London, South Kensington
23 March 2005
SWAN, Abraham (fl. c.1725-1768?). A Collection of Designs in Architecture, London: Robert Sayer, [1768?]. 2 volumes in 1, 2° (424 x 255mm). 125 engraved plates by Swan, Addison, Miller and Patten, 2 advertisement leaves at end of volume II (slight worming in the lower margins from plate 40 in volume II to the end, waterstain in the foremargins in the first 40 plates in volume I, short tear in the fore-margin of pl.21 in volume I, a few leaves and plates lightly discoloured). Contemporary reversed calf (rubbed, a few repairs). First issued in 1757, a second edition of the work was printed by 1766. The present edition appeared 'in or around 1768, when the rights in Swan's works passed to Robert Sayer, [and] the sheets of the second edition were reissued with an undated cancel title-leaf naming Sayer as publisher': RIBA 3222 (note); Archer 326.3; Harris 870.
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