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COATES, Charles (1746?--1813)
The history and antiquities of Reading. By the Rev. Charles Coates, LL.B. Vicar of Osmington, and Preston, in the county of Dorset, F.A.S. and chaplain to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
London: printed for the author, by J. Nicols and Son; and sold by J. Robson; F. and C. Rivington; and Smart and Cowslade, Reading, 1802.
xv, [1], 464, [32] p., VIII pl. (2 fold.) ; 31.0 cm. (4°)

Soane's name appears in the list of subscribers. With the exception of an engraved ground-plan of Reading Abbey ('publish'd by permission of the Society of Antiquaries'), all the plates were drawn and engraved by Charles Tomkins, author of Eight views of Reading Abbey, 1791 (q.v.) and Views of Reading Abbey, with those of the churches originally connected with it, 1805--1810 (q.v.). They include a large folding plan of the town and topographical aquatints of St Mary's, St Lawrence's and St Giles's churches, the Oracle in Gun Street, and 'Saxon Arches in Mrs. Clements Garden'. The latter shows a leafy garden bower formed beneath the visible remains of an ancient ecclesiastical building - a romantic conceit not dissimilar from the one that Soane, a native of Goring-on-Thames near Reading, fancifully recreated in the 'Monk's Yard' at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields.

Copy Notes Addressed in ink on front pastedown-endpaper to Mr. Soane. Uncut, mostly unopened, and presumably unread.

Binding Contemporary C19th blue paper boards, white paper spine lettered in ink 'Reading/ by Coates'.

Reference Number 1959


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