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- · Sketches · In · Architecture · - · Containing · Plans · And · Elevations · · Of · · Cottages · Villas · · And · Other · Useful · Buildings · · With · Characteristic · Scenery · - - · By · Iohn · Soane · · Architect · To · The · Bank · Of · England · And · · Member · Of · The · The · Royal · Academies · · Of · Parma · And · Florence · - -

Sir John Soane RA

RA Collection: Book

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Variant Title

Six Designs For Improving And Embellishing Of Grounds


· London ·: MDCCXCVIII · -, · Published · By · J · Taylor · Holborn

Physical Description

[6], iv, [i-]iv, 20 p., 43, [11] pl.; 450 mm. (Folio)

General Note

ESTC N25077 describes an issue in which the second group of eleven plates carry numbers I-XI.


[T.p., add. t.p.] - Introduction - Explanation of the Plates - [Plates] - [Divisional t.p., 'Six Designs ...'] - Advertisement - [Text] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The 'Amateur' referred to on the title-page of the 'Six Designs' was named in the first edition as 'G.J. Parkyns'.

No plate is signed. Each carries the publisher's imprint of I. and J. Taylor, and the date (1793).


ESTC, N25077
Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 4 (2001), no. 3099, p.1926-7 [mainly about the first edition, 1793].
National Gallery of Art (Washington), Mark J. Millard Architectural, 2 (1998), no.77, p.280-1 [on 1st ed.]
J. Archer, Literature of British domestic architecture (1985), no.320.1.
Life In England in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860 ... From The Library Of J.R. Abbey - A bibliographical Catalogue (1953, repr. 1972, 1991), no. 74, p.57-8.
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).
P. Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate (1999)
D. Watkin, Sir John Soane: enlightenment thought and the Royal Academy lectures (1996).
D. Stroud, Sir John Soane Architect (1984); P. de la Ruffiniere Du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect (1982).

Summary Note

The added title-page mentions the additional 'Six Designs', and reads, 'Sketches In Architecture; Containing Plans And Elevations Of Cottages, Villas, And Other Useful Buildings, With Characteristic Scenery. By John Soane, Architect To The Bank Of England, And Member Of The Royal Academies Of Parma And Florence. - 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: Printed for J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library, No. 59, High Holborn. - MDCCXCVIII.' The two works reprinted here had first been published separately in 1793, and all the plates carry the publication-date of Jan. 1 1793.

Most plates are aquatints; the rest are line-etchings.

Copy Note

Imperfect: in the 'Six Designs' pages 3/4 have been bound in before pages 1/2.

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; rebacked in 20th century, retaining earlier spine-piece, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Soane's Cottages &c.' Bound with one other.

Name as Subject


Architecture, British - Gatehouses - Cottages - Villas - Country houses - Garden structures - Gardens - Parks (grounds) - Designs - Great Britain - History - 18th century
Views - Plans - Elevations - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Aquatints - Great Britain - 18th century