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THE ARTIST
[The Artist. 1807]
The Artist: a series of essays on science and art, written by men of eminent professional abilities, on topics relative to their respective studies, and by other persons peculiarly conversant with those subjects. Edited by Prince Hoare. One number will be published every Saturday. [No. V. April 11, 1807--No. XXI. August 1, 1807.]
London: published by J. Murray, J. White; W. Miller; J. Harding; J. Asperne. By Parker, Oxford; Barret, Cambridge; Gibbons, Bath; Constable and Co. Edinburgh; and Archer, Dublin, [1807].
25.3 cm. (4º)

Title and imprint taken from original printed wrappers to no. VI. Only 21 weekly numbers of 'The Artist' were published in the first period of publication, the last one of that series (no. XXI), published on 1 August 1807, being a 'Retrospect and Conclusion'. Many of the articles were written by a small coterie of royal academicians including Soane, who contributed an article to no. XIV on the education required to distinguish proper, professional architects from surveyors, mechanics and building tradesmen. Evidently George Dance supplied Hoare with 'what he had written upon the subject of Architecture' (J. Farington, Diary, vol. 8, 1982, p. 3022). The other contributors were James Northcote, John Hoppner, Richard Cumberland, Thomas Hope, John Flaxman, Elizabeth Inchbald, Anthony Carlisle, Henry James Pye, Thomas Holcroft, Edward Jenner, Benjamin West and Sir Martin Archer Shee. After a lapse of more than a year 'The Artist' re-appeared in 1809 (q.v.). A collected edition of the 41 numbers in two volumes was published in 1810.

Copy Notes The Soane copy of the first series is lacking nos I--IV. Number V is bound (4) in a pamphlet volume of works edited by Prince Hoare (23.3 cm). Numbers VI--XXI (issued from 18 April to 1 August 1807) are in the original printed brown paper wrappers, inscribed in ink on the upper covers Soane Esq. / 12 Lincolns Inn Fields.

Binding No. V: C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine, black spine-label lettered 'Prince Hoare's Correspond &c &c', later numbered '31' in a series of pamphlet volumes. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 2s. 6d., 23 February 1832. (Archive 7/16/29 book binding). Nos. VI--XXI: Stab-stitched in original printed brown paper wrappers, the upper reading as above, the lower with an 'Advertisement'.

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