A compleat body of architecture : wherein the five orders are exactly described in many elegant examples, with scales annexed, giving their true aliquot parts : embellished with a great variety of ornaments adapted thereto : augmented by several new designs, never before published, drawn by the greatest masters and engraved at an unspared expence, on one hundred and two folio copper plates ... / compiled, drawn, and engraved, by Matthias Darly, professor of ornament.
- Additional Title(s):
- London : Printed for and sold by Robert Sayer, map and printseller, no. 53, in Fleet-Street, as the act directs, January 12, 1773.
- Physical Description:
-  leaf, CII [i.e., 101] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 44 cm
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- Copyright Status:
- Copyright Not Evaluated
- Originally published in 1770 with the title: The ornamental architect, or Young artists instructor. The engraved title page of the 1770 edition (one of the 102 plates) is here replaced with a letterpress title page. Plates II and III are the dedication and index, respectively.
Harris, E. British architectural books and writers, 190
English short title catalogue, N44388
"Consisting of I. The five orders, with general proportions. 2. Parts, as entablatures, capitals, bases, &c. on a large scale. 3. Mouldings, with their form and proportions, plain and ornamented. 4. The five orders adapted to doors, gates, intercolumniations, &c. 5. Windows, pediments, ballusters, &c. 6. Cielings, pannels, &c. 7. Chimney pieces, vases, &c. 8. Sections, alcoves, &c. 9. Spandrells, brackets, &c. 10. Frames, masks, rosets, &c. As no book of architecture yet published contains so great a variety of new and useful designs, the utility of this work to every artist, or manufacturer, whose profession can be aided by decoration, will sufficiently appear on observing that the knowledge of architectural proportion is not confined to buildings alone, but to whatever science they are applied, give the desired effect of strength and beauty. And are here so clearly laid down, as to be acquired from a slight application. The ornaments of architecture seem of equal antiquity with the art itself, as the remains of ancient buildings abound therewith, as well as the woks of the most celebrated moderns. Yet many authors content themselves with giving only the proportions and almost totally neglect the graceful addition of ornament. To supply which defect this work is principally intended. The designs for cielings, vases, frames, &c. are decorated in the most beautiful manner and will equally well serve for many other purposes, besides the uses to which they are here appropriated. Herein may be likewise found, a general system of ornament design."--Title page.
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in half calf and marbled boards. Armorial bookplate: La Bonté de Dieu.
- Subject Terms:
- Architecture -- Details -- Early works to 1800.Architecture -- Early works to 1800.Architecture -- Orders -- Early works to 1800.Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- Early works to 1800.
- Engravings -- 1773.
Etchings -- 1773.
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Darly, Matthias, A compleat body of architecture , January 12, 1773
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