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ROBINSON, Peter Frederick (1776--1858)
[Vitruvius Britannicus. Advertisement. 1825]
New Vitruvius Britannicus. Dedicated, by permission, to and the patronage of his most gracious majesty. Prospectus for publishing by subscription a new Vitruvius Britannicus; comprehending plans and elevations, drawn from actual measurement, and accompanied by scenic views of all the most distinguished residences in the United Kingdom, ... Some historic notices will be added to each. The work will be printed on imperial folio, and got up under the superintendance of P.F. Robinson, architect. ... To be published by Messrs. Carpenter and Son, Old Bond Street. A number will appear every three months [...] price three guineas each.
[London]: [1825].
3, [1] p. ; 23.5 cm. (4º)

Drop-head title. With the 'Address' dated at end 'Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, May 9, 1825.' Verso of second leaf blank. The promise of three monthly intervals between each part was wildly over-optimistic: the first part, devoted to Woburn Abbey, did not appear for another two years, and the subsequent parts - effectively separate monographs on Hatfield House, Hardwicke Hall, Castle Ashby and Warwick Castle - took another fifteen years to complete. According to this version of the prospectus, the original plan was to 'publish by Counties, commencing with Bedfordshire'. This prospectus was evidently unknown to the compilers of the BAL catalogue entries describing the published works, who note that 'A prospectus for the first part ... issued around 1826' was referred to in a later review in the London Literary Gazette (see notes to BAL, Early printed books, no. 2817, p. 1672); this may be a reference to the present prospectus or to a later one dated January 1826 (q.v.) which is also preserved in the Soane Museum.

Binding Loose bifolium.

Reference Number 3188


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