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BELL, J.A., architect (fl. 1833)
A letter to Lord Farnborough, ... on the expediency of having a chartered society for the advancement and protection of architecture. By J.A. Bell, architect.
Birmingham printed by J.C. Barlow, [1833?].
14, [2] p. ; 22.0 cm. (8°)

Addressed to Charles Long, Lord Farnborough of Bromley Hill (1761--1838), Paymaster General and the King's principal unofficial art advisor (Lawrence, being the official one). Although dated at the end 'Birmingham, January 4th, 1834' this pamphlet must have been printed prior to that since Bell sent Soane copy 1 (and 'some half dozen blank copies, of which you may make what use you think proper') with a covering letter likewise dated 4 January 1834 (Bolton, Portrait, p. 507). It is clear from Bell's letter that he had previously consulted Soane over an earlier draft of his pamphlet. BAL, Early printed books, no. 240.

Copy Notes Copy 1: With the title-page inscribed in ink Sir John Soane / from the Author and the author's above-mentioned ALs to Soane tipped in at the front.
Copy 2: 21.8 cm. Lacking the final blank leaf.
Copy 3: 21.8 cm. Lacking the final blank leaf.
Copy 4: 22.0 cm.

Binding All copies bound in separate volumes of a numbered series of late 19th century half calf pamphlet volumes. (Archive, Trustees' Minutes 18 June 1866). With binder's stamp 'Bound By Mansell' on front pastedown.

Reference Number 1668


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