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WILLSON, Thomas (b. 1780?)
The pyramid. A general metropolitan cemetery, to be erected in the vicinity of Primrose Hill.
[London]: Whiting, Beaufort House, Strand, 1830.
6 p., [3] fold. pl. ; 48.1 cm. (2°)

Title and imprint from publisher's printed wrappers. The object of Willson's pyramid was to create a perpetual cemetery on a base of 18 acres which when all the layers were built would generate nearly 1000 acres of burial space. A small block model of the design was exhibited at the Colosseum, but it failed to raise any interest. See Colvin, 4th ed., p. 1129; BAL, Early printed books, no. 3678.

Copy Notes Copy 1: The plate of the elevation of the pyramid is inscribed in ink with an 8-line explanation of the project initialed T.W..
Copy 2: Imperfect; the plates only. With a variant plate of the elevation of the pyramid, containing the same ink inscription differently arranged.

Binding Copy 1: Contemporary C19th publisher's printed grey paper wrappers. Copy 2: Loose sheets.

Reference Number 3605


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