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1765 - SWAN, Abraham. The British Architect: or, the Builder's Treasury of Stair-Cases. London: The Author, [1765]. 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]
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