William Pain THE PRACTICAL HOUSE CARPENTER 1797 Antique
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Lot 4427 Details
Title: The Practical House Carpenter; Or, Youth's Instructor: Containing A Great Variety of Useful Designs in Carpentry and Architecture; As Centering for Groins, Niches, &c. Examples for Roofs, Sky-Lights, &c. The Five Orders laid down by a New Scale. Moudlings, &c. at large, with their Enrichments. Plans, Elevations, and Sections of Houses for Town and Country, Lodges, Hot-Houses, Green-Houses, Stables, &c. Design for a Church, with Plan, Elevation, and two Sections; an Altar-Piece, and Pulpit. Designs for Chimney-Pieces, Shop-Fronts, Door-Cases. Section of A Dining-Room and Library. Variety of Stair-Cases, with many other important Articles, and useful Embellishments. The Whole Illustrated, and Made Perfectly Easy, by One Hundred and Forty-Eight Copper-Plates, with Explanations to Each.
Author: William Paine
Publisher: Printed by Thomas Dobson
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 34 leaves of letterpress plus 146 leaves of plates
Width: 8.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: One of the most influential architecture books of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and one of the earliest to be published in America. Pain was a British architect, joiner, and carpenter, and wrote several important works on these subjects. Pain's works were practical treatises, chiefly illustrated with floorplans and diagrams. His earliest work was "The Builder's Companion and Workman's General Assistant" (1759), which focuses mainly on the Chippendale style. This title eventually became the foundational text for Asher Benjamin's "Country Builder's Assistant" (1797), and pirated editions of his works are some of the first architectural works published in America. The text contains floorplans and diagrams illustrating several buildings, including manor houses, a farm house, and a church, as well as designs for cornices, chimneys, doors, and staircases.
[EVANS 32628. HITCHCOCK 898. RINK 1757. ]
Condition / Notes: This antique volume, representing the sixth edition "with additions" of this work, is bound in leather with stamped gilt lettering and ornamentation on the spine. Scuffing and rubbing appears on the covers and spine. The front hinge is cracked and beginning to detach, and the rear board is detached. The title page is provided in facsimile. Scattered foxing is evident. Some contemporary computational notations appear on plate 9 and scattered in the volume. 146 out of 148 plates are included, lacking plates 69 and 141. Plates 72, 130-132, 135, 139, 140, 142-146 are laid in, supplied from another copy. Scattered tears, soiling, and moisture marking appear.
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