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Guillet, Peter:

TIMBER MERCHANT'S GUIDE. ALSO, A TABLE, WHEREBY, AT ONE VIEW, MAY BE SEEN THE SOLID AND SUPERFICIAL MEASURE OF ANY SQUARE OR UNEQUAL HEWED LOGS OR PLANK, FROM ONE TO FORTY-SEVEN INCHES. ALSO, PLATES REPRESENTING THE FIGURES OF THE PRINCIPAL PIECES OF TIMBER, USED IN BUILDING A SEVENTY-FOUR GUN SHIP OF THE LINE, IN STANDING TREES. BY PETER GUILLET, L'AINE, FRENCH BY BIRTH, AMERICAN BY CHOICE.

Published by James Lovegrove. John D. Toy, Printer, Baltimore: 1823 Original calf [rubbed, spine label worn away], front joint cracked but holding, rear board detached but present. Pages 24, [89 letterpress tables], [1 blank], 30 hand-colored lithographed plates by Henry Stone. One leaf of the tables a bit frayed at the margins [no effect on text]. Text lightly foxed, plates clean and crisp. Else Very Good, with the plates about Fine. Early ownership signature of Byron Diman at head of title page. The second lithograph-illustrated book printed in America. The plates are by Henry Stone, "one of the earliest and most elusive of all the lithographers" [Peters]. "The plates represent 'the principal pieces of timber used in building a 74 gun ship of the line'. Though, because of the subject, the plates are necessarily subdued, they are genuinely colored. It seems that getting out the right timber for all old time war ships was a highly scientific matter; and the tall old pines of New England must have been wonderful masts " [Bennett]. Byron Diman [1795-1865] was born in Bristol, Rhode Island. He served as Rhode Island's 19th governor, serving from 1846-1847; he also served several terms in both Rhode Island's House of Representatives and Senate. Prior to his political career, Diman worked in a counting house, was involved in whale fisheries, was treasurer and president of the Bristol Steam Mill, was director of the Pokanoket Mill, and served as president of the Bank of Bristol. Rink 1636. Bennett, American Color Plate Books 67. Peters, America on Stone 376.


Book Id: 22741

Price: $3,000.00

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