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OAKLEY, Edward (d. 1765?)
The magazine of architecture, perspective, & sculpture: in five parts. ... Engraven on 96 copper plates by Benjn: Cole, to which is annexed an alphabetical explanation of ye terms made use of in architecture collected from the most approv'd authors, antient & modern; particularly Palladio, Scamozzi & Vignola, & made a work of general use for gentlemen, architects, sculptors, painters, workmen, & all persons concern'd in building. By Edward Oakley, architect, M.M.
Westminster printed by A. Campbell, for the author, & B. Creake, 1730.
[8], 76, 79--119, [1] p., engr. frontis, engr. t-pl., XCIII pl. : engr. illus. ; 37.6 cm. (2°)

The title-page is engraved. Pagination omits pages 77--8. Oakley was a Freemason and this work was especially popular in Masonic circles. The Magazine includes 'Practical Geometry' from Halfpenny's Art of sound building; Wotton's Elements of architecture; the orders from Fréart, Perrault and Le Clerc; perspective from Pozzo; sculpture from Evelyn's translation of Alberti, Haydock's translation of Lomazzo and from Girard Audran's Proportions of the human body. The frontispiece and all the plates in the first two parts on geometry and architecture were copied from Abraham Bosse, Traité des manières de dessiner les ordres, 1664 and Représentations géométrales, 1659. The sheets were reissued in the following year with the title-plate redated 1731, and a second edition was published in parts between October 1732 and May 1733 with a new title-plate bearing the later date. The final page contains a list of 'Books Printed for B. Creake, ...' and an advertisement ofr 'All Sorts of Mathematical Instruments ... accurately Made and Sold by Tho. Heath, ... next Door to the Fountain Tavern in the Strand.' ESTC t154195; Harris and Savage 603; BAL, Early printed books, no. 2331.

Copy Notes A tiny, illegible inscription in ink on the front paste-down. Rear paste-down inscribed in ink Oakleys Architect, and in another hand with some calculations.

Binding Contemporary C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-rule borders and spine, red spine-label.

Reference Number 2907


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