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Annals of the Fine Arts, ... [edited by James Elmes].
London, [1816--20].
5 vols in 6 ; 21.5 cm (8°)

A quarterly magazine issued in seventeen numbers, from about July 1816 to August 1820, the first three numbers forming vol. I (for 1816), nos 4--7 vol. II (for 1817), nos 8--11 vol. III (for 1818), nos 12--15 vol. IV (for 1819), and nos 16--17 vol. V (for January-July (?) 1820). This 'first attempt at a Journal of the Fine Arts' was edited by the architect and author, James Elmes (1782--1862). Through his friend Benjamin Haydon he came to know Keats, some of whose poetry was first published in this magazine.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Soane's copy, which is wanting numbers 11, 15 and 16, is made up of two different sets, the first consisting of volumes I and II bound as such with volume title-pages dated 1817 and 1818, and the second consisting of numbers 7--8, 9--10, 12--13, and 14 & 17, bound in pairs of numbers without regard to volume divisions. Inscribed in ink at the foot of page 491 of number 7 (vol. III of this set) I thank God every time I see Westminster Abbey / St Pauls & the spires of London, that our ancestors / were not dissenters. Ed. J.E. [i.e. James Elmes].
Copy 2: Pages 454--471 only of number 10, September 1, 1818; containing a 'Review Of Publications, &c. Connected With The Fine Arts', reviewing Edward Tatham's Observations addressed to the committee for erecting a cenotaph, to the memory of the Princess Charlotte of Wales, [1818]; Soane's Letter to the editor of the Artist on the disadvantages under which the science of architecture labours in this country published in The Artist (q.v.), and James Elmes's Letter to Thomas Hope published in The Pamphleteer (q.v.). Inscribed in ink on the original white paper upper wrapper pasted down over p. 453 To John Soane Esqre/ R.A. --/ Professor of Architecture/ in the/ Royal Academy and one of its greatest/ ornaments/ from his Sincere friend The Reviewer, and in the same hand at the head of the review giving the assigned title On the present state of /Architecture/ in/ England and the source of the extract. With several passages underlined in ink and a note from the editor on p. 469 stating that a'a Petition [for the establishment of a repository for architectural drawings, models, etc.] to the Prince Regent is now in preparation'.
Copy 3: Another copy of pages 454--471 only of number 10, with verso of front white paper wrapper similarly inscribed at the head of p. 454 but without the dedication on the recto.

Binding Copy 1: volumes I and II bound in two octavo volumes, C19th sprinkled calf, gilt-tooled spines. Numbers 7--8, 9 --10, 12--13, and 14 & 17 bound in four octavo volumes, C19th half calf, gilt double-rule spines, black spine-labels, marbled-paper boards. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 6s., 28 February 1832. (Archive 7/16/29 book-binding).
Copy 2: Later grey paper wrapper over original white paper wrapper, inscribed as above (see copy notes).
Copy 3: Plain white paper wrapper.

Reference Number 1615

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