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HALFPENNY, William (d. 1755)
The modern builder's assistant; or, a concise epitome of the whole system of architecture, in which the various branches of that excellent study are establish'd on the most familiar principles, and rendered adequate to every capacity; being useful to the proficient, and easy to the learner. Divided into three parts. ... The whole beautifully engraved on eighty five folio copper plates, from the designs of William and John Halfpenny, architects and carpenters, Robert Morris, surveyor, and T. Lightoler, carver.
London: printed for James Rivington and J. Fletcher, and Robert Sayer, [1757].
[2], ii, 52 p., II--XXII, 23--85 [i.e. 84] engr. pl. : 1 engr. illus. ; 31.9 cm. (2°)

The imprint date is mis-printed as MDCCVLII; another issue, probably datable to 1760 has a cancel title-leaf with Robert Sayer as only publisher (ESTC n60702). The illustration on p. 3 is numbered as pl. I. Publication of this "concoction by Sayer of unused designs by his former authors, then deceased, Robert Morris and William Halfpenny, added to and possibly edited by [Timothy] Lightoler" was announced in the London Magazine, 1757. See Harris and Savage, pp. 221--222. BAL, Early printed books, no. 2156; Harris and Savage 292; ESTC t78318.

Binding C18th quarter sheep, marbled-paper boards, black spine-label.

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