9 June 2004
FRÉART, ROLAND, Sieur de Chambray (ca. 1606-1676). A Parallel of the Antient Architecture with the Modern in a Collection of ten Principal Authors who have written upon the Five Orders... Translated by John Evelyn. London: Roycroft for John Place, 1664.
2o (340 x 230 mm). Engraved title and 40 engraved plates. Contemporary goatskin backed later with reverse calf (rubbing to spine, pastedowns renewed). Provenance: E.W. Stockhouse (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of Evelyn's translation. "The preface to the work strikes a new note in English architectural theory. The true model of architecture resides in antiquity, but not all examples of antique architecture are now considered worthy of imitation. The essential can be grasped only after painstaking study and analysis of the originals, and a firm rejection of all distortions and developments. This meant, in effect, that only the Greek models were to be upheld" (Millard 19). Fowler 128; Wing C-1923.
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