The analysis of beauty : written with a view of fixing the fluctuating ideas of taste

by William Hogarth

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Hogarth, William, 1697-1764.
Associated Name: Reeves, J. (Printer)
Format: Book
Published: London : Printed by J. Reeves for the Author, and sold by him at his house in Leicester-Fields, MDCCLIII. [1753]
Former Owner/Donor:
Physical Description:xxii, [2], 153, [5] p., 2 leaves of plates : ill. (engravings) ; 26 cm (4to)
Place of Publication:
England -- London.
Bibliographical reference number:
General note:A print, "Columbus breaking the egg," was used as the subscription ticket for the work; either the ticket or a later state of the print, with the subscription information removed and a publication line added (1 December 1753), is found as a frontispiece in some copies, though there is no evidence for the statement by Burke (p. ix) that the later state was "usually bound as a frontispiece".
According to Paulson, p. 220, "The prints were first distributed to subscribers or sold separately around the date given in the publication line" (i.e. about 5 March 1753). The subscription ticket and various advertisements for the work state that the prints are "fit to frame for furniture"; if the prints were so treated, the copy they were intended to accompany will not contain the plates, though they were clearly intended to be issued with the book. Paulson also states: "All the subscribers copies of the book I have seen lack the folded-in plates" (noting one exception, Horace Walpole's copy); he does not indicate how many or which copies he has seen.
Errata on verso of Contents page.
Includes also marginal references to the plates.
Plates 31 x 41 cm. folded to 22 x 19 cm.
The leaf of "Figures referr'd to in the book" was printed shortly after some copies were distributed to subscribers; an advertisement in the Public advertiser, 17 December 1753, states: "Those gentlemen who subscribed for the above work, and have already received it, are desired to send to the author for an additional leaf, which is intended for the more easy finding such passages in the book, as relate to the figures in the prints." The leaf is found bound in various places in the book, not always at the end.
With a final leaf (p. [157-158]) containing "Figures referr'd to in the book.".
Citation / References note:Burke, J. Prefatory matter to his edition of The analysis of beauty (Oxford, 1955), p. ix-lxii
ESTC, T2690
Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works, rev. ed. (New Haven and London, 1970), cat. no. 195-196
Read, S.E. Some observations on William Hogarth's Analysis of beauty, Huntington library quarterly 5:3 (April 1942), p. 363-364
Rothschild, 1148 (RW.41.39)
Rothschild, 1149 (RW.41.40)
Immediate source of acquisition note:
RW.41.39 Donation; Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild; 1969.
RW.41.40 Donation; Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild; 1969.
Donation; Jenkinson, Mrs 00.00.1923.
Ownership and custodial history note:
RW.41.40 Sir Joshua Reynolds, with signature 'J Reynolds' and book stamp enclosed in a square rule, on the title page; Thomas Taylor Griffith, with bookplate and signature 'Thos. Taylor Griffith 1826' on the flyleaf.
Other copy-specific details note:
L.9.54 Leaf entitled "Figures referr'd to in the book" is bound after the Preface section between Contents and Introduction.
RW.41.39 Lacks the leaf entitled "Figures referr'd to in the book".
RW.41.40 Lacks the leaf entitled "Figures referr'd to in the book" and the plates.
Version note:
RW.41.39 An uncut copy, bound in original blue-grey boards, kept in a case. Case height 30 cm.
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