The principles of ancient masonry, or, A general system of building compleated : wherein the theory and practice of architecture are universally demonstrated : comprising all the arts and sciences necessary to be understood for the attaining a just knowledge of building, in a more concise and easy manner than has been yet attempted to be made public, viz : arithmetick, vulgar and decimal : practical geometry : plain trigonometry : mensuration in general : surveying of land, &c. : architecture universally apply'd : perspective : mechanicks : dialing : painting and staining glass : interspersed with proper introductions, remarks, and observations : in which great care is taken to omit everything that is superfluous, and insert nothing but what is really useful : the whole illustrated with one hundred and fifty large folio copper plates, engraven by the best hands : exemplifying the several arts and proportions of the five order of columns, in a very great variety of useful designs of plans, elevations, and sections of building in general : by a society of the most experienced practitioners and workmen in building, and the several branches of learning relating thereto.
- London : Printed by Messieurs Mechell and Chrichley; and sold by C. King in Westminster-Hall : J. Batley in Pater-Noster-Row : W. Mears on Ludgate-Hill : J. Clark under the Royal-Exchange : J Wilcox over against the New Church in the Strand : W. Mount and T. Page on Tower-Hill : J. Brindley in New-Bond-Street; J. Jackson in Pall-Mall : J. Joliffe in St. James's-Street : and J. Nourse in Temple-Bar, 1733.
- Physical Description:
- , 434, xi,  pages : illustrations ; 42 cm
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- Copyright Status:
- Copyright Not Evaluated
- Probably first issued without the plates in 1733 with the title The principles of ancient masonry, or, A general system of building compleated. The plates were published in 1736 and the completed work was retitled Ancient masonry, both in the theory and practice, with Langley taking authorship credit.
English short title catalogue, N62813
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in half calf with marbled boards. In 2 volumes. Armorial bookplate: Porchester (Earl of Carnarvon). Incomplete: lacks all letterpress after page 212. Bound with the plates from the 1736 edition (Ancient masonry, both in the theory and practice ...); lacking plates XXXVI, L, LI, LIV, LVI, LVII, LVIII, LXVI, LXXXVII, CXCV, CXCVI, CIV, CXII, CLVII, CLXIX, CCXXVI, CCXXVII, CCXXVIII, CCXXIX, CCCLXIX, CCCLXXXIV.
- Subject Terms:
- Architecture -- Early works to 1800.Architecture -- Early works to 1800.Architecture -- Orders -- Early works to 1800.Arithmetic -- Early works to 1800.Building -- Early works to 1800.Carnarvon, Earl of -- Bookplate.Geometry -- Early works to 1800.
- Armorial bookplates.
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Langley, Batty, 1696-1751, The principles of ancient masonry, or, A general system of building compleated , 1733
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