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VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus (fl. ca. 84--14 B.C.)
[De architectura. Selections. French. 1780]
Commentaires sur Vitruve, eclaircis par des figures, & propres à être joints aux différentes traductions de cet auteur. Avec une description des machines militaires des anciens. Par W. Newton, architecte.
A Londres chez P. Elmsley, 1780.
[2], iv, vi, 78 p., [25] pl. ; 46.0 cm. (2°)

The text consists of 'those parts of [William Newton's] commentaries which corrected Perrault's and Galiani's errors in translation and interpretation, together with a long note describing ancient military machines illustrated by reconstructions (of which Newton was especially proud since the subject had defeated his predecessors).' See E. Harris and N. Savage, British architectural books and writers 1556--1785 (Cambridge 1990), pp. 464--466. Figures I--LII, with many omissions, are a selection from the first five books of Vitruvius published by William Newton in 1771, with some alterations; figures LIII--CXVII, also with omissions, are selected from the plates prepared for vol. II of Newton's Vitruvius which was first published with a reissue of the sheets of the first volume in 1791 (q.v.) after a considerable delay occasioned by Newton's professional commitments and poor health. ESTC t53467; Harris and Savage, 896.

Copy Notes Bought at a Christie's sale on 17 February 1815, lot 88, for £1 19s. (with M. Vitruvii Pollionis De architectura ..., Amsterdam 1649, q.v.). (See marked-up copy of the sale catalogue in Christie's archive).

Binding C18th marbled-paper boards, white paper spine-covering.

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