The Purchasers Pattern, much enlarged. The First Part, shewing the True Value of Land or Houses, by Lease, or Otherwise ... The Second Part, shews the Measuring of Land, Board, Timber ... with Tables of the Excise of Beer and Ale ...
London: Ben Billingsley and Samuel Crouch, 1676. 12mo. (4 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches). , 259, , 24, pp. (errors in pagination as issued). Woodcut illustrations.
Later mottled calf gilt by Riviere & Son, spine gilt with raised bands, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.
A guide to rebuilding the city of London after the Great Fire in 1666.
The first part of this fifth edition contains information and advice for both landlords and tenants interested in buying the ground plots and foundations of houses burned down during the Great Fire of 1666. The destructive fire lasted four days and is estimated to have destroyed over 13,000 houses and most of the city's buildings, leaving most of the city's residents homeless. In response to this, Phillippes decided to revive this book, adding "many observations, rules, and tables ... about the true worth and value" of said foundations. In the preface Phillippes explains that all copies of former editions were destroyed in the fire and prints this new edition to help rebuild the city "in a more convenient and beautiful Form and Fashion." At the end with separate title (dated 1677) is Phillippe's A Constant Kalendar or, an Alamanack for 300 Years, but more exactly serving for the next XIX Years, Being the Circle of the Moon, or the Golden Number, Beginning the Year of our Lord, 1655.
Kress S1444; Wing P2055; ESTC R213953.