Leipzig: Johann Friedrich Gleditsch, 1818. viii,68pp. plus 34 engraved plates (made more accessible by blank extensions from the inner gutter). Quarto. Frontis. Old calf-backed boards, spine perished and boards detached. Some creasing and overfolds to folded plates, scattered dusting and light foxing, plate XXV detached from its extension and a trifle frayed at the fore-edge; just a good copy suitable for rebinding. Item #WRCLIT69871
Second edition, first published in 1805. As the title suggests, this is a practical manual, rather than a treatment of history or aesthetics. The visual component is comprised largely of schematics and renderings of column designs (with some attention to decorative detailing) and stairways, including precise measurements. The plates bear captions in French and German, and many bear cutlines attributing them to "Champion sc." While the 1805 edition is well- represented in OCLC/Worldcat, representation of the second edition is very slight.