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LANGLEY, Batty (1696--1751)
A design for the bridge at New Palace yard, Westminster, (inscribed to the ... appointed Commissioners for building the same) composed of nine arches, independent of each other, whose nature is such, that the greatest weight possibly to be impressed cannot break them down. Admitting 880 feet water-way for the flux and reflux of the tides. ... A work entirely new, by which an expence of 24,174 l. is saved, and the building made stronger also. With observations on the several designs published to this time, proving the abutments of their arches to be infirm, and the possibility of their falling, by means of which the whole will be in danger. By B. Langley.
London: printed for the author, and J. Milan, and by the booksellers of London and Westminster, 1736.
[2], 30 p., [1] fold. pl. ; 19.7 cm. (8º)

The proposals so disparaged on the title-page of this work were John Price's Some considerations ... for building a stone-bridge, London, 1735 and Hawksmoor's A short historical account of London-Bridge; with a proposition for a new stone-bridge at Westminster, London, 1736. BAL, Early printed books, no. 1747; Harris and Savage 455; ESTC t31718.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-title. Front free-endpaper inscribed in ink John Soane / 1813. Title-page inscribed in pencil 4s. With a final, extraneous leaf with the recto bearing a half-title (?) 'A Dissertation Concerning Electricity. (Price One Shilling.)', i.e. J.T. Desaguliers's work of that title published by W. Innys and T. Longman, London, 1742, and on the verso a numbered list of four 'Books printed for W. Innys and T. Longman.' C18th marbled-paper wrappers with later MS. label on upper cover bound in.

Binding Bound in a numbered series of late 19th century half calf pamphlet volumes. (Archive, Trustees' Minutes 18 June 1866). With binder's stamp 'Bound By Mansell' on front pastedown.

Reference Number 2593


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