Colen Campbell's Vitruvius Britannicus 1st Edition 1715

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Powis House in Ormond Street, London, with Separate Plan
VTB9 $425
The Rolls in Chancery Lane, erected by King George, with Separate Plan
VTB10 $475
Banqueting House of Whitehall by Inigo Jones, John Earl of Mark, Herededitary Governor of Sterling Castle, Secretary of State, Knight of the Order of the Thistle.
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Lindsey House in Lincolns Inn, Great Chamberlain of England, with Separate Paln
VTB12 $425
Montague House, Court in Great Russell Street, London, with Separate Plan
Buckingham House in St. James Park, Duke of Buckingham, Lord President of Council, with Separate Plan
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Design for a bridge over the River Thames at London near Lambeth
VTB17 $225
Montague House, London
New design for a church in Lincoln in Fields, with Separate Plan
VTB19 $
St. Paul's Church by Christopher Wren, with Separate Plan
VTB20 $
St. Peter's Church at Rome, with 2 Separate Plans
General Wade, Burlington Street
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Elevations and Section of Bow-Steeple in Cheapside
VTB23 $
Lord Herbert House in Whitehall
VTB24 $
Burlington House in Pickadilly London, Richard Boyle, High Treasurer of Ireland, with Separate Plan
VTB25 $
Gate of Burlington in Pickadilly, Richard Boyle, High Treasurer of Ireland
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Burlington House in Pickadilly London, Richard Boyle, High Treasurer of Ireland
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Colen Campbell's Vitruvius Britannicus 1st Edition 1714

We are delighted to offer these exquisite & extremely rare black & white copper engravings from the first edition of Vitruvius Britannicus or, the British Architect. Containing the Plans, Elevations, and Sections of the most Regular Buildings both Publick & Private in Great Britain

Colen Campbell (1676-1729) was a Scotsman & a lawyer who took up architecture. Vitruvius Britannicus was the first English architectural publication since Elizabethan times, & catalogued the work of great architects of the time,  including Inigo Jones and Sir Christopher Wren, as well as Campbell himself.

It was a time when Britain was growing tired of the excesses of the ornate Baroque period and returning to classical or Neo-Palladian architecture.   It was also the beginning of a building boom amongst the aristocracy & Whig politicians of the day.  Campbell’s work secured him many commissions & for a short time he served as a government advisor.

These superb engravings are certainly testament to the extent & grandeur of this new architectural style, epitomized by the magnificent Blenheim Palace, home of the Duke of Marlborough, set in sweeping parks in Woodstock, near Oxford.

The grounds of this palace have long been open to the public, & we played in them as children.  In keeping with modern aristocrats, the present Duke has made a business of his ancestral home & one can even fish in Blenheim’s great lake.  It is definitely worth a trip when in the UK, as it is an oasis of tranquility in the midst of a very populated area.

Each single print measures approximately 10 3/4 inches wide by 16 ½ inches long & the doubles 20 1/4 inches wide by 17  inches long, with a few being wider as noted, on strong white chain linked paper with few blemishes & occasional crown watermarks.  In many cases, the plan for the building accompanies the view, so it is a “two for one”.  A copy of the original title page accompanies each print, along with a copy of the book listing from the 1800's, pricing the work at two guineas.  The photos are very accurate, so please review carefully. All our prints are authentic antique prints and guaranteed to be from the date stated.  These prints are about 300 years old, over a quarter of a millennium!

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