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CHRISTIE, James, the younger (1773--1831)
An essay on that earliest species of idolatry, the worship of the elements. By J. Christie.
Norwich, printed at the Stanhopian press of Stevenson, Matchett, and Stevenson. And may be had of Messrs. White and Cochrane, and of Messrs. Payne and Foss, London,, 1814.
[4], iv, 26 p., 2 hand-col. pl. (1 fold.) ; 29.9 cm. (4°)

James Christie wrote a number of books exploring topics such as allegory, symbolism and the origin of the sacred architecture of the ancients. See David Watkin, 'Freemasonry and Sir John Soane', The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 54, No. 4 (December 1995), pp. 402-417.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Inscribed in ink on the half title: from the Author. Tipped-in before the title-page is a letter from James Christie dated Aug. 6 1817, presenting Soane with a small Volume, to which I have contributed a few pages ... This was written six months after the present book was received by Soane, who inscribed the front paper wrapper in ink From Mr. Christie / 11 Feb. 1817. Christie's letter almost certainly refers instead therefore to Soane's copy of M. Ouvaroff's Essay on the mysteries of Eleusis ... with observations by J. Christie, 1817 (q.v.).
Copy 2: With marginal notes in pencil on p. 7 referring to Egyptian figures. Bound (2) with C. Tomkins, Eight views of Reading Abbey, 1791 (q.v.).

Binding Copy 1: Original grey paper wrappers.
Copy 2: C19th grey paper boards. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 1s. 6d., 2 August 1831. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.7.16).

Reference Number 1902

Additional Names Hutchinson, Edwin

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