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The Most Notable Antiquity Of Great Britain, Vulgarly called Stone-heng, On Salisbury Plain, Restored, By Inigo Jones, Esq; Architect General to the King. To which are added, The Chorea Gigantum, Or, Stone-Heng Restored to the Danes
London : Printed for D. Browne Junior, at the Black-Swan without Temple-Bar, and J. Woodman and D. Lyon, in Russel-Street, Covent-Garden. M.DCC.XXV., [1725] 0. A very good quarter leather binding, just a little rubbing to the spine. Folio. 15" x 10" x 1.75" . [12pp]/pp.72/[10pp.]/pp.48/[6pp.]/pp.228/[13pp. - Index]. 15 leaves of plates (8 double/folded). Tan leather spine with 5 raised bands and gilt titles: "Stone-Heng Restored" / Inigo Jones, Charleton And Webb / 1725". Tan cloth covered boards. Deckled (Rough-cut) page edges. Recent plain endpapers (handmade paper). Three volumes in one. Engraved portrait frontispiece to Vol. I. of Inigo Jones (engraved by Wenceslaus Hollar from a design by Anthony van Dyke), lightly toned. The facing general title-page is in red & black. Second printed title-page after 'Memoirs of the life of Inigo Jones Esq.' followed by a dedication to the Earl of Pembroke by John Webb; followed by 4 folding engravings by Elisha Kirkall after designs by John Hassell . There are a further 7 full-page engravings and 3 more engravings in volume one. Vol. II begins with an engraved frontispiece of Charleton by Pierre Lombart, facing a printed title-page, followed by a dedication to Charles II by Walter Charlton and one engraved plate. Vol. III begins with a printed title-page, followed by a dedication to Charles II by John Webb and contains one woodcut and ten engravings within the text. Vol. III ends with an index and colophon: "London: Printed by James Bettenham." Light toning to portrait frontispieces, otherwise all engravings are in very good condition. Clean English text throughout, in double columns. All pages with good margins. A very well preserved book. * Of the extremely scarce first edition: ?"...there were but few copies printed, and most of them lost in the fire of London?" (Lowndes, 1225); the first edition also contained only seven folding plates and three woodcuts. This work is also noted for containing virtually the only early biographical material available on Jones. ** ?"Inigo Jones looked at Stonehenge with an architect?'s eyes, considered it as an architectural puzzle, and produced some architecturally oriented conclusions that were as closely reasoned as they were—inevitably—wrong. His book is a fascinating document, a perfect gold mine of perceptive observation, shrewd analysis, miscellaneous information… and first-rate lore-based logic… There had been other 17th-century theories about Stonehenge… But the Jones theory… stirred the most controversy?" (Hawkins, 8-11). James I visited Stonehenge in 1620 and subsequently dispatched Inigo Jones there to research its origins. Jones?'s theories were published posthumously in 1655. Dismissing the ?'savage and barbarous?' ancient Britons, Jones attributed the monument to the Romans. A seemingly odd conclusion given Jones?'s familiarity with Roman architecture from his travels in Italy. But for Jones the order and proportion in the arrangement of the stones were a form of Classicism. For him the only civilisation that could have produced such a structure were the Romans." - See RIBA *** Referenced by: ESTC T41440. **** Full title reads: "The Most Notable Antiquity Of Great Britain, Vulgarly called Stone-heng, On Salisbury Plain, Restored, By Inigo Jones, Esq; Architect General to the King. To which are added, The Chorea Gigantum, Or, Stone-Heng Restored to the Danes, By Doctor Charleton; And Mr. Webb's Vindication of Stone-Heng Restored, In Answer to Dr. Charleton's Reflections : With Observations upon the Orders and Rules of Architecture in Use among the Antient Romans. Before the whole are prefixed, Certain Memoirs relating to the Life of Inigo Jones; with his Effigies, Engrav'd by Hollar; as also Dr. Charlton's, by P. Lombart; and four new Views of Stone-Heng, in its present Situation: With above twenty other Copper-Plates, and a compleat Index to the entire Collection." .
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