Philadelphia: Howard Challen, [copyright 1857]. 132,pp. plus thirty-eight lithographed plates and numerous in-text illustrations. Tall octavo. Original cloth. Spine ends chipped. Front cover rather dampstained, with some bubbling. Some moderate foxing, mostly in text. Clean three-inch tear in plate 17 (no loss). Else good. Item #WRCAM22579
An interesting 19th-century American work of carpentry and bridge engineering. Bell, a resident of Ottawa, Illinois, styled himself an "architect and practical builder," and herein describes the recent innovation of balloon framing, which allowed the rapid construction that characterized the development of the West. The fine plates depict all manner of framing techniques and bridge designs. HITCHCOCK 87.