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The City And Country Builder's And Workman's Treasury Of Designs: Or The Art Of Drawing and Working The Ornamental Parts Of Architecture
London, Printed for John, Francis and Charles Rivington, 1777. 4to 302 x 240mm. Illustrated by upwards of Four Hundred Grand Designs, neatly engraved on One Hundred and eighty six copper plates, for Piers, gates, doors, windows, niches, buffets, cisterns, chimney pieces, tabernacle frames, pavements, frets, gulochi's, pulpits, types, alter pieces, monuments, fonts, obelisques, pedistals for, sun dials, busto's and stone tables, book cases, ceilings and iron works, proportioned by Aliquot Parts, with an appendix of fourteen plates of trusses for girders and beams, different sorts of rafters and a variety of roofs, etc, to which are prefixed, the five orders of columns, according to Andrea Palladio, whose members are proportioned by Aliquot Parts, in a more easy manner than has yet been done, the Whole interspersed sure rules for working all the varieties of raking members in pediments, modillions, etc, the like for the immediate use of workmen, never published before in any language. Hardcover rebound in quarter brown leather with brown cloth boards in fine condition. The value of this work lies in its large number of engraved plates showing the proper dimensions of the orders and how to design gateposts, porticos, doors, windows and all the other decorative features that craftsmen might be called upon to provide. Groups of plates are devoted to chimneypieces, pavements, monuments, tables, book cases, ceilings and so on. For the purposes of his book Langley copies designs from recent publications by James Gibbs, Isaac Ware, William Kent, and others, but the character of the book as a whole is very much due to Langley himself. It was on first publication a very popular book demonstrated by a very extensive list of subscribers, most of them craftsmen, drawn from all over England. Weighs over 1kg therefore shipping will cost more than the default setting. Bookseller Inventory # 001794
      [Bookseller: Old Town Bookshop]
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