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A Treatise Of Architecture, With Remarks and Observations, Necessary for Young People, who would apply themselves to that Noble Art. By Seb. Le Clerc, Knight of the Empire, Designer and Engraver in Ordinary to the Cabinet of the French King.

Sebastien Le Clerc

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[Traité d'architecture., English., 1732.]

Variant Title

Catalogue of Books Printed for and Sold by R. Ware, at the Bible and Sun in Amen-Corner, near Pater-Noster-Row.


London:: Printed and sold by Richard Ware, at the Bible and Sun in Amen-Corner, near Pater-Noster-Row., 1732.

Physical Description

2 vols.; 204 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

Vol. I: [8], v, [i], 143, [3] p. - Vol.II: Frontis. (port.), engr. t.pl., [4] engr. dedics., [1], 181 pl. - The work is usually found bound as one volume.


Vol. I: [T.p.] - To The Reader - A Table of the Principal Matters in this Treatise - The Abbot De Vallemont, in his panegyrick on Mr. Le Clerc; gives the following Account of this Book of Architecture - [Text] - A Catalogue of Books Printed for and Sold by R. Ware, at the Bible and Sun in Amen-Corner, near pater-Noster-Row. - Vol. II: [Frontis., t.pl., four engr. dedic.] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece portrait of Le Clerc in the second volume is signed as engraved by J. Sturt. The other plates, and the title-plate and title-page vignettes, are unsigned.

The four engraved dedications in the second volume are from John Sturt to the Companies of Masons, Bricklayers, Joyners and Carpenters.


ESTC, T79286
E. Harris and N. Savage, British architectural books (1990), no. 485.

Summary Note

A variant title appears on the engraved title-plate of Volume II: 'A Treatise Of Architecture, With Remarks and Observations. By that Excellent master thereof Sebastian Le Clerc, Knight of the Empire Designer and Engraver to the Cabinet Of the late French King & Member Of the Academy of Arts & Sciences. Necessary For Young People who would apply to that Noble Art. Engraven in CLXXXI. Copper Plates By John Sturt. Translated By Mr. Chambers. Printed and Sold by Richd. Ware at the Bible & Sun on Ludgate Hill.'

The work had been first published in French in 1714; in English, in 1723.


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 calf; red morocco spine-labels, lettered, 'Le Clerc's Architecture 1 (2)'.


Architecture - Theory
Treatises - France - Great Britain - 18th century
Translations from French - Translations into English - Great Britain - 18th century
Trade catalogs - Booksellers' catalogues - Publishers' catalogues - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


Ephraim Chambers, translator
John Sturt, engraver
Richard Ware, printer, bookseller