Rudiments of architecture, practical and theoretical. With plates.
London, Priestley and Weale 1826.
Large 8vo. (17) (ex xix, no half title leaf) + (1) + 236 + (2)pp, with printed addenda slip to list of subscribers, 11 engraved plates, 19 text ills (the text ills printed on india-paper). Quarter calf, contemporary marbled boards. Engraved armorial bookplate of Charles Winn (1795-1874), of Nostell Priory, Yorkshire. A good, clean copy.
First edition (a second edition was to follow in the 1830s). This publication by the London architect Joseph Gwilt (1784-1863) was evidently intended to supersede the older publication, Rudiments of Ancient Architecture, issued in successive editions since 1789 by the Taylor firm of architectural publishers, to which Priestley and Weale, the present volume’s publishers, had emerged as significant commercial rivals in the 1820s. Although Gwilt reused here the text of remarks on the orders of architecture and on the architecture of Greece and Rome which he had originally written for his Notitia Architectonica Italiana, 1818, the chapters on building materials and building construction that occupy the first 110 pages of the book are new and well-organised, and reflect Gwilt’s practical experience as an architect and surveyor. Gwilt dedicated the book to Thomas Brandram, of Lee, Kent, his brother-in-law and earliest significant client, and the list of subscribers (pp ix – xiii) shows the range of his professional contacts. BAL Cat 1408.