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The Decorative Work Of Robert & James Adam Being A Reproduction Of The Plates Illustrating Decoration & Furniture From Their "Works In Architecture" Published 1778-1812

RA Collection: Book

Record number



London: Published By B.T. Batsford, 94 High Holborn, MDCCCCI

Physical Description

[8] p., 30 pl.; 480 mm.


[Half-t., t.p.] - Preface - List Of Plates - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The Preface states, 'This reproduction ... has been made in photo-lithography by Mr James Akerman'.

The printer is named on the title-page verso: 'Chiswick Press: Charles Whittingham And Co. Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, London.'


Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, I (1994), nos. 28, 29, p.12-15 [on the editions of 1773, 1779, 1822].

H. Lloyd-Jones, Blood for the ghosts: classical influences in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (1982).


The front loose endpaper is inscribed in ink, 'Howard Chatfield Clarke 63 Bishopsgate Within May 1st 1902.' The front pastedown carries the bookplate of the Royal Academy, on which has been typed, 'Ex Libris Sir Edwin Cooper R.A. 1961'.

Binding Note

20th-century quarter white vellum, grey papered boards, upper cover lettered 'The Decorative Work Of Robert & James Adam London Published By B.T. Batsford, 94 High Holborn MDCCCCI'; spine lettered 'The Decorative Work Of R. & J. Adam'.

Name as Subject

Robert Adam, Works in architecture
James Adam, Works in architecture


Interior decoration - Furniture - Design - Great Britain - History - 18th century - Neoclassical
Pattern books - Great Britain - 18th century - 20th century
Pictorial works - Photolithographs - Great Britain - 20th century


Robert Adam, source artist
James Adam, source artist
Howard Chatfield Clarke, previous owner
Sir Edwin Cooper RA, previous owner
James Akerman
B. T. Batsford Ltd., publisher
Chiswick Press (London), printer