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Langley's Builder's Designs


Batty Langley's The Builder's Chest Book, or a Compleat Key to the Five Orders of Columns in Architecture. Engraved by Thomas Langley. London: S. Harding, 1739. Quarto. Very good condition.


Thomas Langley. The City and Country Builder's and Workman's Treasury of Designs: Or the Art of Drawing and Working The Ornamental Parts of Architecture. By B. Langley. London: S. Harding, 1741. Quarto. Engravings by Thomas Langley. Very good condition.

From a practical manual of nearly 200 plates for builders and workmen, these handsome engravings illustrate doors, windows niches, chimney pieces, pulpits, altar pieces, monuments, obelisks, ceilings, iron works, decorative floors, tables, buffets, book cases, plans for roofs, et al. These images show the five classical orders of columns according to Andrea Palladio: Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite, as well as many other architectural forms and designs for ornamentation.

Fine, clear and classical, these engravings are delightful and informative to the artist, architect, designer and student as well as the amateur of ornament.


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