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MILIZIA, Francesco (1725--1798)
[Le vite de' più celebri architetti. English. 1826]
The lives of celebrated architects, ancient and modern: with historical and critical observations on their works, and on the principles of the art. By Francesco Milizia. Translated from the Italian by Mrs. Edward Cresy. With notes and additional lives. In two volumes. ...
London: printed for J. Taylor, Architectural Library, 1826.
2 vols ; 21.5 cm. (8º).
I: [2], lxxii, [2], 351, [1] p.
II: [4], 454 p.

A translation of Milizia's work originally published anonymously in Italian in 1768 (q.v.). With a dedication 'To Sir John Soane, Esq. F.R.S. F.S.A.' BAL, Early printed books, no. 2131.

Copy Notes Inserted in volume I are two letters: one from the architect, Edward Cresy (1792--1858) sent to Soane at Bath on 1 Nov. 1825 requesting permission for his wife to dedicate her translation of Milizia's Vite to him, the other from Mrs. [Eliza] Cresy dated 23 Feb. 1826 presenting Soane with a copy of the book and thanking him for accepting the dedication.

Binding C19th mauve red calf, gilt and blind triple-fillet borders and spine compartments, green morocco spine-labels, direct-lettered in gilt at foot of spine 'Lond. 1826', marbled edges. Bound by Hood & McCullock for 5s. per volume on 22 March 1826. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.6.6).

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