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SOCIETY OF DILETTANTI, [Ionian antiquities. Part 1]
Ionian antiqvities, published by order of the Society of Dilettanti.
London:, printed by T. Spilsbury and W. Haskell,, 1769 [--1785].
[4], iv, 60, [2] p., VI, XII, X, V [i.e. 33] pl. : engr. illus. ; 55.8 cm. (2°)

The first impression of the first part of the Ionian antiquities, and the first publication of the Society of Dilettanti; the second impression can be distinguished by a variant title-page (ESTC t104763) naming R. Chandler, N. Revett and W. Pars as authors. Part I, chapter IV (pp. [55]--60) relating to the Temple of Jackly, at Mylasa (Milas) in south-west Turkey, with a new contents list was issued in 1785 as a first step towards the completion of the work, the letterpress being printed on 29 October 1784 and the five plates on 21 January 1785, though pl. I is dated 1 June 1784. This supplement was issued separately but would have been included in copies of part I sold after this date. A sixth unnumbered plate present in the BAL copy but not in the Soane copy as described above was apparently added shortly after first publication. The second part was published after further considerable delays in 1798 with a title-page dated 1797, reading Antiquities of Ionia, ... Part the second (q.v.). The first volume was extensively revised in 1821 (see Millard II, 80), and the work was finally completed in three further volumes published in 1840, 1881, and 1915. The text of the first part is by Nicholas Revett and Dr Richard Chandler, with an address to the reader by Robert Wood. The architectural plates for the first part were drawn by Nicholas Revett who also did those for the second part along with Luigi Mayer. The topographical views were drawn by William Pars who was also responsible for the head and tail-pieces. For a detailed bibliographical description and account of the history and background of the work, see notes to the BAL catalogue entries; see also Eileen Harris and Nicholas Savage, English architectural books and writers 1556--1785 (Cambridge 1990), pp. 431--437. BAL, Early printed books, no. 3123 (chapters I--III) and 3124 (supplement); Harris and Savage 849; ESTC t104765.

Copy Notes Bound (1) with the Antiquities of Ionia, ... Part the second (q.v.). Soane's account book records his payment of 10s. 6d. for the 'Temple of Jackly' i.e. part I, chapter IV on 28 March 1785 (Account Book 1781--6, f. 54). Inscribed with pencil notes by Soane in the margins, principally on the plates copying captions from the text (pp. 17, 22 and plates II, VI--XI in chapter I; plates II--III, V, VII and IX in chapter III). Pasted down on part I, chapter II, pl. II (the Ionic order at the Temple of Minerva Polias at Priene) is a pencil memo by George Bailey, curator 1837--60, 18h. Febr. 1851 / Mr Cockerell says that this/ Base is drawn incorrectly, an/ error of One Foot having been/ made in drawing the diameter/ of the lower Fillets.

Binding C19th diced russia, gilt triple-rule and guilloche roll-tool borders, thick gilt-ruled spine, direct-lettered in gilt.

Reference Number 2106

Additional Names Revett, Nicholas (1720--1804); Mayer, Luigi (fl.$1776--92); Pars, William (1742--1782); Temple of Dionysius (Teos); Temple of Athena (Priene); Temple of Apollo Didymaeus (Miletus)

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