The Builder's Golden Rule, or the Youths' Sure Guide: Containing The Greatest Variety Of Ornamental and Useful Designs in Architechture and Carpentry...

London: Printed for the author by H.D. Steele, 1782. Second edition. Leather_bound. Octavo in modern full leather professional rebind, original endpapers retained. The Second Edition, so stated on the title page. iii+18 pp. Description of The Plates (through XXXVI)+106 copper-plates, which is correct for this ediiton, of which 98 are Roman-numeraled and 8 are unnumbered facing plates) of diagrams and engravings of architectural ornaments, building measurements, etc. + 58 pp. "Estimate of Prices for Materials and Labour, and Labour Only, adapted to the Builder's Golden Rule, with references to the respective designs" (also by William Pain). Binding fine, interior with occasional foxing but generally clean.Important late 18th century book of practical guidance in architectural design and building. Of particular interest and value to the modern reader is Pain's estimate list of prices of building materials and for labor; includes "Price for bricklayer's work", "Price of carpenter's work", "Price for mason's work"; "Price of painter's, glasier's [sic] , plumber's and smith's work"; and price lists for materials used in such as boarded floors, mouldings, columns, pilasters, doors, shutters, wainscotting, groundfills, joists, floors, oak squares for brewing, etc. William Pain (c.1730-c.1790) was an English architect and carpenter and had authored four earlier works of similar subjects. Very Good. Item #E24970DD

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