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STUART, James (1713--1788)
[Antiquities of Athens. Supplement (volume 5)]
Antiquities of Athens and other places in Greece Sicily etc. supplementary to The antiquities of Athens by James Stuart, F.R.S. F.S.A. and Nicholas Revett, delineated and illustrated by C.R. Cockerell, A.R.A. F.S.A. W. Kinnard, T.L. Donaldson, W. Jenkins, W. Railton, architects.
London: Priestley and Weale, 1830.
11, [5], 10, 30, 56, 5, [1], 6 p., engr. frontis., [51] pl. : engr. illus.

This supplementary volume to Stuart and Revett's Antiquities of Athens, 1762--1816 (q.v.) is a collection of archaeological contributions by the rising generation of early Victorian architects, published in parts probably starting in 1828. C.R. Cockerell (1788--1863) who had returned from his Mediterranean tour in 1817 and been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1829; William Kinnard (c. 1788--1839), who as District Surveyor for the parishes of St Giles-in-the-Fields and St George, Bloomsbury, had unsuccessfully crossed swords with Soane in 1812 for building a projection on the front of his house in Lincoln's Inn Fields; T.L. Donaldson (1795--1885), who went on to become the 'virtual founder of the R.I.B.A.' (Colvin, p. 315); William Wesley Jenkins (died 1864), who had exhibited views of buildings on the Acropolis at the Royal Academy in 1822, 1823 and 1827; and William Railton (c. 1801--1877), who had returned from a three-year tour of Greece, Corfu and Egypt in 1827, and later won the competition for the Nelson Memorial in Trafalgar Square. The volume was dedicated to Soane by the publishers, Priestley and Weale, who intended it 'as a complement to the Three Volumes of the New Edition of Stuart and Revett's Antiquities of Athens' published by them in 1825--27 (which did not include Josiah Taylor's fourth volume published in 1816) using impressions of the mostly reduced copies of the original plates produced for the French edition published by Didot in 1809--1812. As such the supplementary was issued in two impressions, in royal octavo to accompany the Priestley and Weale edition (see BAL no. 3188), and in imperial folio as here to attract owners of the original edition. BAL, Early printed books, no. 3187.

Copy Notes Though Soane already had a set of the original edition of the first three volumes and Taylor's vol. IV, he is nevertheless listed as a subscriber for 'One Copy Royal' of the three volumes of Priestley and Weale's new edition together with their supplementary 'fourth' volume, and for an extra copy of the latter volume on 'Imperial Paper'. However the Weale edition of the first three volumes and the copy on royal paper of their supplementary volume were evidently disposed of subsequently; only the imperial paper copy of the latter volume was retained for binding to match the four volumes already in Soane's library. A payment of £6 12s. 0d. for 'Stuart & Revetts Antiq. of Athens Supplement to 12 Parts complete' is recorded on 30 a bill from Priestley & Weale for purchases by Soane in 1828--1830, settled by Soane on 30 June 1830. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.7.9).

Binding C19th quarter green morocco, green calf boards, roll-tooled gilt foliate guilloche borders, gilt-lettered spine-title in double-ruled compartment with anthemion ornaments at head and tail, bird ornament at the head of the spines, marbled edges and endpapers. Bound as vol. V of the set with the three original volumes and Taylor's vol. IV by Edwin Hutchinson for £2 10s. 0d. on 1 February 1830. (Archives 7/14/36).

Reference Number 3387


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