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CARTER, John (1748--1817)
The ancient architecture of England. Part I. The orders of architecture during the British, Roman, Saxon and Norman æras. By John Carter, F.A.S. architect.
London, 1795.
[4], 54 p., etch. frontis., etch. t.-pl., LXXIX pl. : etch. illus. ; 55.8 cm. (2°)

Part I only. The work was published in 27 parts with plate imprint lines dated 1 May 1795--1 May 1814. Part II has the title-plate dated 1807 and part title: The orders of architecture during the reigns of Henry III, Edward III, Richard II, Henry VI, Henry VII, and Henry VIII. "Although Carter's drawings and engravings have a permanent value as a pioneer record of English medieval antiquities, his views on architectural history were frequently vitiated by his ignorance of foreign examples and by his inability to read any language other than his own." (See Howard Colvin, A biographical dictionary of British architects 1699--1840, 4th ed. (New Haven and London 2008), p. 232. BAL, Early printed books, no. 569; ESTC t90822.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Some plates are inscribed in pencil with captions taken from the text, probably by Soane.
Copy 2: 54.5 cm. Imperfect; wanting all letterpess and plates issued after 1 June 1802, i.e. the frontispiece, dedication, preface, contents leaf, pp. 43--54 and all after pl. LV. Bound (1) with a copy of B. Howlett's The Abbey of St. Nicaise, at Rheims, [1805] (q.v.) and an extract from the fourth volume of the Society of Antiquaries' Vetusta monumenta. There is also a copy of 'No. 15' consisting of [2] pages (pp. 43 and 44) and [4] plates (LVI--LIX) in original grey paper wrappers inscribed in ink Antient Architecture of England/ Pub. by _ Carter/ No. 15/ 5s6 large paper/ 12 Upper Eaton Sq.Grosvenor Place. (Drawer 57 Set 10).

Binding Copy 1: C19th half sheep, gilt-ruled borders, gilt-ruled, blind-tooled spine lettered in gilt, marbled-paper boards. It is probably this copy for which Edwin Hutchinson was paid 16s. for binding in 'calf let' on 3 February 1831. (Archive 7/15/22 book-binding).
Copy 2: C19th half green roan, blind double-rule borders, gilt double-rule spine direct-lettered in gilt, marbled-paper boards.

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