Remond (de Saint-Albine), (Pierre)
Mémoire sur le laminage du plomb. Par Monsieur Remond, de la Société des Arts.
Paris, Pierre Prault 1731.
8vo. (4) + 46 + (2)pp. Contemporary boards, vellum spine. From the library of the Earls of Macclesfield, with mid 19th century Macclesfield armorial bookplate and a small blind stamp of the Macclesfield coart of arms on the first three printed leaves (as customary with books from this library).
Scarce first edition of a well-argued pamphlet which documents a valiant attempt to achieve improvement in a building trade manufacturing process against entrenched opposition from an existing craft guild. The use of rolled lead sheeting for roofing and guttering, in preference to cast lead (heavier and more difficult to work), commenced in England as early as the 1670s, but it was not until 1729 that the first mill for rolling lead was established in Paris, against fierce opposition from the existing Parisian master plumbers. The present pamphlet, by Pierre Remond de Saint-Albine, vigorously argues the case for rolled lead, describing the manufacturing process and printing the text of supportive reports which the author had himself elicited from the Société des Arts, the Académie des Sciences, the Académie d’Architecture, the Fontainiers du Roi, and the French Ambassador in London. This original edition is printed in quarto format, without accompanying illustrations (it was not until the publication of the third edition, an octavo published in 1746, that the author was able to provide three engraved plates showing the operations of the rolling mill).