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Designs For Public And Private Buildings, By John Soane, Professor Of Architecture In The Royal Academy, One Of The Architects Attached To His Majesty's Office Of Works, Architect To The Bank Of England, F.R.S. - R.A. - F.S.A. Member Of The Academies Of Painting, Sculpture, And Architecture, In Parma And Florence. [Epigraph]

Sir John Soane RA

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[London:]: Published By Priestley And Weale, High Street, Bloomsbury, Rodwell, Bond Street, Colnaghi & Co. Pall Mall East, And Ridgeway, Piccadilly., MDCCCXXVIII

Physical Description

[iii-]vi, 36, [2] p., t.pl., 54 [i.e. 55] pl.; 490 mm. (Folio)

General Note

There is a bis pl. 21., after pl. 24 (as called for in the 'Index To The Plates').


[Half-t., t.p.] - Introduction - [Text and plates]; [colophon] - Index To The Plates.

Responsibility Note

No plate is signed.

The printer is named on the half-title verso and in the colophon: 'London: J. Moyes, Took's Court, Chancery Lane.'


Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 4 (2001), no. 3092, p.1921; National Gallery of Art (Washington), Mark J. Millard Architectural, 2 (1998), no.78, p.282-9; J. Archer, Literature of British domestic architecture (1985), no.316.3; Johns Hopkins Univeristy, The Fowler Architectural Collection (1961, repr. 1991), no. 338.

More general studies of Soane include Hooked on books: the library of Sir John Soane, architect, 1753-1837, by E. Harris and N. Savage [exhibition catalogue] (2004); D. Watkin, Sir John Soane: enlightenment thought and the Royal Academy lectures (1996); P. de la Ruffiniere Du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect (1982).

Summary Note

This publication constitutes a third edition of Soane's Designs For Public Improvements In London And Westminster (1st ed. 1827, 2nd ed. 1828).

The plates show designs for: 1. entrance to Hyde Park and St James's Park; 2. western entrance to the metropolis; 3, 4. a palace for Constitution Hill; 5, 6. a monument to the Duke of York; 7-10. entrance to Downing St.; Board of Trade &c.; 11-19. new Law Courts; 20-24, 21 bis. royal entrance to the House of Lords; 25-31. Parliament, Law Courts etc. in uniform style; 32, 33. a Senate House (Rome 1778); 34. a palace (Rome 1779); 35. National Debt Redemption Office; 36. St Peter's, Walworth, and a church on Bethnal Green; 37. exterior and interior plan of Trinity church, Marylebone; 38. sepulchral chapel for Tyringham; 39. two villas; 40. two town mansions; 41. penitentiary houses; 42. additions to Norfolk castle; 43, 44. gallery and mausoleum at Dulwich College; 33, 45-48. exterior elevations and views of the Bank of Englan; 49-51. infirmary etc. at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea; 52-54. temporary residence and Domus Aeterna of the author. The title-plate border includes four designs by Soane.


The half-title is inscribed in ink, 'To the President and the rest of the Academicians of the Royal Academy, This volume is presented, with sentiments of Gratitude & profound respect, by the Author formerly a travelling Student of the Royal Academy Lincolns Inn fields. 22 April 1828'.

Binding Note

19th-century quarter green cloth, grey papered boards; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Designs For Public & Private Buildings'.

Name as Subject


Architecture, British - Public buildings - Gateways - Palaces - Monuments - Houses - Designs - Great Britain - London - History - 19th century
Views - Plans - Elevations - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century


Sir John Soane RA, previous owner, donor
James Ridgway, publisher
James Moyes, printer
John Weale, publisher
Priestley and Weale, publisher
Colnaghi and Company, publisher