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PAIN (William & James). Pain's British Palladio: or, The Builder's General Assistant. Demonstrating, in the most Easy and Practical Method, all the Principal Rules of Architecture, from the Ground Plan to the Ornamental Finish. Illustrated with Several New and Useful Designs of Houses, with their Plans, Elevations, and Sections. Also, Clear and Ample Instructions, annexed to each Subject, in Letter-Press; with a List of Prices for Materials and Labour, and Labour only. This Work will be universally useful to all Carpenters, Bricklayers, Masons, Joiners, Plasterers, and others, concerned in the several Branches of Building, and comprehending the following Subjects, viz. Plans, Elevations, and Sections of Gentlemen's Houses. Designs for Doors, Chimneys and Ceilings with their proper Embellishments, in the most modern Taste. A great Variety of Mouldings for Base and Surbace Architraves, Imposts, Friezes and Cornices, with their proper Ornaments, for Practice, drawn to Half-size: To which are added, Scales for enlarging or lessening at Pleasure. Also, Great Variety of Stair Cases; shewing the practical Method of executing them, in any Case required, viz. Groins, Angle Brackets, Circular Circular Flewing and Winding, Soffits, Domes, Sky Lights &c. all made plain and easy to the meanest Capacity. The Proportion of Windows for the Light to Rooms. Preparing Foundations; the Proportions of Chimneys to Rooms and Sections of Flews. The principal Timbers properly laid out on each Plan, viz. The Manner of framing the Roofs, and finding the Length and Backing of Hips, either square or bevel. Scantlings of the Timbers, figured in Proportion to their Bearing. The Method for Trussing Girders, Scarfing Plates &c. And many other Articles, particularly useful to all Persons in the Building Profession. The whole correctly Engraved on Forty-two Folio Copper Plates, from the Original Designs of William and James Pain.1788

London: Printed for I. and J. Taylor, Second edition, folio (435 x 270 mm), [4], 14 + 2pp., publisher's advert leaf at rear on a slightly smaller size paper, 42 full-page copper engraved plates (one double-page), new endpapers, later half calf, marbled boards. Some light offsetting from some of the plates else a very good copy of this key pattern book for disseminating the Adam style. "The lengthy title accurately reflects the variety of subjects illustrated in the plates, from a large country mansion to details of mouldings and staircase railings. The unusually large scale of the designs, especially for a builder's manual, reflects the authors' pretensions to have compiled a comprehensive treatise on British domestic architecture."—Archer. Harris, 635; Archer, 239.2; RIBA, Early Printed Books, 2368 (1786, first edition).

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