London: John G. Murdoch, ca. 1870. Original edition. Half-Leather and textured cloth over boards with marbled fore edges and endpapers. Octavo, pp. xi, 440 with index. "160 plates and 346 wood engravings in text.", extra illustrated title page, ownership stamp and pencil notes regarding the book on FFEP. Very Good; Leather spine and corners rubbed/worn, marbled endpapers taped at hinge, interiors clean. Item #15582
A scarce, mid-Victorian era manual on the subject, addressing the needs of both "operative Masons" and young architects and builders. References examples from the Universal Exposition in Paris of 1867, which influenced artists, architects, and writers of the time through exposure to the art of Japan, electrical technology, and the work of foreign experts in various fields. Rare in this edition, and in quite good condition for its age.