Riou (1720-1780) was studying in Athens at the same time as Stuart and Revett were making their drawings of Grecian antiquities, and it is to Stuart that he dedicated this work.
Riou attempts “to establish documents for three orders and to make a modulary division of all their component parts for practical uses” based on his belief that the three Grecian orders were “alone sufficient to answer all the purposes in building”.
First edition. Folio (47 x 30 cms), 78pp., engraved vignette on the title, 28 engraved plates (7 folding), 6 large engraved vignettes in the text, 4 pages of subscribers, some offsetting, bookplate, contemporary half calf,neat repairs to binding, an excellent copy.
Provenance: bookplate of Heneage Finch, 4th Earl of Aylesford.
Blackmer; Harris 746.
Stock ID: 82824