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[PEACOCK (James)]. Oikidia, or, Nutshells: being Ichnographic Distributions for Small Villas; Chiefly upon Oeconomical Principles, in Seven Classes, with Occasional Remarks. By Jose Mac Packe [pseud. i.e. James Peacock]. Part the First [all published].1785

London: Printed for the Author, First edition, 8vo (230 x 135 mm), [4], 89, [1]pp., 25 engraved plates, some occasional light marginal browning, new endpapers, recent half calf, marbled boards, uncut. James Peacock (1735/1738–1814), architect and surveyor, was for over forty years assistant clerk of works to the City of London. "Peacock published several works on architectural subjects. The most important of these was entitled Oikidia, or, Nutshells, and was published under the anagrammatic pseudonym of of 'Jose Mac Packe, bricklayer's labourer', in 1785. It contains 'ichnographic distributions' (i.e. plans) for small villas, together with some satirical directions for prospective builders."—Colvin. Harris, 694; RIBA, Early Printed Books, 2472; Archer, 255.1; Colvin, Dictionary of British Architects, p. 744.

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