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Fischer von Erlach, Johann Bernhard, 1656–1723
A plan of civil and historical architecture, in the representation of the most noted buildings of foreign nations, both ancient and modern : taken from the most approv'd historians, original medals, remarkable ruins, and curious authentick designs; and display'd in eighty-six double folio-plates, finely engraven : at a very great expence, by the most eminent hands : divided into five books : ... / all drawn with excellent skill, and the utmost diligence by Mr. John Bernhard Fischer, of Erlach ... ; first published at Leipzig, with the explanations of all the plates, in German and French, out of the best ancient and modern writers; and now faithfully translated into English, with large additional notes, by Thomas Lediard, Esq. ...
Additional Title(s):
Entwurff einer historischen Architectur. English
The second edition.
London : Published at the expence of the translator, and to be had only at his house in Smith's Square, Westminster, and during the sessions of Parliament, at the pamphlet shop, in the Court of Requests, MDCCXXXVII [1737]
Physical Description:
[4], 28 pages, [86] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 41 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2016 59
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Some plates printed on double leaves.
Translation of: Entwurff einer historischen Architectur.
Title page printed in red and black.
Harris calls this a second edition in her text, and a second issue in the bibliographical notes. However, it is a second issue of the sheets of the 1730 edition (No.1067), with a cancel titlepage. See: British Architectural Library.
English short title catalogue, T95720
Harris, E. British architectural books and writers, 228
British Architectural Library. Early printed books, 1478-1840, 1068
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in later half calf and marbled boards. Spine title: Fischer's Historical Architectur.
Subject Terms:
Architecture -- History -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.
Curiosities and wonders -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.
Fischer von Erlach, Johann Bernhard, 1656-1723.
Monuments -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.
Vases -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.
Engravings -- 1737.
Lediard, Thomas, 1685-1743, translator, publisher.

  • Contents, from title page: Book I. Twenty-Two Plates of the Ancient Jewish, Egyptian, Syrian, Persian and Grecian Edifices, Monuments, Pyramids, &c. in which the Manners of Structure used by those Nations, and bury'd in the Ruins of Barbarity, are restor'd, and set in a true Light
  • Book II. Fifteen Plates of the Ancient, and least known Roman Buildings
  • Book III. Fifteen Plates describing the Buildings of the Arabians, Turks, &c. and some Modern One's of the Persians, Siamese, Chinese, and Japonese
  • Book IV. Twenty-One Plates of Modern Structures, invented, and in Part executed, by the Author
  • Book V. Thirteen Plates of Ancient Egyptian, Grecian and Roman Urns and Vases; to which are added some Modern One's, partly invented by the Author.

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