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SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF LONDON
[Church series. Exeter Cathedral. 1797]
Plan, elevations, sections and specimens of the architecture and ornaments of the cathedral church at Exeter. 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, 24th. April 1797.
[2], 22 p., XI pl. ; 64.8 cm. (1°)

The title is taken from the title-plate (pl. I). The text, which was edited by Sir H.C. Englefield and Joseph Windham, is prefaced by a fly-title reading 'Some Account Of The Cathedral Church Of Exeter. Illustrative Of The Plans, Elevations, And Sections Of That Building.' This 'Account' consists of Charles Lyttelton's 'Some Remarks On The Original Foundation And Construction Of The Present Fabric ...' (dating from 1754); Englefield's 'Observations On Bishop Lyttelton's Account ...'; and John Carter's descriptive commentary on the plates. This is the second 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. William Bulmer's printer's imprint appeared only on the original printed front wrapper, which is not present in this copy (cf. ESTC). BAL, Early printed books, no. 3108; ESTC t015075.

Copy Notes With single-page plates protected by tissue-guards. Plate [II] cursorily annotated in pencil in Soane's hand. Bound (3) with the Society's publications in the same series on St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster (q.v.), Bath Abbey (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 4012


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