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KAMES, Henry Home, Lord (1696--1782)
Elements of criticism. The sixth edition. With the author's last corrections and additions. ...
Edinburgh printed for John Bell and William Creech; and for T. Cadell and G. Robinson, London, 1785.
2 vols ; 20.9 cm. (8º)
I: xvi, 518 p.
II: 573, [3] p.

First published in 1762 with subsequent editions appearing in 1763, 1765, 1769 (with additions) and 1774. The final leaf of vol. II contains the publishers' list of books written by Lord Kames, who was advised by his friend and compatriot Robert Adam in compiling the present work. Soane first encountered Kames's ideas as a student attending Thomas Sandby's lectures at the Royal Academy, but only acquired his own copy in March 1813 when he took over seventy pages of notes in preparation for his own lectures. See Robin Middleton, 'Soane's spaces and the matter of fragmentation', in Margaret Richardson and MaryAnne Stevens (eds.), John Soane architect: master of space and light, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London 1999), p. 32. ESTC t58639.

Copy Notes Volume I inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper The gift of Mr. Ward to Henry de Cort [probably the landscape painter, Henry Francis De Cort (1742--1810)] 2 vol. / 3d July 1796 / John Soane / archt. / 1813, over faint traces of the same inscription in pencil. Volume II inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane / archt- / 1813.

Binding C18th sprinkled sheep, gilt-ruled spine, red morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 2481


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