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WARE, Isaac (1704--1766)
[Complete body of architecture. 1756]
A complete body of architecture. Adorned with plans and elevations, from original designs. By Isaac Ware, Esq. ... In which are interspersed some designs of Inigo Jones, never before published.
London: printed for T. Osborne and J. Shipton; J. Hodges; L. Davis; J. Ward; and R. Baldwin, 1756 [i.e. 1755?--1757].
[18], 92, [2], 93--116, [2], 117--120, [2], 121--748, [4] p., engr. frontis., 113 [i.e. 105], [9] pl. (13 fold.) ; 41.1 cm. (2º)

First edition. Issued in 80 numbers between 29 November 1755 and 3 September 1757, each part containing text and plates; the title-page dated 1756 and the frontispiece by Samuel Wale were issued with the first number. No doubt due to the vagaries of serial publication, there are numerous irregularities in the numbering and order of the plates; for a full listing and description see the entry in the BAL catalogue. The unnumbered letterpress leaves Cc*1, Gg1* and Hh1* contain descriptions of plates IX--X, XIII, and XIV. The plates and unsold stock were sold to J. Rivington after Osborne's death in 1767, and copies were issued containing a new edition of numbers I--X and a new title-page dated 1767; by spring 1768 the whole work was being reissued in weekly parts and with a new title-page dated 1768 (q.v.), the plates being renumbered at the same time as regularly as was consistent with references to the plate numbers in the letterpress, and the letterpress being a mixture of reissued and reprinted sheets. The work is arranged in 10 books dealing with terminology and materials; location, the functional parts of buildings and the orders; house construction; doors; windows; interior ornament; external ornament and garden buildings; bridges; the construction of elevations according to the principles of architecture; and mathematics and mensuration. Despite attracting withering critiques from Joshua Kirby, Ware's attention to less lofty, more practical aspects such as engineering ensured that the work sold well despite its size and lengthy publication history. ESTC t31029; Harris and Savage, 906; Millard II, 87; BAL, Early printed books, no. 3581; Fowler 436.

Copy Notes The unnumbered leaf Cc*1 is misbound to follow p. 96 (rather than 92). Mathematical calculations in pencil (not Soane's hand) in the margins of pp. 723--725 of book X.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, C20th spine with maroon morocco spine-label, fragments of original gilt-tooled spine and black morocco spine-label laid down inside front cover.

Reference Number 3549


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