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WARE, Isaac.

A Complete Body of Architecture. Adorned with Plans and Elevations, from original Designs. In which are interspersed some Designs of Inigo Jones, never before published.
London: T. Osborne and J. Shipton; J. Hodges; L. Davis; J. Ward; R. Baldwin 1756..

FIRST EDITION. Folio (40 x 25 cm.) pp.[xvii]+748+[iv]. Contemporary calf, rebacked. Title-page in red and black. Frontispiece, vignette on title, 114 engraved plates 14 of which are folding or double-page. Plus an additional plate 13. Title and frontispiece lightly soiled, R2 with small hole just affecting one or two letters, plate 37 with tear into image neatly repaired, some intermittent light spotting and browning throughout. Boards worn, contents generally very good.

FIRST STATE OF THE PLATES, with the vignette of the Pantheon on title and plate numbers within the plate-line, also with plates 70/71 reading "Warwick Shire." Neither Fowler nor RNLI call for a bis plate13. The two plates show reverse views of the same building elevation, one signed 'I. Ware sculp.,' the other 'Darly & Edwds fec'.

"The contents in fact do not encompass "the whole science of architecture". Instread they accommodate three important and fundamental objectives: Ware's desire to elucidate architectural principles based on the practices of the "Ancients", thus avoiding the "violent liberties" taken by modern architects; his wish to develop a general system of architectural proportion based on the proportions of the orders, and to develop a general system of architectural proportion based on the proportions of the orders; and his interest in the principles and practice of domestic architecture, almost to the exclusion of all other building types. Ware thus implicitly supported two principal components of Colen Campbell's program of architectural reform set out over 40 years earlier in Vitruvius Britannicus: restoration of "Ancient" authority, and confidence that Britain's future architectural progress lay in domestic building." (Archer)

(Archer 339.1 pp.819-823: Jefferson 126a)

Price £ 2250.00
Stock Code 51327
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