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TAPPEN, George (c. 1771--1830)
Remarks on a new improved method of building groined arches: in reference to a model made for practical demonstration. By George Tappen, Archt.
London: printed by William Ballintine, 1807.
8 p. ; 24.5 cm. (4º)

Tappen's pamphlet, which explains the nature and merits of his new method of building groined arches with broad diagonal ribs springing from octagonal rather than square piers and omitting the actual groin, accompanied the model which he exhibited in 1807--8 at the premises of the mathematician, John Narrien (1782--1860). A fuller version of the pamphlet appeared in the following year (q.v.); Tappen also published an article on the subject in the Monthly Magazine, XXIV, 1807, pp. 140--3. There are two sections of Tappen's groined vaults in the Soane Museum. Soane is known to have met Tappen in 1807--8 and was involved with him after 1811 at Dulwich College where Tappen was surveyor.

Copy Notes Upper wrapper inscribed in pencil in a later curatorial hand found amongst/ Correspondence.

Binding C20th paper wrappers, brown paper spine.

Reference Number 3410


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