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A treatise on the decorative part of civil architecture by Sir William Chambers, K.P.S., F.R.S., F.S.A., F.S.S.S. With illustrations, notes, and an examination of Grecian architecture, by Joseph Gwilt, Architect, F.S.A. Revised and edited by W. H. Leeds.

Sir William Chambers RA

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London: Lockwood and Co., 7, Stationers' Hall Court, 1862

Physical Description

viii, 336 pages, [65] leaves of plates illus., plans, port.; 290 mm.

General Note

First published in 1759; Gwilt's version first published in 1825. Frontispiece an engraved portrait of Sir William Chambers after Sir Joshua Reynolds with facsimile signature. Includes 'A memoir of the life of Sir William Chambers' by Thomas Hardwick (p. [1]-10). Printer statement on verso of title-page, 'London: Kelly and Co., Printers, 18 to 22, Old Boswell Court, St Clement's, Strabd, W.C.'


Signature in pencil on front pastedown, 'V. Harris'; RA bookplate inscribed in ink, 'Presented by Mr. E. Vincent Harris 1965'.

Half-title page inscribed in ink in upper right-hand corner, 'Fredk R. Hiorns -' [striked through in pencil] and signed below in pencil, 'V. Harris'.

Binding Note

Publishers' binding with spine lettered in gold, 'Sir W. Chambers' Civil Architecture' and 'Edited by J. Gwilt and W. H. Leeds' and 'Crosby Lockwood & Co.'

Name as Subject


Decoration and ornament, Architectural, Architecture, Greek, Architecture Details


Joseph Gwilt, contributor
William Henry Leeds, editor
Thomas Hardwick, contributor
Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA, source artist
Frederick Robert Hiorns, previous owner
E. Vincent Harris RA, previous owner
Lockwood and Co. (London), publisher
Kelly and Co. (London), printer