Originally published in 1797, this was the bible of the building trade in New England during the beginning of the nineteenth century. The book was the first American-grown collection of designs published in America, and through its publication, Asher Benjamin popularized an American style of architecture. Illustrated with new and useful designs of; Frontispieces, Chimney Pieces, Tuscan, Doric, Ionie and Corinthian Orders with their Bases, Capitals and Entablatures: Architraves for Doors, Window and Chimneys: Cornices, Base and Surface Mouldings for Rooms: Doors and Sashes with their Mouldings: The Construction of Stairs with their Ramp and Twist Rails: Plan, Elevation and one section of a Meeting House with the Pulpit at Large: Plans and Elevations of Houses. The Best Method of finding the Length and backing of Hip Rafters: Also, the tracing of Groins, Angle Brackets, Circular Soffits in Circular Walls. Correctly engraved on thirty copper plates: with a printed explanation to each.