PALLADIO, Andrea (1508-1580). The Four Books of Andrea Palladio's Architecture. Translation by Isaac Ware. London: Isaac Ware, 1738.
2° (400 x 247mm). 3pp. subscribers' list, engraved title, three section titles, one head- and one tailpiece, 8 illustrations and 205 plates. (Small tear to lower margin of plate numbered XXIII in book I.) Later calf (neatly rebacked, slightly scuffed). Provenance: John Earl of Bute (armorial bookplate); 2nd Marquess of Bute (Luton Library armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of Ware's translation, produced in direct competition with Benjamin Cole's very imperfect edition of 1735. Ware's translation of the text is 'strict and literal' and was corrected and revised by Lord Burlington himself. The plates are careful copies; Ware notes in his preface that he has 'kept to [Palladio's] proportions and measures, by exactly tracing all the plates from his originals, and engraved them with my own hands'. Harris 690; Fowler 229.
[A.C.d'AVILER]. Vignola Revived. London: Robert Sayer, 1761. 2°. 56 plates. Contemporary calf. Harris 23; R.FREART. A Parallel of the Ancient Architecture with the Modern. London: 1707. 2°. Illustrations, most full-page. Contemporary panelled calf (rebacked). Harris 232; M.VITRUVIUS Pollio. The Architecture of... Vitruvius... translated... by W.Newton. London: 1771. 2°. 22 engraved plates. Modern red half morocco. Harris 894. (4)