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JONES, Inigo (1573-1652)
Some designs of Mr. Inigo Jones and Mr. Wm. Kent.
[London]: Published by John Vardy according to Act of Parliamt, 1744.
Engr. t.-pl., [2], 53 pl. ; 42.5 cm. (2º)

Following in the tradition of the two previous collections of Inigo Jones's Designs published by Isaac Ware in a slim octavo volume in 1731 (q.v.) and in two large folio volumes by William Kent in 1727 (q.v.), this collection of plates drawn and engraved by John Vardy and published shortly after the second impression of Ware's octavo offering in 1743 (q.v.) is in fact primarily devoted to furniture designs by Kent, who is named as the originator of all but the first 17 plates. Only 50 plates are listed in the two calligraphic contents plates following the engraved title, suggesting that the final three plates may have been an afterthought. ESTC t116216; Harris and Savage, 881; BAL, Early printed books, no. 1629; Millard II, 85.

Copy Notes Inscribed in pencil on front free-endpaper 10/6 and in ink with an earlier library shelf-mark (?) in the form C R No: 4. Further illegible cypher in pencil on front pastedown. Tipped in at the front is an undated 4-page Priestley & Weale catalogue (q.v.). The presence of this catalogue suggests that this volume may have been acquired at the same time as one of Soane's two copies of the 1727 collection (q.v.), as a purchase of 'Two Volumes of Inigo Jones & Kents designs' was made from Priestley and Weale for 15s. on 29 October 1822. Given that both copies of the 1727 work are bound two volumes in one, in bindings undoubtedly dated before Soane's purchase of them, the bill may refer to both Kent's and Vardy's collection.

Binding C18th mottled calf, rebacked in late C20th calf with gilt-tooled spine and brown goatskin spine-label.

Reference Number 2534


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