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RICHARDSON, George (1736?--1817?)
A series of original designs for country seats or villas; containing plans and elevations, sections of the principal apartments, ceilings, chimney-pieces, capitals of columns, ornaments for friezes, and other interior decorations, in the antique style. Comprized in LVII. plates, with descriptions. Designed and engraved, in aquatinta, by George Richardson, architect.
London:, printed for the author; and sold by the principal booksellers of London, Edinburgh, and Dublin,, 1795.
[2], ii, 12 p., LVII aquatint pl. ; 51.9 cm. (2°)

This contains the first two parts and all that was published of a projected 'Complete System of Architecture; Or, A Series of Original Designs ... completed in One Hundred and eight plates ... Published in Four Equal Parts ...' as announced in a prospectus bound into a copy of Richardson's New designs of vases and tripods (1793) at the British Library. The first part of a complete system of architecture ... (ESTC n9775), containing 6 pages and 27 plates, was published in 1794, and the present work as published 'in One Vol. Fol. Printed on Super-royal paper, Price £3. 3w. in Boards' was advertised in 1795 (see BAL, Early printed books, no. 2759; ESTC n72328). ESTC t90833; Harris and Savage 743; BAL, Early printed books, no. 2758.

Binding Late C18th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 3159


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