5 December 2008
[RIOU, Stephen (1720-1780)]. The Grecian Orders of Architecture. Delineated and Explained from the Antiquities of Athens. London: Printed by J. Dixwell for the Author, 1768.
2o (476 x 287 mm). Engraved vignette on title-page, 28 engraved plates (8 double-page), head- and tail-pieces in text (some minor offsetting from plates). Contemporary diced russia gilt, spine gilt (some scuffing and rubbing, corners bumped).
FIRST EDITION, and the only edition of Riou's attempt at systematizing Greek architecture. A 1751 archaeological expedition funded by the Society of Dilettanti exposed for the first time the elements of classic Greek architecture. British architects and enthusiasts, including Riou, took up the challenge to emulate the style, giving birth to the Greek Revival movement. Blackmer 425; Harris.
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