BUILDER'S GUIDE: GREEK & ROMAN ARCHITECTURE/GOTHIC/50 PLATES/RARE BIG 1847 $700+
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THE BUILDER'S GUIDE. A PRACTICAL TREATISE ON GRECIAN AND ROMAN ARCHITECTURE. TOGETHER WITH SPECIMENS OF THE GOTHIC STYLE. ALSO PRACTICAL TREATISES ON GEOMETRY, DECIMAL FRACTIONS, MENSURATION, TRIGONOMETRY, AND CARPENTRY AND JOINERY. EMBRACING ALL THE NECESSARY DETAILS, AND PARTICULARLY ADAPTED TO THE WANTS OF THE LESS EXPERIENCED. BY CHESTER HILLS, PRACTICAL ARCHITECT. REVISED AND IMPROVED, WITH ADDITIONS OF VILLA AND SCHOOL HOUSE ARCHITECTURE, BY H. AUSTIN, ARCHITECT AND H. BARNARD. Hartford: Case, Tiffany and Burnham, 1847. Second Revised Edition. Very Rare.
A solid and attractive very rare and very large book on architecture. This massive folio-sized book contains 50 illustrated plates, all of them full-paged or double-paged, showing many classical designs and floor-plans. There are also 38 illustrations in the text.This book showcases neo-classical architecture based on ancient Roman and Greek designs, that had become so much the fashion in America, especially in American public and government builings. There are also examples of romantic Gothic-inspired architecture. According to KARPEL [B104]: "The most complete of any of the Greek Revival builder's guides, this work leaves no stone unturned. It was an important book and was favored by builders, probably because of its large scale, folio-sized plates of the orders. ... read more