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MORRIS, Robert (1701--1754)
[Lectures on architecture. Parts 1--2]
Lectures on architecture. Consisting of rules founded upon harmonick and arithmetical proportions in building, design'd as an agreeable entertainment for gentlemen: and more particularly useful to all who make architecture, or the polite arts, their study. ... By Robert Morris. The second edition.
London: printed for R. Sayer, 1759.
2 pts in 1 vol. ; 19.5 cm. (8º)
I: [16], 132, engr. frontis., [4] pl.
II: viii, 135--226 p., [12] pl. (1 fold.)

First edition of part II issued with second edition of part I which was first published in 1734. The title of part II reads '... But More Particularly Useful, to all who make Architecture, ... their Study. Part the Second' and the imprint reads: printed for the author, and sold by J. Brindley; J. Wilcox; and J. Millan, 1736. The text of part I is a resetting of that of the first edition with the errata corrected, the dedication omitted and the advertisement changed. Morris was "the outstanding theoretical [architectural] writer of the first half of the eighteenth century" (Harris and Savage, p. 317). He published four acknowledged works and at least 7 anonymous architectural and poetical works, several of which are in Soane's library. The Lectures contain the fullest expression of his ideas, chiefly his efforts to combine architecture, poetry and philosophy, which were ill-suited to the prevailing cultural climate. See Harris and Savage, 371; BAL, Early printed books, no. 2198--2199. ESTC t91318 (1759); ESTC t90780 (part 2, 1736).

Copy Notes Bound in one volume, inscribed in ink on title-page J. Peacock. James Peacock was the surveyor who introduced Soane, aged 15, to George Dance the younger and thus gave him his start in life. On verso of second front free-endpaper a pencil sketch plan with superimposed oval by unidentified 18th-century hand (possibly Peacock?). Some marginal marks of emphasis in pencil in part I. Another copy in two volumes was bought from T. & W. Boone for 8s. on 22 March 1823. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.5.6).

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-rule borders, gilt-tooled spine, vellum spine-label.

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