3 December 2010
KENT, William (1685-1748), editor. The Designs of Inigo Jones, consisting of Plans and Elevations for Publick and Private Buildings. [London]: 1727.
2 volumes in one, 2o (436 x 281 mm). Title with engraved vignette portrait of Jones, 136 numbered plates printed from 102 copper-plates on 97 leaves (24 double-page, 5 folding) by P. Fourdrinier, H. Hulsbergh, J. Cole and A. Herisset, most drawn by Henry Flitcroft, the designs credited to Jones, Kent and Lord Burlington, engraved head- and tail-pieces after Kent. (Lacking the half-title and frontispiece, intermittent light browning, and spotting some plates trimmed closely.) Contemporary calf (rebacked, corners repaired, slight wear to edges). Provenance: Joseph Gwilt (1784-1863), English Architect, writer and collector (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. "The Designs of Inigo Jones is an impressive and important book. Yet oddly enough more influential than any single building depicted in it were its plates of doors, windows, niches, etc. These plates seem to have had a formative effect upon Gibbs's Book of Architecture (1728) and from that point on became a standard feature of eighteenth-century pattern books" (Harris p.251). RIBA notes that "most copies... want the half-title." Fowler 162 (lacking frontispiece); Harris 385; Millard British 34 (lacking half-title); RIBA 1624 (lacking half-title and frontispiece).
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