9 June 2004
FISCHER VON ERLACH, Johann Bernhard (1633-1723). Entwurff einer historischen Architectur. Leipzig, 1725.
2o (395 x 295 mm). Engraved general title, dedication (Vienna, 1721), five divisional titles, one engraved map and 85 engraved doulbe-page or folding plates mounted on guards, by J.U. Kraus, J.A. Delsenbach, C.Engelbracht and J.A. Pfeffel (some light browning and staining, small hole to one plate). Contemporary mottled calf (rebacked, old spine laid down). Provenance: John Earl of Bute (bookplate); Luton Library (bookplate).
Later edition. A fine selection of plates of pyramids, temples, castles, palaces, churches and, in the final part, 13 plates of antique and modern vases and sarcophagi. Berlin Kat. 2105.
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