A complete body of architecture was written by Isaac Ware, who was an English architect and lived from 1704 to 1766. He worked as a translator of Andrea Palladio, an Italian Renaissance architect. After growing up in poverty he got adopted where his talent was recognised quickly. He was a member of the St. Martin’s Lane Academy in which many important figures of the Rococo movement were. He translated and re-illustrated Palladio’s four books of architecture, as he was dissatisfied with Palladio’s translation and its illustrations.
A complete body of architecture is one book of his few works, which was serially released between November 1755 and September 1757. The title indicates that there will be a full explanation to architecture and its components. It could also include a guide as to how the different aspects work and should be done. With its extensive table of plates and lengthy content list it has 748 sites and an index at the end. It consists of or more so include 10 books, where everyone focuses on a different architectural aspect.
These ten different themes are:
- 1. On terms and materials;
- 2. On location, functional parts of a building, the orders;
- 3. House construction;
- 4. Doors;
- 5. Windows;
- 6. Interior ornament;
- 7. Exterior ornament and garden buildings;
- 8. Bridges;
- 9. The construction of elevations on true principles;
- 10. Mathematics and mensuration.
There are many plans, drawings and illustrations in the book, including some that are folded and are rather big. Most of the illustrations seem to be technical drawings and non-coloured. As it is a big book in general, measuring 45.7 cm x 29.2 cm, it is heavy and gives off the impression of including very detailed descriptions and explanations of architectural components.