Washington DC: Association for Preservation Technology, 1734/1981. Reprint, 1500 copies. Cloth over Boards. Very Good. Item #21446
When it was first published in 1734, The Builder's Dictionary was proclaimed to be the definitive English architectural encyclopedia. It was important enough to receive the approbation of the leading architects of the day: Nicholas Hawksmoor, John James, and James Gibbs. This potpourri of terminology and descriptions of techniques and trade practices was intended for use by building owners, estate managers, and gentlemen architects. The book was written to instruct the owner and user of buildings as to what the architect, the craftsman and the material supplier were doing or should be doing. Today we can use this book as a window into the theory and practices of the builder's world of the 18th century.