Boston. 1833. 116pp. plus sixty plates. Quarto. Worn original calf, text block loose in binding. Lacks text pp. 67-70. Moderate dampstaining to first half of text, light mildewing. Light foxing and wear. A working copy only. Item #WRCAM46803
First edition. An important early American architectual treatise, by the man who was most responsible for diseminating late colonial details throughout New England. "...there is scarcely a village which in moulding profiles, cornice details, church spire, or farm- house does not reflect his influence" - DAB. He had published THE AMERICAN BUILDER'S COMPANION (1806), THE RUDIMENTS OF ARCHITECTURE (1814) and the very popular PRACTICAL HOUSE CARPENTER (1830). By the time of the present publication, his architectural predilections had shifted from colonial to the Greek Revival. Beautifully illustrated with fine engravings of Grecian columns, cornices, and the like. HITCHCOCK 135. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 17730.