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MYLNE, Robert (1733--1811)
Observations on bridge building, and the several plans offered for a new bridge. In a letter addressed to the gentlemen of the committee, appointed by the Common-Council of the City of London, for putting in execution, a scheme of building a new bridge across the Thames, at or near Black Friars.
London: printed and sold by J. Townsend, 1760.
[2], 50 p. ; 21.6 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. Signed at the end 'Publicus', i.e. Robert Mylne. In a letter to his father on 24 January 1760 Mylne admitted feeling 'obliged to turn author in pamphlet and in newspaper ... to speak in public, and reason with every species of man from astronomers to porters' in defense of the semi-elliptical arches that he proposed for Blackfriars bridge (see T. Ruddock, Arch bridges and their builders (1979), p. 65). His pamphlet, condemning all the other competitors for the commission, was re-issued later in 1760 with a 'Post Script' responding to a challenge from Joseph Smeaton. Harris 588; ESTC t99602..

Copy Notes Bought from W. Boone for 2s. on 18 December 1821. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.11).

Binding C19th half calf, gilt roll-tooled borders, marbled-paper boards.

Reference Number 2855


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