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SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF LONDON
[Church series. Bath Abbey. 1798]
Plan, elevations, sections, and specimens of the architecture of the Abbey church of Bath. Engraved by James Basire from drawings made by Mr. John Carter, architect.
[London]: Sumptibus. Soc. Antiquar. Londini. Publish'd by the Society of Antiquaries of London, 23rd. April 1798.
8 p., X pl. ; 64.8 cm. (1°)

The title and imprint are taken from the title-plate (pl. I). The anonymous text, which is attributed to Sir H.C. Englefield (ESTC), has a fly-title reading 'Some Account Of The Abbey Church Of Bath. Illustrative Of The Plans, Elevations And Sections Of That Building.' This is the third volume in the Society of Antiquaries' programme for publishing engravings of ancient English churches. For a note on the genesis of this ambitious series and the contentions it raised within the Society, see BAL 3106 and Joan Evans, A history of the Society of Antiquaries (1956), pp. 206--12. BAL, Early printed books, no. 3106; ESTC t105076.

Copy Notes The plates are protected by tissue-guards (that facing pl.X has been excised). The leaf paginated 7--8 is misbound recto to verso. Bound (2) with the Society's publications in the same series on St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster (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.

Reference Number 4013


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