THE BUILDER'S GUIDE, OR COMPLETE SYSTEM OF ARCHITECTURE: ILLUSTRATED BY SIXTY-SIX ENGRAVINGS, WHICH EXHIBIT THE ORDERS OF ARCHITECTURE, AND OTHER ELEMENTS OF THE ART. DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF BUILDERS, PARTICULARLY OF CARPENTERS AND JOINERS.

Boston: Benjamin B. Mussey & Co., 1850. 83pp. plus sixty-six plates. Quarto. Contemporary calf, spine gilt, leather label. Hinges cracked, extremities worn. Contemporary ownership inscription on titlepage. Some light scattered foxing, but generally clean and fresh. Good plus. Item #WRCAM46805

Originally published in 1839, this was the sixth of Benjamin's works. As Hitchcock notes, it deals primarily with the Greek orders and "Grecian" exterior and interior detail. For practically all of the 20th century, "Grecian" pattern books such as this were of interest solely to antiquarians, restorationists, and architectural historians. Now, in the early 21st century, there is a small group of practicing architects who are again creating Grecian designs based on, but not copied from, these books. Prominent members of this group include Allan Greenberg, John B. Tittmann, Stephen Falatko, and Thomas Gordon Smith. HITCHCOCK 108.

Price: $750.00