London: Thomas Kelly, 1847. First edition. Decorated Boards. Once a pretty grand binding, the spine elaborately gilt with the original owner's name: H. W. Gollop 1849. Quarto, pp. viii, 180, with over 45 full page plates and b/w illustrations. Bound with "The Practical Builder's Perpetual Price-Book; Elucidating the Principles of Correctly Ascertaining the Average Value of the Different Artificer's Works Usually Employed in Building; With the Customs of Measuring and Valueing in the Various Parts of the United Kingdom, &c. &c. &c.," pp. 180 plus five plates. Good; covers detached but present; some minor foxing; 4" of leather on spine is gone. Item #19514
What a treasure! The first book followed Nicholson's popular "Practical Carpentry, Joinery and Cabinet Making," and Nicholson intended cover the other building trades as carefully as his other book had covered wood construction. A wonderfully practical treatise of masonry, stonecutting, bricklaying, plaster, and slate in the first half of the 19th century. We've never seen the second title before. It explains how the various materials are measured and priced so that a contractor could estimate costs accurately.