Reports of the Late John Smeaton
Vol 2, civil engineering reports including London Bridge and the Dublin Grand Canal, with 23 plates
First edition, volume 2 only (of 3). Hardback, bound in plain binder's cloth with remnants of leather title label to spine. 29.5 × 23cm, 440pp with 23 plates.
Full title: Reports of the Late John Smeaton, F.R.S. Made on Various Occasions, in the Course of His Employment as a Civil Engineer
Not signed as such but with previous owner's bookplate to front pastedown and signature to title. The previous owner is a Thomas Brown, possibly Thomas Brown (1772–1850), a civil engineer who worked on the Peak Forest Canal and Tramway.
This is a collection of engineering reports from John Smeaton (1724–1792) a civil engineer responsible for the design of bridges, canals, harbours and lighthouses. This volume contains his writings on London Bridge, joining the Forth and Clyde, Calder and Aire, River Aire Canal, Lea Navigation, River Ure Navigation, Hewick Bridge, Birmingham Navigation, Bude Haven Canal, Kingston & Ewell Canal, River Tyne Canal, Kanquarry Canal, Knottingly Navigation, Dublin Grand Canal, and selection of mills, pumps, engines, beer vaults etc.
This volume contains 23 plates. They consist London Bridge plans and engines (3), Forth & Clyde (map), River Calder improvements, Dam on River Coquet, water fire engine (3), Ravenstone engine (2), Weevil House pump engine (2), Weevil House Brewery beer vault, Chimney Windmill (2), Oil MIll in Hull, Hammer Mill at Kilnhurst Forge, Water Mill at Thornton, Blade Mill at Winlaton, Flour Mill at Wakefield, Water Engine at Temple Newsham, and a Fire Engine at Long Benton Colliery.
This is a good working copy. The cloth binding is plain and rubbed. The contents are in good readable condition but the pages are foxed throughout to varying degrees. All plates are present and in good order. The inner binding is secure. A rare title in good condition for age.