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Anecdotes Of Some Distinguished Persons, Chiefly Of The Present And Two Preceding Centuries. Adorned With Sculptures. Vol. I. (-III.)

William Seward

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, Successors To Mr. Cadell In The Strand., 1795.

Physical Description

3 vols.; 180 mm. (Octavo).

General Note

Vol. I: [8], 280 p., frontis., [2] pl. 8 p. of music. - Vol. II:[4], 378, [2] p., frontis., [2] pl. - Vol. III: [8], 399, [41] p., frontis., [5] pl.


Vol. I: [Frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Advertisement - Errata - [Text, with pl.] - Index To The First Volume. - Vol. II: [Frontis., t.p.] - Errata - [Text, with pl.] - Index To The Second Volume - Directions To The Binder For Placing The Engravings [in volumes I, II]. - Vol. III: [Frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Advertisement - Errata; Directions To The Binder For Placing The Engravings. Vol. III. - [Text, with pl.] - Appendix. Original papers Relative To The Disputes Between King Charles The First And His Parliament ... - Index - Appendix [i.e. list of contents of Appendix].

Responsibility Note

In Volume I the frontispiece is signed as engraved by W. Sharp; pl. [1], as drawn by Chambers and directed by Landseer; pl. [2], as engraved by Noble; the music is unsigned. In Volume II the frontispiece is signed as painted by Richard Wilson and engraved by W. Thomas; pl. [1], as painted by Trivisani and engraved by Noble; pl. [2] as drawn by J.G. Wood and directed by J. Landseer. In Volume III the frontispiece is signed as engraved by Sharp; pl. [1], as engraved by J. Landseer; pl. [2,3,5] (reproductions of manuscript notes) unsigned; pl. [4], as by Fiesinger.

Most plates carry the publishers' imprint (and publication-date) - of T. Cadell (I: front. and pl.1; II:2; III:1), Cadell and Davies (I: 2), Cadell junr. and Davies (III:4).

Volume I is dedicated by the Compiler to the Duke of Beaufort; Volume III to the Marquis of Buckingham.


ESTC, N30241

Summary Note

A fourth volume was published in 1796.


A microfilm version was published in 2004 (Woodbridge, Conn.: Primary Source Microfilm [an imprint of Gale Group]).


Presented by William Seward; acknowledged 10 July 1795 (RAA CM II, 229).

Binding Note

19th-century half calf; rebacked in 20th century, black morocco spine-labels lettered 'Anecdotes Of Distinguished Persons I (-III)'.


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Biography - Anecdotes - Great Britain - 18th century