London: B. T. Batsford, 1876. First. Hardbound. Black boards with gilt lettering on spine, unpaginated, 55 BW plates. Fair. Ex-lib with stamps at bottom of every plate. Chipped boards and loss around the edges with front cover nearly detached. Paper is brittle. Covers have rubbing wear. Item #128361
An extremely informative and well-detailed volume on construction. From the preface: "The purpose of this work is to present, in a clear and simple manner, some of the best methods followed by the architects of the present day in the construction of domestic buildings." Extremely detailed and includes plans, images and instructions for every conceivable person/task involved in any related undertaking: Excavator, bricklayer, drainage, mason, slater, carpenter, joiner and ironmonger (this is, obviously, a British publication!), smith and founder, plumber, plasterer, gasfitter, bellhanger, painter and decorator, and paperhanger. Also includes details of billiard rooms, bay windows, water closets, servants' and housemaids' quarters, using York stone, Bath stone (from Bath) and Portland Stone; all sorts of wonderful and quaint details.
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