Small 4to. [20 x 14.5 cm]. (55) ff. including 37 consecutively numbered engraved plates, of which 2 are folding. No explanatory text for plates 9-10, 17-18, and 29-33 as issued. Bookplate on inside front cover. Bound in contemporary sheep, elegantly rebacked. Finely executed tipped-in illustration with a contemporary design for a façade employing ionic capitals. Some browning and offsetting, otherwise fresh and genuine copy. Rare second edition (first ed. 1797), complete, of the first American architecture book to contain original American content. Although Benjamin adopted many elements from British builders and architects, the complete designs were his own¿and became a pivotal influence in the development of the American Federal style. With the publication of this handbook, Benjamin brought architectural history, style and geometry to ordinary builders in the field for the first time. Always conscious of appropriateness and feasibility, he adapted the British designs to fit the scale and budgets of New England communities. His plans were thus widely assimilated by both architects and carpenters, ensuring his pervasive influence and legacy. ¿There is scarcely a village which in molding profiles, cornice details, church spire, or farm-house does not reflect his influence¿ (DAB). In the present work, the young Benjamin ( 1773-1845) provides meticulously detailed diagrams and explanations for full house plans, including such details as spiral staircases, doorways, fireplace mantels, dormer windows, pilasters, balusters and fences. Unlike a basic pattern book, The Country Builder¿s Assistant supplements diagrams with precise instructions about how to calculate angles, distances, and curvatures, as well as how to keep components in perfect proportion to each other and to the rooms or parts of the house in which they are placed. Benjamin was sensitive to the need for this kind of precise, practical information since he himself had had to learn on the job while working for a local builder in Connecticut. But he quickly showed a remarkable aptitude for architectural design and construction. While still in his early 20s, he carved Ionic capitals for the 1794 modifications to the Oliver Phelps House at Suffield, CT, and soon after, designed and built a spiral staircase in the Old State House at Hartford. According to American Book Prices Current, no complete copy of this work in first or second edition has sold at auction in at least 50 years. *Evans 33399; Hitchcock 112; Rink 2484. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: The Country Builder's Assistant, Fully ...
Editorial: Spotswood and Etheridge
Año de publicación: 1798
Condición del libro: Very Good
Descripción 2017. Ebook. Estado de conservación: New. eng Lang:- eng, It is an Ebook edition of the original edition published long back . We found this book important for the readers who want to know about our old treasure so we brought it back in ebook (pdf) format. These are scanned images of the original book in pdf format. We provide you the best available ebook for your ebook shelf. Once you place the order, you will receive a link to download the pdf file. An email will be sent shortly to your email address containing the download instructions. This is an Ebook. All sales final unless there is illegibility to text. Nº de ref. de la librería HT00001694657
Descripción ReInk Books, 2017. Softcover. Estado de conservación: NEW. Reprinted from 1798 edition. NO changes have been made to the original text. This is NOT a retyped or an ocr'd reprint. Illustrations, Index, if any, are included in black and white. Each page is checked manually before printing. As this reprint is from very old book, there could be some missing or flawed pages, but we always try to make the book as complete as possible. Fold-outs, if any, are not part of the book. If the original book was published in multiple volumes then this reprint is of only one volume, not the whole set. This paperback book is SEWN, where the book block is actually sewn (smythe sewn/section sewn) with thread before binding which results in a more durable type of paperback binding. It can also be open wide. The pages will not fall out and will be around for a lot longer than normal paperbacks. This print on demand book is printed on high quality acid-free paper. Original publisher: Printed by Spotswood and Etheridge, for the author : Sold by him, and by Alexander Thomas, Worcester, 1798. Nº de ref. de la librería 154323610