JONES, Inigo (1573-1652). The Designs of Inigo Jones, Consisting of Plans and Elevations for Publick and Private Buildings, edited by William Kent (c.1686-1748). London: [?James Bettenham for] William Kent, 1727.
2 volumes bound in one, 2° (445 x 281mm). Engraved portrait title-vignettes, 4 engraved headpieces, 4 engraved tailpieces and 3 engraved initials by P. Fourdrinier after Kent, 136 numbered plates printed from 102 copper-plates on 97 sheets, engraved by James Cole, Henry Hulsbergh, P. Fourdrinter, and Antoine Herisset after Henry Flitcroft and William Kent, 19 double-page, 8 double-page and folding. (Some occasional light spotting or marking, a few plates with short marginal tears or creasing, lacking engraved frontispiece and half-title, one plate with old repairs.) Early 20th-century half speckled sheep over marbled boards, spine gilt in compartments, gilt morocco lettering-piece in one, marbled edges (extremities a little rubbed, minor marking). Provenance: Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Michael of Kent (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. The publication of The Designs was initiated and funded by Lord Burlington, who had purchased a group of drawings by Jones and his pupil John Webb and 5 drawings by Palladio from Jones' collection in 1720. These were copied by Henry Flitcroft and, together with drawings by Kent and Burlington, engraved by Hulsbergh and others. '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). Archer 166.1; Fowler 162 (lacking frontispiece); Harris 385; Millard British 34 (lacking half-title); RIBA 1624 (lacking half-title and frontispiece).