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GELL, Sir William (1777--1836)
[Pompeiana. First series. 1817--1819]
Pompeiana: the topography, edifices, and ornaments of Pompeii. By Sir William Gell, F.R.S. F.S.A. &c. and John P. Gandy, architect.
London: printed for Rodwell and Martin, 1817--1819.
xxxi, [1], 273, [3] p., [80] engr. pl. : wd-engr. illus. ; 26.5 cm. (4°)

The first series of Gell's Pompeiana, which stimulated public curiosity about the excavations in Pompeii, was first published in parts between about March 1817 and September 1819. The plates are based on drawings by Gell; the text was written by John Peter Gandy (later Gandy-Deering, 1787--1850). The 80 plates include an added etched title-plate, four unnumbered plates and 75 plates numbered 1--77 (two plates each with two separately numbered subjects). Errors in numbering are pointed out in the 'Directions To The Binder' which also describes three cancelled plates (numbers 2, 4, 43); in Soane copy 1 as in the BAL copy, number 2 is a cancellandum. Plates 75 and 76 are printed in sepia and 75 is hand-coloured in this copy. A second edition of the first series of the work appeared in 1821 (reprinted 1824), and was followed by a second series issued in 1832. An incomplete, undated manuscript for a 'Third Series' in an unidentified hand on wove paper with anchor in a circle watermark is also in the Soane Museum. This comprises two folio gatherings of text captioned 'POMPEIANA 3d SERIES', one of five half-pages describing the House of the Centaur and one of three half-pages describing the House of the Fawn; seven folio gatherings for half-pages of text to accompany the plates, with the word 'PLATE' in ink and the roman numeral (I--LXX) in pencil, some lacking any descriptive text; and two separate lists of plates on folded quarto sheets, one listing 70 plates in ink and 71 and 72 added in pencil (this corresponds to the descriptions) and a variant listing 76 plates. BAL, Early printed books, no. 1191 and addendum.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Imperfect; wanting plate 67. Soane bought parts 1--2 from the publishers, Rodwell and Martin, for £1 4s. on 2 June 1817; parts 3--4 for £1 4s. on 1 October 1817; parts 5--11 for 4 guineas in 1818; and parts 12--13 for £1 16s. in 1819 (paid 9 February 1820). (Archives 16/12/67,68,79 and 7A/3/6/4 respectively).
Copy 2: 27.5 x 42.0 cm. (obl. 2°). Imperfect; plates only: wanting plates 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 14, 15, 16, 20, 28, 29, 35, 41, 42, 67, 75, 77. The title supplied in manuscript, Sundry Plates, from a Volume entitled, "Pompeiana," by Sir William Gell. ... and John Peter Gandy. ... London. 1817--1819.

Binding Copy 1: C19th calf, gilt triple-rule borders with corner ornaments, blind-tooled inner borders and panels, gilt- and blind-tooled spine with dark brown spine-labels, gilt edges.
Copy 2: C19th half maroon roan, gilt-tooled borders, thick-thin gilt-ruled spine, marbled-paper boards.

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