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GIBBS, James (1682--1754)
Rules for drawing the several parts of architecture, in a more exact and easy manner than has been heretofore practised, by which all fractions, in dividing the principal members and their parts, are avoided. By James Gibbs. The third edition.
London: printed for W. Innys and J. Richardson, J. and P. Knapton, C. Hitch and L. Hawes, R. Manby and H.S. Cox, 1753.
vi, [2], 28 p., LXIV pl. ; 41.0 cm. (2º)

Gibbs's second book was first published in 1732; the proposals for the first edition entitled: 'Proposals for printing by subscription Rules ...', were issued on 1 January 1732. Sales of the work were not as brisk as those of his enormously influential first book, A book of architecture published four years previously (q.v.), and 1736 the unsold sheets were reissued as the 'second edition', with a true second edition being published in parts from May 1738. Serial publication put the book, intended to allow Palladio's general proportions for the orders and their decorative accompaniments to be followed without the troublesome fractions, within the reach of the ordinary builders for whom it was intended. Gibbs's method was quickly picked up and widely disseminated by Batty Langley in his Ancient masonry, 1736 (q.v.) and Edward Hoppus in the Gentleman and builder's repository, 1737. ESTC t210635; Harris and Savage, 262; BAL, Early printed books, no. 1209; Millard II, 23 (1732 ed.).

Copy Notes Purchased at Christie's sale, 23 March 1813 (q.v.), for £1, lot 114 with one of two editions of Antonio Maria Zanetti's Varie pitture, 1760 (q.v.) and 1778 or later (q.v.) and 'Stert's Perspective', i.e. John Sturt's edition of Andrea Pozzo's Rules and examples of perspective, 1707 (q.v.; another issue, q.v.). In neither case can any of the copies in the Museum be securely identified with those purchased.

Binding C18th mottled calf, gilt double-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 2339


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