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PALLADIO, Andrea (1508--1580)
[Quattro libri dell'architettura. English. 1736]
Andrea Palladio's architecture, in four books containing a dissertation on the five orders & ye most necessary observations relating to all kinds of building. as also the different constructions of public and private-houses, high-ways, bridges, market-places, xystes, & temples, wth. their plans, sections, & elevations. The whole containing 226 folio copper-plates carefully revis'd and redelineated by Edwd. Hoppus surveyor ... and embellish'd wth. a large variety of chimney pieces collected from the works of Inigo Jones & others.
London: printed for Benjn: Cole engraver. & John Wilcox, 1736.
4 pts in 2 vols ; 39.7 cm. (2º)
I: vi, [1], 8--70; [3], 74--121, [1] p., engr. title-pl., engr. frontis., engr. dedic., XXXV, LXI pl. : engr. illus.
II: [3], 126--177, [1]; [3], 182--250, [12] p., XXII [i.e. 20], CIV [i.e. 93] pl. (9 pl. with 2 numbers each, 13 fold.) : engr. illus.

At foot of imprint: 'Price for Small Paper in Sheets 1L:10S:0d. & the Large Paper, 2L:2s:0d.'. First published in weekly parts between 1732 and 1734, Benjamin Cole's edition, the second complete translation available in English, was the first to bring Palladio's Quattro libri within the financial reach of tradesmen. The plates were mostly copied from Colen Campbell's translation of the first book published by Samuel Harding in 1728 and from Giacomo Leoni's less accurate edition first published 1715--[1720] (q.v.). Cole's edition was quickly superseded by Isaac Ware's far more accurate translation which was first published in 1737--38 (separate octavo edition of book I only, 1742, q.v.). See BAL and Harris and Savage, pp. 361--3 for the history. ESTC t114553; Fowler 228; Millard II, 51; BAL, Early printed books, no. 2394.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting pl. XCIV in book IV. Verso of second front free-endpaper and frontispiece of vol. I inscribed in ink George Wyatt / 1747 and George Wyatt Junr. / 1747. On the front pastedown is a five-line inscription largely erased: N.B. most of the [?] plates was copied / from a book in the possession of [?] George Wyatt Junr. of / Andrea Palladio's works / published at the Hague 1719. Volume II inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper George Wyatt / 1747. The endpaper the rear pastedown in vol. II is inscribed in ink, probably in Wyatt's hand, with diagrams and geometrical and financial calculations including one for Brickwork. Little is known of the life of George Wyatt (d. 1790), a successful builder and the uncle of Mrs Soane.

Binding C18th calf, gilt double-ruled borders and spines, red morocco spine-labels.

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