PAIN, William (c.1730-c.1790). The Practical House Carpenter; or, Youth's Instructor. Boston: William Norman, 1796.

First American edition of one of the most influential architectural books in 19th-century America. While Asher Benjamin drew on many other works for his famous pattern book, none contributed so much as this text by the English architect William Pain. This is the only American edition to include a price list. Evans 30940; Hitchcock 897.

Quarto (235 x 187mm). Folded price list (tear at fold). 148 engraved plates, 6 of which double-page, numbered 1-146 (some spotting, a few small edge tears). Contemporary sheep (worn at extremities).
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