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Fréart, Roland, Sieur de Chambray

A parallel of the ancient architecture with the modern, in a collection of ten principal authors who have written upon the five orders … made English for the benefit of builders … by John Evelyn, Esq. … the fourth edition, with the addition of the Elements of Architecture ; collected by Sir Henry Wotton, Knt. (etc.).

London, printed by T.W. for J. Walthoe (and others) 1733.

Reference: 14516
Price: £580 [convert currency]

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Folio. 2 parts in 1. (24) + pp i-xxiv, xxix-xxxviii (complete thus) + 115 + (1)pp ; (6) + 53 + (3) + pp 61-74 (complete thus) ; with 43 engraved text ills, also woodcut and engraved headpieces and tailpieces. Twentieth century quarter morocco, marbled boards (”rebound by Jessie Yapp 1977”). Erased ink ownership inscription of W(illia)m Howard, 6 August 1744, on a preliminary blank leaf. Ink ownership inscription of Jno Day, 1775, and an ink presentation inscription from R.Day to E.A.Cooke, 28 August 1871, on a slip of paper pasted on front pastedown endpaper (evidently transferred from an earlier endpaper). An old stain at top outer right hand corner of early leaves, particularly affecting the unnumbered preliminary pages, and similar stains affecting upper and lower outer corners of pp 65-74 at the end of the volume. Some more minor staining to outer margins elsewhere.

The last of four editions of this English-language translation by John Evelyn of Fréart’s Parallèle de l’Architecture Antique et de la Moderne. Fréart’s objective when his book was first published in Paris in 1650 was to compare the treatment of the orders of architecture by such eminent writers as Palladio, Scamozzi, and Serlio, with actual examples from the surviving buildings of ancient Rome, and as such his book was highly regarded by architectural practitioners of the period in and outside France. For the 1664 first edition of the English version, faithfully copied from the French original both as regards text and plates, but aimed at a less architecturally conscious public, Evelyn had appended a translation of Alberti’s Della Statua, and by the time of the 1723 third edition the book also contained, as in this edition, the text of Wotton’s Elements of Architecture, making it a useful if by then old-fashioned compendium of architectural writings. BAL Cat 1137.