Item #22406 The Builder's Jewel; or, the Youth's Instructor and Workman's Remembrancer, explaining short and easy rules, made familiar to the meanest capacity, for drawing and working, I. The Five Orders of Columns entire; or any part of an order, without regard to the module or diameter. And to enrich them with their rusticks, flutings, cablings, dentules, modilions, &c. Also to proportion their doors, windows, intercolumnations, portico's, and arcades. Together with fourteen varieties of raking, circular, scroll'd, compound, and contracted pediments, and the true formation and accadering of their raking and returned cornices; and mouldings for capping their dentules and modilions. II. Block and Cantaliver Cornices, rustick quoins, cornices proportioned to rooms, angle brackets, mouldings for tabernacle frames, pannelling, and centering for groins, truss'd partitions, girders, roofs, and domes, with a section of the dome of St. Paul's, London. Architectural History, Batty and Thomas Langley.

The Builder's Jewel; or, the Youth's Instructor and Workman's Remembrancer, explaining short and easy rules, made familiar to the meanest capacity, for drawing and working, I. The Five Orders of Columns entire; or any part of an order, without regard to the module or diameter. And to enrich them with their rusticks, flutings, cablings, dentules, modilions, &c. Also to proportion their doors, windows, intercolumnations, portico's, and arcades. Together with fourteen varieties of raking, circular, scroll'd, compound, and contracted pediments, and the true formation and accadering of their raking and returned cornices; and mouldings for capping their dentules and modilions. II. Block and Cantaliver Cornices, rustick quoins, cornices proportioned to rooms, angle brackets, mouldings for tabernacle frames, pannelling, and centering for groins, truss'd partitions, girders, roofs, and domes, with a section of the dome of St. Paul's, London.

London: Abrams, 1746. Original edition. Leather Bound. 24mo (4.25" x 5.5"), pp. 34 plus 99 plates, pp. 39 plus 41 plates. The second portion of the book is entitled "A Supplement to the Builder's Jewel, containing mensuration of superficies and solids, Balustres, vases, Venetian windows, chimney-pieces, scales, stair-cases, brackets, rails, frets, masques, and the Gothic Order." (1749, published in Edinburgh by R. Clark Bookseller). Very Good; front cover detached. Some inscriptions, including a signature by a previous owner in 1775. Item #22406

First printed in London in 1741, this book had a considerable influence on American architecture - George Washington's Mount Vernon in particular. The author, Batty Langley, was a rather eccentric designer of gardens and Neo-Gothic buildings as well as a prolific writer of guides on architecture and design. Evans 37778; Hitchcock 705. The plates in both sections of the book are beautiful and intricate.

Price: $750.00