London, South Kensington
23 March 2005
WALLIS, N. (fl. 1771-1773). A Book of Ornaments in the Palmyrene Taste, London: I. Taylor, 1771, engraved title and 11 engraved plates (occasional light browning and marking, final plate with short marginal tear). [bound with:] N. WALLIS. The Complete Modern Joiner, London: I. Taylor, [?1772]. 36 engraved plates (occasional light browning or marking). Oblong 4° (211 x 263mm). Modern mottled calf, gilt borders, gilt leather lettering-piece on upper board. Provenance: occasional pencilled notes or sketches in both works.
FIRST EDITIONS. 'N. Wallis, Archtiect' is know only from the three works of his published by Taylor in the early 1770s. While it is likely that he was a hack artist employed by Taylor, it 'may be a pseudonym, perhaps even for Taylor himself who was certainly capable of producing original designs, or of synthesising those of others' (RIBA 3573). I: Harris 899; RIBA 3573. II: Harris 903; RIBA 3575.
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