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CHRISTIE, James, the younger (1773--1831)
[Sale catalogue. 1818:05:20--21]
A catalogue of a valuable library, consisting of printed books of architecture, ... As also, drawings by old and modern masters, ... and a few Italian and other pictures, the property of the late Robert Adam, Esq. F.R.S & F.A.S. of London and Edinburgh, architect to His Majesty. Which will be sold by auction, by Mr. Christie, at his Great Room, Pall Mall, on Wednesday, May 20, 1818, and following day, ...
[London]: Smeeton, printer, St. Martin's Lane, [1818].
28 p. ; 22.2 cm. (4°)

Lugt 9387. The catalogue as originally issued, represented by Soane copy 2, contained only 142 lots in 27, [1] pages, an omission corrected in later copies by a cancel bifolium D2. Soane was one of the principal buyers at the sale of Robert Adam's library, his purchases accounting for over £260 of £795 0s. 6d. fetched for the 160 lots at the sale. Among the items bought by Soane were numerous architectural drawings including the Vasari Album (SM Vol. 132; see Fairbairn, Italian Renaissance drawings, vol. 2, pp. 390-507) and thirty-three printed works, but not the fifty-three folio volumes of nearly nine thousand Adam drawings now in the Soane Museum, which were purchased in 1833 from the trustees of the estate. See David Watkin (ed.), Sale catalogues of libraries of eminent persons. Vol. 4, Architects (London 1972), pp. 135--191, where the annotated V&A copy is reproduced in facsimile; see also list in Soane's hand of 'Books &c purchased at Mr. Adams sale', May 1818. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.3.11-13).

Copy Notes Copy 1: Inscribed in ink on title-page John Soane / May 1818. Many items marked in ink, prices in pencil against many lots. Soane acquired 33 books at this sale. Bound after copy 2 in a collection of sale catalogues.
Copy 2: This is a copy of the first issue having 27, [1] pages (142 lots), and is inscribed in ink on title-page There are about 30 architectural Books which / have been accidentally omitted in this Catalogue /. which will be sold at the Sale & added in a new / Catalogue to be out immediately. Bound first, before copy 1, in a collection of sale catalogues.

Binding Later C19th half green binder's cloth, marbled-paper boards. Two copies bound together.

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