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JONES, Inigo (1573--1652)
The designs of Inigo Jones, consisting of plans and elevations for publick and private buildings. Publish'd by William Kent, with some additional designs. The first volume. (... The second volume.)
[London]: 1727.
2 vols ; 51.0 cm. (2º)
I: [14] p., engr. frontis., 73 [i.e. 51] pl. (7 double-page, 5 fold.)
II: [8] p., 63 [i.e. 46] pl. (17 double-page)

The plates in each volume are numbered 1--73 and 1--63, with the double-page plates each bearing two numbers and the folded plates four numbers. In May 1720 Lord Burlington had purchased a collection of drawings of designs by Inigo Jones from William Talman, from which he commissioned engravings as early as the following September. In 1724 William Kent was employed to edit and prepare the collection for publication at Burlington's expense; subscriptions were taken by the booksellers John Woodman and Daniel Lyon who had also published the reprint of Jones's Stone-Heng restored in 1725 (q.v.). Although the title-page presents the designs as by Jones, the majority if not all of the drawings were by his assistant John Webb. Those in vol. I mostly show designs for a palace in Whitehall together with some designs by Burlington and Kent; the second volume comprises designs for the Queen's House at Greenwich and a palace at Richmond, designs by Burlington, and seven plates after Palladio. Most copies including both Soane copies want the half-title in vol. I, and some want the frontispiece. ESTC t31727; Harris and Savage, 385; BAL, Early printed books, no. 1624; Millard II, 34.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Imperfect; volume I wanting half title. Bound two volumes in one. Oxidised orange paper binder's ticket 'Bound by C. Kalthoeber, London' on verso of front free-endpaper, i.e. Christian Kalthoeber, regarded as one of the finest bookbinders of the day (traded 1781--1817). This may be the copy purchased through W. Robins at Lord Lyttelton's sale, 1-6 July 1823 (q.v.), 4th day, lot 19 with a copy of G.A. Landi's Raccolta di alcune facciate di palazzi e cortili di ... Bologna [c. 1750] for £1 2s.
Copy 2: 45.3 cm. Imperfect; volume I wanting half-title and frontispiece. Bound two volumes in one. Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper in a mid-C18th hand E Libris/ Jacobi Chetham / pret: 5ll - 05s - 0 and with a bookseller's cypher(?). Library shelf-mark on front pastedown in the form B-35-6. Later pencil price 3.3.0 on front free-endpaper. A purchase of 'Two Volumes of Inigo Jones & Kents designs' was made from Priestley and Weale for 15s. on 29 October 1822. (Spiers Box, Bolton folder). Given that both copies of the present work in Soane's library are bound two volumes in one, in bindings undoubtedly dated before Soane's purchase of them, the bill may refer to one of Soane's copies of the present work (most likely this one) and to the copy of the similarly titled Some designs of Mr. Inigo Jones and Mr. Wm. Kent, published by John Vardy in 1744 (q.v.), the Soane copy of which has a Priestley and Weale catalogue tipped in at the front. However, neither of the two copies of the 1727 work in the Soane Museum can be securely matched to the acquisition records.

Binding Copy 1: Late C18th or early C19th diced russia calf, elaborate Greek key, olive leaf and acanthus scroll decorated gilt borders with gilt-tooled pineapple corner-pieces, rebacked in plain C20th calf, marbled endpapers. Fragments of original gilt-tooled spine and olive green and black morocco spine-labels laid down on front pastedown. Bound by C. Kalthoeber (see copy note above).
Copy 2: Contemporary C18th calf, blind roll-tooled borders within gilt double fillets, gilt-tooled spine, red morocco spine-labels.

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