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LANGLEY, Batty (1696--1751)
Ancient masonry, both in the theory and practice, demonstrating the useful rules of arithmetick, geometry, and architecture, in the proportions and orders of the most eminent masters of all nations, ... By B. Langley.
London: printed for, and sold by the author; J. Milan; and J. Huggonson, 1736.
2 vols ; 45.0 cm. (2°)
I: [4], xi, [22], 3-24, 29--434 p.
II: CCCCLXXI [i.e. 459] pl.

The plates are numbered I--CCCCLXXI, plate LXXXVI misnumbered LXXXVII, LXXXVII and CCCCLXVII omitted, 34 double plates with 2 numbers each = 435 plates + 24 lettered plates = 459 plates. This voluminous compilation was published in weekly numbers from 15 January 1733 to 10 October 1734 and thereafter at irregular intervals until its completion on 10 September 1736. It is owing largely to this method of publication that plates CCCCLXVIII--XXI, which are neither referred to in the text nor called for in the "Contents" (pp. i--xi), are sometimes lacking, as is the case in the two copies in the Soane. Pagination irregular with pp. 25--28 missing and several misnumbered pages; text continuous. ESTC t21880; Harris and Savage 412; BAL Early printed books, no. 1729.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Bought from Thomas Boone for 18s. on 17 November 1812. (Archive 16/12/45). Inscribed in pencil on verso of first and last front free endpapers Upwards of 400 plates/ 2 Vols. = 18 =, with Boone's ciphers. Volume I inscribed in ink on second front free endpaper and scratched out John Gale/ James Archer(?) his book given him by his grandfather/ Gale May ye 27th 1765/ Vol: 1. Inscribed in pencil on the same page 2 vols 2 - 10 - 0. Volume II with similar ownership inscriptions on the verso of the first and second front free-endpapers , and duplicate title-page and dedication inserted, containing text from p. 275 onwards and plates from CLXIII.
Copy 2: Imperfect; wanting pl. CX, CXXIII--IV and CCCCLXVIII--XXI. Inscribed in pencil by Soane on pages 137--9 with geometrical diagrams. Loosely inserted at page 145 a letter addressed to Soane at Lincoln's Inn Fields (i.e. after 1792) from Samuel Shepherd, a distant relation of Mrs. Soane's, seeking employment for Mr. William Roper as a carpenter at the Bank. Loosely inserted at plate CLXXXIX, a sheet of ruled pencil drawings of cornices. Volume II containing text from p. 283 and plates from CLXXVI, inscribed in ink on front pastedown John.

Binding Copy 1: C18th blind-panelled sprinkled calf, gilt double-rule borders and spine, red spine-labels. Bound in two volumes.
Copy 2: C18th sprinkled calf, gilt roll-tooled borders, gilt double-rule spine, red spine-labels. Bound in two volumes.

Reference Number 2588


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