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Pain, William (1730?-1790?) / Pain's British Palladio, or, The builder's general assistant.

[Title page] Pain's British Palladio: or, the Builder's General Assistant.,   pp. [1]-[2]

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Pain's British Palladio: or, The Builder's General Assistant.
Demonstrating in the most easy and practical method, all the principal rules
of architecture, from the ground plan to the ornamental finish. Illustrated
with several new and useful designs of houses, with their plans, elevations,
and sections. Also, clear and ample instructions, annexed to each subject,
in letter-press; with a list of prices for materials and labour, and labour
This work will be universally useful to all carpenters, bricklayers, masons,
joiners, plaisterers, and others, concerned in the several branches of building,
&c. comprehending the following subjects, viz.
Plans, elevations, and sections, of gentleman's houses.
Designs for doors, chimney's, and ceilings, with their proper embellishments,
in the most modern taste.
A great variety of mouldings, for base and surbase architraves, imposts,
friezes, and cornices, with their proper ornaments, for practice, drawn to
half size: to which are added, scales for enlarging or lessening at pleasure.
Also, great variety of stair-cases; shewing the practical method of executing
them, in any case required, viz. Groins, angle-brackets, circular circular
flewing and winding.
Soffits, domes, sky-lights, &c. all made plain and easy to the meanest
The proportion of windows for the light to rooms.
Preparing foundations; the proportion of chimneys to rooms, and sections
of flews.
The principal timbers properly laid out, on each plan, viz. The manner of
framing the roofs, and finding the length and backing of hips, either square
or bevel. Scantlings of the timbers, figured in proportion to their bearing.
The method for trussing griders, scarsing plates, &c.
And many other articles, particularly useful to all persons in the building
The whole correctly engraved on forty-two folio copper-plates, from the original
designs of William and James Pain.
London: Printed for I. and J. Taylor, at the architectural library, no. 56,
high holdborn. 
[Price 16s. bound.]

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