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GREAT BRITAIN, Laws, statutes, &c.
[14 Geo.III. 78]
The Building Act, passed in the fourteenth year of George III. Illustrated with plates, shewing the proper thickness of party-walls, external-walls, and chimnies. With a complete index to the whole. A new edition.
Cambridge printed by J. Archdeacon printer to the University; and sold at Taylor's Architectural Library, 1791.
[2], 75, [1] p., [3] pl. ; 18.4 cm. (8°)

A page-for-page reprint of the edition published by I.& J. Taylor in 1787. Drafted by George Dance the Younger, Clerk of the City Works since 1768, and Sir Robert Taylor, surveyor to the Bank of England, this was by far the most important eighteenth-century contribution to building legislation, focusing on fire prevention and defining for the first time seven 'rates' or classes of buildings. See E. Harris and N. Savage, British architectural books and writers 1556--1785 (Cambridge 1990), pp. 134-136. ESTC n53817; BAL, Early printed books, no. 1283; Harris and Savage, 92.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane and on rear paste-down Nuisances to be demolished / sect. 60. Much underlining in ink throughout. Bound with a 16-page Catalogue of modern books on architecture ... on sale at I. and J. Taylor's Architectural Library, [1792?] (q.v.).

Binding Contemporary C18th tree calf, gilt-ruled spine without spine-title.

Reference Number 2367


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