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STUART, James (1713--1788)
[The antiquities of Athens. Advertisement]
The architectural antiquities of Athens and of Rome. I. The antiquities of Athens, accurately measured and delineated by James Stuart, ... and Nicholas Revett, ... II. The architectural antiquities of Rome, accurately measured and delineated by Antoine Desgodetz, ... the text translated and the plates engraved by George Marshall, ...
[London]: [c. 182-?].
2 p. ; 22.8 cm. (8º)

This advertisement, which is unfortunately undated, is evidence of a hitherto undetected 're-issue' in 80 parts of Stuart and Revett's Antiquities of Athens (vols. I--IV, 1762--1816, q.v.) together with, optionally, a similar re-issue of George Marshall's translation of Desgodets in 21 parts. The price per part is five shillings which represents a saving of £6 5s. for the Stuart & Revett ('original' price 25 guineas) and 50% off for the Desgodets ('original' price 10 guineas). Publication was to start 'on May 1st' and to 'be continued with as much rapidity as a due attention to careful workmanship will permit.' Josiah Taylor's address ('The Architectural Library, 59, High Holborn') appears at the foot of p. 2 after a long discourse upon his own public-spiritedness in making such important works available for the first time 'to those higher classes of operatives whose talents are devoted to the decorative departments of architectural details.' It is probable, in fact, that this rather uncharacteristic price-cutting exercise on the part of the Great Panjandrum of architectural publishing was triggered by his having got wind of Priestley and Weale's plans for a new edition of the Antiquities of Athens (1825--30; only the supplementary volume is in Soane's library, q.v.). It is worth noting, also, that the original publication of the final volume of both the works involved in this proposed re-issue had been entirely financed by the Taylor firm.

Binding Loose sheet.

Reference Number 3384


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