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WOTTON, Sir Henry (1568--1639)
Reliquiæ Wottonianæ. Or, a collection of lives, letters, poems; with characters of sundry personages: and other incomparable pieces of language and art. By the curious pensil of the ever memorable Sr Henry Wotton Kt. ...
London: printed by Thomas Maxey, for R. Marriot, G. Bedel, and T. Garthwait,
1651.
[60], 540 p., [4] pl. ; 13.4 cm. (12º)

Pages [193--194], 195--335 only are present in this copy, being 'The Elements Of Architecture, Collected by Henry Wotton Kt, From the Best Authours And Examples', first published separately in 1624, and subsequently reprinted in Isaak Walton's Reliquæ Wottonianæ of which this is the first edition. With the divisional title-leaf (pp. [194--194]). Wing W3648; ESTC r209190.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting all before p. 193 and after p. 335. Verso of the divisional title-page inscribed in ink Alexander Charles / His book [...?] / [1 unread line, crossed out] / wreten with my hand at / [...?] the 5 of aprill - / 1678. Seven leaves of MS. arithmetical tables are inserted at the front, and nine leaves of miscellaneous aide-memoires, notes and sketches at the rear. 'Colected out of Severall Authours' the latter are identified as 'Some observations ... wreten be me alexander / charles July 1677'. (See SJSM Concise Catalogue of Drawings, ADD3). They include diagrams relating to surveying; details of roof timbers from buildings in Edinburgh; a 'prospect' and plan of water mills near Edinburgh, &c.; and 'Some draghts of brigs of timber copied out of andrea paladio'. 'Alexander Charles, wright, burgess of Aberdeen' has been recorded by John Dunbar as an overseer of works at Fetteresso Castle, Kincardineshire, in 1671--2 (ex info Miss C.H. Cruft). A later owner has inscribed John Jeans / Mason on the recto of the first inserted leaf, as well as copied a formula for calculating The Proportion to find the Suns Decll: on both rear endpapers. This John Jeans is probably the architect and builder of Aberdeen who was born in about 1720 and died in or shortly before 1800 (see Colvin, Dictionary, 3rd ed., 1995, p. 541).

Binding Contemporary morocco, both covers tooled in blind with 'AC' stamped within panels; remnants of leather clasps; re-backed and extensively repaired in early C19th (?) calf; red morocco spine-label of probably that date reading 'Wotton's Architect'.

Reference Number 3644


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