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Rules For Drawing The several Parts of Architecture, In A More exact and easy manner than has been heretofore practised, by which all Fractions, in dividing the principal Members and their parts, are avoided. By James Gibbs. The Second Edition.

James Gibbs

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch in Pater-noster-Row, W. Innys and R. Manby at the West-End of St. Paul's, and J. and P. Knapton in Ludgate-street., MDCCXXXVIII.

Physical Description

[8], ii, 40 p., 64 pl.; 495 mm. (Folio).

General Note

Pp. 38, 39 are misumbered as 39, 38.


[T.-p., dedic., privilege] - The Contents - To The Reader - [Text] - [Plates]. - (In many copies the plates, published serially, are bound in among the letter-press text. In the RIBA copy the privilege is bound in before the t.p.)

Responsibility Note

No plate is signed.

The work is dedicated by James Gibbs to Edward Earl of Oxford.


ESTC, T46961
Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 2 (1995), no. 1208, p.676.
E. Harris and N. Savage, British Architectural Books (1990), 261.
J. Archer, Literature of British domestic architecture (1985), 451.3.
T. Friedman, James Gibbs (1984).
R. Chitham, The Classical Orders Of Architecture (2nd. ed., 2005) (incorporating James Gibbs and the American classical tradition by Calder Loth).

Summary Note

This is the true second edition. Bowyer had published the first edition in 1732 and a second issue of the first edition, describing itself as 'The Second Edition', in 1736. The present edition was published, conveniently and affordably, in 21 weekly parts between 27 May and 21 October 1738. (The third edition was published in 1753.)


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


Purchased in 1922 (see 'Librarian's Report', RA Annual Report for 1922, pp. 43, 44).

Binding Note

20th-century half brown morocco, brown cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Rules For Architectural Drawing Gibbs'.


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