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LIBRARY COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA
A catalogue of the books belonging to the Library Company of Philadelphia; to which is prefixed, a short account of the institution, with the charter, laws, and regulations. Vol. I. (II.)
Philadelphia C. Sherman & Co. printers, 1835.
2 vols ; 24.5 cm. (4º)
I: xxxix, [1], 606 p.
II: [5], 608--1048 p.

The catalogue includes entries for copies of Soane's Plans, elevations, and sections of buildings, 1788; Sketches in architecture, 1798; Designs in architecture, 1790. In addition to these, the Library's current on-line catalogue (accessed 23.11.2009) shows holdings of Soane's Designs for public and private buildings, 1828 and also of some of George Soane's works in American editions and a copy of John Britton's Union of architecture, 1827. The Minutes of the Directors of the Library (1 December 1836) record both a letter from the Hon. A. Stevenson, the US Minister in London, forwarding a copy of Soane's Description for presentation to the Library and an instruction to the Library Secretary to return the thanks of the Board both to Sir John Soane and to Mr Stevenson.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on front pastedown of vol. I To Sir John Soane F.R.S. &c. / from the / Library Company of Philadelphia. According to the Minutes of the Directors of the Library cited above, 'The corresponding Committee reported ... that they had forwarded to the care of Mr. Woods at Liverpool a box containing a number of copies of the new Catalogue to be presented to various public Institutions and private individuals, benefactors of the Library, in London and elsewhere, & that they report the following list of individuals and public Institutions to whom the said new Catalogue has been presented ...'. Soane is one of 57 individuals and institutions listed.

Binding Original C19th buff boards, blue cloth spines, printed paper spine-labels. Later numbered '41' and '42' in a series of sale catalogue volumes.

Reference Number 5057


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