The American Builders' Companion; or, a System of Architecture, Particularly Adapted to the Present Style of Building … Illustrated with Sixty-Three Copperplate Engravings. Asher Benjamin.
The American Builders' Companion; or, a System of Architecture, Particularly Adapted to the Present Style of Building … Illustrated with Sixty-Three Copperplate Engravings
The American Builders' Companion; or, a System of Architecture, Particularly Adapted to the Present Style of Building … Illustrated with Sixty-Three Copperplate Engravings
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The American Builders' Companion; or, a System of Architecture, Particularly Adapted to the Present Style of Building … Illustrated with Sixty-Three Copperplate Engravings.

Boston: R.P. & C. Williams, 1826.

Fifth edition, corrected and enlarged. 63 engraved plates (nos. 1-58, A-E) by Snyder, Wightman, & Fox after drawings by the author. 106, [2, ads] pp. 4to. Contemporary tree calf, red morocco spine label. An exceptional copy, with only occasional foxing and toning, old repair to closed tear on pp. 47-8. Small bookplate. Hitchcock 103. Item #316267

The fifth edition of Asher Benjamin's second book, first published in 1806. "[It] became the principal source for the Federal style for carpenters across the eastern half of the United States. Technically the plates were far superior to those in [Benjamin's first book] The Country Builder’s Assistant, and the work was much broader in scope, including Roman versions of the five orders but also novel variants of capitals and bases. Plans and elevations included town houses, country houses, a courthouse, and a meetinghouse similar to Benjamin’s Old West" (ANB). The preface, from the third edition, notes that sixteen plates of the first edition were removed and replaced by 29 new plates, “which almost make this a new work”.

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