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SOANE, Sir John (1753--1837)
[Designs in architecture. 1797]
Designs in architecture, consisting of plans, elevations, and sections, for temples, baths, cassines, pavilions, garden-seats, obelisks, and other buildings; for decorating pleasure grounds, parks, forests, &c. &c. Engraved on 38 copper-plates. By John Soane, architect, member of the Royal Academies of Parma and Florence.
London: printed for I. & J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library, 1797.
[2], XXXVIII [i.e. 37] pl. (on 19 leaves) ; 53.5 cm. (2°)

First published in 1778 (q.v.). The above collation describes the two Soane copies only, which were apparently specially made up for his own use, with the 37 plates printed on 19 folio leaves and the letterpress title-page inlaid to size to bind after copies of his Plans, elevations and sections, 1788 and Sketches in architecture, 1793. For a full description of the publication history and of Soane's designs, see Pierre de la Ruffinière du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect (Chicago 1982), pp. 54--105; see also Harris and Savage, British architectural books and writers 1556--1785 (Cambridge 1990), pp. 427--428. Harris and Savage, 841; see also ESTC n8553 and BAL, Early printed books, no. 3095 describing ordinary copies.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Bound (3) after Soane's Plans, elevations and sections, 1788 (q.v., copy 1) and Sketches in architecture, 1793 (q.v., copy 2).
Copy 2: 51.3 cm. Imperfect; wanting title-page. Bound (2) after Soane's Plans, elevations and sections, 1788 (q.v., copy 2).

Binding Copy 1: C19th diced russia, gilt-ruled borders, recent calf spine.
Copy 2: C19th half green embossed binder's cloth, marbled-paper boards, red morocco spine-label, gilt-lettered 'Soane's Designs'.

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