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Biddle's Young Carpenter's Assistant 1st Edition  

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Title:
The Young Carpenter's Assistant: or, a System of Architecture Adapted to the Style of Building in The United States

Author:
Biddle, Owen

Place:
Philadelphia

Publisher:
Benjamin Johnson

Date:
1805

Description:

64 pp. Illustrated with 44 engraved plates of architectural layouts. 24.2x20 cm (9½x8"), rebound in modern leather backed cloth boards, lettering on spine in gilt; new endpapers. First Edition.

The second original American architectural book. Hitchcock notes: “A native born American, like Asher Benjamin [who wrote the first original American architectural book in 1797], Biddle emphasizes in his title that his book is especially suited for American use, and that there is by this time ‘a style of building in the United States’ distinguishable from that of England. Benjamin imitated this title the next year in that of the first edition of The American builders’ companion.” (American Architectural Books, 176). Despite some internal flaws, quite scarce, only occasionally appearing for auction.


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Condition:
Touches of wear to leather; hinges reinforced with linen tape, pages darkened and mildew stained, smudges and dampstains throughout, plate 41 partially missing; about good.


 
Item number:
312228
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