Item #22504 The Immigrant Builder, or Practical Hints to Handy-Men; showing clearly how to plan and construct dwellings in the bush, on the prairie, or elsewhere, cheaply and well, with wood, earth or gravel. Building, C. P. Dwyer.

The Immigrant Builder, or Practical Hints to Handy-Men; showing clearly how to plan and construct dwellings in the bush, on the prairie, or elsewhere, cheaply and well, with wood, earth or gravel

Philadelphia, PA: Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger, 1872. First edition. Decorated Cloth over Boards. Octavo, pp. 145, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings. Signed by Fred T. Hodgson in 1879 on the front endpaper. Fred Hodgson worked as a surveyor, builder, and architect in Ontario, and was remarkably prolific as an author and writer on the subject of practical building and construction techniques. Very good. Item #22504

Uncommon title, especially in its first edition. Eric Smith, who wrote Lost Skills of the 19th Century," studied a copy of the tenth edition from 1884 for his book, and claimed "the archives have no record of any of the previous nine editions." [cf. Section 1878] Well, this copy is living proof that a previous edition existed! Dwyer was himself an immigrant from Ireland, and wrote the book for those "with basic skills but little money." Chapters on log cabins, slab houses, plank houses, plank and stud houses, the balloon house, the frame house, construction with earth, fenceposts and gates, and much more. A title that would appeal to both historians and builders, especially with this particular copy's association to author Fred Hodgson.

Price: $400.00

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