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Gibbs, James.

A BOOK OF ARCHITECTURE

Containing Designs of Buildings and Ornaments. Printed for W. Innys and R. Manby ... 1739.
2nd Ed. Folio. [iv]. + xxvpp. 149 copper plates including 5 folding/double page [only of 150, lacking plate 135]. Several plates reinforced to edges, plate 111 cropped to edges and laid down not affecting image, some sporadic browning and occasional faint staining, rebound in C20th leather backed cloth boards, sl. rubbed to spine with original gilt lettered title label. ESTC T22979. James Gibbs [Gibb] (1682–1754), architect. ODNB ‘... Gibbs was the first major British architect to specialize in designing church monuments. The most important examples, made between 1723 and 1731, are in Westminster Abbey ... Many of these collegiate and garden buildings, houses, monuments and churches, especially St Martin-in-the-Fields, were illustrated in the 150 engraved plates in [the above work] which Gibbs [first] published in 1728, having attracted 481 subscribers, each of whom paid 4 guineas. In the introduction he recommended the book to ‘Gentlemen as might be concerned in Building, especially in the remote parts of the Country, where little or no assistance for Designs can be procured … which may be executed by any Workman who understands Lines’ (p. 1). It is arguably the most influential pattern book in the history of British architecture, and was used throughout Britain and its colonies abroad; a second edition was published in 1739 ...’
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