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WOOLFE, John (d. 1793)
[Vitruvius Britannicus. Volumes IV--V. 1767--1771]
Vitruvius Britannicus, or the British architect; containing plans, elevations, and sections; of the regular buildings both public and private, in Great Britain. Comprised in one hundred folio plates, engrav'd by the best hands; taken from the buildings, or original designs by Woolfe and Gandon architects. Vol. IV. (V.) [parallel title in French].
[London]: 1767 (1771).
2 vols ; 52.3 cm. (2º)
IV: 12 p., engr. t.-pl., engr. dedic., 98 [i.e. 79] pl. (19 double-page or fold., bearing 2 numbers)
V: 10 p., engr. t.-pl., engr. dedic., 100 [i.e. 75] pl. (23 double-page or fold., bearing 2 numbers)

Proposals for an additional, fourth volume to Campbell's Vitruvius Britannicus to be published in monthly fascicles by subscription were issued by the architects John Woolfe and James Gandon and the engraver and printseller Matthias Darly in March 1765; in the event the volume was completed in 17 fascicles in July 1767. Support from existing and new subscribers was such that a fifth volume was issued (possibly also in fascicles) in 1771, with Thomas White replacing Darly as engraver, but a proposed sixth volume never materialised. The continuation was intended by the proprietors to be uniformly bound up with copies of the later editions of Vitruvius Britannicus (1731, q.v.; [1751?], q.v.), but the two works were never owned by the same publishers. For details of the plates and of the publication history, see Harris and Savage, pp. 496--8 and notes to BAL 3711; for its intellectual background and impact, see Millard II, pp. [352]--365. ESTC t60851; Harris and Savage 945; Millard II, 94; BAL, Early printed books, no. 3711.

Copy Notes Uniformly bound as a five-volume set with vols I--III of Campbell's Vitruvius Britannicus, [1751?] (q.v.). Plate 91 in vol. V is misbound after plate 92--3. Inserted at the end of vol. V is a copy of the letterpress from Taylor's [1819?] edition (q.v.), inscribed in pencil at the head of the first page Duplicate / Letterpress / 5th. Volume.

Binding C18th tree calf, gilt-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spines with urn, paterae and peacock ornaments, marbled endpapers.

Reference Number 3637


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