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FORSYTH, Joseph (1763--1815)
Remarks on antiquities, arts, and letters during an excursion in Italy in the years 1802 and 1803. By John Forsyth, Esq.
London: printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1813.
vi, [2], 387, [1] p. ; 22.5 cm. (8°)

Forsyth's book was written and published in the hopes that it would bring him to the attention of Napoleon and secure his release from captivity by the French. Though it failed in that respect (he was only released in 1814 when the allies entered Paris), it was a considerable success, being reprinted for John Murray (with a memoir of the author by his brother, Isaac Forsyth) in 1814, 1824 and 1825. It was also reprinted in Geneva in 1820 (see BAL, Early printed books, no. 1098).

Copy Notes With 4 pp. of New periodical works published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown [1813?] (q.v.) tipped in at the front, and 16 pp. of Modern publications, and new editions of valuable standard works, printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1814 (q.v.) bound in at the back. Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane / 1814. Numerous passages critical of Baroque architecture were underlined in pencil by Soane who also made separate notes, possibly for his lectures (AL Soane Case 169, fols 25-[26]; see David Watkin, Sir John Soane: Enlightenment thought and the Royal Academy Lectures (Cambridge 1996), pp. 250--55). Calculation in pencil of the years elapsed between 1780 and 1801 (when Forsyth left England for Italy) on p. [v]; financial calculations in pencil on rear pastedown.

Binding Contemporary early C19th blue paper boards, white paper spine, printed paper spine-label.

Reference Number 4127


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