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EVANS, Robert Harding, auctioneers (1778--1857)
[Sale catalogue. 1835:07:15--20]
Catalogue of the valuable architectural and miscellaneous library, prints and drawings, of the late John Nash, Esq. ... which will be sold by auction, by Mr. Evans, at his house, No. 93, Pall-Mall, on Wednesday, July 15, and four following days (Sunday excepted.) 1835.
[London]: printed by W. Nicol, 51, Pall Mall, [1835].
[2], 46 p. ; 22.2 cm. (8°)

Lugt 14062. A list of the 28 lots that Soane purchased at this sale through the bookseller John Williams was compiled by George Bailey (SM Curatorial papers: Bailey, outsize box 16); see also Williams' undated invoice endorsed 'Account of Sundry lots purchased at the Sale of Mr. Nash's Effects for Sir J. Soane by J. Williams' (Spiers Box: Bolton folder 'purchases through personal friends'). Apart from a number of minor literary works and a very fine set of Macklin's Bible (lot 165, hammer price 15 gns), Soane acquired Nash's copies of a number of rare architectural books (including some at knock-down prices), the most expensive being Androuet du Cerceau's Le premier volume des plus excellents bastiments de France, 1607 (q.v., lot 160, £3 13s.), an edition of L'architecture à la mode, [c. 1690] (q.v., lot 151, £3 11s.), Lauritz de Thurah's Den Danske Vitruvius, 1740--49 (q.v., lot 929, £3 13s. 6d.) and Architectura civilis by 'Sultzbach' (lot 892), an apparently unrecorded folio work published in Augsburg in 1711, which fetched £6 2s. 6d., almost twice as much as any other architectural book bought for him at the sale. (This latter work, which is so far untraced in either Soane's library or elsewhere, might perhaps be a manuscript, although it is not described as such in the auctioneer's description). Soane's most significant non-book purchase was a large group of picturesque landscape and ruin drawings by Robert Adam (lots 983--988) which, together with a series of seven drawings of Adam ceiling designs (lot 982), fetched £13. Hooked on Books 10.7.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Marked up in ink with the prices fetched.
Copy 2: With the prices of a few lots on the first day's sale only marked in pencil and some markings against drawings at the end of the last day's sale. Bound (11) in a collection of book sale catalogues by R.H. Evans.

Binding Copy 1: C19th morocco-grained green cloth with wavy lattice pattern, lettered in gilt on upper cover 'Marked Catalogue Of The Library Of The Late J. Nash. Esqre.' Later numbered '43' in a series of sale catalogue volumes.
Copy 2: Recent olive green binder's cloth, gilt-lettered spine, numbered '76' in a series of sale catalogue volumes. Bound February 1925.

Reference Number 2215


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