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PAIN, William (c. 1730--1794?)
The builder's golden rule, or the youth's sure guide: containing the greatest variety of ornamental and useful designs in architecture and carpentry, with the most ready practical mathods of executing the same, from the plan to the ornamental finish, in the most prevailing modern taste. The whole correctly engraved, on 106 copper-plates, with a full explanation in the letter-press. To which is added, an estimate of prices for materials and labour, and labour only, with references to the respective designs. By William Pain, ... The second edition.
London: printed by and for H. D. Steel: and to be had of the booksellers in town and country, 1789.
[2], iii, [1], 18, [2], 54 p., XCVIII [i.e. 106] pl. ; 20.6 cm. (8º)

First published in parts between May 1780 and February 1781. This 'Second Edition' is in reality at least the fourth, being a reissue of the second edition of 1782. The plates numbered I--XCVIII, with bis plates VIII, XV, XIX, XX, LV, LXIII, LXVII, LXX. BAL Early printed books, no. 2362; Harris and Savage 619; ESTC n72332; Hugh Pagan cat. 57 (2007), no. 73.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane.

Binding C18th sprinkled sheep, gilt roll-tooled spine, green spine-label.

Reference Number 2931


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