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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, of the Royal Academy of Architecture in Paris, and of the Society of Sciences in Stockholm, Architect to the King, the Queen, and Her Royal Highness the Princess Dowager of Wales. The Second Edition.

Sir William Chambers RA

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[Treatise on civil architecture., 1768.]

Variant Title

Chambers' Works


London:: Printed by J. Dixwell, in St. Martin's Lane. To be had at the Author's House in Berner Street, Oxford Road; likewise of Cadell, Nourse, and Wilson, in the Strand; Durham, Charing Cross; R. Dodsley in Pall-Mall; Sayer in Fleet Street; and Webley near Chancery Lane, Holborn., M DCC LXVIII.

Physical Description

[4], iv, 86 p., [50] pl.; 537 mm. (Folio).


[T.p., dedic.] - Preface - [Text, and 34 plates]; Directions to the Binder - [16 Plates].

Responsibility Note

Forty-eight plates are signed by the designer, W. Chambers (39 pl.), or draughtsmen I. Gandon (8 pl.) and J. B. Chipriani (1 pl.). Forty-nine are signed by the engravers F. Patton (16 pl.), P. Fourdrinier (12 pl.), E. Rooker (7 pl.), P. Mazel (5 pl.), C. Grignion (4 pl.), T. Miller (4 pl.) and I. Fougeron (1 pl.). The woodcut tailpiece is signed by 'F.H.'

As in its first edition, the work is dedicated by William Chambers to John, Earl of Bute.


ESTC, T176681
RIBA, Early printed books, 1 (1994), 599.
E. Harris and N. Savage, British Architectural Books (1990), 123.
J. Archer, Literature of British domestic architecture (1985), 40.2.

Summary Note

This edition of 1768 was a close reprint of the first edition, of 1759.


Bought by the Academy in 1792 (RAA Council Minutes II, 173).

Binding Note

18th-century mottled calf, rebacked, retaining red and green morocco spine-labels, lettered, 'Chambers' Works Vol I'.


Architecture - Theory
Architecture, British - Great Britain - 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
James Gandon, draughtsman
Giovanni Battista Cipriani RA, draughtsman
Francis Patton, engraver
Paul Fourdrinier, engraver
Edward Rooker, 1711-1774, engraver
Peter Mazell, engraver
Charles Grignion, engraver
Tobias Miller, engraver
Ignace Fougeron, engraver
F. H., , engraver