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RUDIMENTS OF ARCHITECTURE
FOR THE USE OF
ARCHITECTS, BUILDERS, DRAUGHTSMEN, MACHINISTS,
ENGINEERS AND MECHANICS,
JOHN BU L L O OK,
AUTHOR OP " THE AMERICAN COTTAGE BUILDER."
ILLUSTRATED BY TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY ENGRAVINGS.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-four by
STRINGER & TOWNSEND,
PREFACE TO REVISED EDITION.
This book originally appeared in two volumes, “THE HISTORY AND RUDIMENTS OF ARCHITECTURE,” and “RUDIMENTS OF THE ART OF BUILDING.” Whatever errors they may have contained have been corrected in this “Revised Edition," and much new matter and many new engravings have been added. The book is now uniform with “THE AMERICAN COTTAGE BUILDER.”
We have dealt freely with our authors—correcting where they mistook_extending where we thought they were not clear-curtailing where we imagined they were too profuse in their remarksand rejecting those illustrations and allusions which possess no interest to the American reader.
In the various departments, we have made free use of WEALE's SERIES, copying from it such information as seemed appropriate and valuable, sometimes using the very words, and at others simply condensing its information. ·
It was not without much hesitation that we retained the algebraic signs made use of in the book, especially in Section I.; but those readers who de not understand them may safely omit them without losing the substance of the work, while those to whom they are familiar will find thern valuable.
It must not be forgotten that the book on Architecture is a “Rudimentary” Treatise, and all that it promises is to introduce the reader into the porch of the temple of Artistic Science, doubting not that he will be so pleased and instructed that he will go in the Temple, even to the sanctum sanctorum—the holy of holies.
The book on Building is edited from Dobson, and is intended as a “First Book on the Art of Building, designed for the use of young persons who are about to commence their professional training for any pursuit connected with the erection of Buildings; and also for the use of amateurs who wish to obtain a general knowledge of the subject without devoting to it the time requisite for the study of the larger works that have been written on the different branches of construction.”
JOHN BULLOCK, Editor.