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    A Major Eighteenth-Century Pattern Book

    Isaac Ware. A Complete Body of Architecture. Adorned with Plans and Elevations, from Original Designs by Isaac Ware, Esq....In which are interspersed Some Designs of Inigo Jones, never before published. London: Printed for T. Osborne and J. Shipton..., 1756. First edition, first state of plates (with plate numbers inside frame, and reading "Warwick Shire" for "Berk Shire" on plate 70/71). Folio. 16.25 x 9.75 inches. [18], 92, [2], 93-116, [2], 117-120, [2], 121-748, [4, index] pages. Engraved frontispiece, engraved title vignette of Pantheon, engraved headpiece, and 114 engraved plates (fourteen folding). Title page printed in red and black. Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked to style with a morocco lettering label on the spine. Spine double-ruled in gilt with six raised bands. Board extremities rubbed and worn. A little light foxing and offsetting, small piece torn from bottom fore-edge margin of Tt2, small hole to the top of plate 36. Dampstaining to the bottom fore-edge corners of many sheets and plates from page 609 to the end, with tidemarks sometimes faint and barely evident, and other times heavier. Stains are generally not touching text or plates, but they do extend into the frames or images on a few plates. Four index leaves at the rear are heavily worn and have been repaired and remargined (most likely supplied from another copy). Previous owner's ink signature on recto of frontispiece. A few short marginal tears. In general, a very good copy.

    The Complete Body is a comprehensive overview of Georgian architectural theory and practice, with occasional nods to continental architects such as Daviler, Tiercelet, and Briseux. In his preface, Ware proposes "to collect all that is useful in the works of others, at whatsoever times they have been written, or in whatever language; and to add the several discoveries and improvements made since that time by the genius of others, or by our own make our work serve as a library on this subject to the gentleman and the builder; supplying the place of all other books...." The work is truly encyclopedic, covering in ten books nearly every imaginable element of architectural design, from choosing a site to ornamental detailing. Fowler 436. Park List 84.

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