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ADAM, Robert (1728--1792)
[Works in architecture. Vols 1-2. 1773--79]
The works in architecture of Robert and James Adam, Esquires. Volume I. (II.) Containing the five following numbers, viz. I. The seat of the Duke of Northumberland, at Sion. II. The villa of Earl Mansfield, at Kenwood. III. The seat of the Earl of Bute, at Luton Park. IV. Public buildings. V. Designs for the King and Queen, and the Princess Dowager of Wales, &c. ([Vol. II] Containing the five following numbers, viz. I. The house of the Earl of Derby, in Grosvenor-Square. II. The house of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Baronet, in St. James's-Square. III. The house of the Earl of Shelburne, in Berkeley-Square. IV. The seat of the Duke of Northumberland, at Sion, continued. V. Various designs of public and private buildings.) = Les ouvrages d'architecture de Robert et Jaques Adam, ecuyers. ...
London: printed for the authors; and sold by Peter Elmsly, and by the other booksellers in town and country, 1778 [i.e. 1773--78]. (1779).
2 vols ; 62.9 cm. (1º)
I, i: [2], 12 p., engr. frontis., VIII engr. pl.
ii: 10 p., VIII engr. pl.
iii: [4] p., VIII engr. pl.
iv: [6] p., VIII engr. pl.
v: [6] p. , VIII engr. pl.
II, i: [10] p., VIII engr. pl.
ii: [4] VIII engr. pl.
iii: [4], VIII engr. pl.
iv: [4] p., VIII pl.
v: [4] p., VIII pl.

Parallel English and French letterpress; English title and imprint printed above French version. Robert Adam's decision to publish a carefully chosen selection of his designs was almost certainly inspired by the financial crisis that engulfed the Adam brothers, overextended by the Adelphi project, in the aftermath of the run on Scottish banks in June 1772 which also led to the sale of their collection of antiquities in 1773. Each volume comprises five parts or numbers, each with a special title-page and eight plates. The five numbers of vol. I were published between 24 July 1773 and 5 June 1778, with the volume I title-page being issued with the fifth number. The selling agent for the first four numbers was Thomas Becket, who was succeeded by Peter Elmsly for the fifth number and the completed first volume and vol. II, which though also formed of five numbers was published entire on 10 April 1779. A 'few copies' (including the Soane copy), issued at extra cost, have the following plates hand-coloured 'with the tints, used in the execution' (p. 7): vol. I: ii, pl. VII; iii, pl. VIII; v, pl. VII, VIII; vol. II: i, pl. VII, VIII; ii, pl. VI, VII; v, pl. VII. Three of these plates were printed in bistre: vol. I, v, pl. VII, VIII; vol. II, v, pl. VII. Plates I, III--V in vol. II, part four are by Giovanni Battista Piranesi. A third volume compiled mainly from copperplates purchased at the Adam sale (July 1821) was brought out by Priestley and Weale in 1822 (q.v.) to accompany their edition of the first two volumes and also available separately, but there is no evidence that it was ever intended by Adam. See Harris and Savage, 5 (pp. 83-88, 94); BAL, Early printed books, no. 28; Millard II, 2 (pp. 13-18). ESTC t52730.

Copy Notes Three extraneous plates of Lord Derby's 'Fête Champêtre', included in the posthumous third volume of 1822 (q.v.) in a later state with the publication lines removed but here bearing the imprint 'Published as the Act directs Sepr. 1st. 1780', are bound in at the end of vol. II; the plan of the fête pavilion is trimmed within the plate-mark and pasted down.

Binding C18th half red morocco, marbled-paper boards, neo-classical gilt-tooled spines with vases in cartouches, olive and green morocco spine-labels.

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