First edition of the second book on architecture published in America: Owen Biddle's The Young Carpenter's Assistant
The Young Carpenter’s Assistant; Or, A System Of Architecture, Adapted To The Style Of Building In The United States.
Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1805.
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America, second only to Asher Benjamin’s Country Builder’s Assistant’ published in 1797( Shaw & Shoemaker, 8018). Quarto, bound in contemporary tree calf, illustrated with 44 engraved plates, 2 folding. From the library of early 19th century Pennsylvanian carpenter and cabinetmaker John Wilson with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. In very good condition. Scarce with only 2 copies having appeared at auction in the past 50 years.
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