The Carpenter's New Guide: Being A Compete Book of Lines for Carpentry and Joinery; Treating fully on practical geometry, soffits, brick and plaister Groins, niches of every description, sky-lights, lines for roofs and domes; with a great variety of designs for roofs, trussed girders, floors, domes, bridges, &c; staircases and hand-rails of various constructions; angle bars for shop fronts, &c.; and raking mouldings; with many other things entirely new. The whole founded on true geometrical principles; the theory and practice well explained and fully exemplified on seventy-eight copper-plates, correctly engraved by the author, including some observations and calculations on the strength of timber
London: J. Taylor at the Architectural Library, 1805. Fourth edition. Full Leather. Small quarto, pp. x, 78, plus 4 pages of publisher's advertisements. Some calculations from a previous owner on the front and rear end papers. Good; front cover detached, some foxing. Item #19727
Peter Nicholson (1765-1844) was a Scottish architect, mathematician and engineer. Largely self-taught, he was apprenticed to a cabinet maker, but abandoned his trade in favor of teaching and writing. This was Nicholson's first book, illustrated with plates he engraved himself. It was notable for containing an original method for the construction of groins and niches of complex, double curved forms.