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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
JONES, Inigo. The Designs of ... Jones ... Publish'd by William Kent, [London:] 1727, 2 volumes in one, 2° (448 x 258mm.), engraved vignette portrait on title, 8 head- or tailpieces, 3 initials and 96 plates only (of 97) (lacking frontispiece to volume I, title to volume II, double-page plate numbered 26/27 supplied from another copy, title torn at inner margin, 23 of the plates with mainly marginal tears, some light spotting or soiling), later half sheep (worn). [Fowler 162]

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JONES, Inigo. The Designs of ... Jones ... Publish'd by William Kent, [London:] 1727, 2 volumes in one, 2° (448 x 258mm.), engraved vignette portrait on title, 8 head- or tailpieces, 3 initials and 96 plates only (of 97) (lacking frontispiece to volume I, title to volume II, double-page plate numbered 26/27 supplied from another copy, title torn at inner margin, 23 of the plates with mainly marginal tears, some light spotting or soiling), later half sheep (worn). [Fowler 162]
Provenance
HENRY HOLLAND (1745-1806, architect, signature on title); SIR WILLIAM TITE (1798-1873, bibliophile and architect, pencilled note dated 1874); C. H. M. MILLHAM (inscription dated 1883).

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FIRST EDITION WITH A DISTINGUISHED PROVENANCE. Henry Holland was responsible for the original design and construction of Hans Town, (comprising Sloane Street, Cadogan Place and Hans Place), the Marine Pavilion at Brighton (later remodelled), Brooks's in St. James's and worked for many of the leading figures of the day. Sir William Tite's most famous commission was for the rebuilding of the Royal Exchange. His "valuable library, consisting chiefly of early English books, biblical and liturgical rarities, and historical autographs, was sold at Sotheby's [18 & 27 May 1874; 5 July 1875] after his death." (DNB)
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