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GAUGER, Nicholas (c. 1680--1730)
[Mécanique du feu. English]


Fires improv'd: being a new method of building chimneys, so as to prevent their smoaking: in which a small fire, shall warm a room better than a much larger made the common way. With the manner of altering such chimneys as are already built, so that they shall perform the same effects. Illustrated with cuts. Written in French, by Monsieur Gauger: made English and improved, by J. T. Desaguliers, ... By whom is added, The manner of making coal-fires, as useful this new-way, as the wood-fires propos'd ...

London: printed for J. Senex, and E. Curll, 1715.
[6], 161, [11] p., IX fold. pl. ; 15.4 cm. (12º)

Most of the work, the earliest treatise on domestic heating, is a translation of Mécanique du feu, Paris 1713. A rival translation appeared in 1716 under the title The mechanism of fire made in chimneys, and a second edition of Fires improv'd was published by Curll in 1736. With errata on the verso of the third prelim. leaf, a translator's 'Advertisement' for the 'best workmen that I know for curing the smoaking Chimneys ...' on the fourth prelim. leaf, and a final leaf advertising 'Books Printed for E. Curll.' ESTC t112501; Harris and Savage 244; BAL, Early printed books, no. 1182.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper 1:6/ John Soane. With an unidentified armorial bookplate under Soane's own. The errata are corrected in the text in ink.
Copy 2: 15.5 cm.

Binding Copy 1: C18th Cambridge-style blind-panelled sheep, red morocco spine-label gilt-lettered 'Fires / Improvd'.
Copy 2: C18 sprinkled sheep, gilt-ruled borders, red morocco spine-label gilt-lettered 'Gauger/ On/ Chimneys'.

Reference Number 2315


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