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THE EUROPEAN MAGAZINE
The European Magazine and London Review; containing the literature, history, politics, arts, manners and amusements of the age. By the Philological Society of London. ...
London: printed for John Fielding, John Debrett, and John Sewell. To be continued monthly. Price 1 shilling, 1782--1823.
83 vols ; 22.6 cm. (8º)

Imprint varies. The European Magazine ran monthly from 1782 to 1826. It was established by the journalist James Perry but soon taken over by Shakespearean editor Isaac Reed (former owner of Soane's copy of the First Folio, q.v.) and his associates, James Sewell and Daniel Braithwaite. Volumes 1--50 were published by the Philological Society of London beginning in 1782. James Asperne assumed control of the magazine in 1806; on his death in 1820 it changed hands several times and ceased publication in 1826. See Arthur Sherbo, 'Isaac Reed and the European Magazine', Studies in Bibliography, 37 (1984), pp. 210--227. Soane's set ends with volume 83 (1823). There are also copies of individual issues having reference specifically to John Soane: the issues for December 1803 (3 copies), November 1812 (1 copy); January 1813 (1 copy); January 1817 (2 copies); January 1823 (1 copy); see copy notes below. There is also a two-volume album of 152 engraved portraits, including some 115 published for The European Magazine between 1807 and 1821 (q.v.). ESTC p1934.

