Nicholson, Peter

An improved and enlarged edition of Nicholson’s New Carpenter’s Guide. Being a complete book of lines, for carpenters, joiners, and workmen in general, on methods entirely new, founded on geometrical principles.

London, “printed for Jones & Co, Temple of the Muses (late Lackington’s), Finsbury Square” 1828.

Reference: 14543
Price: £190 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. Engraved portrait frontispiece, (4) + xii + 121 + (3) + 240 + (4)pp, (88) (numbered I-LXXVIII, with plate XLVI numbered LXVI and plate LXXXIII numbered LXXXIX) + (16) (lettered AA-II, KK-QQ) + (15) (lettered A-I, K-P) + (24 ex 25 ?) engraved plates (numbered I-XVIII, XX-XXV). Plates mostly spotted and lightly browned, chiefly in outer margins, text leaves affected by offsetting from facing plates or otherwise browned. Contemporary gilt panelled calf, gilt spine, a bit worn and with minor loss of surface on covers. Pencil ownership inscriptions of Andrew Cowens, 30 John’s Street, upper Holloway, 1860, and of Alexander Arnott, 1 Russell Road, 1870.

A revised edition of Nicholson’s New Carpenter’s Guide, originally published in 1793 and reissued with revisions by Nicholson himself in various editions published up to 1819. The major revisions made to the present edition were carried out by John Bowen, successively Nicholson’s pupil and assistant (and son-in-law), as explained in Bowen’s added preface, and involved the introduction of new plates from drawings by Bowen himself, accounting for about a quarter of the total number. The content of the volume seems to have been kept in constant review, as the present edition of the book exists in a large number of variant states, and our copy, which includes the text and plates of a supplementary title, The Carpenter’s and Builder’s Complete Measurer, seems to resemble most closely copies held in the Avery Library and in the Library of Congress (see BAL Cat 2291, where some of the various states of this title are described). The book was intended for use by members of the building trade, and both text and plates were printed on inexpensive paper stocks, resulting in browning and spotting in copies known today, but our present copy is at least soundly bound and without tears or obvious handling marks to its pages. The two nineteenth-century owners of the copy recorded by inscriptions on the front endpapers were both working carpenters resident in Islington, North London.

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