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DUPPA, Richard (1770--1831)
Illustrations of the lotus of antiquity. By R. Duppa, ...
London: printed by T. Bensley, 1813.
8, [4], [9]--12, [4], [13]--16, [2] p., [5] hand-coloured pl. ; 34.2 cm. (2°)

In three sections: 'The Libyan Lotus', 'Ægyptian Lotus', and 'Tamara'. The main text interspersed with translations of the classical passages in each section. A note at the bottom of the last page explains how 'There was no intention of adding a translation of this paper till the Greek and Latin were printed, or the typography would have been differently arranged'. In his lecture notes on d'Harcanville's Recherches, Soane scribbled down 'acknowledge obligation to Mr Duppa'. (Archive 1/97/1, fol.10+; see also Watkin, 1996, p. 266.) There is MS. correspondence dated 22 May 1813 between Soane and Richard Duppa, concerning the plates. (Priv. Corr. I.D.10.1).

Copy Notes Bound after two unrelated pamphlets by J. Shortess (q.v.) and James Tilly Matthews (q.v.) is a copy of a letter dated 30 December 1812 in which Soane enquires whether it is possible to procure a copy of Duppa's "dissertation of the Lotus", together with Duppa's reply of the same day presenting Soane with "the last copy of this paper as he only printed 35 for some literary friends". On the verso of Soane's letter is a rough draft of Soane's reply, dated the same evening, thanking Duppa for the "flattering mark of attention" and hoping he will have no objecting to Soane's "quoting from these vey useful & satisfactory illustrations in the Lectures I am to give at the Royal Academy".

Binding Later C19th half black morocco, blind double-ruled borders, marbled-paper boards. A Museum bookplate pasted inside the front cover is inscribed in pencil Probably a paper copy & later bound, signed by the curator Arthur Bolton and dated 1923.

Reference Number 2155


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