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ROYAL INSTITUTION OF GREAT BRITAIN
[Charter and bye-laws. 1806]
The charter and bye-laws of the Royal Institution of Great Britain; together with a list of the proprietors and subscribers.
London: printed by Savage and Easingwood, printers to the Royal Institution, 1806.
xii, 126 p. ; 16.8cm. (8°)

The Royal Institution was established in Albemarle Street in 1799. Its Charter states that the founders wanted to create a public institution that would diffuse knowledge, and, through philosophical lectures and experiments, apply science for the common purposes of life. Soane was among the 280 original proprietors 'paying 50 guineas for the privilege (soon to rise to 200 guineas)'. See Gillian Darley, John Soane: an accidental romantic (London 1999), p. 144. Soane may have become involved with the Royal Institution through his friend John Coxe Hippisley who was the Institution's first Treasurer.

Copy Notes Bound (2) in a collection of four pamphlets.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine, black spine-label reading 'Kenilworth Castle &c'. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 1s. 2d., 28 February 1832. (Archive 7/16/29 book binding, half russia). Later numbered '101' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 4263


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