London, South Kensington
23 March 2005
PAIN, William and James. Pain's British Palladio, or, the Builder's General Assistant, London: I. and J. Taylor, 1793. 2° (423 x 265mm). 42 engraved plates, 4-page publisher's advertisement (some spotting and light dampstaining, neat tear to two text leaves and to one plate). Contemporary calf (rebacked, corners repaired). Provenance: Frederic William Anderton (armorial bookplate) -- Edward Steele (owner's inscription on pastedown) -- Philadelphia, Franklin Institute (punch-stamp in title). 'The unusually large scale of the designs, especially for a builder's manual, reflects the authors' pretensions to have compiled a comprehensive treatment on British domestic architecture': Archer 239.4; Harris 637.
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