[BRITISH ARCHITECTURE.] -- THE SOCIETY OF THE DILETTANTI. (Created December 1734.) Ionian Antiquities. London: Spilsbury and Haskell, 1769.
2o (570 x 375 mm). 27 engraved plates, 5 head-pieces and 3-tail-pieces (some dampstaining to later plates, one or two spots). Contemporary quarter sheep, marbled boards, uncut (front cover detached, worn with loss). Provenance: Harold Douthit (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE without chapter 4 which contains 5 plates. This is the first volume of the Society's series Antiquities of Ionia which eventually stretched to five volumes (six if you include the enlarged re-issue of volume one in 1785) published over 136 years. "In the year 1734, some Gentlemen who had traveled in Italy, desirous of encouraging, at home, a Taste for those objects which had contributed so much to their Entertainment abroad, formed themselves into a Society, under the Name of the DILETTANTI; and agreed upon such Regulation as they thought necessary to keep up the Spirit of their Scheme" (from "To the Reader" page ). Blackmer 1566; Millard British 80.
WARE, Isaac (1704-1766). Designs of Inigo Jones and others. Whitehall [London:] J. Millan, 1743. 4o (230 x 140 mm), engraved title-page, publisher's index and advertisement leaf, and 48 plates (6 folding) numbered 1-53, by Fourdrinier from drawings by Ware after designs by Jones, Kent and Burlington (one or two spots). Contemporary mottled calf gilt (rebacked to style, endpapers renewed, extremities scuffed). Provenance: Harold Douthit (bookplate). Second edition, originally published in about 1730. Harris 910.
[And:] PERRAULT, Charles (1613-1688). A Treatise of the Five Orders in Architecture. Translated by John James (ca 1672-1746). London: J. Senex, R. Gosling, W. Taylor, W. and J. Innys, and J. Osborn, 1722. 2o (360 x 236 mm). Engraved additional title-page, dedication leaf, 6 plates, illustrations in the text, numerous head- and tail-pieces and historiated initials by John Sturt. (Engraved title-page torn with minor loss to the fore-edge, preliminaries with a dampstain in the lower gutter affecting the images). Modern half calf antique. Provenance: Miriam Wood (near contemporary signature on title-page). Second English edition. Millard British 56. (3)