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WOOLFE, John (d. 1793)
[Vitruvius Britannicus. Volumes IV--V. 1819?]
Vitruvius Britannicus, or the British architect; containing plans, elevations, and sections; of the regular buildings both public and private, in Great Britain. Comprised in one hundred folio plates, engrav'd by the best hands; taken from the buildings, or original designs by Woolfe and Gandon architects. Vol. IV. (V.) [parallel title in French].
London:, sold by J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library,, [1819?].
Volume IV only: 10 p., engr. t.-pl., engr. dedic., 98 [i.e. 79] pl. ; 53.5 cm. (2º)

The letterpress of this copy of the first volume [i.e. vol. IV] only of Woolfe and Gandon's continuation of Vitruvius Britannicus (first published 1767--71, q.v.) is reprinted on paper watermarked 'W. Thomas 1818'; the edition first appears in a Taylor catalogue datable between April 1819 and 1820. However, the armorial stamp of Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland (1705--1774) on the binding and the fact that the letterpress appears to have been tipped onto binding leaves rather than bound in suggest that this may in fact be a copy of the plates of the original edition of this volume, later supplemented by the reprint of the letterpress. A copy of the letterpress of vol. V is tipped in at the end of Soane's copy of the original edition. Harris and Savage, 946.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the title and dedication plates. Wanting vol. V. Front pastedown inscribed in ink in an unidentified hand with earlier shelfmark Shelf 122.

Binding C18th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Plans' with Greek key roll-tool decoration, black morocco spine-label with gilt-tooled armorial stamp of Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland (1705--1774), on a chapeau turned up ermine a fox sejant, stamp 1 (25 x 20 mm). See John Morris and Philip Oldfield, British Armorial Bindings, s.v. Fox, stamp 1. (Accessed 31 October 2012).

Reference Number 3638

Additional Names Campbell, Colen (1676--1729); Gandon, James (1742--1823); Fox, Henry, 1st Baron Holland (1705--1774)

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