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DEARN, Thomas Downes Wilmot (1777-1853)
The bricklayer's guide to the mensuration of all sorts of brick-work, according to the London practice, with observations on the causes and cure of smoaky chimnies, the formation of drains, and the best construction of ovens, to be heated with coals; also, a variety of practical and useful information on this important branch of the building art, illustrated by various figures, and nine copper plates. By T. D. W. Dearn, architect.
London: published by J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library, 1809.
[16], 112 p., 9 pl. ; 20.5 cm. (8º)

With a half-title. Dedicated to Soane. Pages [13--15] of the prelims contain a list of books lately published by J. Taylor. BAL, Early printed books, no. 823.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane Esqr. / from his Friend / and Servant / the Publisher. Given by Josiah Taylor (for £0.0.0 [sic]) 18 February 1809. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.2.2). Largely unopened. Bound (1) with A list of books on the various branches of architecture and building, published by J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library, [1809] (q.v.).
Copy 2: Inscribed in ink on the front free-endpaper From the Author / March 16th 1809. Following this inscription there is a draft in Soane's hand of a letter to Dearn dated March 18, 1809, thanking him for the book, which Soane says he has looked over with great satis- / faction fully assured that the / work must be of the most / essential service to young Artist[s] / & will, I hope, shew them the / absolute necessity of close attention / to whatever relates to the execution // of Buildings. Bound (1) with Chabannes, On Conducting air by forced ventilation, 1818 (q.v.); Lingard, Philosophic and practical inquiry into the nature and condition of timber, 1819 (q.v.); and a Description of the curious wooden bridge across the Rhone at Schaffhausen, ... [Extracted from Andreæ's Letters on Switzerland, ...], 1808 (q.v.).

Binding Copy 1: Original C19th blue paper boards, printed spine label 'The Bricklayer's Guide, with Plates. 7s.'.
Copy 2: C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, green spine-label gilt-lettered 'Bricklayer's Guide Chabannes On Ventilation &c &c'. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 1s. 8d., 19 June 1830. (Spiers Box. Binding 51). Later numbered '86' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

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