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Salmon, William

The London and country builder’s vade mecum : or, the compleat and universal architect’s assistant. Comprehending the London and country prices of the different works of bricklayers, glasiers, painters, masons (etc). The third edition, revised and corrected.

London, “printed for J. Hodges, at the Looking-Glass, over-against St. Magnus-Church, London-Bridge” 1755.

Reference: 13176
Price: £420 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. Engraved frontispiece, (2) + ii + (8) + 187 + (1)pp. Contemporary full calf, neatly rebacked and repaired at outer corners (but rubbed at hinges and outer edges). Nineteenth century armorial bookplate of Sir Edmund Antrobus. Recently in the library of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, with their bookplate.

Third edition of a book first published in 1741. William Salmon (1703-1779), although himself merely a master carpenter in Colchester, Essex, had a lasting impact on his contemporaries as the author of Palladio Londinensis, a design manual for builders published in eight editions between 1734 and 1773. He also produced a series of successful builder’s price books, of which the present one is the fullest (it ran to at least five editions, the last being likewise published in 1773). This 1755 edition is virtually identical to the second edition, published in 1748 ; both editions have an engraved frontispiece not found in the first edition, showing trees being felled and measured, originally used as the frontispiece for a book on the cultivation of fruit trees by Moses Cook. BAL Cat 2886.