A treatise on the equilibrium of arches, in which the theory is demonstrated on familiar mathematical principles. Third edition.
London, John Weale 1839.
8vo. xiii + (3) + 104pp, folding engraved frontispiece, 4 engraved plates. Publisher’s boards, neatly rebacked using original label from spine. Ink ownership inscription of W(illia)m Mclelland on title leaf.
First published in 1811, this was the earliest published work of the architect Joseph Gwilt (1784-1863), who was later to write extensively on the history and theory of architecture, but who was at that point in his career keenly interested in the mathematics of the construction of vaults and domes. He rewrote the book for a second edition, published in 1826 and incorporating as a frontispiece his design of 1822 for a new London Bridge, as does this edition of 1839. BAL Cat 1414.