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PALLADIO, Andrea (1508--1580)
[Quattro libri dell'architettura. Book I. English. 1742]
The first book of Andrea Palladio's architecture. Treating of the five orders; and what is most necessary in building. Correctly drawn from his original work, publish'd by himself at Venice, anno 1570. And accurately engraved by I. Ware.
[London]: 1742.
viii, 63, [1] p., engr. port., XXXIV [i.e. 29] pl. : [9] engr. illus. ; 20.3 cm. (8º)

Isaac Ware's English edition of I quattro libri, the most accurate translation of the text published at that date and with the plates newly traced and engraved, was first published in folio between mid-1737 and 1738, competing with Benjamin Cole's inferior edition (1736 ed., q.v.) on price: see Harris and Savage, pp. 363--4 and BAL 2395. The present work is a separate octavo edition with reduced plates of the first book only. The portrait of Palladio was designed by William Kent. The first two plates numbered I--III and IIII--VII respectively. ESTC n47296; Harris and Savage 690; BAL, Early printed books, no. 2413.

Copy Notes This may be the Palladio Architecture 8vo Russia bought from T. & W. Boone for 4s. 6d. on 18 December 1823. (Spiers Box). Bookseller's hieroglyphs in pencil on front and rear free-endpapers. With a small pencil and wash drawing of a Corinthian capital in an octagonal double-line frame pasted down on the upper margin of pl. XXII.

Binding C18th(?) diced russia, elaborate gilt-tooled borders, gilt-tooled spine with thistle motif, red spine-label.

Reference Number 2949


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