1856 · Buffalo
For the handy 19th-century American in need of a home but without the means to consult a professional ("and yet whose tastes are as worthy of being gratified"), an => architectural handbook for building one's own cottage on a humble budget. Charles P. Dwyer (ca. 1815 – ca. 1880), an architect and writer, emigrated to North America from Ireland and had moved to Buffalo, NY, by 1847. He subsequently began to publish architectural advice books for people with limited advantages among other works.
Log cabins, plank buildings, and double cottages are a few of the thoughtfully "economic" buildings Dwyer advises for "men of small means." The materials he suggests are "adapted to every locality" and affordable for dwellers of each neighborhood. The manual is illustrated with => 32 black-and-white plates (including an added lithographed title-page), 23 of which represent Dwyer's cottages, the other eight being plans for their designs. The lithographs are by Compton, of Buffalo.
Binding: Publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering and foliate decoration to spine; deep blind-stamped triple-ruled and foliate border on front board framing stylized gilt title and cottage centerpiece; rear board identical to front board but with centerpiece in blind. Saffron endpapers.
Provenance: On front free endpaper, 20th-century signature of "Wm. B. Goodwin, M.I.T." A rubber-stamp from the Lowell Historical Society appears on the front pastedown and on the top and bottom edge.
Hitchcock, American architectural books . . . portfolios, and pamphlets . . . published in America before 1895, 389. Bound as above; light rubbing to extremities and pull at spine head, minor coppery discoloration to gilt on front board. Provenance stamp and signature as above; age-toned edges and minor to moderate foxing throughout interior. => Sound and unassuming and more than respectable, much like its target audience. (Inventory #: 38084)