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DESENFANS, Noel Joseph (1745--1807)
A letter to Benjamin West, Esq. president of the Royal Academy. By Noel Desenfans, Esq.
London: may be had of Cadell and Davies; and Hookham. Exton, typ., 1802.
34, [2] p. ; 20.1 cm. (8º)

The letter concerns a rumour that the author's statement that painters "were often subject to jealousy, and that mediocrity was unknown in painting", made in the second edition of his Descriptive catalogue ... of some pictures, 1802 (1st ed., 1801, q.v.; 3rd ed., 1802, q.v.), gave offence to members of the Academy. Final erratum leaf.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Bound (4) in a collection of five pamphlets.
Copy 2: Inscribed in ink on title-page John Soane. -. Bound first in a collection of pamphlets.

Binding Copy 1: C19th full diced russia, gilt double-rule borders, gilt- and blind-tooled spine, marbled edges. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 4s., 28 February 1832. (Archive 7/16/29 book binding, half russia). Numbered '67' in a series of pamphlet volumes.
Copy 2: C19th half maroon roan, blind double-rule borders, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, gilt-lettered 'Letter to / B. West P.R.A.'. Numbered '93' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 2087


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