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LANGLEY, Batty (1696--1751)
Practical geometry applied to the useful arts of building, surveying, gardening and mensuration; calculated for the service of gentlemen as well as artisans, and set to view in four parts. Containing, I. Preliminaries ... II. The various orders of architecture, ... III. The doctrine and rules of mensuration ... IV. Exact tables of mensurations, ... To which is annexed, an account of the clandestine practice now generally obtaining in mensuration, ... The whole exemplifi'd with above 60 folio copper plates, by the best hands. By Batty Langley.
London: printed for W. and J. Innys, J. Osborn and T. Longman, B. Lintot, J. Woodman and D. Lyons, C. King, E. Symon, and W. Bell, 1726.
[12], viii, 136 p., XLI [i.e. 40] fold. pl. ; 34.4 cm. (2°)

The plates are numbered I--XLI, XL being omitted and XXX mis-numbered XXXI. Twenty-five of the plates are double making the 'above 60 Folio Copper Plates' called for in the title. These include the earlist published designs for irregular gardens based upon the principles presented in Stephen Switzer's Ichnographia rustica, 1718. ESTC 11863; Harris and Savage 465; BAL Early printed books, no. 1753.

Copy Notes Two geometrical diagrams in pencil on the rear paste-down.

Binding C18th calf, Cambridge-style blind-tooled panels, spine lettered in ink 'Pract:/ Geom:'.

Reference Number 2594


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