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GREGSON, Joseph (fl. 1799--1813)
An essay on those defects of buildings dependant on the nature and properties of air: containing a report on the cause of the dry rot in the Royal Navy, and the means of its prevention, as now adopted in His Majesty's dock yards. Published by permission of the Lords of the Admiralty and of the Navy Board. By Joseph Gregson, interior surveyor.
London: printed for James Ridgway; and sold by J. Taylor, Architectural Library, High Holborn, and all other booksellers, 1816.
xvi, 63, [1] p. ; 21.5 cm. (8°)

The final page advertises Observations on the principal defects of the public edifices and architectural ornaments of London, 1814 (q.v.), and Gregson's Classical list of the most fashionable furniture (pocket ed., 1812, q.v.).

Copy Notes Half-title inscribed in ink Most respectfully presented / to J. Soane Esqr. R.A - &c &c / by the Author. With a single-page ALs from the author to Soane dated 14 May 1817, presenting this pamphlet and expressing the hope that 'ere long, under your Auspices, we may have an Architectural Colledge - founded on such liberal principles, that all who can benefit the Science may give their aid to its support. Gregson would appear to have typified precisely the kind of surveyor with architectural pretensions that the founding of the RIBA was eventually to exclude from the profession. With a copy of Gregson's patent chimnies, [1817] (q.v.), misbound between pp. 48 and 49.

Binding C20th full blue binder's cloth. Previously bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 1s. 6d., 22 December 1830. (Archive 7/15/8).

Reference Number 2385


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