Record number 04/3741
Author Society of Antiquaries of London
TitleVetusta Monumenta: Quae Ad Rerum Britannicarum Memoriam Conservandam Societas Antiquariorum Londini Sumptu Suo Edenda Curavit. Volumen Primum. (-Sextum.)
ImprintLondini:: Anno Domini MDCCXLVII. (-1906)
Physical Description7 vols.; 540 mm. (Folio.)
Physical Description NoteVol. I: 4, 4, 3, [1] p., 68 pl. (5 dble.), [2] pl. (dble., fold.). In the sequence of pl. 1-68 the dble. pl. are nos. [16], 47, 48, 62, 63. Nine plates in this sequence do not carry engraved numbers, viz. 4, 8, 16, 27, 50-52, 63, 65 (but pl. [50-52] are numbered 'No. 1 (2, 3)'); in some copies other plates (in early states) are unnumbered.. Plates 9-12 are additionally numbered 1-4; pl. 29-33 are also lettered as A-E; pl. 37, 38, 43 are also numbered 1-3; pl. 53-56, 58-60 are also lettered and numbered A, B, [blank], IIII, C, D, E. Plate 5 and pl. 20 are each printed from two coppers. In some copies pl. XIX is misnumbered XVII, and XXIX is written XXVIV. Some copies include a list of members of the Society; and the RIBA cataloguer states that some copies include 'earlier title-leaves published before the volume was complete'. - Vol. II: 4, 4, 2, 2, 4, 2, [2], 15, [1], 8, 5, [1], 7, [1], 7, [1], 5, [1], 2, 13, [1], 5, [1], 7, [1], 2, 2, 3, [1] p., 55 pl. (6 dble.): [1] illus. The first page 4 is misnumbered '2'. Plates [4-6] do not carry engraved numbers; pl. 29-35 are additionally numbered 1-7. The dble.pl. are nos. [6], 9, 26, 27, 43, 44. In the Royal Academy's copy after plate 27 there is bound in an additional plate 'supplementary to plate 27', dated 1804. - Vol. III: 3, [1], 17, [1], 6, 5, [1], 4, 4, 14, 7, [1], 2, [2], 44, 9, [1], 13, [1], 2, 1, [1], 15, [1] p., 44 pl. (9 dble.): illus. The dble. pl. are 7, 9, 18-24. - Vol. IV: . - Vol. V: 3, [1], [2], [2], [2], [2], 10, 7, [1], 2, 4, 17, [1], 5, [1], 11, [1] p., 69 pl. (2 dble.): illus. The dble. pl. are 47, 62.
Content Format NoteVol. I: [T.p.] - Rerum Elenchus: Quo tempus et ordo, quibus incisae sunt, exponuntur - [Pl. 1-68] - Viri Illustris, Roberti Cottoni ... Effigies ... Item Binae Tabulae ... [on pl. 66-68] - De Codice Geneseos Cottoniano Dissertatio ... - [2 unnumbered, fold. pl.] - A Brief Account Of The Court of Wards and Liveries. - Vol. II: [T.p.] - Table Of Plates In Volume II - [Plates 1-55, interspersed with explanatory text]. - Vol. III: [T.p.] - Table Of Plates In Volume III - [Plates 1-44, interspersed with explanatory text]. - Vol. IV: . - Vol. V: [T.p.] - Table Of Plates In Volume V - [Plates 1-69, interspersed with explanatory text]. - Vol. VI:
Summary NoteThe dates of publication of the seven volumes were: I. 1747; II. 1789; III. 1796; IV. 1815; V. 1835; VI. 1885; VII. Pts. 1-4 1893-1906. In addition two volumes of indices were published, in 1810 ('An Index To The First Three Volumes Of Vetusta Monumenta') and 1897 ('An index to the fourth, fifth and sixth volumes of Vestusta monumenta').

In Volume II Ayloffe's account of Westminster Abbey, following plates 29-35, has its own title page, which reads, 'An Account Of Some Ancient Monuments in Westminster Abbey. By Sir Joseph Ayloffe ... Read at the Society of Antiquaries March 12, 1778. London, Printed By J. Nichols, Printer To the Society Of Antiquaries. M.DCC.LXXX'.

Although the title pages are in Latin, the texts are almost entirely in English.

Volumes I-V are compilations of plates published earlier over a period of years: almost all plates carry the publisher's imprint of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a succession of publication dates (Vol. I: 1718-1747; Vol. II: 1748-1789; Vol. III 1790-1796; Vol. V: 1816-1835).

