London: Jones & Co., 1825. Revised. Full Leather, marbled endpapers. Small quarto, pp. xii, 121, with 88 plates, plus 4 pages and 4 plates devoted to the orders of architecture. Very good; light foxing throughout main text; heavier foxing in orders of architecture section. Item #19926
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. A beautiful copy of a book nearly 200 years old!