RITCH, John W. (b.1822). Jones & Newman's Architectural Publications, First Series. The American Architect. New York: C.M. Saxton, [1848?].

The first series of "one of the most appealing of mid-19th-century American builder’s pattern books" (Charles Wood). Ritch's work, subtitled "Original Designs of Cheap Country and Village Residences," went through several iterations between 1847 and 1864. See Hitchcock 1014.

Quarto (300 x 230mm). Text and 48 plates (final plate with quarter page loss, some spotting and occasional chips and tears throughout). Modern half calf over marbled boards. Provenance: Thomas Stone (ownership inscription) – ink notation to title page.
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