SEMPLE (GEORGE) A Treatise on Building in Water, FIRST EDITION, Dublin, J.A. Husband, for the Author, 1776
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SEMPLE (GEORGE)
A Treatise on Building in Water, FIRST EDITION, Dublin, J.A. Husband, for the Author, 1776
Sold for £ 1,375 (US$ 1,906) inc. premium

Lot Details
SEMPLE (GEORGE)
A Treatise on Building in Water, FIRST EDITION, 63 engraved plates, light dampstain just touching image of 3 plates, contemporary calf, gilt morocco lettering label on spine, worn with a few small flecks of paint [Harris 815], 4to, Dublin, J.A. Husband, for the Author, 1776

Footnotes

  • The first major work in English on construction in water, and the second in any language. Irish architect and engineer Semple was inspired by Bélidor's Architecture Hydraulique, the first standard treatise on the subject. He describes the construction of his Essex Bridge (1753-5) over the Liffey, using the coffer-dam method with the intention of inspiring other "builders to make themselves master of bridge building without the difficulties that he had experienced" (Harris).

    Provenance: John Donnellan, inscription on title dated 1777; "For Mr Gray or Mr Thomas" and a mathematical equation in a nineteenth century hand on cover.
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