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A Vindication of Stone-Heng Restored:
Tho. Bassett, London, under S Dunstan's Church in Fleet-street. 1665 - VG+, 1st ed, 1665, 11 illustrations within text. In contemporary boards, gilt edge tooling, corners & edges lightly bumped & worn. Re-spined to style, raised bands, decorative gilt tooling, gilt titles to red calf label. Internally, imprimatur leaf, [1], [6], 92, 97-232 pp, [1] errata, 11 numbered engravings within text, 2 headers & 2 initial letters, has the final errata leaf (which is normally lacking), title page in red & black within double ruled borders, with vignette, pagination skips from 92 to 97 (printers error present in all copies), no loss of text catchword or text, its continuous, gilt tooling to board edges, text block edges sprinkled red, minimal scattered foxing, pages 17, 20, 26, 27, miss numbered 20, 17, 22, & 23. (Folio, 194*293 mm). (ESTC R12913. Wing 1203. Allibone 2621). Webb was a British architect & student of Inigo Jones (1573-1652). Jones's theory was that Stonehenge was built as a Roman temple, open to the sky & dedicated to the god Coelus. In 1663 Dr Walter Charleton in his Chorea Gigantum, attributed Stonehenge to the Danes. Webb countered with the current work which is both a rebuttal of Charleton & an invaluable account of his life, character and work of (as Webb put it) The Vitruvius of his age. See ODNB. Title continues: in which the orders and rules of architecture observed by the ancient Romans, are discussed. Together with the customs and manners of several nations of the world in matters of building of greatest antiquity. As also an historical narration of the most memorable actions of the Danes in England. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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