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WOOD, John (1704--1754)
The origin of building: or, the plagiarism of the heathens detected. In five books. By John Wood, architect.
Bath printed by S. and F. Farley, and sold by J. Leake: M. Lewis, in Bristol: W. Innys; C. Hitch; R. Dodsley; J. Pine; and J. Brindley, London, 1741.
[6], 235, [3] p., 36 [i.e. 25] pl. (11 double-page each with 2 numbers) ; 39.7 cm. (2°)

With a final leaf of errata. Two manuscripts for this book have survived: the earliest is in the Soane and was written by Wood in 1737 and 1738; the second, in the Bath Reference Library, is a fair copy with additions and alterations. See Harris and Savage, no. 925; ESTC t65432.

Copy Notes One of Soane's two copies of the printed work was bought from the architectural bookseller J. Williams on 30 December 1833 for 11s. (Spiers Box, loose bills).
Copy 2: 39.7 cm. The plates are placed together at the end and the errata normally at the end is placed with the preliminaries. This copy contains inscriptions by two hands. Hand 1, probably earlier, has written derogatory comments - sad stuff and nonsense - in the margins,and added captions to the plates taken from the text. Hand 2 can be identified as Sir William Chambers's, and is responsible for a long marginal note on p. 140 and a pencil note on the rear pastedown. Also in Chambers's hand is a loose eight page manuscript of notes with page numbers, headed on page 3 Woods Plagiarism. Page 1 acts as a wrapper and is blank; page 2 contains Chambers's summary opinion of the book: this book contains a good deal of learning a great deal of Enthusiasm and some nonsence the Author is so desirous of proving his favorite System that he confounds dates wrests meanings cites falsely and inshort [sic] Sticks at nothing to accomplish his design. Additionally the front free-endpaper has the pencilled price -16 and both pastedowns bear bookseller's ciphers (?) in ink.

Binding Copy 1: C18th mottled calf, gilt double-rule borders, gilt-tooled spine, marbled end-papers, maroon spine-label.
Copy 2: C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-rule borders and spine

Reference Number 3628


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