5 December 2008
FRÉART, ROLAND, Sieur de Chambray (ca 1606-1676). A Parallel of the Antient Architecture with the Modern in a Collection of ten Principal Authors who have written upon the Five Orders... Translated by John Evelyn. London: Tho. Roycroft for John Place, 1664.
2o (338 x 230 mm). Additional engraved title-page, 40 engraved plates, engraved head- and tail-pieces, and engraved initials (some occasional spotting). Modern half morocco.
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. "The preface to the work strikes a new note in English architectural theory. The true model of architecture resides in antiquity, but not all examples of antique architecture are now considered worthy of imitation. The essential can be grasped only after painstaking study and analysis of the originals, and a firm rejection of all distortions and developments. This meant, in effect, that only the Greek models were to be upheld" (Millard British 19). Fowler 128; Wing C-1923.
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