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RAWLINS (Thomas). Familiar Architecture: Consisting of Original Designs of Houses for Gentlemen and Tradesmen, Parsonages and Summer-Retreats; With Back-Fronts, Sections, Etc., Together with Banqueting-Rooms, Churches, and Chimney-Pieces, To which is Added, The Masonry of the Semicircular and Elliptical Arches, with Practical Remarks.1768

[?Norwich:] Printed for the Author, First edition, folio (350 x 280mm), large paper copy, [2], viii, [9]-30, [2, list of subscribers]pp., 60 engraved plates, printed certification at foot of title "N.B. No Copy of this Work is authentic that has not my Name in my own Hand-Writing affixed to it in the Title Page" signed by author, some light spotting, worm track to lower blank margin of final three plates, cont. quarter calf, marbled paper boards, joints split, upper cover almost detached, uncut. Pattern book of designs for city and country houses, parsonages, retreats, churches, chimney pieces, etc., "The text consists of "Practical Remarks on Arches, &c." (pp. 9-18), drawing on Rawlin's occupational expertise, and plate descriptions (pp. 19-30) which give the intended purpose and location of individual designs, their dimensions, and a key to each plan. Altogether there are designs for 32 dwellings, two banqueting rooms, and three churches, plus additional plates illustrating chimneypieces and techniques of arch construction."—Archer. Thomas Rawlins (1727-1789). He was both an architect and a sculptor exhibiting architectural designs at the Society of Artists and Royal Academy in the Late 1770s. This work was probably printed in Norwich, having been published by the author in Norwich, and by Abraham Webber, Henry Webley and Francis Newbery in London. Variant edition with "References to the Apparatus" incorporated in the explanation of Pl. LX on page 30 (see Fowler 275); Archer 273.1; Harris 730; RIBA 2716; Millard II, 64 (1795 ed.).

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