Dover (1996) unabridged republication of the work originally published by Dayton and Wentworth, Boston, 1854. New introduction by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Director, Maine Historic Preservation Commission, with 6 additional black-and-white illustrations. 64 plates with over 200 figures. 208pp. 8.375 x 11.25. Paperbound. ISBN-10: 0-486-28921-4. ISBN-13: 978-0-486-28921-2.
One of the major American architectural authors of the second quarter of the 19th century, Edward Shaw exercised great influence on the architects and builders of his day because his designs embodied a comfortable balance between traditional forms and new ideas, all grounded in sound building principles. His books enjoyed multiple printings and were widely used.
The present volume was his final book, written “to arrest the attention of every Mechanic deserving the name of Carpenter, and who may have a desire to become his own master.” It is divided into three parts. Part I is a concise survey of the history and progress of architecture. Part II discusses the characteristics of different styles of architecture — Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Gothic, Perpendicular, American architecture and more. The final section deals with the arrangement and construction of dwelling-houses and buildings in general, with specific attention paid to doors, windows, chimney-pieces, stairs and other elements.
Illustrated with over 200 plans, elevations and renderings, this rare book stands as a milestone in the education of American architects. It will be welcomed by architects, historians, preservationists and antiquarians interested in the history of building design in America.
Cover design by Frank J. Moore.
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