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The Constitution of the Incorporated Practical House Carpenters' Society of the City and County of Philadelphia: Together with Rules and Regulations for Measuring & Valuing House Carpenters' Work. [Philadelphia: s.n.,] 1812.

A rare early price book, published in response to the 1786 Carpenters' Company rule book (see lot 470). The rule book of the Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia was a jealously guarded secret, only for use by members. This rule book for the Carpenters' Society of Philadelphia, by contrast, was offered to the public; as stated in the introduction: "to guard against all future impositions, the rules by which they measure and value are rendered familiar, not only to the artist, but to the citizen.” See Charles E., editor. The Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia 1786 Rule Book (1971).

Octavo (199 x 124mm). Engraved frontispiece and 9 plates (dampstained at front, some browning and spotting). Contemporary calf (rebacked preserving some of original spine panel). Custom box. Provenance: John Martin (Phildelphia carpenter; inscription dated 1822).
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