New York: William D. Smith, printed by C.C. & E. Childs, Jr., 1841. Second edition (originally published in 1833). 4to. 119 pp., frontispiece illustration of a design for a country villa, plus 88 copper engraved plates. Recent full goat, in a period style binding, gilt rules and gilt stamped black leather spine label, gilt tooling to edges of boards, original endpapers retained. Some light foxing to a few plates, but overall a clean copy. Ownership signature of Samuel Sloan on front pastedown.
Lafever's work helped popularize the Greek Revival style in American building. A house carpenter who became an architect in New York state, Lafever (1798-1854) targetted this work to the craftsman. He introduced fundamentals of geometry which he considered were "the foundation on which practical Carpentry is based," as well as providing detailed drawings and elevations for domes, ceilings, windows, mantles, doors, staircases, etc. which could then be reproduced by the reader/builder. According to Daniel Reiff, in his book "Houses from Books: Treatises, Pattern Books, and Catalogs in American Architecture, 1738-1950 [Penn State: 2010], plate 75 ("Front Elevation for a Country Residence"), "is often thought to be the model for the many temple-type houses with flanking wings that can be found throughout the northeast and beyond." Item #61487