A unique presentation copy (1881)

Woodward, Calvin M.

A HISTORY OF THE ST.LOUIS BRIDGE; Containing a Full Account of Every Step in its Construction and Erection, and including the Theory of the Ribbed Arch and the Tests of Materials.

Published: St. Louis. G.I.Jones 1881 First Edition.

Date: 1881

A Unique Inscribed Presentation Copy from the bridges designer and builder James Buchan Eads, to John Bridge Aspinall. QC. London April 1884" [ Mayor of Liverpool 1804] When completed in 1874, the Eads Bridge was the longest arch bridge in the world, with an overall length of 6,442 feet. The ribbed steel arch spans, inspired by Telford's London Bridge were considered daring, as was the use of steel as a primary structural material: it was the first such use of true steel in a major bridge project. [ A "Test Elephant "was led across to an appreciative crowd to prove it was safe ] Folio 14½"x11" Original full black morrocco elaborately blocked in blind & gilt.Gilt dentelles and marbled endpapers. AEG Superbly illustrated with a mixture of Collotypes[Here called Artotypes] Lithographs wood cuts and a steel engraved portrait of Eads.Together with his glowing recomendation of the book. Rubbing to joints but still sound. A splendid association copy.

Condition
Excellent

Binding
Full die stamped leather

£1350

Offered by John Capes