JONES, Inigo (1573-1652). The Designs... published by William Kent with some additional designs. [London]: 1727.
2 volumes, 2° (505 x 350mm). Engraved frontispiece incorporating a portrait of Jones, titles with portrait vignettes, 97 plates (24 double-page, 5 folding) by P. Fourdrinier and others after Jones and others, engraved head- and tailpieces and initials. (Small tear to lower blank margin of 18th plate in vol.I.) Contemporary speckled calf, spines gilt (worn). Provenance: Sir Thomas Seabright (armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. "Burlington purchased Jones's designs from John Talman in May 1720 and in September began to have them engraved by Henry Hulsbergh from meticulous copies made by his recently appointed draughtsman and architectural assistant, Henry Flitcroft... It is unlikely however that any definite composition or programme was decided upon until about 1724 when Kent was employed to edit and publish the work. Subscription was started... and by 17 May 1727 two folio volumes were finished and ready to be delivered to the 380 subscribers": Harris p.250. Fowler 162; Harris 385; Cf. Berlin Kat. OS2268. (2)