Boston, MA: Dayton and Wentworth, 1854. First edition. Full Leather with Gilt Illustration and Lettering and Marbled Endpapers. Quarto, pp. 128 plus 65 engravings. Good; backstrip torn and fragile, but present; some light foxing. Item #20105
One of the major American architectural authors of the second quarter of the 19th century, Edward Shaw exercised great influence on the architects and builders of his day because his designs embodied a comfortable balance between traditional forms and new ideas, all grounded in sound building principles. This was his final book, and delivers a concise survey of the history and progress of architecture, the characteristics of different styles of architecture, and the arrangement and construction of dwelling-houses and of buildings in general, with specific attention paid to doors, windows, chimney-pieces, stairs and other elements.