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CAMERON, Charles (c. 1743--1812)
[Baths of the Romans explained and illustrated. 1772]
The baths of the Romans explained and illustrated. With the restorations of Palladio corrected and improved. To which is prefixed, an introductory preface, pointing out the nature of the work. And a dissertation upon the state of the arts during the different periods of the Roman empire. By Charles Cameron, architect.
London: printed by George Scott: and to be had of the author, next door to Egremont-House, Piccadilly, 1772.
[2], iv, 65, [3], iv, 68 p., engr. frontis., engr. dedic., II--LXXV [i.e. 76] pl. (40 double) : etch. illus. ; 57.8 cm. (2°)

The English text is followed by a parallel title-page and text in French. The engraved frontispiece and twenty-five of the plates are based on that of Burlington's Fabbriche antiche, 1730 (q.v.), a reprint of which Cameron claimed had been projected by Isaac Ware. Although published by subscription, no list of subscribers was issued with the work, which was not a commercial success, and the unsold sheets were reissued by the booksellers S. Leacroft and J. Matthews in 1775 (q.v.). Includes an engraved dedication to the Earl of Bute; the remaining plates are numbered II--LXXV, with bis plates numbered XII and XVI. Plates VII and XVII have etched overlays and there are similar extension flaps affixed to pl. XIV, XV, XIX and XX. Measured drawings by Cameron relating to pl. XX (the Baths of Diocletian, correcting Palladio's errors) and the illustration of the Laconicum at Pompeii on p. iv of the English text), are preserved in the Soane Museum (Drawings 44/7/6--8). An errata slip listing fifteen errors in the English text is tipped-in following the French title-page. ESTC t21409; Harris and Savage, 95; Millard II, 9; Fowler 75; see also BAL, Early printed books, no. 530 (1775 issue).

Copy Notes Plate III is inscribed in ink by Soane with names of rooms taken from the text. One of the two editions in Soane's library was purchased from Faulder for £5 on 24 November 1794. (Journal 2, p. 360).

Binding C18th half diced russia calf rebacked in late C20th archival goatskin, marbled-paper boards.

Reference Number 1837


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