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To write of Architecture and its several parts, of Situation, Platforms of Building, and the quality of Materi∣als, with their Dimensions and Orna∣ments: To discourse of the several Orders of Co∣lumns, of the Tuscan, Dorick, Ionick, Corinthian, and composit, with the proper inrichments of their Ca∣pi...

To write of Architecture and its several parts, of Situation, Platforms of Building, and the quality of Materi∣als, with their Dimensions and Orna∣ments: To discourse of the several Orders of Co∣lumns, of the Tuscan, Dorick, Ionick, Corinthian, and composit, with the proper inrichments of their Ca∣pitals, Freete and Cornish, were to transcribe a Folio from Vitruvius and others; and but mispend the Readers and Writers time, since we live in an Age and Country, where all the Arts belonging to Ar∣chitecture are so well known and practised: And yet at the same time and place to write an Apolo∣gy for the Artist may seem a greater trifling. In a time when since the Grecian Greatness their Arts were

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“An Apology For The Builder” by Nicholas Barbon, written in 1685. HT @tylercowen. Some things never change!