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ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, London
[Laws. 1797]
Abstract of the instrument of institution and laws of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Established December 10, 1768.
[London]: printed by J. Cooper, printer to the Royal Academy, 1797.
39, [1] p. ; 19.4 cm. (8°)

The third printing of the laws of the Academy. Like the earlier editions, printed by William Bunce in 1769 and Thomas Cadell in 1781, it was intended for distribution to the members of the Academy only. Both Soane copies include the Laws and regulations for the students ... (q.v.), which are lacking in some copies. The third paragraph on p. 4 of the Laws and regulations is a cancel pasted over the original text. ESTC t130877.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Bound (1) as issued with the Royal Academy of the Arts' Laws and regulations for the students ... (q.v.). Title-page and front free-endpaper inscribed in ink John Soane. Additional pencil calculations(?) on front free-endpapers. Interleaved and annotated in MS. with a fair copy of the questions put to, and the legal opinions given by the Attorney General, Spencer Perceval, at the time of the Academy's constitutional crisis of 1803. (A similar copy, interleaved with the Attorney General's autograph replies, is preserved in the Royal Academy's archives.)
Copy 2: 19.9 cm. Bound (1) as issued with the Royal Academy of the Arts' Laws and regulations for the students ... (q.v.). The front free-endpaper of the volume is inscribed in pencil 1866-1896, indicating that it was found in one of three repositories containing correspondence, miscellaneous papers and objects, sealed by Soane in November 1836 with directions that they should be opened on 22 November (the anniversary of his wife's death) in 1866, 1886 and 1896 respectively.

Binding Copy 1: Late C18th half sheep, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, black morocco spine label lettered in gilt 'Laws Of The Royal Academy'.
Copy 2: Early C19th quarter sheep, marbled-paper boards, gilt-ruled spine. Bound by Peter Low for 2s., April 1806. (Spiers Box).

Reference Number 3229


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