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ROBINS, John
[Sale catalogue. 1827:07:30--08:20]
Attingham Hall, near Shrewsbury, in the county of Salop. Superb furniture; costly service of silver and gilt plate; cellars of fine old wines; valuable library of books; fine paintings, and sculptures in marble. A catalogue of the superb furniture, ... valuable library of books, ... fine paintings ... superb sculptures ... and a variety of other articles: which will be sold by auction, by Mr. Robins, of Warwick House, Regent Street, at the magnificent mansion, Attingham Hall, ... on Monday, the 30th of July, 1827, and fifteen following days, ... by order of the Right Honourable Lord Berwick. ...
London: printed by T. Brettell, [1827].
[8], 203, [1] p. ; 25.2 cm. (4°)

Lugt 11528. The printed wrapper reading: 'Splendid Sale Of Magnificent And Costly Effects, By Mr. Robins, ... At The Mansion, Attingham Hall, Near Shrewsbury, ...' For Soane's acquisitions at the Attingham sale see notes to copy 1.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Upper printed wrapper retained. Bound first in a collection of sale catalogues, 1827--1835. With the prices of most of the lots sold on the 6th and 7th days - i.e. paintings, prints and drawings, antique sculpture, and books and manuscripts - marked in ink over earlier pencilled annotations. It would appear that this was the copy of the catalogue used by Soane to indicate to his agent at the sale (almost certainly the same Mr. Watson who bought for him at the Cosway sale of 1821) those lots that interested him. Such comments as wish to have against Hackert's 'View of the Ruins of Pompei' and 'Lake of Arno' (lots 55 and 56) and must purchase against an 8 foot 3 inch 'Antique Candelabra' restored 'by the masterly hand of Deare' (lot 73) may or may not have constituted definite instructions to bid, and it is not clear how far Watson was also acting on his own behalf. The latter lot, for instance, seems to have been bought by Watson (for 155 guineas), as does lot 76, 'A very beautiful Antique Sarcophagus ... found in the ruins of Adrian's Villa' (secured for 220 guineas), but neither of these prizes were passed on to Soane, presumably because they exceeded his best bid. However Soane's moment came the next day when, through Watson, he succeeded in acquiring lot 152, a 15th-century illuminated vellum MS. of Josephus' History of the Jews in French, for the spectacular sum of £147 (MS. 1, vol. 135). In addition to an album of Indian miniatures (lot 153, price 5 guineas, SM Vol. 144) and a collection of manuscript tracts dating from the mid-fifteenth century, including one on marriage (lot 166, price £8 12s., MS. 10), Soane acquired copies of the following printed books at this sale: George, Lord Lyttelton, Works, 3 vols, 1776 (q.v., lot 9); Soame Jenyns, Miscellaneous pieces, 1770 (q.v., lot 9); G. Sale, The Koran, translated, 2 vols, 1801 (q.v., lot 9); James Ferguson, An easy introduction to astronomy, 1779 (q.v., lot 10 with 3 other unspecified works by Ferguson); George Adams, jun., Geometrical and graphical essays, 3rd ed., 1803 ('2 vols.', q.v., lot 10); Thomas Whately, Observations on modern gardening, 3rd ed., 1771 (q.v., lot 15); W. Harte, Essays on husbandry, 1764 (q.v., lot 15); Robert Beatson, A political index to the histories of Great Britain and Ireland, 2 vols, 1788 (q.v., lot 15); George Dyer, A restoration of the ancient modes of bestowing names on the rivers, hills, vallies, plains, and settlements of Britain, Exeter, 1805 (q.v., lot 15); Sir Uvedale Price, Essay on the picturesque, 1794 (q.v., lot 15); Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia epidemica, 1650 (q.v., lot 143). A handwritten list of the lots purchased by Soane, being 22 Books in the whole bought for a total of £162 5s., is tipped in at the front.
Copy 2: Upper wrapper inscribed ink on upper wrapper July 1827 / Lord Berwick, and in a later curatorial hand Duplicate of / Copy bound up in No 2.
Copy 3: Annotated throughout with prices in ink.
Copy 4: The title-page cropped with loss of the first line of text. Bound (3) in a pamphlet volume with a manuscript of Extracts from various Authors/ relating to the parish of Chertsey/ in the County of Surry/ August/ 1814 and two other catalogues.

Binding Copy 1: Recent half goatskin, binder's cloth boards.
Copy 2: Original printed paper wrappers.
Copy 3: Original printed paper wrappers.
Copy 4: C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine, black spine-label lettered 'Parish Of Chertsey &c &c'. Numbered '55' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

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