London, South Kensington
23 March 2005
CHAMBERS, William, Sir (1726-179). A Treatise on the Decorative Part of Civil Architecture, London: Joseph Smeeton, 1791. 2° (568 x 364mm). 53 engraved plates by Rooker, Grignon, Fourdrinier and others, 2 leaves of J. Taylor's catalogue inserted at end (some foxing and browning, clumsily repaired tear in the fore-margin of Qq1). Modern half calf, uncut.
Third edition. The first appeared in 1759 and is described by Fowler as 'one of the handsomest of those eighteenth-century folios in which the authors took the opportunity, while presenting their ideas on architecture, to give the public some of their own designs. In his architectural work Chambers upheld the classic traditions as taught by the great Italian architects...'. Archer 40.3; Harris 125; Fowler 86; RIBA 600.
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