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FRÉART, Roland, sieur de Chambray (1606--1676)
[Parallèle de l'architecture antique avec la moderne. English. 1707]
A parallel of the antient architecture with the modern, in a collection of ten principal authors who have written upon the five orders, viz. Palladio and Scamozzi, Serlio and Vignola, D. Barbaro and Cataneo, L.B. Alberti and Viola, Bullant and De Lorme, compared with one another. ... Written in French by Roland Freart, ... made English for the benefit of builders. To which is added an account of architects and architecture, in an historical and etymological explanation of certain terms particularly affected by architects. With Leon Baptista Alberti's Treatise of statues. By John Evelyn ... The second edition with large additions.
London: printed for D. Brown, J. Walthoe, B. Took, and D. Midwinter, 1707.
2 pts in 1 vol. ; 34.6 cm. (2°)
i: [20], 115, [1] p., add. engr. t.-pl. : [40] full-page engr. illus.
ii: [6], 75, [1] p. : [3] illus. (2 engr., 1 wdcut)

Translation of Fréart's Parallèle de l'architecture antique avec la moderne, first published 1650 (1702 ed., q.v.). First edition of Evelyn's translation, 1664; other editions 1680, 1722 (q.v.), 1723 (q.v.), 1733 (q.v.). The present edition exists in two issues: one with the imprint given above, the other reading: Printed by E. Midwinter for D. Brown. Includes Evelyn's 'An Account Of Architects ...' with separate title-page dated 1706, separate pagination and register, and dedication to Wren dated 21 February 1696/7 not in earlier editions. Several pages in the Parallel are misnumbered and the illustrations retain the original page numerals from the 1664 edition. Engraved title vignette. BAL suggests that the added engraved title-plate incorporating the portrait of 'Monsieur de Noyers' found in earlier editions, which is present in this copy and included in the above collation, may not have been issued with all copies. The final page contains a list of 'Books Printed for Dan. Brown ... J. Walthoe ... B. Tooke ... and Dan. Midwinter ...'. The BAL copy is the first known architectural book owned by Soane, who recorded the date of its acquisition (8 July 1771) on its title-page and retrospectively added '--1776' in recognition of its importance to his studies at the Royal Academy. The book was probably removed from Soane's library by his assistant C.J. Richardson in the 1840s. See Margaret Richardson and MaryAnne Stevens (eds.), John Soane architect: master of space and light, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London 1999), cat. no. 9; BAL, Early printed books, no. 1135; Harris and Savage 232; ESTC t118307.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting chapter XXVII (fol. T1) of part I and chapter VII (fol. Ff1) of part II of the Parallel. Inscribed in ink on verso of engraved title-plate (bound to face the letterpress title) Andrew Rutledge and Thomas Harper. Inscribed on title-page T.Dale. Armorial bookplate of Thomas Dale, M.D. with the name Andw. Rutledge written over in ink. Thomas Harper was a Freemason who published an edition of Lawrence Dermott's Ahiman Rezon in 1801 (1778 ed., q.v.) and was one of Soane's proposers when he became a Freemason. This copy may be the Work on Architecture ... / which I highly value, the more so / as having belonged to your late much respected / Father, sent with a letter from Edward Harper, as recorded in the draft of in Soane's reply dated 24 October 1832. (Priv. Corr. XVI.F.109). On the front paste-down, upside down, an ink inscription adding £1400 and 360 to make 1760. Rear paste-down inscribed in pencil 77. The epistle 'To The Reader' (pt 2, p. [5]) has (childish?) doodles in pencil at the head of the page. -- Bills for two other copies, the editions unspecified, survive: one bought from Macklen for £15 on 14 December 1805 (Spiers Box, Misc. Booksellers), the other bought from Thomas Boone for 4s. on 22 August 1806 (Spiers Box).

Binding Contemporary early C18th Cambridge-style blind-panelled calf.

Reference Number 2291


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