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PENNANT, Thomas (1726--1798)
[Of London. 1805]
Some account of London: By Thomas Pennant, Esq. The fourth edition with considerable additions.
London: printed for Robert Faulder, by R. Taylor and Co., 1805.
[2], 415, [9] p., add. engr. t.-pl., [15] pl. ; 56.5 cm. (2°)

First published in 1790 as Of London (q.v.). The folio printing of the posthumous fourth edition described here collates differently from the quarto edition described by Adams, p. 158. Copies were frequently extra-illustrated, as here; Soane's two copies are expanded to two and six volumes respectively. The fourth edition, as Adams notes, provided the standard text for many pennantizers, including Fauntleroy. See Bernard Adams, London illustrated, no. 67, pp. 156--160; see also notes to BAL, Early printed books, no. 2474 (1791 ed.).

Copy Notes Copy 1: A pennantized copy extra-illustrated with the complete set of 96 engraved plates and title-plate of J.T. Smith's Antiquities of London and it's environs (q.v.). Bound in two volumes.
Copy 2: 53.3 cm. Pennantized in six volumes by Henry Fauntleroy, the banker who was hanged for forgery in 1824. For details of the extra-illustration see Concise Catalogue of Drawings, Vols 146--151 and the bound MS. index volume compiled by Walter Spiers, available for consultation at the Museum. This copy was bought by John Britton for Soane at the sale of Fauntleroy's library, Sotheby's, 11 April 1825 (q.v.), lot 587 for 650 guineas. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.7.52; Cheque stubs 1825). Notes inserted into the Sotheby's catalogue discuss the discrepancy between the announcement that the work was in seven volumes and the fact that Soane only has six volumes. Note in Bonomi's hand indicates that The prints with Autographs in / the Pennant & Naunton, are / those published by Mr. Thane / 1791- 70 in all for an / account of their publication see Gent Mag. 1791. p.841 (see Priv. Corr. VI.N). Soane had also been approached on 5 April 1825 by the bookseller John Weale who enquired whether he might be allowed to bid for 'Mr. Fauntleroy's copy', doubtless referring to the present work. (Priv. Corr. XVI.F.26). Another letter from Weale dated 11 April repeats the enquiry and gives the names of other prospective bidders for the Pennant and the opinion of the printseller Mr Dyer that it is worth to any gentleman 500 Gs. (Spiers Box).

Binding Copy 1: C19th half russia, gilt roll-tooled borders, gilt-ruled spines, marbled-paper boards.
Copy 2: Contemporary C19th calf, upper and lower covers with geometrical strapwork design within wide decorative borders filleted in gilt and blind, spine compartments gilt-tooled in arabesque style.

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