LEWIS, JAMES. 1751-1820.
Original Designs in Architecture; consisting of Plans, Elevations, and Sections for Villas, Mansions, Town-Houses, &c. and a New Design for a Theatre. London: printed for the Author by Cooper and Graham, 1797.
2 volumes bound together. Folio (538 x 358 mm). , vi, 9-18; , iv, 14 pp. 62 engraved plates by John Roberts and T. Miller, including the final folding plate which is counted as two in the contents. Period marbled calf, sympathetically rebacked with spine gilt-tooled in 8 compartments, raised bands, morocco lettering-piece. 4 leaves in vol 2 evenly toned, wear to edges of binding, overall very fine.
RARELY FOUND COMPLETE. SECOND, CORRECTED EDITION OF VOLUME ONE AND FIRST EDITION OF VOLUME TWO. Imposing set of Georgian designs for both public buildings and private homes, the first volume of which was intended to launch Lewis's career before he had actually built anything and the second depicting actual commissions. Notable subscribers include Catherine the Great and Emperor Paul I of Russia (as well as their Italian architect) and numerous members of the English nobility, such as the Earl of Sandwich. Lewis became highly successful. He built the new Bethlehem Hospital which later became the Imperial War Museum. Harris & Savage 495.