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WARE, Samuel (1781--1860)
Tracts on vaults and bridges. Containing observations on the various forms of vaults; on the taking down and rebuilding of London Bridge; and on the principles of arches: illustrated by extensive tables of bridges. Also containing the principles of pendent bridges, with reference to the properties of the catenary, applied to the Menai bridge. And a theoretical investigation of the catenary.
London: printed for Thomas and William Boone. Sold by Longman, Hurst, Orme, and Brown; and Josiah Taylor, 1822.
3 tracts in 1 vol. ; 25.5 cm. (8°)
I: xx, [6], 73, [1] p., 14 pl. (2 fold.)
II: [2], 42, 71 p., 2 fold. pl.
III: [2], 177, [1] p., , 4 fold. pl. : tables, wdcut illus.

The author's name appears at the end of the preface. Page 43 in tract II, 'Observations Respecting ... London Bridge', is a folded letterpress leaf printed on one side only, with pagination continuing from p. 44 on the recto of the following leaf; pages 145--146 and 177--[178] of tract III, 'The Principles Of Pendent Bridges, ...' are printed on both sides of folded leaves. BAL, Early printed books, no. 3587.

Copy Notes Pasted in is a letter dated 10 March 1822 from the bookseller, William Boone, presenting Soane with this copy of the first work he ever published.

Binding Contemporary C19th red paper boards, black leather spine-label, gilt-lettered 'Ware's Tracts on Vaults & Bridges'.

Reference Number 4292


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