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GWYNN, John, R.A. (1713--1786)
London and Westminster improved, illustrated by plans.To which is prefixed, a discourse on publick magnificence; with observations on the state of arts and artists in this kingdom, wherein the study of the polite arts is recommended as necessary to a liberal education: concluded by some proposals relative to places not laid down in the plans. By John Gwynn.
London: printed for the author. Sold by Mr. Dodsley, and at Mr. Dalton's Print-Warehouse, Mr. Bathoe, Mr. Davies, and by Mr. Longman, 1766.
xv, [1], 132 p., IIII fold. maps ; 27.9 cm. (4º)

The dedication to the King [George III] is by Samuel Johnson. ESTC t138431; BAL, Early printed books, no. 1416; Harris and Savage 276.

Copy Notes Copy 1: With the plates uncoloured. Deckle edges. Bought on 20 February 1786. (Account Book 1781-86). Inscribed in pencil on front paste-down Collated / 1-10/ Very Scarce and on rear pastedown the cypher cn/-.
Copy 2: 26.0 cm. With the plates hand-coloured and the letterpress interleaved (watermark date '1817'). Bought from T. & W. Boone for £1 5s. on 1 July 1828. (Spiers Box). Fourth front free-endpaper retained from an earlier binding, inscribed in ink Roma quanta fuit ipsa ruina docet above an architectural capriccio, Will. of Wickham 35, and in pencil, Antiquities of Greece ridiculed pa. 64.

Binding Copy 1: Contemporary C18th blue paper boards, white paper spine with later clumsy repair in book tape by A.T. Bolton, lettered in ink 'Gwynn'.
Copy 2: C19th diced russia, gilt double-rule borders and spine, direct-lettered in gilt, marbled edges. Edwin Hutchinson was paid 7s. on 18 February 1833 for 'russia lettered guarding top of every leaf'. (Archive 7/17/19 bookbinding).

Reference Number 2405


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