Elsam, Richard. The Practical Builder's Perpetual Price Book
Elsam, Richard. THE PRACTICAL BUILDER'S PERPETUAL PRICE BOOK. (title page) THE PRACTICAL BUILDER'S PERPETUAL PRICE-BOOK: ELUCIDATING THE PRINCIPLES OF ASCERTAINING THE CORRECT AVERAGE VALUE OF THE DIFFERENT ARTIFICER'S WORKS USUALLY EMPLOYED IN BUILDING; WITH CURSORY OBSERVATIONS ON THE CUSTOMS OF MEASURING IN THE VARIOUS PARTS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM IN REFERENCE TO THE RECENT ACT FOR ESTABLISHING UNIFORMITY IN WEIGHTS AND MEASURES.....TO WHICH IS ATTACHED, AN APPENDIX COMPREHENDING THE SUBSTANCE OF EVERY CLAUSE IN THE BUILDING ACT; WITH INFORMATION OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO THE PRACTICAL BUILDER, NOT ONLY IN THE METROPOLIS, BUT IN EVERY PART OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND. Printed for Thomas Kelly. 1838. Half-calf, marbled boards. 180 pgs., 7 plates. OCLC list editions for 1825, 1827, 1828, 1832 and 1841, but none for 1838 nor is it mentioned in The Literature of British Domestic Architecture, 1715-1842 by John Archer. Very comprehensive architectural book, which "conveys the fullest instructions for altering, methodizing, and arranging, all manner of builder's charges." Financial estimates are included for areas of carpenter's and joiners work, roofing, bricklaying, stone cutting, plumbing, etc. Also included are an abstract of the 1774 Building Act and extracts from the London Paving Act of 1817. Usual wear, several ink and pencil notations on front endpapers, overall in vg cond.
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