Copy Notes Copy 1: A nearly complete set; wanting vols 84--87. Bound and trimmed with the exclusion of advertisements and preliminary matter. Payments made to James Asperne: to vol 43 (£17 4s.) half bound & lettd., 16 November 1803, wants volume 6 which I promise to deliver (Spiers Box loose bills); a separate record for £17 12s. on 5 January 1804: 44 vols: he engages to del. the 5th vol which is out of print (Jnl 4, p. 436); for 1804 and 1805, £1 16s. on 31 December 1805 (Archive 16/12/28); £4 10s. Paid Asperne 2 yrs' Eur. Mag to be sent ½ yearly, 27 January 1806 (SNB); for vols 50 and 51, January and July 1807, 18s. (Spiers Box loose bills); for vols 52 and 53, 18s., July 1808 (Archive 16/12/14); for vols 54 and 55, January and July 1809, 9s., 12s. (Spiers Box loose bills); for vols 56 and 57, £1 4s., January and July 1810 (Spiers Box Misc. Booksellers); for vols 60--63, 12s., 12s. (1 January and 1 July 1812), 13s. 6d. (1 January 1813), 2s., 2s. (16 June 1813), 13s. 6d. (1 July 1813) (Archive 7A/15/49); for vols 64--65, £1 7s., January & July 1814, and vols 65--66, £1 7s., 1 July 1815 (Spiers Box loose bills); vols 74 & 75, £1 7s., bill dated 31 December, 1819, paid 18 January, 1820 (Archive 7A/3/2/4); vols 78 & 79, January--July 1821, £1 7s., Bot of the Ex[ecut]ors of the late J. Asperne (Envelope 1/84 Newspapers); vol. 80, Bot of the Ex[ecut]ors of the late J. Asperne, payment of 13s. 6d. paid 17 October 1823 (Envelope 2/57); vols 82--83, payment of £1 7s. to Lupton Relfe, 10 December 1823 (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.5.2).
Copy 2: A copy of the twelfth number only of vol. XLIV, December 1803. This issue includes a plate of Soane's 'Bank of England, Lothbury Court' drawn and engraved by Samuel Rawle (1771--1860) facing a brief introduction by 'An Admirer Of Grecian Architecture.' (p. 416). Bound (2) in a collection of magazine parts, without advertisements and preliminary matter.
Copy 3: Another copy of the issue for December 1803. In this copy the description of Lothbury Court on p. 416 has been excised. Bound (1) in a collection of individual issues of the European Magazine having reference to John Soane, retaining the printed blue paper double wrappers incorporating seven pages of advertisements (here lacking the final leaf). Pasted onto the front wrapper is a presentation slip printed by 'I. Gold', soliciting subscriptions to the Magazine and advertising 'A few complete Sets from its commencement in 1782 ...[to] be had ready bound, or prepared for binding, of James Asperne (successor to Mr. Sewell) ...'. Also retained are five separately printed inserted advertisements (q.v; q.v; q.v; q.v.; q.v.).
Copy 4: Another copy of the issue for December 1803, bound (2) after copy 3. This copy has all four leaves of the printed blue paper wrappers, and besides the five inserted advertisements as in copy 3 above (the first in duplicate) additionally includes an advertisement for Bish's Lottery (q.v.). Partly unopened.
Copy 5: A copy of the eleventh number only of vol. LXII, November 1812. This issue includes 'Observations on the House of John Soane, Esq. Holborn-Row, Lincoln's Inn Fields. [With A View.]' (pp. 381--387), however the view is wanting from this copy. The unsigned article takes Soane's side in the court action brought by William Kinnard against Soane's projecting loggias on the front of his new house. Bound (3) in a collection of individual issues of the European Magazine having reference to John Soane, retaining the printed blue paper double wrappers incorporating seven pages of advertisements. Pasted onto the front wrapper is a presentation slip from the proprietor, James Asperne, printed by J. Gold. Also retained are two separately printed inserted advertisements (q.v.; q.v.). - Another copy of the 'Observations' and plate is laid down in an album assembled by Joseph Farington, containing a collection of miscellaneous papers and press cuttings relating to Soane and taking its title from the satirical skit The Modern Goth (q.v.) (Soane Case 14/11).
Copy 6: A copy of the first number only of vol. LXIII, January 1813. The portrait in this issue is of John Soane, engraved by T [or J.] Blood after S. Drummond A.R.A. to accompany the anonymous 'Memoir Of John Soane, Esq. F.A.S. ...', pp. [1]--7. Bound (4) in a collection of individual issues of the European Magazine having reference to John Soane, retaining the printed blue paper double wrappers incorporating seven pages of advertisements; the front wrapper advertises a subscription portrait of the bookseller James Asperne, with the dimensions '5 inches and a ½ by 4' corrected in ink to '9 inches by 8'. Also retained are the volume title-leaf for vol. 63 and five separately printed inserted advertisements (q.v.; q.v.; q.v.; q.v.; q.v.). Partly unopened. - Another copy of the 'Memoir' and portrait is laid down in an album assembled by Joseph Farington, containing a collection of miscellaneous papers and press cuttings relating to Soane and taking its title from the satirical skit The Modern Goth (q.v.) (Soane Case 14/2). - A further copy of the portrait of Soane is laid down in an album of newspaper cuttings from Soane's own time compiled after 1906 (Soane Case 32/3).
Copy 7: A copy of the first number only of vol. LXXI, January 1817. The frontispiece plate depicts Mrs Soane's tomb ('engraved by S. Rawle from an original Drawing') and the texts of epitaphs are given on pp. 7--8. Bound (6) after the previous copy in a collection of individual issues of the European Magazine having reference to John Soane, retaining the printed yellow paper double wrappers incorporating seven pages of advertisements. Also retained are the volume title-leaf for vol. 71 and four separately printed inserted advertisements (q.v.; q.v.; q.v.; q.v.). Pasted onto the first rear wrapper is a 2-page presentation slip from the proprietor, James Asperne, printed by Joyce Gold. Partly unopened.
Copy 8: Another copy of the first number only of vol. LXXI, January 1817. Bound (5) after the previous copy in a collection of individual issues of the European Magazine having reference to John Soane, retaining the printed yellow paper double wrappers incorporating seven pages of advertisements, the contents of which vary between the two copies. Also retained are the volume title-leaf and the same separately printed advertisements found in the other copy. The compliments slip is here pasted inside the first front wrapper. Mostly unopened.
Copy 9: A copy of the issue for January 1823, 'Published On The First Of February.' Includes under the heading 'The Fine Arts' a 'History of Architecture', pp. 52--54. The portrait is of Frances Kelly, engraved by H. Thomson after William Derby; a Frances Maria Kelly (1790--1882) actress of Drury Lane, was a dedicatee of one of George Soane's works and near victim of an assassination attempt in 1816. Bound (3) in a collection of magazine parts, after copy 2 (see above), likewise without advertisements and preliminary matter.

Binding Copy 1: Contemporary quarter sheep, marbled-paper boards, gilt-ruled spines, black morocco spine-labels, direct-lettered with year. Two payments of 4s. for binding to Asperne for vols 45--48. (Spiers Box).
Copies 2 & 9: C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine, black spine-label lettered 'Anti-Jacobin Review &c. &c. &c.', later numbered '36' in a series of pamphlet volumes.
Copies 3--8: Bound in a numbered series of late 19th century half calf pamphlet volumes. (Archive, Trustees' Minutes 18 June 1866). With binder's stamp 'Bound By Mansell' on front pastedown.

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