Edinburgh: J. & J. Gray, 1888. Cloth over Boards. Octavo, pp. x, 138, illustrated with b/w drawings. Good; some stains on cover, cracked hinge. Item #20767
The author was a Scottish architect based in Edinburgh operating in the late 19th and early 20th century. He specialized in buildings in the Free Renaissance and Neo-Baroque styles and is particularly important to the architectural character of the Marchmount area of Edinburgh. In 1882, he won the Ashpitel Prize, and in 1884 won the RIBA silver medal for an essay on staircase design, which became the text of this book. Chapters cover the historic and artistic influences from many countries such as England, France, Italy, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Russia and Belgium; and the practical details of staircase construction. Although utilizing European examples, much of the technology is applicable to American stair construction from colonial times through the 1800s. Very rare; this is the first time we've offered this title.