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Claude Perrault
London: Benjamin Motte, 1708. A Treatise of the Five Orders of Columns in Architecture, viz. Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite, wherein The Proportions and Characters of the Members Of their several Pedestals, Columns and Entablatures, are distinctly consider'd, with respect to the Practice of the Antients and Moderns. Also a most Natural, Easie and Practicable Method laid down for determining the most minute Part in all the Orders, without a Fraction. To which is Annex'd a Discourse concerning Pilasters: and of several Abuses introduc'd into Architecture. by Charles Perrault, translated by John James and illustrated by John Sturt From 1708, the first English-language edition of this highly influential architectural treatise. The work was originally published in France in 1683 but did not find a wide audience until this edition was published in London. It was the first truly significant architectural work to circulate in England, and it inspired a spate of books on architecture over the next century. An extremely rare volume. I find one other copy of the first edition for sale online, listing for $9,500. The book remains in good shape overall but has some flaws. Five of the six folio plates are missing, and one small illustration was removed with a circular incision (fourth photo). Some 75 further illustrations are present and in very good shape. A bit of text is missing on the bottom edge of the title page, but this was apparently due to a printing error and not later trimming; no other page is so affected. The covers and endpapers are probably not the origina … [Click Below for Full Description]
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