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MORRIS, Robert (1701--1754)
An essay in defence of ancient architecture; or, a parallel of the ancient buildings with the modern: shewing the beauty and harmony of the former, and the irregularity of the latter. With impartial reflections of the reasons of the abuses introduced by our present builders. ... Illustrated with sixteen copper-plates. By Robert Morris, ...
London: printed for D. Browne; W. Bickerton; J. Pote; and J. Walthoe, 1728.
xxviii, 114, [2] p., engr. frontis., 14 pl., 1 engr. table ; 27.5 cm. (4º)

Harris and Savage 568; BAL, Early printed books, no. 2195; ESTC t90206.

Copy Notes Purchased at Christie's Revett sale, 26--27 June (q.v.), 1804, for 4s. (lot 43, with Plaw's Rural architecture, 1785 (q.v.), lot 44). Text occasionally underlined in pencil, with a marginal note in Soane's hand on page 27 agreeing with and expanding upon Morris's censure of modern builders. Page references to text in pencil on rear free-endpaper.

Binding Contemporary C18th sprinkled sheep, gilt-ruled borders.

Reference Number 2829


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