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TATHAM, Charles Heathcote (1772--1842)
Etchings, representing the best examples of ancient ornamental architecture; drawn from the originals in Rome, and other parts of Italy, during the years 1794, 1795, and 1796. Second edition. By Charles Heathcote Tatham, architect; ...
London: printed for Thomas Gardiner, bookseller, by John Barfield, 1803.
12 p., 102 etch. pl. ; 46.1 cm. (2°)

The plates dated 1798--1800. First published in monthly fascicles from May 1798 to April 1799, when most or all of the letterpress was issued. At this stage the work consisted of 72 unnumbered plates (see BAL no. 3241). A further 30 plates were issued as a supplement during 1800. The present second edition is largely a reimpression of the sheets of 1799 with a cancel title-leaf and a new list of subscribers including Soane, and the plates renumbered 1--102 according to a logical scheme, including a plate numbered 47* and omitting 101. In the Soane copy plates 49, 77 and 102 are unnumbered indicating that they are reissued from the original 1799 printing. The plates continued to be reprinted with the 1803 title-page until 1810 when a new edition of the letterpress was published with reprints of the plates. In 1806 Tatham published a companion volume, Etchings, representing fragments of antique Grecian and Roman architectural ornament (q.v.). Many of the plates in the companion volume show antiquities collected in Italy by Tatham for Henry Holland and now preserved in the Soane Museum, as are two volumes of related drawings: see SM Drawings Vols 98 and 100. 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 99. 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. 3242.

Copy Notes Inscribed in pencil on rear free-endpaper with price £2.16s.6d., repeated in ink on front free-endpaper 2.16.6. Purchased from Thomas Boone for that price on 10 November 1815. (Archives 7/6/51).

Binding C19th russia, gilt-tooled Greek fret borders, blind-tooled anthemion pattern inner borders, gilt-and blind-tooled spine, marbled edges and endpapers. The binding is in the style of Kalthoeber but lacks his printed label.

Reference Number 3415


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