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MIDDLETON, Charles (1756--c. 1818)
[The architect and builder's library. Advertisement. 1795]
Architecture. This day was published, part the third, to be comprised in one volume folio. Original designs in architecture, coloured in imitation of high finished drawings, dedicated by permission to ... the Prince of Wales. Intitled The architect and builders library: ... By Charles Middleton, architect, and joint surveyor ...
[London]: [1795].
[4] p.; 33.2 cm. (2°)

Drop-head title, dated at head 'June 1795.' Pages [2] & [4] are blank. Page [3] carries a single-page 'Advertisement.' in which it is stated that the 'object' of the work is 'to contain Original Designs, from the Cottage, through all Gradations of Building, to the Superb Edifice, with a choice Selection of Decorations and Enrichments from the most admired Remains of Antiquity'. This programme is remarkably similar that of Middleton's diminutive Architect's and builder's miscellany, or pocket library published in 1799 (see BAL, Early printed books, no. 2117), and it is very probable that the latter rose from the ashes of this earlier, much larger and more expensive enterprise. The four-year interval between the appearance of the second and third parts of Middleton's work announced in an earlier advertisment dated June 1791 (q.v.) suggests that his project had almost immediately run into difficulties. The subscription price is now £4 10s. (i.e. 15s. per part), and 6½ as opposed to 4½ guineas to non-subscribers - a price far too high for the average builder or craftsman to contemplate. The only other changes are that the author's address is given as 35, Maddox Street, Hanover Square; E. Jeffery has dropped out of the list of booksellers taking in subscriptions; and 'I. & J. Taylor' have become 'J. Taylor'. Not in ESTC.

Copy Notes Bound (9) in a collection of pamphlets.

Binding Later C19th marbled-paper boards, maroon grained binder's cloth spine, direct-lettered in gilt 'Pamphlets'. Numbered '64' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 2780


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