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1761 Joshua Kirby 'The Perspective of Architecture' Principles of Brook Taylor

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Seller: gaudygoodies (812) 100%, Location: Lubbock, Texas, Ships to: US, Item: 222108128007 Rare 2 Volume 1761 Second Edition of Joshua Kirby's book, 'The Perspective of Architecture', A Work Entirely New, Deduced from The Principles of Dr. Brook Taylor, and performed by Two Rules only of Universal Application'. Began By Command of His Present Majesty, When Prince of Wales.By Joshua Kirby, Designer in Perspective to His Majesty. Copies are in the Queen's Royal Collection and the Max Plank Collection. Thomas Jefferson's copy from his Library Collection was sold to the Library of Congress. It was supposed to have been given to the University of Virginia.Large books, dark red/black paper binding, 22.25" high and 16.50" wide. Estate item. Joshua Kirby (1716 - 1774) was born in Suffolk and initially worked there as a painter and topographer. With the encouragement of William Hogarth he became a specialist in perspective - particularly for architecture - and in 1754 published (by subscription) his first manual on the art of perspective, based on the work of the mathematician Brook Taylor (1685-1731). Shortly before the book’s publication Kirby was made an honorary member of the St Martin’s Lane Academy, where he lectured on perspective. Through Bute’s influence, in 1756 he was appointed ‘Drawing Master’ to the future George III, in which capacity he gave lessons in both landscape and architectural perspective. Following his accession, the King continued to support Kirby and his son, William. As Joint Clerks of the Works at Richmond and Kew Palaces from 1761 they were close to both the King and to Chambers, for whose publication on Kew the elder Kirby supplied three designs. Later in the same decade the King funded William’s extensive architectural studies in Italy. This is the second edition of Kirby’s 'The Perspective of Architecture'. When it was first issued in 1761 it was made clear that the publication had been ‘Begun by command of His Present Majesty, when Prince of Wales, by Joshua Kirby, Designer in Perspective to His Majesty’. The 1761 edition was dedicated to the King, who had evidently funded the publication. In addition to a celebrated frontispiece by Hogarth, it included two plates made on the basis of designs supplied by the King himself. George III’s close involvement with the publication is further indicated by the text of his ‘Architectural Treatise’ (in the Royal Archives), which is the equivalent of a first draft of Kirby’s ‘Description and Use of a New Instrument called the Architectonic Sector’, incorporated into the 1761 publication. Notes:Copper Engravings designed by William Hogarth, Indigo Jones, the future King, and others.Frontispiece is signed by William Hogarth and engraved by William Woollett.Many plates have the imprint of Joshua Kirby and are dated 1761.The work is dedicated by the author to the King (George III).Vol.1, Book 1 has 60 pages, Book 2 has 82 pages.Vol. 2, 34 plates, last one numbered 33, but is noted error. Condition issues:Very good condition for the age.Some foxing, damp staining.Some chips on outside edges.Vol. 2 has a tear on small inserted page.Vol. 2 has what looks like imprint from shoe on last plate.Vol. 2 last blank page is wrinkled and torn. See picture. Please look closely at the picturesThey are a major part of the descriptionI am not a antique book expert but have done research on history of item.Please ask questions or for more pictures before purchase. NO RETURNS, SO PLEASE LOOK CLOSELY AT PICTURESPAYMENT EXPECTED WITHIN 48 HOURSPLEASE MESSAGE IF PROBLEM WITH PAYMENT TIMEINTERNATIONAL BUYERS NO GLOBAL SHIPPING ON THIS ITEM PLEASE MESSAGE ME IF YOU ARE INTERNATIONAL ABOUT SHIPPING BEFORE PURCHASING THIS ITEM.USA MEDIA SHIPPING: CALCULATEDTEXAS SALES TAX CHARGED. Condition: Rare antique two volume set of Joshua Kirby's 'The Perspective of Architecture', 1761. Other copies are in the Queen's Royal Collection and the Max Plank Collection. Thomas Jefferson's copy from his Library Collection was sold to the Library of Congress. Large books,dark red/black paper binding, 22.25" high and 16.50" wide., Subject: Science & Medicine, Topic: Architecture, Binding: Hardcover, Special Attributes: Second Edition, Year Printed: 1761, Author: Joshua Kirby, Origin: English, Type: Book

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