The British architect:, or, The builder's treasury of stair-cases. : Containing, I. An easier, more intelligible, and expeditious method of drawing the five orders, than has hitherto been published, by a scale of twelve equal parts, free from those troublesome divisions call'd aliquot parts. Shewing also how to giue up their columns and capitals. II. Likewise stair-cases, (those most useful, ornamental, and necessary parts of a building, though never before sufficiently described in any book, ancient or modern); shewing their most convenient situation, and the form of their ascending in the most grand manner: With a great variety of curious ornaments, whereby any gentleman may fix on what will suit him best, there being examples of all kinds; and necessary directions for such persons as are unacquainted with that branch. III. Designs of arches, doors, and windows. IV. A great variety of new and curious chimney-pieces, in the most elegant and modern taste. V. Corbels, shields, and other beautiful decorations. VI. several useful and necessary rules of carpentry; with the manner of truss'd roofs, and the nature of a splay'd circular soffit, both in a streight and circular wall, never published before. : Together with raking cornices, groins, and angle brackets, described. The whole being illustrated with upwards of one hundred designs and examples, curiously engraved by the best hands on sixty folio copper-plates. / By Abraham Swan, architect.
- Other Title:
- Builder's treasury of stair-cases
- London: : Printed for and sold by the author, near the George in Portland Street, Cavendish Square; by Mr. Meadows, over-against the Royal-Exchange; Messrs Hitch and Hawes, in Pater-Noster Row; and H. Piers and Partner at the Bible and Crown, in High Holborn., M.DCC.LVIII. 
viii, 16 p., LX leaves of plates : ill. ; 41 cm. (fol.)
- Architecture -- Designs and plans.
Architecture -- Early works to 1800.
Architecture -- Orders -- Early works to 1800.
Stair building -- Early works to 1800.
Staircases -- Early works to 1800.
Mantels -- Early works to 1800.
Carpentry -- Early works to 1800.
- First edition issued 1745.
Includes LX copper plates engraved by E. Rooker; plates I, III, VI, X and XIIII have letterpress explanatory text appearing to the left of the numbered plate.
In some copies the names of Meadows and Hitch and Hawes have been erased and replaced in ink with "Mr. Brotherton" and "Mr. Buckland".
ESTC records  p. section following 2nd sequence of 16 p. (bookseller's catalog?); not identified in other copies.
- Local notes:
- Athenaeum copy: Title is held at Carpenters' Hall in the Library of the Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia. Access to the books is restricted and available to researchers only by permission requested in advance.
Athenaeum copy: Carpenters' Company copy with Meadows and Hitch listed in imprint; copy inscribed: John King his book 1765 (King was a Carpenters' Company member first elected in 1784); includes  hand-drawn? plates of unknown origin tipped in at end; accession number 3327; first recorded in 1827 Carpenters' Company Library Catalogue as Folio 1.
- Cited in:
- ESTC T102000
Harris. Brit. architectural books, 862
British Architectural Library. Early printed books, 3320
- Meadows, William, -1760 , Bookseller
Hitch, Charles, -1764 , Bookseller
Hawes, Lacy. , Bookseller
Piers, H. , Bookseller
King, John. d. 1804. , Former owner
Rooker, Edward, 1712?-1774. , Engraver
Carpenters' Company Library Collection (Athenaeum of Philadelphia)
|Location||Notes||Your Loan Policy|
|Description||Status||Barcode||Your Loan Policy|