Reports of the Late John Smeaton. (1812 - 1814)

John Smeaton.

Reports of the Late John Smeaton, F.R.S., made on various occasions, in the course of his employment as a Civil Engineer. With: The Miscellaneous Papers of John Smeaton comprising his Communications to the Royal Society, etc., forming a fourth volume to his reports.

Published: Longmans

Date: 1812 - 1814

4 volumes. Quartos, 1552 pages, engraved portrait + 84 plates (numbered incorrectly in a few instances), index. Modern quarter-calf, pages untrimmed as issued with large margins. Slight foxing to a few leaves in Vol. I, heavier foxing to Volumes II & III, slight foxing Volume IV. A few pencil marginal annotations. Scarce - only 500 copies were printed. "No other collection of an engineer's records is in existence" (Skempton, 1981). It contains all but 20 of the 270 known reports, on subjects as divers as waterwheels and harbours, many with plans or diagrams. This set was purchased in 1873 by Mr. B. S. Brundell, a consulting Civil Engineer at Doncaster. The set was still in the original temporary light boards for transfer to the binders when we purchased it but needless to say after nearly 200 years these 'temporary' covers were past saving and we have had the set bound in neat quarter-leather boards.


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