Practice of Architecture. Containing the Five Orders of Architecture, and an Additional Column and Entablature, with all their Elements and Details Explained and Illustrated. With Sixty Plates. Architecture, Asher Benjamin.
Practice of Architecture. Containing the Five Orders of Architecture, and an Additional Column and Entablature, with all their Elements and Details Explained and Illustrated. With Sixty Plates.
Practice of Architecture. Containing the Five Orders of Architecture, and an Additional Column and Entablature, with all their Elements and Details Explained and Illustrated. With Sixty Plates.
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Practice of Architecture. Containing the Five Orders of Architecture, and an Additional Column and Entablature, with all their Elements and Details Explained and Illustrated. With Sixty Plates.

Boston & Philadelphia: Benjamin B. Mussey & Deliver, Thomas & Co., 1836. Item #574

Large 4to.  275 x 215 mm., [10 ¾ x 8 ½ inches].  viii-116 pp., 60 engraved plates.  Contemporary sheepskin binding, worn at edges and spine, joints cracked and expertly repaired; some foxing to the margins and plates; generally a good, sound copy.


Third edition, with alterations and improvements, originally published in 1833, followed by a second edition in 1835.  This was Benjamin’s fifth of seven publication on the history and practice of architecture and building construction.  His taste and technique in the field had enormous impact on the design of homes and communities in the North East before the Civil War.


The Practice of Architecture built on the design and techniques that appeared in his The Architect or Practical House Carpenter which he published in 1830.  In his new book he included more complex drawings and sophisticated designs and contributed a ‘sixth’ order which he entitled Column and Entablature.  This was based on best construction practices of the day and but from Benjamin’s point a view, it needed rules that would both classify the order and also give instruction on how to accomplish its construction.


Hitchcock, American Architecture Books, 136 (for the first edition).  Juliette Tomlinson, "Asher Benjamin -- Connecticut Architect," Connecticut Antiquarian 6 (1954)A Bibliography of Writings by and about Asher Benjamin Author(s): Asher Benjamin and Jack Quinan Source: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians , Oct., 1979, Vol. 38, No. 3 (Oct., 1979), pp. 254-256.

Price: $550.00

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