(London): I. (Isaac) Ware, ca. 1731.
Undated. According to Eileen Harris in British Architectural Books and Writers 1556-1785 (Cambridge, 1994), this work was published in 1731. Verso title page: "Most of these designs are already executed & the rest are at Burlington House.”
Illustrations engraved by P. Fourdrinier (1698-1758); after Isaac Ware’s delineations (1704-1766) from the designs of Inigo Jones (1573-1652), William Kent (1685-1748), and Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington (1694-1753). 53 plates comprising 48 images; 6 double-page folding plates (5 of these assigned 2 plate numbers; 1 (#30) with a single plate number). 30 plate numbers attributed to Inigo Jones, 21 attributed to William Kent, 1 attributed to Burlington (Richard Boyle), and 1 unattributed. Boyle is said to have admired 8-year-old Isaac Ware's drawings on the streets of London, subsequently adopted him, and trained him as an architect. Jones architectural works introduced England to Vitruvian symmetry, and Classical Roman and Italian Renaissance design.
These classic and neo-Palladian designs include chimney pieces, stair-cases, a theatre, ceilings, mouldings, altar pieces, screens, room plans and elevations, and landscape structures (including garden seats, a temple, and an obelisk designed by William Kent who was considered to be the originator of the English landscape garden).Item #901368
Small quarto, 7-1/8 x 9-7/8", full calf over thick boards, spine with 5 raised bands, leather title label with gilt title, engraved title page, 6 preliminary pages with Table of the Several Plates, followed by 48 engravings in 53 numbered plates, complete.
Both boards worn and detached, binding incorrectly dated 1765 at heel of spine and “Date about 1765” has been penciled onto base of engraved urn statuette on title-page, soiling (particularly at fore-edges), toning, and light foxing, two small chips to fore-edges of two plates, good, plates are in rather remarkable condition in this their 291st year.