LAFEVER, Minard. The Architectural Instructor, Containing a History of Architecture from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time... 526 pp. Illustrated with 112 numbered engraved plates containing hundreds of elements and views. Folio, 215 x 303 mm, bound in brown buckram with a new black morocco spine label stamped in gilt. New York: G.P. Putnam & Co. 1856.
First Edition, posthumously printed, of this influential manual by esteemed American architect Minard Lafever (1798-1854). The "nearly 250 engravings" show ancient and modern buildings, including temples, churches, villas, monuments, and municipal halls, with a special emphasis on Greek Revival style. The main text is followed by a glossary of terminology.
Lafever was born in New Jersey and trained as a carpenter. A number of his realized buildings have been named National Historic Landmarks, including St. Ann's and the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn and Old Whaler's Church at Sag Harbor. Newspaper article pasted on plate 81 verso, and photos pasted on versos of pp. 82 and 83. Ownership signature of Katharine Baum on front free endpaper. Foxing on a few plates, cracked between plate 81 and 471.
Item nr. 157655