London, South Kensington
23 March 2005
JONES, Inigo (1573-1652). The Designs of Inigo Jones consisting of Plans and Elevations for Publick and Private Buildings, London: Published by William Kent, 1727. 2 volumes in 1, 2° (502 x 335mm). Engraved fontispiece, portrait vignette on titles, 4 headpieces, 2 initials and 4 culs-de-lampe, 136 numbered plates on 97 sheets, engraved by Cole, Hulsbergh, Fourdrinter and others after Flitcroft, many double-page, several large and folding (short tear in plate no.12 in volume I affects the engraved area, frontispiece slightly defective at fore-margin and mounted, occasional light spotting and browning, light waterstaining in lower inner corners in volume I). 20th-century half calf. Archer 166.1; Harris 385; Fowler 162; RIBA 1624.
FIRST EDITION. '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) [see lot 15] and from that point on became a standard feature of eighteenth-century pattern books', Harris p.251. Archer 166.1; Harris 385; Fowler 162; RIBA 1624.
SEE PLATE I.
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