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RIOU, Stephen (1720--1780)
[Grecian orders of architecture]
The Grecian · orders · of · architecture. Delineated · and · explained · from · the · antiquities · of · Athens · Also. The · parallels · of · the · orders · of · Palladio · Scamozzi · and · Vignola. To · which · are · added · remarks · concerning. Publick · and · private · edifices · with · designs.
London: printed by J. Dixwell, for the author, 1768.
[20], 78 p. XVIII, X pl. : [7] engr. illus. ; 44.7 cm. (2º)

The dedication to James Stuart is signed by 'The · Avthor · Stephen · Riov'. Includes a list of subscribers. The seven etched and engraved illustrations include the title-page vignette, four head-pieces, and two tail-pieces. This was Riou's major publication in which he attempted to devise a a simple and practical modular description of the three Grecian orders which he considered 'alone sufficient to answer all the purposes in building'. Soane took notes from the work ('Extracts from various Authors on Architecture', Soane Case 140) almost certainly while at the Royal Academy, where the book was however not on the library shelves during Soane's time, suggesting that he may have had access to a copy in the library of his new employer Henry Holland after March 1772. See Margaret Richardson and MaryAnne Stevens (eds.), John Soane architect: master of space and light, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London 1999), cat. no. 8. BAL, Early printed books, no. 2795; Harris and Savage 746; ESTC t154445.

Copy Notes Front pastedown inscribed in ink 18 and front free-endpaper in pencil -18-.

Binding C18th half sheep, marbled-paper boards, ink-lettered spine-title reading 'Riou / Grec Arct'.

Reference Number 3173


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