London: Thomas Kelly, 1830. First edition. Full Leather. Quarto, pp. viii, 232, with over 45 full page plates and b/w illustrations. Four fold-out illustrations, one with a closed tear and complete, one well repaired in the past, and one with half the plate torn away and missing. Signed by original owner in 1830 on front endpaper. Title page is partially detached from the book. Very good; light foxing on some plates, lower corner of front cover slightly bent, cover has moderate scrapes and soiling. Item #19714
What a treasure! We've never had a copy of this before. This 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, here in the scarce first edition.