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BROWN, Richard (fl. 1804--45)
[Principles of practical perspective. 1815]
The principles of practical perspective; or, scenographic projection: containing universal rules for delineating designs on various surfaces, and taking views from nature, by the most simple and expeditious methods. To which are added, rules for shadowing, and the elements of painting. The whole treated in a manner calculated to render the science of perspective and the art of drawing easy of attainment to every capacity. Illustrated with fifty-one plates. By Richard Brown, architect and professor of perspective.
London: printed for Samuel Leigh: sold also by R. Ackerman, Repository of Arts; J. Harding; and J. Taylor, Architectural Library, 1815.
[2], xviii, 96 p., 51 pl. (1 hand-coloured) ; 31.0 cm. (4°)

Dedicated by permission to Soane who was professor of architecture at the Royal Academy during the period when Brown exhibited designs there. The book refers to and illustrates methods of architectural perspective drawing used by Soane and J.M. Gandy. Plate XXXIX, showing the revolving Temple of Concord in Green Park, is dedicated to the Duke of York, hand-coloured and bound as a frontispiece. A second edition was published in 1835 (q.v.). BAL, Early printed books, no. 436.

Copy Notes This copy was purchased by Soane from the author on 28 August 1815 for £2. (Soane Note Books, 1815). Laid down on rear-endpaper is an advertisement announcing that 'Shortly will be published, in Royal Quarto, Price £2. 2s. 0d. Bds. The Elements Of Architecture, Exemplified On Fifty-Two Plates: With Descriptive Letter-Press. By Richard Brown, ... Author of "The Principles Of Practical Perspective." '

Binding Original C19th grey paper boards with printed label on spine reading 'Brown's Principles Of Practical Perspective. With 51 Plates. £2. 2s. 0d. Bd.'

Reference Number 1798


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