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CHAMBERS, William.

A Treatise on Civil Architecture in which the Principals of that Art are laid down and illustrated by a great number of plates.

      London, Printed for the Author by J. Haberkorn, 1759. Folio. (522 x 355 mm.).Handsomely bound in contemporary full calf, elaborately gilt, all edges gilt; [6] + iv + 85pp., with 50 full-page engraved plates, minor wear to the joints at head and tail.First edition of Chambers' accurate and beautifully printed work on Civil Architecture, illustrated with 50 outstanding full-page engravings of the highest quality. Chambers' lucid text made this work essential reading for British architects and architectural historians. The author intended this as the first part of a larger work which would eventually encompass construction and structural engineering; by the third edition (1791) Chambers merely re-titled the present work as A Treatise on the Decorative Part of Civil Architecture. It was "undoubtedly the most influential book in its day, and its influence was exceeded only by the English translation of Palladio's Four Books Of Architecture. It was thought by Horace Walpole to be the best book and the most exempt from prejudice that was ever written in that science" (Harris, J.Encyclopaedia of Architecture). Dedicated to the Earl of Bute, the subscribers'' list contains the names of the Prince and Princess Dowager of Wales, Joshua Reynolds, Lord Bolingbroke, Thomas Gainsborough and Robert Adam among others

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