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SEMPLE, George (1700?--1782?)
A treatise on building in water. In two parts. ... Principally addressed and peculiarly adapted to young and unexperienced readers. Illustrated with sixty-three copper-plates. By George Semple.
Dublin: printed for the author, by J.A. Husband, 1776.
[8], 157, [1] p., 63 pl. ; 27.0 cm. (4°)

This work grew out of Semple's commission to rebuild Essex Bridge in Dublin, during which he was obliged to develop a method for laying foundations in a deep rapid river such as the Liffey. It is the first treatise in English to address the techniques of construction in water. See A. Maggi and N. Navone (eds), John Soane and the wooden bridges of Switzeland: architecture and the culture of technology from Palladio to the Grubenmanns (Mendrisio 2003), cat. 52, p. 111; BAL, Early printed books, no. 2963; Harris and Savage 815; ESTC t101919.

Binding C19th diced calf, gilt roll-tool borders, gilt-ruled spine, black leather spine-label. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 4s. 10d., 7 May 1829. (Archive 7/10/18).

Reference Number 3284


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