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MALTON, Thomas, the younger (1748--1804)
A picturesque tour through the cities of London and Westminster, illustrated with the most interesting views, accurately delineated and executed in aquatinta by Thomas Malton Vol. I. (II.)
London: published by Thos. Malton, 1792 [--1801].
2 vols in 1 ; 42.0 cm. (2°)
I: iv, 60 p., engr. t.-pl., engr. dedic., 48 aquatint pl.
II: [1], 62--112 p., engr. t.-pl., 49--100 aquatint pl.

Proposals were issued in March 1791 to publish the work by subscription in 24 numbers. The first four plates are dated 30 June 1772, as is the engraved dedication to the Prince of Wales. The final plates to appear are dated 1 March 1801. The two engraved calligraphic title-plates (both dated 21 August 1792) are intended to divide the work into two 'volumes' even though the text is printed in continuous register and the pages and plates are numbered in unbroken sequences; here it is bound in one volume. Plate 65 is a view of Soane's Lothbury Façade at the Bank of England. Many of the numbers are at the extreme edge of the plates and have been cut off or bound in. The plates were originally protected by tissue guards. ESTC t100665; Abbey, Scenery 204; Adams 72; BAL, Early printed books, no. 2022.

Copy Notes Soane paid Mr Malton for the whole subscription to his Tour of London £14.8.0 on 5 November 1792 (Journal 2, Soane's account personal expenditure). In his note book Soane recorded having Malton to dine with him at Lincoln's Inn Fields on 16 December 1796, on which occasion he paid Malton for 6 Numbers of his work £3.12.0 for Mr. Brown. NB. this makes 12 numbers I have paid for Mr Brown & for which I was paid some months back (Soane Note Book 1796). The copy of Malton's Tour purchased for Brown may be one of the '2 Sets' credited to Soane in the list of subscribers, and this would account for the fact that there is only one copy in Soane's library. The identity of 'Mr Brown' has not been established. Soane paid £2 0s. 0d. extra for a russia calf binding on 12 June 1804, the commission for which was handled by the architectural publisher and bookseller Josiah Taylor (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.1.7). See Bernard Adams, London illustrated 1604--1851 (1983), no. 72. There are a few marginal pencil notes by George Bailey giving up-to-date information.

Binding C19th diced russia, gilt roll-tooled and thick-thin gilt-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine. Bound by J. Wingrave for £1 11s. 6d., 28 August 1804. (Archive 7/3/23).

Reference Number 2717


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