The Description and Use Of A New Instrument Called, An Architectonic Sector. By Which Any Part of Architecture may be Drawn With Facility And Exactness.

Joshua Kirby

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed for Joshua Kirby, Designer in Perspective to his Majesty, By R. Francklin, in Russel-Street, Covent-Garden; And Sold by T. Payne, at the Mews-Gate; Messrs. Knapton and Horsefield, in Ludgate-Street; Messrs. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall; T. Longman, in Paster-Noster-Row; T. Davies, in Russel-Street, Covent-Garden; and J. Gretton, in Bond-Street,, 1761.

Physical Description

[2], 82 p., 25 pl.; 562 mm. (Broadsheet).


[T.-p.] - [Text] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Most plates are unsigned. Five are signed as drawn by J. Gwynn and engraved by P. Mazell; six, as engraved by J. Fougeron.


RIBA, Early printed books, 2 (1995), 1674; E. Harris and N. Savage, British Architectural Books (1990), 398; M. Hambly, Drawing instruments, 1580-1980 (1988), p. 137-9.
ESTC, T219912


A microfilm version was published in 2006 (Woodbridge, Conn.: Primary Source Microfilm [imprint of Thomson-Gale]).


Presented by Josiah Taylor, architectural bookseller; acknowledged 20 March 1802 (RAA Council Minutes III, 134).

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Kirby's Use Of The Architec. Sector'. Bound with A Catalogue Of Modern Books On Architecture ... On Sale At J. Taylor's Architectural Library (n.d.).


Architectural drawing - Techniques - Instruments - Sectors - Drawing instruments - Tools and equipment - Architectural orders - Perspective - Great Britain - History - 18th century
Manuals - Instructional materials - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


John Gwynn RA, draughtsman
Ignace Fougeron, engraver
Richard Francklin, printer
Peter Mazell, engraver
Thomas Payne, bookseller
John Knapton, bookseller
Robert Horsfield, bookseller
Robert Dodsley, bookseller
James Dodsley, bookseller
Thomas Longman, bookseller
Thomas Davies, bookseller
John Gretton, bookseller
Josiah Taylor, previous owner, donor
Joshua Kirby, publisher