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AIKIN, Edmund (1780--1820)
An essay on the Doric order of architecture, containing a historical view of its rise and progress among the ancients, with a critical investigation of it s principles of composition and adaptation to modern use. Illustrated by figures of the principal antique examples, drawn to one scale, from the best authorities, by Edmund Aikin, architect. Published by the London Architectural Society.
London: printed by T. Bensley; and sold by J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library, 1810.
[4], 23, [1] p., VII pl. (1 fold.) ; 55.5 cm. (2°)

This is 'the first work to provide comparative plates of the various exemplars of the Greek Doric orders' (Colvin), taken mainly from the first three volumes of Stuart and Revett's Antiquities of Athens published in 1762, 1787, and 1794 (q.v.), from the Society of Dilettanti's Ionian antiquities, 1769 (q.v.) and from Wilkin's Antiquities of Magna Graecia, 1807 (q.v.) and all drawn to the same scale. Figures 21--23 are Aikin's own designs 'to shew the proper application of the Doric Order to different cases' (p. 17). The London Architectural Society intended the book to be 'the first fasciculus' of a series (p. 3), but no other selections were published. BAL, Early printed books, no. 39.

Copy Notes Purchased from Priestley and Weale's Catalogue of books on architecture, 1831, item 8 '£1.5s'. (q.v.).

Binding C19th blue paper boards, grey paper spine, red morocco spine-label, gilt-lettered.

Reference Number 4002


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