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TATHAM, Charles Heathcote (1772--1842)
Etchings, representing fragments of antique Grecian and Roman architectural ornament; chiefly collected in Italy, before the late revolutions in that country, and drawn from the originals. By Charles Heathcote Tatham, architect; ...
London: printed for Thomas Gardiner, bookseller, by John Barfield, 1806.
[4], 3, [1] p., 24 etch. pl. ; 48.4 cm. (2°)

Issued as a companion volume to Tatham's Etchings, representing the best examples of ancient ornamental architecture, 1799 (2nd ed., 1803, q.v.). Although the title-page is dated 1806, many of the plates are printed on paper watermarked 'J Whatman 1811' showing the Soane copy (like the BAL copy) to be a later issue. The plate numbers are very small and faint, hence the BAL catalogue describing the final plate as unnumbered. According to Tatham's preface, most of the drawings were 'made from some Fragments in Marble that were found in various Excavations among the Ruins at Roma, and which I collected there for a valuable Friend'. A great many of the objects in Tatham's book are in Sir John Soane's Museum, and it was formerly suggested that they were probably collected in Rome by Tatham for Soane who may be the 'valuable Friend' mentioned in the preface. However, Tatham's letters to Henry Holland written from Rome between 1794 and 1796, which are also in the Soane Museum (SM Drawings Vol 100), make it perfectly clear that the fragments were purchased for Henry Holland. They were acquired by Soane around 1816 and are first depicted in a view of 1817. A volume containing the original drawings for the present work was also purchased by the Museum in 1925 from P.W. Waterlow King, 173 Folkestone Road, Dover: see SM Drawings Vol 98. The letters and drawings are discussed by Susan Pearce and Frank Salmon, 'Charles Heathcote Tatham in Italy, 1794-96: letters, drawings and part of an autobiography', The Walpole Society 67 (2005), pp. 1--91. BAL, Early printed books, no. 3240.

Copy Notes In the Soane copy pl. 6 is bound as a frontispiece. With MS annotations by A.T. Bolton relating the etchings to Tatham's drawings which are in Soane's collection (see above), and a typewritten note identifying Soane as the 'valuable Friend', corrected in pencil by Bolton in 1925, pasted down on front free-endpaper.

Binding C19th half calf, blind-ruled borders, marbled-paper boards, gilt-lettered spine.

Reference Number 3416


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