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Aheron, John

A general treatise of architecture : in five books ... / by John Aheron, architect.

Dublin : Printed for the author, by John Butler, on Cork-Hill, MDCCLIV [1754]
Physical Description:
vi, 110, 8, [20] pages, [82] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 42 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2016 46
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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With a list of subscribers (page v-vi).
Signatures: [A]⁴ B-2F² ( -2F2; = t.p. to book IV?); 3A⁴ chi² ( -chi2) a-b² c⁴.
Books IV and V consists wholly of plates.
"A general treatise of architecture book III" (caption title; numbered 8 page section) has separate pagination.
The final [20] pages of letterpress comprise the title leaves of books IV and V and "The builder's dictionary" ([12] pages) and "Contents" ([4] pages) at end.
Plates engraved by John Aheron and J. Booth.
Archer, J. British domestic architecture, 3.1
English short title catalogue, T14870
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in contemporary calf; rebacked. Armorial bookplate: John Grogan (of Wexford). Inscription in ink on title page: John Knox Grogan. The table of quantities in Book V has been added in contemporary MS, with some amendments and additions including prices.
Books IV-V each have special title page.
Subject Terms:
Architecture -- Early works to 1800.
Architecture, Domestic -- Ireland -- Early works to 1800.
Butler, John, -- Printer.
Grogan, John -- Bookplate.
Grogan, John Knox -- Autograph.
Subscriber's lists.
Armorial bookplates (Provenance)

  • Contents, from title page: Book I. By way of preparative, contains several rules and examples both in vulgar and decimal arithmetic, together with the art of measuring all kinds of surfaces and solids ; likewise, practical geometry, and trigonometry, the one for civil, and the other for military architecture ; also an explanation of sines, tangents, and secants, with the use and construction thereof
  • Book II. Treats of architecture in general, with useful rules, remarks, and observations ; also many useful tables, for the better enabling the reader to make an exact estimate of the charges of erecting any edifice great or small, due regard being had to the conveniency and inconveniency of materials in different situations ; the whole illustrated with 140 cuts
  • Book III. A parallel of architecture, in a collection of ten principal authors, who have written upon the five orders, viz. Palladio, and Scammozzi ; Serlio, and Vignola ; Barbaro, and Cataneo ; Alberti, and Viola ; Perrault, and Le Clerc
  • Book IV. Several designs for doors, windows, chimney pieces, piers, gates, entrances, temples, and pavillions
  • Book V. A great variety of plans and elevations for parsonage and farm-houses, from 100 l. to 500 l. Expence, also manufactories, charter schools, and country churches ; likewise a variety of designs for gentlemen's houses, from 500 l. to 100,000 l. Expence with a calculation of the artificers works, and the quantities of timber, stone, brick, laths, and lime, required for erecting each edifice.

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