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SOANE, Sir John (1753--1837)
A statement of facts respecting the designs of a new House of Lords, as ordered by the Lords Committees, and humbly submitted to the consideration of their Lordships, by John Soane, F.A.S. Architect to the Bank of England, and member of the Royal Academies of London, Parma, & Florence.
London: printed by T. Plummer, 1799.
34, [2] p. ; 21.1 cm. (8º)

The final leaf is blank. Soane's designs for a new House of Lords, which he was requested to make in June 1794 and expected to be executed, came to nothing owing to the economic situation and to James Wyatt's claim to his right as Surveyor-General since 1796 to design any new buildings. See J.M. Crook and M.H. Port, The history of the King's Works, VI (1973), pp. 512--15; see also Gillian Darley, John Soane: an accidental romantic (London 1999), pp. 139--141. This was the first instance of Soane going into print to defend himself against perceived professional slights, a pattern which would recur throughout his life. See Susan Palmer, 'Sir John Soane: rewriting a life', Libraries and the Cultural Record, special issue 'Personal Papers in History' (Austin, 2009), pp. 65--81. Soane's draft manuscript of the Statement is bound with manuscripts pertaining to the Law Courts (Soane Case 29--30). ESTC t101709.

Copy Notes Copy 1: With original marbled-paper wrappers bound in. Bound (2) with four other pamphlets.
Copy 2: Lacking the final blank. With original marbled-paper wrappers bound in.
Copy 3: Lacking the final blank.
There are additionally 126 duplicate copies in original marbled-paper wrappers in the Soane archive.

Binding Copy 1: Mid-C20th binder's cloth, spine-title 'Soane Pamphlets'. Bound in 1942.
Copy 2: Bound in a numbered series of late 19th century half calf pamphlet volumes. (Archive, Trustees' Minutes 18 June 1866). With binder's stamp 'Bound By Mansell' on front pastedown.
Copy 3: C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine, black spine-label lettered 'Statement Of Facts &c &c &c'., numbered '22' in a series of pamphlet volumes.
Other copies: 126 copies in original marbled-paper wrappers.

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