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ROBINS, George
[Sale catalogue. 1823:07:01--06]
Macartney House, Blackheath. A catalogue of the superb and useful household furniture, (which is in the very best taste throughout,) a few very fine original Italian paintings, about one thousand ounces of elegant plate, ... an admirable collection of books, spendidly bound, and various other effects, the property of the Right Honourable Lord Lyttelton. Which will be sold by auction by Mr. Robins, of Warwick House, Regent Street, on the premises, Macartney House, on Tuesday the 1st day of July, 1823, and five following days, (Sunday excepted) ... On the first day, at 12 o'clock, will be sold, the delightful villa residence, (vide particulars.)
[London]: C. Richards, printer, 100, St. Martin's-lane, Charing-cross, [1823].
[2], 72 p. ; 23.0 cm. (4°)

Not in Lugt. Soane paid Robins £17 8s. 6d. for books bought at Lord Lyttelton's sale on 11 July 1823. (Journal 6, 11 July 1823). The books Soane acquired at this sale were as follows: -- Lot 3, £1 1s.: Sir Walter Raleigh, The historie of the world, 1666 (q.v.); -- Lot 19, £1 2s.: Giuseppe Antonio Landi, Raccolta di alcune facciate di palazzi e cortili di piu' riguardevoli di Bologna, [c.1750] (q.v.); and Kent's Designs of Inigo Jones, 1727 (q.v.); -- Lot 28, £4 12s.: The workes of our ancient and learned English poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, 1602 - 'bound by Welcher, in imitation of the Old Oak Sides, a choice and elaborate Specimen of the Binding Art' (q.v.); -- Lot 29, £1 10s.: Leoni's The architecture of Leon Battista Alberti, 2nd ed., 1739 (q.v.); and Sturt's Perspectiva pictorum et architectorum di Andreae Putei, 1707 (q.v.); -- Lot 44, 10s.: Holland's The Romane historie, written by T. Livius of Padua, 1600 (q.v.); and H. Scobell, A collection of Acts and Ordinances, 1658 (q.v.); -- Lot 49, £1 13s.: C. Middleton, The history of the life of M.T. Cicero, 1741 - '2 vols, large paper' (q.v.); -- Lot 56, £1 15s.: William Mason's The poems of Mr. Gray ... [with] memoirs of his life and writings, 1775 - 'superb red morocco' (q.v.); -- Lot 82, £1 6s.: J. Arbuthnot, Tables of ancient coins, 1727 (q.v.); and Erasmus Darwin's The botanic garden, 1791 (q.v.); -- Lot 83, £1 3s.: John Gay's Poems on several occasions, 1720 (q.v.); G. Mason, A supplement to Johnson's English Dictionary, 1801 (q.v., misprinted as '1831' in sale catalogue); and Sir Isaac Newton's The chronology of ancient kingdoms amended, 1728 (q.v.); -- Lot 99, £1 6s.: Horace Walpole, Historic doubts on the life and reign of King Richard the Third, 1768 (q.v.); Thomas, Lord Camelford's Narrative and proofs, 1785 -'private printed Book' (q.v.); an unidentified volume of quarto 'Sermons and tracts' dated London 1797; and T. Wollaston's The religion of nature delineated, 1716 (q.v.); -- Lot 113, £1 11s. 6d.: M.G. Lewis, The Monk, 1796 - '3 vols. bound in 2, the first edition' (q.v.); 'Pratt's "Home," a Poem, 1 vol.' (usually attributed to J.B. Greenshields, q.v.); R. Bloomfield, The Farmer's Boy, 1806 (q.v.); 'The Enchanted Plants, 1 vol.' (q.v.); The poetic of Aristotle, translated from the Greek, with notes by H.J. Pye, 1788 (q.v.). Soane had made alterations to Macartney House in 1802--1809 for George Fulke Lyttleton (later 2nd Baron Lyttelton), including the refurbishment of the Library, the finest of Soane's surviving country house libraries. See Ptolemy Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, pp. [114]--123.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Annotated in ink with the prices fetched on the fourth day's sale which, together with the fifth day, was devoted to the dispersal of the library. Eleven lots on the fourth day are additionally inscribed in ink as bought with R added in pencil. The total price of these lots corresponds to the £17 8s. 6d. that Soane paid Robins for books bought at Lord Lyttelton's sale. There are also some pencil marks against a few lots in the fifth day's sale. Bound in a collection of sale catalogues.
Copy 2: Pink printed paper wrappers retained.

Binding Copy 1: Later C19th half green binder's cloth, marbled-paper boards.
Copy 2: Stab-stitched in original pink printed paper wrappers, the upper reading 'A Catalogue Of The Valuable Effects, At Macartney House, Blackheath.' within decorative frame.

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