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TAYLOR, George Ledwell (1788--1873)
The architectural antiquities of Rome; measured and delineated by G.L. Taylor and Edward Cresy, architects and Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries. Vol. I. (II.).
London: printed by James Moyes. Published by G.L. Taylor; E. Cresy; Longman and Co.; Rodwell and Martin; and J. Taylor, Architectural Library, 1821. (1822)
2 vols ; 52.8 cm. (2º)
I: xii, [6], 66 p., fold. engr. map (= pl. CXXX), LXII pl. (15 litho.)
II: [6], 62 p., LXIII--CXXIX [i.e. 66] pl. (5 litho., pl. CV omitted)

Based on detailed measurements of Roman monuments by the authors assisted by the architect John Sanders (1768--1826), who had been Soane's first pupil, and by his draughtsman William Purser junior (fl. 1805--1834), Taylor and Cresy's work was intended as a Roman counterpart to Stuart and Revett's influential four-volume The antiquities of Athens, 1762--1816 (q.v.), containing detailed shaded and outline engravings of ornamental details of some fifteen major monuments. Published initially in parts between June 1821 and September 1822 with complete copies priced at 18 guineas (24 guineas with the plates on India paper), it was not a commercial success, appearing as it did at the height of the mania for Grecian ornament and the beginning of the new gothic fashion. With a three-page list of subscribers in vol. I (omitting the note 'India paper.' next to Soane's name). Plates X and XVI are misnumbered 'XX' and 'XVII'; plates VI, VIII-X, XVI, XXV, XXXV--XL, XLVIII, L, LXII, LXX, LXXVI--LXXVII, LXXXII and XC are lithographs, mostly signed as printed by C. Hullmandel. BAL, Early printed books, no. 3250.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-titles. India paper copy. Soane was one of the subscribers to Taylor and Cresy's work for which he paid George Taylor £25 4s. for 12 numbers on 17 December 1822. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.12). The vol. I contents leaf misbound to precede the preface. Volume II inscribed on front free-endpaper by George Bailey, first curator of the museum: Mem: This Volume very much stained / in parts previous to 1837.

Binding C19th calf, triple gilt-ruled borders with flower corner ornaments, blind-tooled and thick-thin gilt-ruled spines, olive morocco spine-labels, marbled edges to match the endpapers. Payment to T. & W. Boone of £3 12s. 0d. for binding on 15 January 1823. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.7).

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