The plates show chiefly Roman, Romanesque and Gothic antiquities and monuments in Britain, with some views and plans of buildings.
Responsibility NoteSeveral of the contributions in Volumes I-V are signed by their writers. Authors include Catherine Downes, Joseph Ayloffe, Richard Gough, J. Schnebbelie, David Wells, John Douglas, William Lumby, Thomas Astle, Thomas Walford, Lewis Majendie, Thomas Amyot, William Capon, J.H. Markland, George Ormerod, Charles Wellbeloved, George Gwilt, Edward John Rudge.

Most plates in Volumes I-V are signed by draughtsmen or source-artists and engravers (in Vol. I. by draughtsmen 'B.M.', Car. Woodfield, Badslade, W. Stukeley, I. Talman, Jacobus West, Bartoli, G. Vertue, A. Gordon, Francis Drake, G. Lynn pater et filius, Gulielmus Bogdani, Gulielmus Haiward, J. Gascoyne and I. Whood and by engravers George Vertue and Vdr. Gucht; in Volume II by draughtsmen or source-artists I. Evelyn, R. van Bleeck, G. Vertue, C. Mitley, F. Drake, Arthurus Pond, James Basire, I.B. Cipriani, Wenceslaus Hollar, F. Cotes, J. Carter, Catherine Downes, Saml. Lysons, Schnebbelie, A. de Cardonell, Thomas Ricketts, and by engravers G. Vertue, J. Green, James Basire, J. Pye and James Watson; in Vol. III. by draughtsmen Schnebbelie, J. Carter, H. Emlyn, Lumby, J. Johnson, B. Longmate jr., S.H. Grimm, W. Davey, and by engravers J. Basire and B. Longmate; in Volume V by draughtsmen F. Nash, L. Vulliamy, R. Smirke, William Capon, William Daniell, T. Willement, G. Gwilt, J.H. Nixon, Anne Rudge and Edward John Rudge, and by the engraver James Basire [pl. 51-60 are signed as drawn on stone by R.H. Sharp, F. Nash or S. Sharp and printed by C. Hullmandel or Engelmann, Graf, Coindet & Co.]). The illustration in Vol. II is unsigned; most of those in Vol. III are signed as drawn by J. Schnebbelie and engraved by J. Basire; those in Vol. V are unsigned.

