R. Ware. London. 1741.
FIRST EDITION. 16mo, in 4s.(5.7 x 4.7 inches). Engraved frontispiece, dated using the Masonic Calendar-AL(Anno Lucis)5741. 24pp. 99 engraved plates, each numbered. Complete. -- 1 plate with small amount of loss to the bottom corner, not affecting the printed part of the page. The text and plates are lightly browned but generally very good with strong images. The plates with decent (quarter to half inch)margins, one trimmed to lower edge. Twentieth century full tan calf. Spine with raised bands, ruled in gilt. Red title label, gilt. --- A rare title in first edition, even more so complete. This work was reprinted many times but this 1741 edition is hard to find. Only 2000 copies were printed (From the printer Charles Ackers' ledger --- "26th May 1741. Due from Mr Ware.... to printing 2000 titles &c of The Builder's Jewel. £0.8.0"). Copac lists only 5 actual copies of this edition(as well as a few more microfilm reproductions, mostly of the British Library copy), and a check on the ABPC shows no copy at auction in the last 30 years.