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STIEGLITZ, Christian Ludwig (1756--1836)
Plans et dessins tirés de la belle architecture ou représentations d'édifices exécutés ou projettés en CXV planches avec les explications nécessaires par C. L. Stieglitz.
A Londres chez A. Dulau et Comp. et se trouve a Hambourg chez P. F. Fauche et Comp., 1801.
[6], 14, [102] p., engr. frontis., [1], 113 [i.e. 103] pl. ; 44.5 cm. (2°)

First published in nine parts from 1798 to 1800 in Paris and Leipzig, almost certainly in parallel. Once part publication was complete the French sheets were reissued as a complete volume with the Leipzig imprint of Voss, 1800, and in 1801 the same sheets apparently issued again in London, as in the present copy, and in Paris with a new prefatory note (q.v.; see also BAL Early printed books, no. 3164). Stieglitz, a Leipzig classicist and architectural historian was the author of the introductory essay, condensed from the first chapter of his Geschichte der Baukunst der Alten (Leipzig, 1796). However, the majority of the plates, consisting of plans and elevations of existing and proposed buildings - mainly country houses, were supplied by James, seventh Earl of Findlater and Seafield. According to the publishers, Voss et Compagnie 'beaucoup sont même de sa propre invention, et ont été copiés sous ses yeux par l'habile crayon du Sr. Schwender' (probably Johann Gottlieb Schwender). These are Adam-inspired. The few plates of non-British buildings may not have been supplied by Findlater, but rather by another source. See A.A. Tait, 'Lord Findlater, Architect', Burlington Magazine. The plates, numbering 105 in total, consist of an engraved frontispiece, 1 unnumbered plate and 103 plates numbered 1--113 of which eight are double-page with 2 numbers and one is double-page with 3 numbers.

Copy Notes Bought from J. Williams for £1 10s. in April 1831. (Priv. Corr. E.7.17).

Binding C19th half calf, blind double-rule borders, gilt thick-thin double-rule spine, red morocco spine-label, ribbed morocco-grain brown cloth boards.

Reference Number 3358


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