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A New and Accurate Method Of Delineating all the Parts Of the different Orders In Architecture, By Means of a well contriv'd, and most easily manag'd Instrument; Whereon The Just Proportions of the Principal Members, and of their several Parts, are so disposed, as wholly to avoid the Difficulty of the Fractional Parts that usually attend these Operations. English'd from the Original Italian of Ottavio Revesi Bruti, By Thomas Malie, Gent.

Ottavio Revesi Bruti

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[Archisesto per formar con facilità li cinque ordini d'Architettura., English., 1737.]


London,: Printed for Fletcher Gyles over against Gray's-Inn Holbourn, and Thomas Heath, Mathematical Instrument Maker, next the Fountain Tavern in the Strand., MDCCXXXVII.

Physical Description

[8], 52 p., 51 [i.e. 45] pl. (1 fold.) [The plates numbered 1-51 include six in-text illus., viz. pl. 1, 8, 17, 26, 35, 44]; 366 mm. (Folio).


[T.p., dedic.] - Preface To The Reader - Contents; Directions to the Bookbinder - [Text with plates].

Responsibility Note

The plates are not signed.

The dedication headpiece is signed as made by P. Fourdrinier.

The translation is dedicated by Thomas Malie to Richard, Earl of Burlington.


ESTC, T102954
RIBA, Early printed books, 3 (1999), no. 2740, p.1628
E. Harris and N. Savage, British Architectural Books (1990), 734.
M. Hambly, Drawing instruments, 1580-1980 (1988).

Summary Note

Revesi Bruti's Italian original was published in 1627, for those with limited knowledge of mathematics. For this English translation the original plates have been carefully copied.

In 1761 a Description and Use of a New Instrument Called, An Architectonic Sector was published by J. Kirby, with the claim that it was better adapted to Palladian architecture.

The manuscript of Malie's translation survives at Chatsworth.


An electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). A microfilm version was published in 1986 (Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications).


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

18th-century quarter calf, marbled-paper-covered boards; rebacked in 1998 by Clare Prince, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Bruti's Architecture - Malie'.


Architectural drawing - Techniques - Sectors - Drawing instruments - Tools and eqipment - Architectural orders - Europe - History - 17th century - 18th century
Manuals - Instructional materials - Italy - 17th century
Manuals - Instructional materials - Translations into English - Translations from Italian - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


Thomas Malie, translator
Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, dedicatee
Paul Fourdrinier, engraver
Thomas Heath, publisher
Fletcher Gyles, publisher
Clare Prince, binder