1810 · Berlin
With a 28 page foreword by a professor at a royal academy, list of contents and 24 hand-colored engraved plates on twelve leaves illustrating the process of laying a floor made of chips of granite or marble set in concrete and polished to smoothness. Recently excavated classical ruins in Rome influenced the popularity of crushed stone floors in Italy and Germany.
The cheerful workmen, including some young boys, are stylishly dressed (not covered in dust as would be expected). Tools and steps in the process are detailed. (Inventory #: 2020)