London: H. Hogg & Co., n.d. (ca. 1810). Original edition. Cloth over Boards, professionally rebound with original spine label. Quarto, pp. iv, 414 (pp. 403-410 missing), 315-322, 423, 96, lxxx. Illustrated with 159 engraved plates, many of them on folding pages. Plates 160-165 missing. Frontispiece engraving of St. Paul's Cathedral. Very Good, minor foxing throughout. Item #15098
"...Consisting of Designs in Architecture, in Every Stile and Taste, From the Most Magnificent and Superb Structures, Down to the Most Simple and Unadorned. Together With the Plans, Sections, and Elevations, Serving as an unerring Assistant in the Construction of any Building, from a Palace to a Cottage. Exclusive of the new and elegant Designs, ample Instructions are given in the Letter-Press concerning all the Terms of Art used in every Branch of Building. Also, under proper heads, The Laws for the Regulation of Buildings--the Substance of the Builders Act, &c.--and a List of the Prices allowed by the most eminent Surveyors in London to the several Artificers concerned in Building. The Whole Forming A complete System of Architecture in all its Branches, And so disposed as to render the Surveyor, Carpenter, Bricklayer, Mason, &c. equally capable to erect a Cathedral, a Mansion, a Temple, or a Rural Cot." This is a marvelously illustrated builder's guidebook and pattern book from the late 18th/early 19th century, consisting of two volumes bound into one. It was originally published in parts from 1774 on, under the authorship of John Carter, "revised, corrected and superintended by A. G. C., architect and builder". This is a later, revised and "New" edition of this work, and one of the most comprehensive collections of building information from the period that we've ever seen! The first section is an alphabetical list of building and architectural terms and their practical applications, followed by an entry "Of the Egyptian Manner of Building", and then a Plate section with explanatory text interspersed among the plates. Appended with an abstract of the Act of Parliament of the Fourteenth of George the Third, for Regulating Buildings, and Party-Walls, &c. along with a list of duties on windows and charges for windows (important information in the era of the Window Tax in England!), as well as the charges relative to surveyors, and 24 pages of building trade pricing. Provides a wonderful snapshot of the building trades in England in the late 18th to early 19th century, with interesting details in the text. Very scarce.