in particular, had no knowledge or connivance in the composition / of the said article. Soane failed to be appeased, however, and the dispute with Dibdin was still ongoing in May 1823. See correspondence file in archive (Priv. Corr. III.D.6.2--14). See also Gillian Darley, John Soane: an accidental romantic (London 1999), p. 272.

Binding Copy 1: C19th quarter olive green linen, marbled-paper boards, taped spine, printed paper spine-label. Binder's ticket of 'Edwd. Purdy, / Book-binder / No. 22 Tooke's Court / Chancery Lane' attached to front pastedown.
Copy 2: Stitched, C20th book tape spine.

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