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AIKIN, John (1747--1822)
[The interregnum. Prospectus. 1816]
Prospectus of a work, (the first part of which will be published on the first of August next) to be entitled, The interregnum; or, a history of the civil wars in Great Britain, from their commencement, in the seventeenth year of King Charles I. to the restoration of King Charles II. By John Aikin, M.D.
[London]: J. M'Creery, printer, Black Horse Court, Fleet-street, [1816].
2, [2] p. ; 27.5 cm. (4°)

Half-sheet, folded, conjugate leaf blank. Drop-head title, printer's imprint at foot of p. 2. Part of watermark date visible reading '15'. Aikin's text was to be illustrated with a series of paintings 'made expressly for this Work' by George Arnald, A.R.A., and engraved by John Greig. The work was to be in two quarto volumes issued in 5s. monthly numbers (8s. for super royal with 'proofs'), each number comprising two engravings on copper and one sheet of letterpress. Three numbers made up a 'Part', and sixteen parts a volume. Fifty copies were to be printed on imperial paper with india proofs, available only in parts at £2 2s. per part. The work was to be published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Browne; Boydell and Co.; J. Murray; W. Clarke; T. Egerton; J. and A. Arch, and J.M. Richardson; G. Arnald; J. Greig, engraver; and Messrs. Sherwood, Neely, and Jones. However, no copy of it has been traced.

Copy Notes Originally folded, sealed, and addressed as a letter on verso of blank leaf John Soane Esqre / Lincoln's Inn / Fields with postmark dated '2 o'Clock 25 jy 1816 an'. Recto of blank leaf inscribed in ink 2 Weston Street / Pentonville // Sir // The proprietors take the liberty / of submitting to your perusal the accompanying / Prospectus of a Work in which they are engaged. / Should you be disposed to encourage it by your / Communication's [sic] or Subscription they will feel / themselves much honor'd and oblig'd // Sir/ your most Obedient / Humble servant / G. Arnald.

Binding Loose bifolium.

Reference Number 1572


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