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WARE Isaac 1704?-1766

A Complete Body of Architecture.

Complete - 1st ed, later issue, 122 pls + frontis, & 2 vignettes.

WARE Isaac 1704?-1766

A Complete Body of Architecture. T Osborne and J Shipton; J Hodge; L Davies; J Ward; And R Baldwin. London: Grays-Inn; near London Bridge; in Fleetstreet; in Cornhill; in Pater-Noster-Row 1756


In contemporary boards, gilt edge tooling, corners & edges rubbed. Skillfully rebacked, raised bands, gilt tooling, gilt titles to red morocco label. Internally, Frontis, [17], [1], [1], 2-92, 93-96, [2], 97-112, [2], 113-120, [2], 121-748, [4], complete with all 122 plates (some large & folding), plus frontispiece, title page in red & black inks, 2 vignettes, leaves watermarked IA or XA, old ink name to title head, occasional very light spotting. Folio, 250*420 mm).
Title continues: Adorned with plans and elevations, from original designs. In which are interspersed Some Designs of Inigo Jones, never before published.


(O'Neil 126a/b. Fowler 436. Avery AAW21). 'A work of Sterling Merit; it relates to the practical as well as the theoretical and decorative part of the Art' - Allibone 2581.


Ware's best known work a translation of Palladio's great treatise which offers a comprehensive overview of the theory & practice of Georgian Architecture. It is organized in ten 'Books' treating all aspects of architecture including construction, the classical orders, interior & exterior details, elevations, bridges, and geometry.