The printer of Volume V is named on the title-page verso: 'John Bowyer Nichols And Son'.
SubjectAntiquities, Roman - Antiquities, British - Ruins - Great Britain - History - Romanesque - Gothic
Surveys - Views - Great Britain - 18th century - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century - 19th century
ReproductionsA microfilm version was published in 2002 (Woodbridge, Conn.: Primary Source Microfilm [imprint of Gale Group]).
ReferencesESTC T106127
RIBA, Early printed, 4 (2001), 3115-3121
B. Adams, London illustrated (1983), 36. B.J.N. Edwards, 'George Vertue's engraving of Clitheroe Castle', in Antiquaries journal, 64 (1984), p. 366-372 [on plate 13 of Vol. II].
M. Myrone, 'Graphic antiquarianism in eighteenth-century Britain: the career and reputation of George Vertue', in Producing the past, ed. M. Myrone and L. Pelz (1999)
J. Evans, A history of the Society of Antiquaries (1956)
R. Sweet, Antiquaries: the discovery of the past in eighteenth-century Britain (2004)
S. Smiles, The image of antiquity - ancient Britain and the Romantic imagination (1994)
S. Piggott, Ancient Britons and the antiquarian imagination (1989).
Copy NoteImperfect; wanting Volume VII; plate 15 of Volume II; and all of Volume VI except for the following in unbound sheets: 'Notice of a drawing [by Carlo Fontana] in the Royal Library at Windsor, representing the Chair of St Peter at Rome', by Arthur Ashpitel ... read April 11, 1861 ... with observations by Alexander Nesbitt ... read Jan. 16, 1868' (pl. XL-XLII); 'A memoir of the Painted Chamber in the Palace of Westminster ... by John Gage Rokewode ... read 12 May 1842' (with etchings after drawings by C.A. Stothard); 'Descriptive remarks on illuminations in certain ancient Irish manuscripts,' by the Rev. James Henthorn Todd; and 'Two memoirs on the "Evangelia Quator" once belonging to the Abbey of Lindau and now to the Earl of Ashburnham ...' by Alexander Nesbitt ... and Edward Maunde Thompson.
Binding NoteRebacked and recornered in 1998, retaining 19th-century brown cloth-covered boards and black morocco spine-labels lettered 'Vetusta Monument'; spines lettered 'I(-V)' and 'RA'. With Volume III is bound the Society's An Index To The First Three Volumes Of Vetusta Monumenta (1810).
ProvenanceVolumes I-V were presented by the Society in 1843 (acknowledged RA Council Minutes, IX, 304). The unbound sheets from Vol. VI were purchased in 1910 (see 'Librarian's Report', RA Annual Report for 1910, p. 42).
Contributors Woodfield, Charles, 1649? - 1724, draughtsman
Badslade, draughtsman
Stukeley, William, 1687 - 1765, draughtsman
Talman, John, 1677 - 1726, draughtsman
West, James, 1703 - 1772, draughtsman
Bartoli, draughtsman
Vertue, George, 1684 - 1756, draughtsman, engraver
Gordon, Alexander, 1692? - 1754?, draughtsman
Drake, Francis, 1695 - 1771, draughtsman
Lynn, George, the elder, 1676 - 1742, draughtsman
Bogdani, William, 1699 - 1771, draughtsman
Gucht, Michael van der, 1660 - 1725, engraver
Evelyn, John, 1620 - 1706, draughtsman
Bleeck, Richard van, ca. 1670 - ca. 1733, draughtsman
Mitley, C., draughtsman
Pond, Arthur, 1701 - 1758, draughtsman
Basire, James, the elder, 1730 - 1802, draughtsman
Basire, James, the younger, 1769 - 1835, draughtsman, engraver
Cipriani, Giovanni Battista, R.A., 1727 - 1785, draughtsman
Hollar, Wenceslaus, 1607 - 1677, draughtsman
Cotes, Francis, R.A., 1726 - 1770, draughtsman
Carter, John, 1748 - 1817, draughtsman
Downes, Catherine, draughtsman
Lysons, Samuel, 1763 - 1819, draughtsman
Schnebbelie, Jacob Christopher, 1760 - 1792, draughtsman
Cardonell, Adam de, draughtsman
Green, John, 1729? - 1759, engraver
Pye, John, 1746 - after 1789, engraver
Watson, James, 1740 - 1790, engraver
Emlyn, Henry, 1728 - 1815, draughtsman
Lumby, William, fl. 1790-1791, draughtsman
Johnson, John, 1732 - 1814, draughtsman
Longmate, Barak, the younger, 1768 - 1836, draughtsman, engraver
Grimm, Samuel Hieronymous, 1733 - 1794, draughtsman
Davey, William, fl. 1795-1800s?, draughtsman
Nash, Frederick, 1782 - 1856, draughtsman
Vulliamy, Lewis, 1791 - 1871, draughtsman
Smirke, Richard, 1778 - 1815, draughtsman
Capon, William, 1757 - 1827, draughtsman
Daniell, William, R.A., 1769 - 1837, draughtsman
Willement, Thomas, 1786 - 1871, draughtsman
Gwilt, George, the younger, 1775 - 1856, draughtsman
Nixon, James Henry, fl. 1830-1847, draughtsman
Rudge, Anne, 1830 - 1836, draughtsman
Rudge, Edward John, 1792 - 1861, draughtsman
Sharp, Richard Hey, 1793 - 1853, draughtsman
Sharp, Samuel, 1808 - 1874, draughtsman
Hullmandel, Charles Joseph, 1789 - 1850, lithographic printer
Engelmann, Godefroi, 1788 - 1839, lithographic printer
Graf, Jean, fl. 1827-1840?, lithographic printer
Ayloffe, Joseph, Bt., 1708 - 1781, Account Of Some Ancient Monuments in Westminster Abbey
Ricketts, Thomas, fl. 1750s?, draughtsman
Hayward, William, fl. 1590s, draughtsman
Gascoigne, J., fl. 1590s?, draughtsman
Whood, Isaac, 1688 - 1752, draughtsman
Gough, Richard, 1735 - 1809
Wells, David
Douglas, John, Bishop of Salisbury, 1721 - 1807
Astle, Thomas, 1735 - 1803
Walford, Thomas, 1752 - 1833
Majendie, Lewis, 1756 -
Amyot, Thomas, 1775 - 1850
Markland, James Heywood, 1788 - 1864
Ormerod, George, 1785 - 1873
Wellbeloved, Charles, 1769 - 1858
Society of Antiquaries of London. publisher. donor
Engelmann, Graf, Coindet & Co.. lithographic printer
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