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MIDDLETON, Charles (1756--c. 1818)
[The architect and builder's library. Advertisement. 1791]
Architecture. This day was published, price half a guinea, printed on superfine vellum paper, and tinted in imitation of high-finished drawing, part the first and second, of original designs in architecture, intended to contain six parts, and to be comprised in one volume folio, ... entitled The architect and builder's library: ... By Charles Middleton, architect and surveyor. ...
[London]: [1791].
[2] p. ; 33.4 cm. (2°)

Single half-sheet, verso blank, with drop-head title dated at head 'London, June 1791.' The terms were ½ gn. at the time of subscribing and ½ gn. on delivery of each of the proposed six parts of ten plates each. Subscriptions were taken in by the author at 'Chidley Court, Pall Mall' and by the London booksellers I. & J. Taylor, J. Debrett, B. White, R. Faulder, and E. Jeffery. Although it is clear from this advertisement, and a later one dated June 1795 (q.v.), that at least 30 plates were issued to subscribers as promised, no known publication by Middleton corresponds with that described here. In view of the fact that his subscribers had to wait four years for the third part, and given the difficult economic conditions caused by the war with France, it is highly probable that the work was never completed. The three parts that were issued are unlikely to have included the intended title-page and this fact, combined with the 'high-finished' coloured state of the plates, has perhaps tended to encourage their subsequent dispersal as separate prints. Not in ESTC.

Copy Notes Copy 2: 33.1 cm.

Binding Copy 1: Loose sheet.
Copy 2: Loose sheet.

Reference Number 2779


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