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Decker, Paul

Chinese architecture, civil and ornamental : being a large collection of the most elegant and useful designs of plans and elevations, &c. from the imperial retreat to the smallest ornamental building in China : likewise their marine subjects : the whole to adorn gardens, parks, forests, woods, canals, &c. consisting of great variety, among which are the following, viz. royal garden seats, heads and terminations for canals, alcoves, banqueting houses, temples both open and close, adapted for canals and others ways, bridges, summer-houses, repositories, umbrello'd seats, cool retreats, the summer dwelling of a chief bonza or priest, honorary pagodas, Japaneze [sic] and imperial barges of China : also, those for the emperor's women, and principal officers attending on the emperor, pleasure boats, &c. : to which are added, Chinese flowers, landscapes, figures, ornaments, &c. : the whole neatly engraved on twenty-four copper-plates, from real designs drawn in China, adapted to this climate / by P. Decker, architect.

London : Printed for the author, and sold by Henry Parker and Elirabeth [sic] Bakewell, opposite Birchin Lane, Cornhill; H. Piers and partner, at the Bible and Crown, near Chancery-Lane, in Holborn, MDCCLIX [1759]
Physical Description:
2 v. : chiefly ill. ; 25 x 32 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
NA1543 .D43 1759 + Oversize
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Copyright Status:
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"Of its twenty-four so-called 'real Designs, drawn in China, adapted to this climate, by P. Decker, Architect', twenty-one are the original copperplates from 'A new book of Chinese design' by Edwards and Darly published in 1754, to which landscape background and, in a few cases, minor alterations have been added" --Cf. Harris.
Cover title.
Engraved throughout.
At foot of front cover: "Price 6s".
English short title catalogue, T90193
Archer, J. British domestic architecture, p. 306
Harris, E. British architectural books and writers, 192
British Architectural Library. Early printed books, 1478-1840, v. 1, p. 458
BAC: British Art Center copy imperfect: v. 2 missing. In original printed wrapper.
Subject Terms:
Architecture -- China -- Early works to 1800.
Architecture, Domestic -- Designs and plans -- Early works to 1800.
Bakewell, Elirabeth -- Publisher.
Decker, Paul -- Publisher.
Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- China -- Early works to 1800.
Engraving -- Specimens -- 1759.
Gardens -- China -- Pictorial works.
Parker, Henry -- Publisher.

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