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SOANE, George (1790--1860)
The eve of San Marco. A romance. In three volumes. ...
London: Hildyard, printer. Published by W. Oxberry. Sold by Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1812.
3 vols ; 17.8 cm. (12º)
I: [2], xvi, [2], 243, [3] p.
II: [2], 368, [2] p.
III: [2], 396, [2] p.

Anonymous. Volume III has colophon: Printed by R. Juigné. A romance of the Spanish Inquisition by Soane's younger son George, who disappointed his father by his disinterest in architecture and choice of a literary career, compounded by financial misconduct and an unsuitable marriage.

Copy Notes The three volumes were evidently sent on publication to Soane, who did not acknowledge the unwelcome evidence of George's literary pursuits. See Gillian Darley, John Soane: an accidental romantic (London 1999), pp. 206--8 and n.37. Text underlined in pencil on the last page of volume I: 'He is still my father; and cursed be the son who would avenge his wrongs in word or deed upon a parent's head!'. With footnote in pencil reading Sir Champion / 10th Sep. 1815 [and?] / 25 Sep [1815] but / base young man your / father never injured / you --. A reference to the younger Soane's two anonymous articles in The Champion in September 1815, attacking his father's architecture, which led to their complete estrangement after Eliza Soane's death in November of the same year.

Binding C19th russia, gilt-tooled borders, gilt double-ruled spines, black morocco spine-labels. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 6s., 3 November 1829. (Archives 7/10/19).

Reference Number 1329


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