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British Architect - SWAN Abraham - 1765. 
1765 - SWAN, Abraham. The British Architect: or, the Builder's Treasury of Stair-Cases. London: The Author, . Tall folio, period-style three-quarter brown calf gilt, raised bands, red morocco spine label, marbled boards. $1850.Fourth edition of Swan's classic pattern book on staircase design, containing 60 engraved plates, most full-page, by Edward Rooker, depicting examples of staircases, ornaments, arches, doors, windows, and chimney-pieces.First published in 1745, this work describes and pictures different types of staircases with explanations of their most convenient situation, "the form of their ascending in the most grand manner," ornaments, and directions for their construction. The 60 plates engraved by Edward Rooker were especially appreciated for their large-scale details, "more useful for working and drawing from," and for their emphasis on such interior fittings as mouldings and wall panels. Swan published his works at his own expense, "claiming little view to my own profit". [but rather] to raise the glory of my own country." His patriotic zeal showed itself in his attempts to tarnish the reputations of recognized Italian authorities"" Scamozzi, Vignola, and Palladio"""in order to add to the luster of Wren" (Harris 863). The 1775 Philadelphia edition of Swan, with plates by John Norman, was the first book of architecture published in America (see Fowler 341; Avery 201). See Millard, 312-16. Archer 439.4. Owner's signature, dated 1770, obliterated from verso of title page.Text and plates washed and bottom margins repaired. A handsome copy. Scarce. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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