WARE, ISAAC. 1704-1766.
A Complete Body of Architecture. Adorned with Plans and Elevations, from Original Designs. London: T. Osborne and J. Shipton, 1756.
Folio (410 x 250 mm). [xviii], 96, , 97-116, , 117-120, , 121-748,  pp. Engraved frontispiece, 114 plates (some of which are double-page or folding). Period calf. Final dozen leaves with wormhole at very foot of gutter, rebacked.
FIRST EDITION of Ware's "massive and compendious" work (ODNB). "Most of Ware's designs were as Palladian in character as might be expected from an architect of his background and credentials. However, as a prominent member of the St Martin's Lane Academy he was also a colleague of such rococo artists as Hogarth, Roubiliac, and Francis Hayman: this is reflected not only in the surprisingly latitudinarian views occasionally found in the pages of the Complete Body but also in the dazzling interiors of his most important work, Chesterfield House, Mayfair (17489; dem. 1934), designed in a full-blooded French rococo idiom for the francophile fourth earl of Chesterfield." Berlin Katalog 2283; Fowler 436; Harris 906.