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 … II. Block and Cantaliver Cornices … the Whole Illustrated by Upward of 200 Exaples, Engraved on 100 Copper Plates.

London [i.e. Dublin]: Christopher Wren [i.e. James Williams], 1766.

Price: $900.00

About the item

"Eleventh Edition," the first Dublin piracy. 100 engraved plates (including Masonic frontispiece bound at end) by Batty Langley. 34, [2] pp. 6to. Contemporary sprinkled calf, raised bands, title stamped in blind. Light scuffing and staining to covers, occasional spotting to text, in all an attractive copy in original condition. Bookplate. Harris 437a; RIBA 1739.

Item #316746

The first Dublin piracy of this builder's manual first published in 1741, with the humorous false imprint of Christopher Wren. The RIBA catalogue record gives an interesting note on the book's format (sexto) with sheets imposed with pages laid out at right angles, such that each gathering of 6 has vertical chainlines (outer four leaves) and an offcut with horizontal chainlines (inner conjugate pair). Watermark placement rules out 12mo half-sheet imposition.