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The builders jewel: or the youth's instructor, and workman's remembrancer. Explaining short and easy rules made familiar to the meanest capacity for drawing and working. ... The whole illustrated by upwards of 200 examples, engraved on 100 copper plates. By [Batty and] Thomas Langley.

Batty Langley

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London: Printed for Tho. Langley, in Meard's-Court, Dean-Street, Sohoe, 1741

Physical Description

24 p., engraved frontispiece and 99 leaves of plates: illus.; 132 mm.

General Note

The first edition of this work, published in 1741, had on the title-page 'By B. and T. Langley' and 'Printed for R. Ware'. Another issue in the same year had T. Langley's name as publisher. This is another issue, having Thomas Langley's name as both author and publisher. [See Early printed books 1478-1840: catalogue of the British Architectural Library, vol. 2, p. 920, citing as example this copy.]


The verso of the frontispiece is inscribed 'George Alexr Denman / 1851'. A loose sheet inserted in the front of the volume is inscribed 'The Builders Jewel / or The / Youth's Instructor / and Workman's Remembrancer / by Thomas Langley / London 1741 / ¼ leather 5½x4½ / presented by E. Vincent Harris / 1967.'

Binding Note

Spine lettered 'The Builders Jewel'.


Architecture Details, Architecture Orders


Thomas Langley, author, engraver, publisher/bookseller
George Alexander Denman, previous owner
E. Vincent Harris RA, donor