Great Vitruvius Britannicus Bargain Copper Plate Engravings

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The Elevation of Stainborough in Yorkshire the Seat of Rt. Honble. The Earl of Strafford &c:
Knight of the most Noble Order of the Garter
VTB150
$495
Sale Price: $275
The Elevation of Anthrop in Northampton Shire the Seat of the Rt. Honble. the Earl of Sunderland (2 Prints)
VTB151
$495
Sale Price: $275
Elevation of Duncomb Park in Yorkshire, the Seat of Thomas Duncomb
VTB152
$395
Sale Price: $245
The North Prospect of Cliefden house in Buckingham the Seat of the Right Honble. The Earl of Ornkey
General of the Infantry on of the Lords of his Majestyes Bedchamber and Knight of the Order of the Thistle
VTB153
$395
Sale Price: $245
The Elevation of the East Front of Hoptone house in the Shire of Linlithgon in Scotland the Seat of the Rt. Honble. The Earl of Hoptone
VTB154
$395
Sale Price: $245
This New Design of my Invention is most humbly Inscrib'd to the Rt. Honble. the Lord Percival &c
VTB155
$395
Sale Price: $245
The West Front of Cliefden House Is most humbly Inscrib'd to the Rt. Honble. the Countess of Orkney
VTB156
$495
Sale Price: $275
Chatsworth in Derbyshire, The Seat of his Grace the Duke of Devonshire &c
VTB157
$395
Sale Price: $245
Long Leate in Wiltshire the Seat of the Right Honourable the Lord Viscount Weymouth &c
VTB158
$495
Sale Price: $275
Althrop in Northamptonshire The Seat of the Rt. Honourable the Earl of Sunderland
VTB159
$395
Sale Price: $245
Duncomb Park in Yorkshire the Seat of Thomas Duncomb Esqr. Designed by William Wakefield
VTB160
$395
Sale Price: $245
General front of Horse heath Hall in Cambridgeshire the Seat of Henry Bromley Esqr.
VTB161
$275
Sale Price: $185
General Front of New Design of my Invention extending 250
VTB162
$275
Sale Price: $185
The General front of Houghton in Norfolk the Seat of the Right Honourable Robert Walpole Esqr.
Chancellor of Exqr. and first Lord Comr. of his Majesty's Treasury &c; designed by Colen Campbell Esqr. (2 Prints)
VTB163
$275
Sale Price: $185
 
The Section of the Royal Pallace at White Hall as designed by the renowned Inigo Jones
Is most humbly Inscrib'd to his Royal Highness Prince Frederick
VTB164
$795
Sale Price: $495
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Great Vitruvius Britannicus Bargain Copper Plate Engravings

We are delighted to offer these exquisite & extremely rare black & white copper engravings from the first edition of Vitruvius Britannicus or, the British Architect. Containing the Plans, Elevations, and Sections of the most Regular Buildings both Publick & Private in Great Britain

Colen Campbell (1676-1729) was a Scotsman & a lawyer who took up architecture. Vitruvius Britannicus was the first English architectural publication since Elizabethan times, & catalogued the work of great architects of the time,  including Inigo Jones and Sir Christopher Wren, as well as Campbell himself.

It was a time when Britain was growing tired of the excesses of the ornate Baroque period and returning to classical or Neo-Palladian architecture.   It was also the beginning of a building boom amongst the aristocracy & Whig politicians of the day.  Campbell’s work secured him many commissions & for a short time he served as a government advisor.

These superb engravings are certainly testament to the extent & grandeur of this new architectural style, epitomized by the magnificent Blenheim Palace, home of the Duke of Marlborough, set in sweeping parks in Woodstock, near Oxford.

The grounds of this palace have long been open to the public, & we played in them as children.  In keeping with modern aristocrats, the present Duke has made a business of his ancestral home & one can even fish in Blenheim’s great lake.  It is definitely worth a trip when in the UK, as it is an oasis of tranquility in the midst of a very populated area.

Each single print measures approximately 11 ½ inches wide by 18 ½ inches long & the doubles 21 ½ inches wide by 18 ½ inches long, on strong creamy white chain linked paper without blemishes & occasional crown watermarks.  In most cases, the plan for the building accompanies the view, so it is a “two for one”.  A copy of the original title page accompanies each print, along with a copy of the book listing from the 1800's, pricing the work at two guineas.  The photos are very accurate, so please review carefully. All our prints are authentic antique prints and guaranteed to be from the date stated.  These prints are about 295 years old, over a quarter of a millennium!
 

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