London: J. Barfield, 1809. Second edition, with additions; revised and corrected. Full Leather. Octavo (5.5" x 8.5"); volume 1 pp. xxxiii, 263; volume 2 pp. xvi, 81; volume 3 pp. xix, 113; 216 engraved plates between all volumes. All plates are present in all volumes. Volume I is devoted to geometry, arithmetic and mensuration. Volume II is devoted to methods for describing arches and mouldings, drawing spiral lines, finding the ichnography and elevation of objects, and the projection of shadows. Volume III is devoted to ornament and the classic orders of architecture. All volumes signed neatly on title page by previous owner. Very Good; some light foxing, water staining. Item #21147
Peter Nicholson was a Scottish architect, mathematician and engineer. Largely self-taught, he practiced as an architect but is best remembered for his prolific writing on numerous practical subjects. As with most of Nicholson's titles, very well written and illustrated and with great influence on the American architecture and building trades/professions. This is the first time we've been able to offer the exceedingly rare third volume of this series, and in such beautiful original bindings.