# 16141

SOANE, Sir John (1753 - 1837); PARKYNS, G. J. (circa 1750 - 1820)

Sketches in architecture. Containing plans and elevations of cottages, villas and other useful buildings. With characteristic scenery.

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To which are added, six designs for improving and embellishing of grounds, with sections and explanations. By an amateur. The whole engraved on fifty-four plates. London : J. Taylor, 1798. Folio, contemporary flame calf (a few marks, rebacked, with original spine laid down), pp. [vi]; iv; [iv]; 20; 54 plates in engraving and aquatint, the text for Parkyns following the explanation of Soane’s plates, and the Parkyns plates bound after those of Soane, a fine copy.

Sketches in architecture, John Soane’s third book, first printed in 1793, was described by him as a sequel to his Plans of 1787; ‘another publication on the same subject [country houses] but in a smaller scale, consisting of cottages for the laborious and industrious part of the community and of other buildings, generally calculated for the real uses and comforts of life, and such as are within the reach of moderate fortunes’ (Harris, p. 429). The work was available for purchase on its own or with Parkyns’ Six designs, in both the 1793 and 1798 editions, but by 1798 his name had been removed and replaced with ‘by an amateur’.

Harris 846; Abbey Life 74