Rudiments of ancient architecture, containing an historical account of the five orders, with their proportions, and examples of each from antiques also, extracts from Vitruvius, Pliny, &c. relative to the buildings of the ancients — London, 1810 (4. Aufl.)

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X PREFACE.

occasion for information; yet that
precision in rules necessary to a
professional man, is not the kind
of knowledge wanted; but some-
thing more general which will not
fatigue the mind to understand, or
burthen the memory to recollect.
Under this impression, I make pub-
lic what was originally designed for
mere amusement.

The guide I followed in selecting

and illustrating, was, a recollection

of the wants I formerly felt, when

desirous of a general knowledge of

Architecture. Many treatises there

are on the subject; but as I chiefly

sought amusement, the sight of

large and intricate works damped

the ardour of enquiry, and more

than once repelled the desire of

knowledge. To understand the
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