London, South Kensington
23 March 2005
OVER, Charles. Ornamental Architecture in the Gothic, Chinese and Modern Taste, London: Robert Sayer, 1758. 8° (203 x 124mm). 54 plates (some spotting, front free endpaper slightly detached). 19th-century half calf. FIRST EDITION. Over published only one collection of decorative designs and many of those were based on the work of William Halfpenny. It did, however, have 'considerable influence upon William Wrighte's Grotesque Architecture (1767) and to some degree contributed to the popularity of the Chinese grotto in Europe in the second half of the eighteenth century' (Archer p.337). Archer 233.1; Harris 606; RIBA 2346 .
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