CAMPBELL (COLEN) and others Vitruvius Britannicus, or The British Architect, vol. 1-3, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUES, for the Author, 1715-1725
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CAMPBELL (COLEN) and others
Vitruvius Britannicus, or The British Architect, vol. 1-3, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUES, for the Author, 1715-1725
£1,500 - 2,000
US$ 2,300 - 3,100

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CAMPBELL (COLEN) and others Vitruvius Britannicus, or The British Architect, vol. 1-3, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUES, for the Author, 1715-1725
CAMPBELL (COLEN) and others
Vitruvius Britannicus, or The British Architect, vol. 1-3, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUES, engraved titles to volumes 1 and 2, printed title to volume 3 in red and black, engraved dedication in volume 1, 2 lists of subscribers, 300 engraved plates on 221 sheets (some folding or with sheets joined, a few shaved just within platemark), caption naming the dedicatee supplied in manuscript on 5 plates in volume 1, occasional annotations to text, modern cloth [Fowler 76; Harris 97 & 99], folio (440 x 270mm.), for the Author, 1715-1725

Footnotes

  • CAMPBELL'S CLASSIC SURVEY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTURE, WITH A DISTINGUISHED ARCHITECTURAL PROVENANCE.

    "Vitruvius Britannicus, with its 200 large folio plates, was the most ambitious publication of engraved material attempted up to that time in Britain" (Harris).

    Provenance: Thomas Mylne (d.1763, Scottish master mason, building contractor, and freemason), inscribed in volume 1 ("Leith Octr 15th 1715, Balmerino") above several lines of text, further inscribed on front free endpaper of volume 2, and signed ("Thomas Mylne, mason 1748") above an 8-line verse ("Content I am com fortune good or bad/ Nothing can make me merry nothing sad..."); further annotations appearing in the margins of the text leaves, and at the beginning of volume 1 ("Compare the author's design for the E. of Halifax... with Blenheim and with Castle Howard... Chatsworth is magnificent, but irregular"); William Chadwell Mylne (1781-1863, architect), bookplate, the volume presumably inherited via his grandfather Thomas, and father Robert.
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