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SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF LONDON
[Church series. Saint Stephen's Chapel. 1795]
Plans, elevations, sections, and specimens of the architecture and ornaments, of the remaining parts of St. Stephens Chapel Westminster erected by Edward III. Engraved by James Basire, from drawings made by Mr. John Carter.
[London]: Sumptibus. Soc. Antiquar. Londini. Publish'd according to Act of Parliament, 23d. April 1795.
9, [1] p., XIV pl. ; 64.8 cm. (1°)

The title and imprint are taken from the title-plate (pl. I). The text is prefixed by a fly-title reading 'Some Account Of The Collegiate Chapel of Saint Stephen, Westminster. By John Topham, Esquire, F.R.S.'. There is no printer's imprint. This is a copy of the work (the first of the Society of Antiquaries' church series) in its original form, before a further 14 plates (reproducing paintings from the interior copied by Richard Smirke) and a 12-page 'Description Of The Additional Plates ... By Sir H.C. Englefield ...' were added, probably in 1811. For a note on the genesis of this ambitious series and the contentions it raised within the Society, see note to BAL 3106 and Joan Evans, A history of the Society of Antiquaries (1956), pp. 206--12. For the present volume in its later form including the 1811 additions, see BAL, Early printed books, no. 3111. ESTC n72314.

Copy Notes The plates are protected by tissue-guards (those facing pl. I & IV have been excised). Bound (1) with the Society's publications in the same series on Bath Abbey (q.v.), Exeter Cathedral (q.v.), and Durham Cathedral (q.v.). With an engraved binder's ticket pasted to the verso of the first front free-endpaper reading: 'Bound by Benedict, No. 4 Mays Buildings, St. Martin's Lane, London.'

Binding C19th diced russia, upper and lower covers with gilt-ruled central panels, gilt-ruled and blind-tooled borders, gilt-tooled turn-ins, blind and gilt-tooled spine, marbled endpapers.

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