SWAN, ABRAHAM. ACTIVE 1745-1768. The British Architect: or the Builders Treasury of Stair-cases. [Philadelphia: John Norman, 1775.]

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SWAN, ABRAHAM. ACTIVE 1745-1768.
The British Architect: or the Builders Treasury of Stair-cases. [Philadelphia: John Norman, 1775.]

US$ 3,000 - 5,000
£ 2,300 - 3,800
SWAN, ABRAHAM. ACTIVE 1745-1768.
The British Architect: or the Builders Treasury of Stair-cases. [Philadelphia: John Norman, 1775.]
Folio (430 x 255 mm). Prospectus, 52 (of 60) engraved plates, lacking title page. Disbound. Plates 51 and 54-60 lacking, several leaves with voids, notably text leaf D1 and plate XLIV, dampstaining and chipping in places.

THE FIRST ARCHITECTURE BOOK PUBLISHED IN AMERICA. Reprinted from the British edition, first published in 1745. The prospectus solicits subscriptions for The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Assistant by the publisher John Norman and John Folwell, as well as another work by Swan, A Collection of Designs in Architecture. Norman would never publish those, as the outbreak of the American revolution disrupted his trade. Born in England, Norman staying in America and relocated to Boston, where he continued publishing architectural books. Fowler 341; Evans 42944/B4124.
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SWAN, ABRAHAM. ACTIVE 1745-1768. The British Architect: or the Builders Treasury of Stair-cases. [Philadelphia: John Norman, 1775.]
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