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BRUCE, Thomas, 7th Earl of Elgin (1766--1841)
[Memorandum on ... Elgin's pursuits in Greece. 1811]
Memorandum on the subject of the Earl of Elgin's pursuits in Greece.
London: printed for William Miller, by James Moyes, 1811.
[2], 77, [1] p., [1] engr. pl. : engr. illus. ; 23.3 cm. (8°)

First published in Edinburgh, 1810. Anonymous. By Elgin or someone in his circle. The text is sometimes attributed to W.R. Hamilton, but BAL casts doubt on this attribution. The plates and illustrations were engraved by Henry Moses (1782?--1870). Elgin's Memorandum was published in connection with his proposal to transfer his collection to the public, expressed in a letter of 6th May 1811 to the Hon. Charles Long, MP. The sum of £30,000 offered by Parliament was rejected as inadequate. Towards the end of 1812 approximately 80 more cases of architecture and sculpture arrived in England. The entire collection was exhibited in Burlington House until June 1815 when Elgin petitioned the House of Commons again to purchase his collection for £73,600. His second petition was preceded by the publication of a second edition of his Memorandum. A Select Committee of the House of Commons sat in February 1816 and recommended in its Report (q.v.) that the collection should be bought for £35,000, an offer which Elgin could not refuse. See notes to BAL, Early printed books, no. 4009 (1815 ed.).

Copy Notes Bought for 6s. from John Britton on 22 May 1811. (Jnl 5, p.194).

Binding Original C19th full blue paper boards, the front cover with printed paper label, 'Earl of Elgin's Pursuits In Greece. Price Six Shillings'.

Reference Number 2187


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