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GIBBS, James (1682-1754). Bibliotheca Radcliviana: or a short description of the Radcliffe Library at Oxford, London: Printed for the Author, 1747. 2° (413 x 258mm). Engraved portrait of Gibbs by Bernard Baron after Hogarth and of James Radcliffe by Fourdrinier after Kneller Baron, 21 engraved full-page plates by Fourdrinier after Gibbs. Contemporary paper wrappers, modern cloth slip-case (spine worn, a little stained).
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GIBBS, James (1682-1754). Bibliotheca Radcliviana: or a short description of the Radcliffe Library at Oxford, London: Printed for the Author, 1747. 2° (413 x 258mm). Engraved portrait of Gibbs by Bernard Baron after Hogarth and of James Radcliffe by Fourdrinier after Kneller Baron, 21 engraved full-page plates by Fourdrinier after Gibbs. Contemporary paper wrappers, modern cloth slip-case (spine worn, a little stained).

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GIBBS, James (1682-1754). Bibliotheca Radcliviana: or a short description of the Radcliffe Library at Oxford, London: Printed for the Author, 1747. 2° (413 x 258mm). Engraved portrait of Gibbs by Bernard Baron after Hogarth and of James Radcliffe by Fourdrinier after Kneller Baron, 21 engraved full-page plates by Fourdrinier after Gibbs. Contemporary paper wrappers, modern cloth slip-case (spine worn, a little stained).

'Although Gibbs was ultimately appointed as architect [of the Radcliffe Library] after Hawksmoor's death in 1736, there is reason to think that it was to Hawksmoor that he owed the idea of a centrally planned domed building... Having adopted the idea he transformed Hawksmoor's essentially classical conception of a stately colonaded drum into a sophisticated piece of Italianate architecture of which Maderno or Fontana would not have disapproved' (Colvin p.400). Harris 256; Fowler 139; RIBA 1205.

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