CARPENTRY MADE EASY; OR, THE SCIENCE AND ART OF FRAMING, ON A NEW IMPROVED SYSTEM....

Philadelphia: Ferguson Bros. & Co., 1886. 152pp. including two hundred in-text illustrations, plus forty-four lithographic plates and [2]pp. of advertisements. Original cloth, stamped in blind and gilt. Spine frayed at ends and nicked at edge. Front hinge loosening. Internally very clean. Overall a very good copy. Item #WRCAM35734

Second edition, "enlarged and improved." Hitchcock asserted that balloon framing, which was invented in the Midwest in the 1830s, came into general use in the East only after the appearance of Bell's CARPENTRY... (originally published in 1858) and that this, in turn, spurred on the development of the Stick Style in the early 1860's. Although more recent scholars have called these claims into question, Bell's work is still considered to have been highly significant and influential in the history of American architecture. HITCHCOCK 91. Henry-Russell Hitchcock, ARCHITECTURE: NINETEENTH AND TWENTIETH CENTURIES (1958), p.263 and p.466, note 13.

Price: $225.00