THE BRITISH CARPENTER:; or, a Treatise on Carpentry. Containing the most concise and authentic rules of that art, in a more useful and extensive method, than has been made publick.

London: Baldwin for Millar et. al, 1765. The Fifth edition, corrected and illustrated with 62 copper plates. 4to, pp. [viii], 72. Includes two folding plates and two frontispieces. Bound in contemporary boards with modern cloth spine, Two parts in one, the second being the supplement. Some foxing and staining, but a very good tight copy. Contemporary ownership signature and monogram on the top of the title-page. Harris 711. Item #24469

Harris calls this "the first comprehensive work on carpentry in English." It was popular in the US and Washington owned a copy of the 1768 edition. This was first issued as "A Treatise on Carpentry" (1733). The DNB notes that Price was an architect (d. 1753), and that this book was the best on the subject, the best editions being those of 1753, 1759 and 1765 which contain the plates. In 1734, Price was appointed surveyor to Salisbury Cathedral and Clerk of the works to the dean and chapter and from then until his death he was engaged in doing repairs to the Cathedral.

Price: $1,500.00

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