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The City and Country Builder's and Workman's Treasury of Designs: or, the Art of Drawing, and Working the Ornamental Parts of Architecture. Illustrated with upwards of four-hundred grand designs.
London: S Harding, 1745. - Quarto. Bound in full marbled calf with neat respine to style, gilt ruling to boards, raised bands, and red title label to spine; all edges red stained, marbled endpapers, gilt meander to inside of boards. Illustrated with 186 plates copper engraved plates with legends. With bookplate. Binding is handsome, showing some rubbing to edges and bumping to corners. Internally clean and free from foxing, with virtually unnoticable tanning to prelims. The somewhat eccentric Batty Langley, who named his children in an appropriate act of nominative determinist revenge, was a landscape designer and histortian of architecture. His fertile imagination attempted to synthesise the newly flowering Gothic with Classical proportions, which seems like a paradoxical or even tautological enterprise, but in fact resulted in an ideal mix of the two tendencies that proved to be very popular in British colonies. For example, George Washington's Mount Vernon estate in Virginia draws extensively on engravings from this work. Bookplate, "Edward, Earl of Harewood", "In solo deo salus" to front paste down. Edward Lascelles was the first Earl of Harewood, son of a customers officer in Barbados. On the death of Edwin Lascelles, the family fortune passed to him. The family estate is Harewood House in Yorkshire. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Ltd, ABA, ILAB]
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