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PASQUIN, Anthony (1761--1818)
An authentic history of the professors of painting, sculpture, & architecture, who have practised in Ireland; involving original letters from Sir Joshua Reynolds, which prove him to have been illiterate. To which are added, Memoirs of the Royal Academicians; being an attempt to improve the taste of the realm. By Anthony Pasquin, Esq.
[London]: printed for H. D. Symonds; P. M'Queen; and T. Bellamy, [1796].
64, [2], 148 p., engr. frontis. port. ; 20.8 cm. (8°)

Anthony Pasquin was the pseudonym of John Williams, writer and satirist. The frontispiece is signed 'F. Bartolozzi R:A: sc.'. Memoirs of the Royal Academicians, including nos. I--III, has a separate half-title and title-page dated 1796. The latter is dated 1796 and has an engraved satirical vignette by Pasquin. The pagination and register are separate. 'Number I' of the Memoirs consists of 'A Liberal Critique On The [Royal Academy] Exhibition for 1794', first issued separately in that year (ESTC t9547). Although p. 148 states 'End Of The First Volume' no further numbers have been traced. ESTC t227722 (An authentic history); ESTC t39160 (Memoirs). This combined issue not in ESTC.

Copy Notes Bound (1) with a copy of the author's Legislative biography, 1795 (q.v.).

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine. Bound by Edward Lawrence for 1s. 6d. in 1802. (Spiers Box).

Reference Number 2970


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