HOPPUS (EDWARD) Practical Measuring Now Made Easy to the Meanest Capacity, FIRST EDITION, narrow 8vo; and 56 others, Hoppus' Practical Measuring, printed in London, Derby, Manchester, Edinburgh, York, Denbigh (in Welsh, 1816) and elsewhere, ranging from 1803 into the twentieth century (70)

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HOPPUS (EDWARD)
Practical Measuring Now Made Easy to the Meanest Capacity, FIRST EDITION, narrow 8vo; and 56 others, Hoppus' Practical Measuring, printed in London, Derby, Manchester, Edinburgh, York, Denbigh (in Welsh, 1816) and elsewhere, ranging from 1803 into the twentieth century (70)

Sold for £ 956 (US$ 1,274) inc. premium
HOPPUS (EDWARD)
Practical Measuring Now Made Easy to the Meanest Capacity, FIRST EDITION, author's certification signature (worn) on verso of title, one engraved plate (without blank stub), part loss to one letter of imprint, early ink ownership struck through on title, pencil inscription of J.B. Purser (1869) on front free endpaper [ESTC T179483, 4 copies only; Harris 359], 1736; idem, second edition, author's certification signature on verso of title, folding engraved plate, without advertisement leaf, armorial bookplate of Peter Peckard (c.1718-1797, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge), later bookplate of Philip Samuel, rebacked [ESTC T133665; Harris 360], 1738; idem, third edition "... Greatly Improved", author's certification signature on verso of title folding engraved plate (slightly shaved touching rule border), ownership inscription of Thomas Mitchell (1757) on title, small loss to extremities of spine [ESTC T133676, BL and Private Collection only; Harris 361], 1751; idem, fifth edition, folding engraved plate, lower cover detached, upper joint repaired [ESTC T44136, 2 copies only; Harris 363], 1759; idem, eighth edition, folding engraved plate, ownership inscription of Ino. Adcock, Leicestershire (1771) on front free endpaper [ESTC T174202], 1767; E. Wicksteed; idem, another edition, folding engraved plate, early inscription of Edmund Kitching, and later inscription of W. Rambord? on half-title, [ESTC T128241, 3 copies], for Messrs. Hawes, 1765; idem, another copy, ninth edition, variant with date on title-page, folding engraved plate, binding scuffed and worn [ESTC T78261; Harris 366; Kress 6798], J. and F. Rivington, 1771; idem, ninth edition, variant without date on title-page, folding engraved plate [UNRECORDED VARIANT, NOT ON ESTC], J. and F. Rivington, [?1771]; idem, tenth edition, variant with no date on title-page, folding engraved plate, ownership inscriptions ("Nov. 5th 1776, Matthew Bellen", and "Johnson How, July 31 1815") on front free endpaper, small loss to head of spine [ESTC N20506, 2 copies], J. and F. Rivington, [?1776]; idem, tenth edition (variant with date on title-page), folding engraved plate, covers worn [ESTC T117426], J. F. and C. Rivington, 1777; idem, twelfth edition, variant with no date on title, folding engraved plate, ownership inscription of Josiah Barrat (1787) on front free endpaper [ESTC T133672], J. and F. Rivington, [?1780], idem, twelfth edition, folding engraved plate, rebacked [ESTC N20676; Harris 369], J.F. and C. Rivington, 1790; idem, thirteenth edition, folding engraved plate, ownership stamp of N. Hudleston, of Malton inside upper cover [ESTC N20485], A. Law [and others], 1792; idem, thirteenth edition (variant imprint and date), folding engraved plate (creased), rebacked [ESTC T128240; Harris 371], T. Longman, 1795, contemporary calf, worn, narrow 8vo; and 56 others, Hoppus' Practical Measuring, printed in London, Derby, Manchester, Edinburgh, York, Denbigh (in Welsh, 1816) and elsewhere, ranging from 1803 into the twentieth century (70)

Footnotes

  • Edward Hoppus was a surveyor to the London Assurance Corporation from 1729 until his death in 1739, and would have "been familiar with all the various branches of the building industry and thereby eminently qualified to compile a comprehensive and authoritative ready-reckoner of the measurements for building materials for use in assessing costs and making valuations" (Eileen Harris, British Architectural Books and Writers 1556-1785, 1990). Practical Measuring, first published in 1736, remained in print until the introduction of metrication in 1973. As a practical manual the early editions are rare, presumably used to a state of ruin, the earliest edition recorded by Kress being the ninth printed in 1771.
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