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PEACOCK, James (1738?--1814)
Oikidia, or, nutshells: being ichnographic distributions for small villas; chiefly upon œconomical principles. In seven classes, with occasional remarks. By Jose Mac Packe, a bricklayer's labourer. ...
London: printed for the author, and sold by C. Dilly, 1785.
[4], 89, [1] p., [27] pl. ; 20.6 cm. (8º)

The word 'Oικιδια' on the title-page is in Greek. The pseudonym 'Jose Mac Packe' is an anagram for James Peacock, the surveyor who introducted Soane, aged 15, to George Dance the younger and thus gave him his start in life. This is the most important of Peacock's several publications, and may have influenced Soane's advice to architects in his own Plans elevations and sections of buildings, published in 1789 (q.v.). Peacock's symmetrical plans for small villas are the antithesis of the asymmetrical, picturesque plans published by John Plaw in the same year in his Rural architecture (q.v.). The plates are signed 'JP.inv.' ESTC t42146; BAL, Early printed books, no. 2472; Harris and Savage 694.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper This book belonged to Mr. J. Spiller/ 1829. James Spiller, who died in 1829, was an architect and friend of Sir John Soane's (see A.T. Bolton, The portrait of Sir John Soane (London 1927), pp. 100--6 and Colvin, pp. 912--3).

Binding C19th half sprinkled calf, gilt double-rule spine, brown morocco spine-label, marbled paper boards.

Reference Number 2983


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