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Halfpenny, William, d. 1755

The art of sound building, demonstrated in geometrical problems : shewing geometrical lines for all kinds of arches, niches, groins, and twisted rails, both regular and irregular : with several other draughts of buildings and staircases : all curiously engraven on copper plates : wherein are laid down (suited to every Capacity) easy practical methods for carpenters, joiners, masons, or bricklayers, to work by / by William Halfpenny, architect and carpenter.

London : Printed by Sam. Aris for the Author, in Exeter-Change in the Strand: Benjamin Cole engraver, in London-House-Yard, St. Paul's Church-Yard; Tho. Taylor printseller, at the Golden Lion in Fleet-Street; Bowen Whitledge bookseller, at the Red Bible in Ave-Mary-Lane; Tho. Bowles printseller, next the Chapter-House in St. Paul's Church-Yard; Tho. Wright mathematical instrument-maker at the Orrery and Globe in Fleet-Street; John Senex, over-against St. Dunstan's Church in Fleet-Street; Francis Fayram, at the Royal Exchange in Cornhill; Tho. Worrall, over-against St. Dunstan's Church in Fleet-Street; and John Walthoe at Richmond, MDCCXXV [1725]
Physical Description:
[12], 56, [2] p., 19, [1] folded leaf of plates : ill. ; 31 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
NA2515 .H35 1725+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
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"This is the first issue of Halfpenny's important work; a second issue with additional plates and tables for the five orders was published in the same year"--Cf. British Architectural Library.
P. [8]-[12] of preliminary run consist of a two-leaf-engraved list of subscribers, printed on recto only.
Engraved, full-page allegorical frontispiece by Benjamin Cole.
Errata: p. [57].
Publisher's advertisments: p. [58].
British Museum. General catalogue of printed books to 1955 (compact edition), v. 96, 96
National union catalog, pre-1956 imprints, v. 227, p. 74
English short title catalogue, T78315
British Architectural Library. Early printed books, 1478-1840, 1435
Harris, E. British architectural books and writers, 1556-1785. Cambridge, 1990 : Cambridge University Press, 281
Archer, 129.1
BAC: British Art Center bound in panelled calf. Frontispiece wanting. Plate 15 repeated twice.
Subject Terms:
Architecture -- Details -- Early works to 1800.
Architecture, Domestic -- Handbooks, manuals, etc. -- Early works to 1800.
Aris, Samuel, d.1775, -- Printer.
Bowles, Tho., -- Publisher.
Building -- Early works to 1800.
Cole, Benjamin, -- Publisher.
Engraving -- Specimens -- 1725.
Fayram, Francis, -- Publisher.
Halfpenny, William, d. 1755, -- Publisher.
House construction -- Handbooks, manuals, etc. -- Early works to 1800.
Senex, John, -- Publisher.
Thomas, Tho., -- Publisher.
Walthoe, John, -- Publisher.
Whitledge, Bowen, -- Publisher.
Worrall, Thom., -- Publisher.
Wright, Tho., -- Publisher.
Cole, Benjamin, 1696 or 7-1783, engraver.

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