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      Sale 2451 | Lot 14
      Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
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      • Sale 2451 Lot 14

        (ARCHITECTURE.) Gibbs, James. A Book of Architecture Containing Designs of Buildings and Ornaments. The Second Edition. 150 engraved plates of plans, elevations, and sculptural details, including 5 folding. Folio, full contemporary calf, sensitively rebacked and cornered with decorative period gilt stamping and title label on crimson calf, front lower corner with small archival tape repair to creased board; scattered foxing and toning to preliminaries, clean repair to first folding plate, plate 26 repaired and with some wrinkling and edge toning, scattered light foxing to some images. London: Printed for W. Innys and R. Manby, 1739

        Estimate $4,000 - 6,000

        The second edition of Gibbs's famous folio of his building designs both executed and not, as well as numerous designs for ornaments. It was intended to be a pattern book for both architects and clients, and became "probably the most widely-used architecture book of the century, not only throughout Britain, but in the American colonies and the West Indies" (where St. Martin's Church, London, was used as a prototype for numerous churches)--Summerson, John, Architecture in the United Kingdom, 1530-1830. 9th edition. Yale University Press, 1993. This edition was published before the creation of Radcliffe Camera at Oxford University, his last and among his most famous works. Millard II, #22; Fowler 138 (both referencing the first edition).


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