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Item #40497 The Country Builder’s Assistant: Fully Explaining, the Best Methods for Striking Regular and Quirked Mouldings [...] Carefully Engraved on Thirty-Seven Copperplates with a Printed Explanation to each. Asher BENJAMIN.
The Country Builder’s Assistant: Fully Explaining, the Best Methods for Striking Regular and Quirked Mouldings [...] Carefully Engraved on Thirty-Seven Copperplates with a Printed Explanation to each
The Country Builder’s Assistant: Fully Explaining, the Best Methods for Striking Regular and Quirked Mouldings [...] Carefully Engraved on Thirty-Seven Copperplates with a Printed Explanation to each
The Country Builder’s Assistant: Fully Explaining, the Best Methods for Striking Regular and Quirked Mouldings [...] Carefully Engraved on Thirty-Seven Copperplates with a Printed Explanation to each
The Country Builder’s Assistant: Fully Explaining, the Best Methods for Striking Regular and Quirked Mouldings [...] Carefully Engraved on Thirty-Seven Copperplates with a Printed Explanation to each
The Country Builder’s Assistant: Fully Explaining, the Best Methods for Striking Regular and Quirked Mouldings [...] Carefully Engraved on Thirty-Seven Copperplates with a Printed Explanation to each
The Country Builder’s Assistant: Fully Explaining, the Best Methods for Striking Regular and Quirked Mouldings [...] Carefully Engraved on Thirty-Seven Copperplates with a Printed Explanation to each

The Country Builder’s Assistant: Fully Explaining, the Best Methods for Striking Regular and Quirked Mouldings [...] Carefully Engraved on Thirty-Seven Copperplates with a Printed Explanation to each

Greenfield: Printed by John Denio, 1805. 4to. (7 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches). Engraved frontispiece and 37 engraved plates, 2 of which folding, with accompanying text leaves.

Contemporary sheep. Custom chemise and slipcase.

Fourth and final edition of the earliest original American book of architecture - a landmark work, and a cornerstone of any collection on American arts. "There is scarcely a village which in moulding profiles, cornice details, church spire, or farm-house does not reflect his influence" (DAB).

Earlier architectural works printed in the United States were simply compilations or reprintings of British material (e.g. John Norman's Town and Country Builder's Assistant of 1786). Benjamin's work is a classic and important American architectural treatise, by the man who was most responsible for disseminating late colonial details throughout New England, beautifully illustrated with engravings of colonial buildings, elevations of churches and homes, ornaments, cornices, etc., reflecting the influences of the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders. "The career of the first American architectural writer, Asher Benjamin (1773-1845), covered several decades of the early nineteenth century. Both the books he wrote and the buildings he designed had an influence on building in New England that is still visible. He probably will be best remembered for his popularization of the federal style through his early books (and the Greek revival in his later ones)" (Thompson). As a testament to its importance in the development of American architecture, the text appears in several relevant exhibition catalogues. These include: "The Sources of Classicism," Univ. of Texas, 1978; "Printed Books on Architecture," Univ. of Illinois, 1960 (later edition); "The Builder's Guide," Colby College, 1969 (later edition), "The Colonial Scene," John Carter Brown Library, 1950; "A Society's Chief Joys," American Antiquarian Society, 1969; and "Wellsprings of a Nation," American Antiquarian Society, 1977.

Hitchcock, American Architectural Books, 114; Rink, E. Technical Americana, 2501.

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