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BELL, John (1745--1831)
Bell's New Pantheon; or, historical dictionary of the gods, demi-gods, heroes, and fabulous personages of antiquity: also, of the images and idols adored in the pagan world; together with their temples, priests, altars, oracles, fasts, festivals, games, &c. as well as descriptions of their figures, representations, and symbols, collected from statues, pictures, coins, and other remains of the ancients. The whole designed to facilitate the study of mythology, history, poetry, painting, statuary, medals, &c. &. and compiled from the best authorities. Richly embellished with characteristic prints. In two volumes. ...
London:, printed by and for J. Bell, bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, at the British Library,, 1790.
2 vols ; 29.5 cm. (4º)
I: [4], 407, [1] p., [13] pl.
II: [4], 399 [i.e. 329], [5] p., [14], 10 pl.

Issued originally in parts from 10 January 1789 to 18 March 1790; a separate copy of the first part only, in wrappers, is also in Soane's library (q.v.). According to the preface in vol. I (prelim. p. [3]) the work was designed to be bound according to preference in one or two volumes, with two title-leaves supplied for the latter. Page 329 in vol. II is misnumbered '399'. The work contains a total of 37 leaves of plates. The plates numbered 1--10 contain seventy-two figures (mostly medallions) illustrating entries in both volumes, each with page references in the alphabetical list of engravings by subject at the end of vol. II. ESTC t99549.

Copy Notes Copy 1 : Two volumes bound in one.
Copy 2: 29.6 cm. Imperfect; wanting the vol. II half-title. Two volumes bound in one. Purchased from Thomas Boone on 16 July 1807 for £1 7s. (Spiers Box). With Boone's pencil price and codes on front free endpaper: Plates / fine Impressions, &c. With the plates collected together at the end of vol. II. In this copy, plates 1--3 and 8--10 are in an unnumbered state.

Binding Copy 1: Late C18th Spanish-style marbled calf, gilt-tooled foliate borders, gilt-tooled spine with sunburst motif, black morocco spine-label.
Copy 2: Late C18th/early C19th sprinkled calf, gilt roll-tolled borders, gilt-tooled spine with sunburst motif, black morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1324

Additional Names Thomas Boone

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