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Halfpenny, William, -1755
The modern builder's assistant, or, A concise epitome of the whole system of architecture : in which the various branches of that excellent study are establish'd on the most familiar principles and rendered adequate to every capacity : being useful to the proficient, and easy to the learner : divided into three parts ... / the whole beautifully engraved on eighty five folio copper plates from the designs of William and John Halfpenny, architects and carpenters, Robert Morris, surveyor, and T. Lightoler, carver.
Additional Title(s):

Modern builder's assistant

Concise epitome of the whole system of architecture
London : Printed for James Rivington and J. Fletcher in Pater-noster Row, and Robert Sayer opposite Fetter-Lane, Fleet Street, MDCCVLII [i.e. 1757]
Physical Description:
[2], ii, 52 p., 85 [i.e. 84] leaves of plates (some folded) : ill., plans ; 32 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
NA2515 .H354 1757+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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"The modern builder's assistant is a concoction by Sayer of unused designs by his former authors, then deceased, Robert Morris and William Halfpenny, added to and possibly edited by Lightoler"--Cf. Harris.
Engravings by P. Fourdriner, Cornelius Heinrich Hemerich, Tobias Müller, and Robert Benning.; after Colen Campbell, Andrea Palladio, Timothy Lightoler, William Halfpenny, John Halfpenny, and Robert Morris.
Roman numerals LV were mistakenly reversed on t.p and the corrected publication date is 1757 rather than 1742. Cf. British Architectural Library.
Book is in 3 parts.
T.p. printed in red and black.
The plates are numbered II-XXII, 23-85. No. I is an ill. on p. 3. Three of the plates are folded.
English short title catalogue, T78318
Harris, E. British architectural books and writers, 293
Archer, J. British domestic architecture, 132.2
British Architectural Library. Early printed books, 1478-1840, 2156
BAC: British Art Center copy has bookplate of F.F. Praed de Woodchester. Inscribed: Ex Communi Bibliotheca Fratrum Predicatorum Anglorum Lovanii. Bound in calf.
Subject Terms:
Architecture -- Designs and plans -- Early works to 1800.
Architecture -- Early works to 1800.
Architecture -- Orders -- Early works to 1800.
Engraving -- Specimens -- 1757.
Fletcher, J. -- Publisher.
Praed, F. F. -- Bookplate.
Rivington, James -- Publisher.
Sayer, Robert -- Publisher.
Halfpenny, William, -1755, ill.
Campbell, Colen, 1676-1729, ill.
Halfpenny, John, active 18th century, ill.
Morris, Robert, 1701-1754, ill.
Lightoler, T. (Timothy), 18th century, ill.
Palladio, Andrea, 1508-1580, ill.
Fourdrinier, Paul, 1698-1758, engraver.
Müller, Tobias, active 1744-1790, engraver.
Hemmerich, Cornelius Heinrich, engraver.
Benning, R., engraver.

  • Contents (from t.p.): I. A correct view of the five orders, explained in several sheets of letter-press
  • II. Consisting of regular plans, elevations, and sections of houses, in the most elegant and convenient manner, either for the reception of noblemen, gentlemen or tradesmen with large or small families, adapted to the taste of town or country. To which part is added, a great variety of other plans for offices or out-houses, adjoining to them of different dimensions for domestic uses; such as kitchen, wash-houses, malt houses, bake-houses, brew houses, dairies, vaults, stables coach-houses, dog-kennels &c &c. Together with the estimates of each design, and proper instructions to the workmen how to execute the same
  • III. Exhibiting (ornamental as well as plain) a variety of chimney-pieces, windows, doors, sections of stair-cases, rooms, halls, saloons, &c. skreens for rooms, also cielings [sic], piers, and gate-roofs, &c &c.

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