[Carpentry]. Price, Francis.
The British Carpenter, or a Treatise on Carpentry. Containing the most concise and authentick Rules of that Art, In a more Useful and Extensive Method, than has been made Publick. The Second Edition enlarged, with an Addition of Sixteen Copper-Plates.
Quarto, pp. 52, 44 engraved b/w plates plus 14 additional plates. Prev. owner's ink stamp on Dedication and Introduction pages. Missing Supplement Plates E and K, frontis. and title page, and frontmatter of supplement. Color facsimiles of missing pages tipped in.
This is a copy of the second edition of an important and influential 18th century book on carpentry and building focused on roofs, bridges, domes, vaults, spires, and stair-building. The Supplement plates, containing Palladio's Orders of Architecture as well as drawings of ornamented doors and windows, have been incorporated into the main body of the book. This particular copy was probably rebound and the pageblock edges marbled in the late 19th century. Clearly the owner valued this book highly to invest in such treatment for it, although the small pencil drawings on three pages indicate that it was not so precious that it was kept out of reach of a curious child.The author, Francis Price (d. 1753) was an architect, writer, and surveyor, who spent his working life in Salisbury. He was appointed surveyor to Salisbury Cathedral, and clerk of the works to the dean and chapter in 1734, and his book on the Cathedral was the first architectural study of a Gothic building. His portrait in the National Portrait Gallery depicts him holding a drawing from that book, and the frame of the painting references "The British Carpenter". This book was "the first comprehensive work on carpentry in English and the standard one for the remainder of the century." It was very popular in the American Colonies as well as in England; five editions were eventually published, two of them posthumously.
Edition: Second edition, enlarged
Binding: Full Leather with marbled endpapers and pageblock edges. Profess
Condition: Very Good; small pencil drawings on 3 pages, small holes and min
Book Id: 15602