A Treatise On Civil Architecture, In Which The Principles of that Art are laid down, and Illustrated by a great Number of Plates, Accurately Designed, and Elegantly Engraved by the best Hands. By William Chambers, Member of the Imperial Academy of Arts in Florence, and Architect toTheir Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Princess Dowager of Wales. -

Sir William Chambers RA

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[Treatise on civil architecture., 1759.]


London,: Printed for the Author, by J. Haberkorn. To be had at the Author's House in Poland-Street, near Broad-Street, Soho; likewise of A. Millar, J. Nourse, Wilson and Durham, all in the Strand, T. Osborne in Gray's-Inn, J. and R. Dodsley in Pall-Mall, R. Sayer in Fleet-Street, Piers and Webley near Chancery-Lane, Holborn, and J. Gretton, in Old-Bond-Street., M DCC LIX.

Physical Description

[6], iv, 85, [1] p., [50] pl.; 552 mm. (Broadsheet.)


[T.p., dedic.] - Subscribers - Preface - [Text and pl. [1-34]] - Directions to the Binder; Errata - [Plates [35-50]].

Responsibility Note

Plate [8] is unsigned; plate [43] is signed by engraver only. Most plates are signed as drawn by W. Chambers, eight by J. Gandon, one by J.B. Cipriani; and as engraved by P. Mazell, P. Fourdrinier, F. Patton, E. Rooker, C. Grignion, T. Miller or J. Fougeron. The woodcut tailpiece is signed by 'F.H.'

The work is dedicated by William Chambers to John, Earl of Bute.


ESTC, T51636
National Gallery of Art (Washington), Mark J. Millard Architectural, 2 (1998), no. 13, p.71-6.
Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 1 (1994), no. 598, p.343-4
E. Harris and N. Savage, British Architectural Books (1990), no. 122, p.156-161
J. Archer, Literature of British domestic architecture (1985), 40.1.
Johns Hopkins University, The Fowler Architectural Collection (1961, repr. 1991), no. 86, p.70-1.
M. Snodin and J. Harris, Sir William Chambers (1996).


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

Binding Note

19th-century half brown morocco, brown cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Civil Architecture Chambers', 'R.A.' and '1759'.


Architecture - Theory
Architecture, British - Great Britain - History - 18th century
Manuals - Treatises - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, dedicatee
Sir William Chambers RA, draughtsman, publisher
James Gandon, draughtsman
Giovanni Battista Cipriani RA, draughtsman
Francis Patton, engraver
Paul Fourdrinier, engraver
Edward Rooker, engraver
Peter Mazell, engraver
Charles Grignion, engraver
Tobias Miller, engraver
Ignace Fougeron, engraver
F. H., , engraver
Johann Christoph Haberkorn, printer
Andrew Millar, bookseller
John Nourse, bookseller
Thomas Durham, bookseller
Thomas Osborne, bookseller
James Dodsley, bookseller
Robert Dodsley, bookseller
Robert Sayer, bookseller
A. Webley, bookseller
John Gretton, bookseller
David Wilson, bookseller
H. Piers, bookseller