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001 $ 06/3550
003 $ UK-LoRAA
041 0 # $a eng
044 # # $a uk
100 1 # $a Swan, Abraham
245 1 4 $a The British Architect: Or, The Builders Treasury Of Staircases. Containing: I. An easier, more intelligible, and expeditious Method of drawing the Five Orders, than has hitherto been published, by a Scale of Twelve equal Parts, free from those troublesome Divisions call'd Aliquot Parts. Shewing also how to glue up their Columns and Capitals. II. Likewise Stair-Cases, (those most useful, ornamental, and necessary Parts of a Building, though never before sufficiently described in any Book, Ancient or Modern;) shewing their most convenient Situation, and the Form of their Ascending in the most grand Manner: With a great Variety of curious Ornaments, whereby any Gentleman may fix on what will suit him best, there being Examples of all Kinds; and necessary Directions for such Persons as are unacquainted with that Branch. III. Designs of Arches, Doors, and Windows. IV. A great Variety of New and Curious Chimney-Pieces, in the most elegant and modern Taste. V. Corbels, Shields, and other beautiful Decorations. VI. Several useful and necessary Rules of Carpentry; with the Manner of Truss'd Roofs, and the Nature of a splay'd circular Soffit, both in a straight and Circular Wall, never published before. Together with Raking Cornices, Groins, and Angle Brackets described. - The Whole being illustrated with upwards of One Hundred Designs and Examples, curiously engaved by the best Hands, on Sixty Folio Copper-Plates. By Abraham Swan, Architect.
260 # # $a London: $b Printed for, and Sold by the Author, near the George in Portland-Street, Cavendish-Square; A. Webley, at the Bible and Crown, near Chancery-Lane, Holbourn, and Mr. Buckland, at the Buck, in Pater-noster Row. $c [1765?]
300 # # $a viii, 16 p., 60 pl.; $c 423 mm. (Folio.)
505 0 # $a [T.p.] - The Introduction - [Text] - [Plates].
508 # # $a All plates are signed as designed and drawn by A(b) Swan. Most are also signed as engraved by E(dw). Rooker, one by B. Cole.
510 4 # $a ESTC $c N15368
510 4 # $a Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 4 (2001), nos. 3218 - 3221[editions from 1745 to 1768 but not this edition], p.2041-4.
510 3 # $a J.G. Schimmelman, Achitectural books in early America (1999).
510 3 # $a E. Harris and N. Savage, British Architectural Books (1990), no. 863, p. 450-2.
510 3 # $a H. Park, A list of architectural books available in America before the revolution (1973).
520 2 # $a No publication-date is given on the title-page or elsewhere in the text. But some plates carry dates, ranging from Dec 26 1744 to Feb 8 1744/5 (pl. 27-30, 32-36, 38, 39, 48-51, 53, 54). The first edition (with the imprint of Meighan and Meadows) had appeared in 1745; the second (imprint of Meighan, Meadows and Piers), in 1750; a third (imprint of Meadows, Hitch and Haws, Piers and Partner) in 1758. Harris and Savage suggest that the present edition appeared probably in 1765; ESTC, in 1762.

This work was well received, and went through several editions both in Britain and in the United States of America.

Five plates carry letter-press text (pl. 1, 3, 6, 10, 14).
533 # # $n An electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). A microfilm version was published in 2002 (Woodbridge, Conn.: Primary Source Microfilm [imprint of Gale Group]).
561 # # $a The title-page is inscribed in ink, 'Thomas Windus - 1806'. Presented by E. P. W. Cooper Esq. from the Library of Sir Edwin Cooper RA, 1961.
563 # # $a 20th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; green morocco spine-label lettered 'The British Architect Treasury Of Staircases'.
653 # # $a Architecture - Carpentry - Stairs - Arches - Doors - Windows - Chimneys - Escutcheons - Cartouches (ornament) - Roofs - Trusses - Designs - Great Britain - History - 18th century
655 # 0 $a Pattern books - Great Britain - 18th century - Palladian - Rococo
655 # 0 $a Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century
700 1 # $a Swan $e source artist $e draughtsman
700 1 # $a Rooker $e engraver
700 1 # $a Cole $e engraver
700 1 # $a Cooper $e previous owner
700 1 # $a Webley $e bookseller
700 1 # $a Buckland $e bookseller
700 1 # $a Windus $e previous owner