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MATTHEWS, James Tilly (d. c. 1814)
Useful architecture. By James Tilly Matthews, architect. No 1. This number contains plans and elevations for a small cottage, plate 1. And plans and elevations for an economical villa, plates 2, 3, and 4.
[London, 1812].
2 p., 4 hand-col. pl. ; 29.6 cm. (4º)

Drop-head title. Printer's statement from colophon: J. Bass, printer, Lambeth Hill, Doctors Commons. The first and only published part of a proposed serial work to contain designs for buildings "from the £50 Cot to the £200,000 Mansion, mostly grounded on the Grecian, Roman, Gothic, and Plain Styles of Architecture". Matthews learned to draw and engrave while confined as a lunatic in Bethlehem Hospital from 1797 to 1813. He was the subject of a book by the medical writer and apothecary to Bethlehem Hospital, John Haslam (1764--1844), Illustrations of madness: exhibiting a singular case of insanity, and a no less remarkable difference of medical opinion ..., 1810.

Copy Notes Bound with a letter of 4 January 1826 from John Haslam to Soane presenting him with "the two numbers of the late Mr Matthew's publication". By "two numbers" he presumably means "No 1" of the book and the printed proposals dated "Oct. 31, 1812" also included here (q.v.). Bound (2) with J. Shortess, Harmonic architecture, 1741 (q.v.) and MS. correspondence dated 30 Dec. 1812 between Soane and Richard Duppa concerning the latter's Illustrations of the lotus of antiquity, 1813 (q.v.).

Binding Later C19th black quarter pebble-grained cloth, marbled-paper boards direct-lettered in gilt 'Pamphlets'.

Reference Number 2745


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