Rivers and Canals

Two volumes, 1896, 2nd edition. The design, management and construction of rivers and canals.


Leveson Francis Vernon-Harcourt


Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1896
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Printing Details

Second Edition. Two volumes (complete). Hardback, bound in the original brown cloth with gilt titling to spine. Each 23 × 14.5cm. Vol 1: xviii [2], 342pp & 10 folding plates. Vol 2: xii, pp343–704 & 3 folding plates.

Full title: Rivers and Canals, the Flow, Control, and Improvement of Rivers and the Design, construction, and Development of Canals both for Navigation and Irrigation. With Statistics of the Traffic on Inland Waterways.

Leveson Francis Vernon-Harcourt (1839–1907) drew on a distinguished career in canal and river engineering for this illustrated two-volume survey of rivers and canals. Having started as an assistant to the civil engineer John Hawkshaw, Vernon-Harcourt was appointed resident engineer in 1866 for new works on London's East and West India docks. Later, as a consulting engineer, he specialised in the design and construction of harbours, docks, canals and river works, and he was elected professor of civil engineering at University College London in 1882. These books cover the design and construction of tidal and flood defences, canals, locks, and irrigation works. Volume 2 covers canal engineering, discussing the design and construction of canals and their associated works such as locks and lifts. Vernon-Harcourt also discusses ship canals and irrigation works.

Both books have fold-out coloured plates to the rear.


This set is in very good condition for age. The cloth is clean with a hint of fading to the edges but very little bumping to the spine ends and corners. The inner binding secure, the pages clean. The books are free from inscription.



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