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BRITTON, John (1771--1857)
Graphical and literary illustrations of Fonthill Abbey, Wiltshire; with heraldical and genealogical notices of the Beckford family. By John Britton, ...
London: printed for the author. Sold by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green; Taylor; Clarke; etc., 1823.
viii, [1], 6--68, [8] p., XI engr. pl. (2 hand-col. aquat.) ; 34.5 cm. (4°)

Plate XI is an additional title-plate. With imprint of C. Whittingham on verso of title-page. The final eight unnumbered pages consist of a 4-page list of subscribers; three pages of advertisements of books published by Josiah Taylor, Architectural Library, J. Britton and A. Pugin; and the table of contents of the present work on the last page. Evidently the list of subscribers, though initially intended to form part of the preliminaries, was longer than expected and rather than print a singleton, it was decided to expand the matter by filling the rest of the sheet with publishers' advertisements. Plates IX and X are hand-coloured aquatints. The plates were something of a disappointment to Britton: 'not ... equal to those I have generally had executed for the "Cathedral Antiquities"' (p. 13). BAL, Early printed books, no. 416.

Copy Notes Copy 1: This is one of thirty copies with 'Proofs and Etchings' to which Soane subscribed. Here the plates are printed on India paper, those consisting of views are marked 'proof', and there are additional etched-state proofs before letters of pl. IV, V, VI, IX, and X. The lettered proof of pl. VI is bound as the frontispiece and the lettered proofs of pl. IX and X are hand-coloured aquatints. Loosely inserted in this copy are three extraneous plates of Fonthill Abbey, one being a topographical steel-engraving in lettered and unlettered states (the former with Beckford's facsimile signature), and the other a caricature (of Beckford?) entitled 'A View at Fonthill Abbey' signed 'B.O. Litho.' With some letterpress leaves unopened.
Copy 2: 34.6 cm.

Binding Copy 1: Original C19th red paper boards, the upper cover with a printed paper-label containing the title and price 'Large Paper 2 Guineas' in a woodcut Gothic lozenge (as used for half-title to Britton's An historical and architectural essay relating to Redcliffe Church, 1813, q.v.) and inscribed in ink India Proofs & Etchings. With traces of missing spine-label as below.
Copy 2: Original C19th light grey-green paper boards, the upper cover with a printed paper-label as for copy described above. Printed spine-label reading 'Britton's Fonthill Abbey.'

Reference Number 1785


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