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Library of the Fine Arts; or Repertory of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, and Engraving. ...
London: published by M. Arnold; Simpkin and Marshall; W.F. Wakeman, Dublin; and Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh, 1831--32.
4 vols ; 22.5 cm. (8°)

A monthly magazine founded and edited by 'J.K.' (i.e. J. Kennedy M.P.), which appeared under this title from February 1831 to October 1832. Continued as: Arnold's Library of the Fine Arts (q.v.). Consists of 21 numbers divided into four volumes, vols II & IV including unabridged reprints of Reynolds's Discourses (q.v.) and Opie's Lectures on painting (q.v.) respectively. These monographic supplements are separately paginated with their own title-pages and were no doubt also available independently to non-subscribers. Kennedy's Thoughts on the present state of the fine arts in Great Britain (1833, q.v.), was issued to subscribers with the June 1833 issue of Arnold's Magazine of the Fine Arts (q.v.) as an 'Appendix To The Fourth Volume Of The "Library Of The Fine Arts"...'. It was also sold on its own, price 2s. 6d.

Copy Notes Each volume with a loosely inserted sheet of MS. notes by A.T. Bolton noting subjects of interest included in the particular volume. Tipped in at the front of vol. III of this set is a MS. letter from 'The Editor' dated Oct. 1, 1832, announcing that 'The late Proprietor and Editor ... having resigned his Interest in the Work, the Publisher has entrusted it to a Round Table of Artists and Amateurs ... '.

Binding Contemporary dark green moiré cloth, dark red or black roan labels lettered in gilt '(Vols III-IV: The) / Library / Of The / Fine Arts. / Vol.I. (-IV.) / (Vols III-IV: 1832.)'

Reference Number 2654

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