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BRETTINGHAM, Matthew (1725--1803)
[Plans, elevations and sections of Holkham in Norfolk. 1773]
The plans, elevations and sections of Holkham in Norfolk, the seat of the late Earl of Leicester. To which are added the cielings and chimney-pieces; and also a descriptive account of the statues, pictures, and drawings; not in the former edition. By Matthew Brettingham, architect.
London: printed by T. Spilsbury; and sold by B. White, and S. Leacroft, 1773.
x, 24 p., [70] pl. (8 double-page) ; 53.5 cm. (2°)

The plans, elevations and sections of the neo-Palladian designs built under the supervision of Matthew Brettingham senior were first published in 1761 (q.v.); this is an expanded edition revised and edited with the addition of over forty new plates by Matthew Brettingam junior, who acknowledges the responsibility of William Kent for furnishing designs, any reference to which had been omitted by Brettingham senior in the original edition. The plates are irregularly numbered 1--69; 26 are new impressions of the plates in the original edition (omitting plates [1] and [10]), many re-numbered (some by hand), and with the numbering varying between copies; for details of the plates added, substituted or omitted from the first edition, see BAL 373. With a list of the plates in Italian (pp. 22--24). ESTC t85980; Harris and Savage 48; BAL, Early printed books, no. 373; Millard II, 8.

Copy Notes Copy 1: In this copy the two coppers 'Arch Gate to the Garden' and 'Seat in the Orangery' are printed on the same leaf. This is probably the copy purchased at Christie's sale, 23 March 1813 (q.v.) for 8s. in lot 113 with 'Smith's Specimens of Continental architecture', presumably a misprint for Robert Smirke's Specimens of continental architecture, 1806 (q.v.).
Copy 2: 46.3 cm. Imperfect; wanting the eight double-page plates, and the plates 'Saloon Cieling' and 'Library Cieling'. In this copy the two coppers 'Arch Gate to the Garden' and 'Seat in the Orangery' are printed on two separate leaves. Inscribed on second front free-endpaper To / John Soane Esq. R.A. / with / sincere regard / Ja Perry / Plate 5, 6, 7, 8 / wanting. James Perry (1756--1821) was proprietor of the Morning Chronicle newspaper and a close friend of Soane, who bought extensively at the sale of his library in 1822. Binder's inscription in ink on first front free-endpaper May 1829 / Super Royal Fol. / bindr 0: 10: 0.

Binding Copy 1: C18th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label.
Copy 2: C19th half calf, blind roll-tooled borders, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine direct-lettered in gilt. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson, 30 April 1829. (Archive 7/10/18, book binding).

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