3 June 2009
BRITTON, John (1771-1857). The Architectural Antiquities of Great Britain. London: Longman, etc., 1807-1809-1812-1814-1835.
5 volumes, 4° (280 x 215mm). 7 additional engraved titles and 359 engraved plates. (Variable spotting, sometimes heavy, throughout.) Contemporary russia, gilt borders to covers, gilt spines, marbled endpapers and edges (extremities very lightly rubbed).
FIRST EDITION of vols 1-4, second edition of vol. 5 (issued separately with its own title-page). 'From its inception the work was received as marking a new era in architectural topography' (RIBA p.238). Adams 97; RIBA 392 (vols 1-4) & 394 (vol. 5). (5)
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