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STUART, James (1713--1788)
[The antiquities of Athens. Vol. 1. French. 1793]
Les · antiqvités · d'Athenes · d'après · les · desseins · et les · mesvres · des · Messievrs · Jacqves · Stvart · F·R·S · et · F·S·A · et · Nicolas · Revett · peintres · et · architectes. Tome · premier.
A Londres de l'imprimerie de Jean Nichols, 1793.
[x], x, 50 p., [1], VI, VIII, XIX, XXVI, XI [i.e. 71] pl. (1 fold.) ; 54.5 cm. (2°)

Translation of the first volume of Stuart and Revett's The antiquities of Athens, 1762 (q.v.). This French edition, of which the Soane Library copy is the only example so far traced, includes the original list of subscribers translated into French. It also utilises all the plates and engraved head- and tail-pieces of the first edition with the exception of the head-piece to the dedication to the King. In view of the date of publication it was probably intended to attract new purchasers among French emigrés in England rather than represent any serious attempt to penetrate the market abroad; evidently it did not sell well, and no further edition in French was produced until Firmin Didot's Paris edition of the first three volumes in 1808--1812. See notes to BAL, Early printed books, no. 3183, p. 1996. Not in ESTC. Harris and Savage 858.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane Archt. In his The architecture of Robert and James Adam 1758--1794 (London 1922; reprinted Woodbridge 1984), vol. 2, appendix C (p. 332), A.T. Bolton lists Soane as the purchaser also of lot 140 'Stuart's Athens, vol. I, boards', presumably on the basis of the price £3 pencilled against it in the annotated copy of the Christie's sale catalogue in the Soane Museum (q.v.). However, in the copy of the sale catalogue at the Victoria and Albert Museum reproduced in facsimile in David Watkin (ed.), Sale catalogues of libraries of eminent persons. Vol. 4, Architects (London 1972), pp. 188-9, the buyer of lot 140 is given as 'Gaudrey', making an Adam provenance for the present volume unlikely, particularly as both Robert and John Adam died in 1792.

Binding C18th quarter sheep, blue paper boards.

Reference Number 3386


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